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Reaction robot with intimate photocatalytic and separation functions in a 3-D network driven by artificial intelligence

Project description

Smart robots can mimic nature to make chemicals

When it comes to producing chemicals, it’s hard to beat nature in efficiency. The EU-funded CATART project will explore new chemical production pathways by using reaction robots that can mimic nature in a much faster way. Researchers will use 3D quantum dot networks with the ability to harvest sunlight by luminescence, photocatalyse substrates and separate products. Using artificial intelligence, the reaction robots will learn autonomously and be able to instantly maximise productivity. The goal is to create a revolutionary system for how chemicals can be produced, combining know-how from photonics, machine learning, catalysis, organic chemistry and engineering.


Mimicking the chemical production of nature is a well pursued dream in the scientific community. Scientific progress is limited by the lack of efficient synergies among complex functions and by a much smaller research library than nature. CATART will explore new synergies in reaction robots that mimic nature in a much faster way. This will be achieved using H2O and CO2 as model substrates. We propose systems containing 3-D quantum dot networks with the ability to simultaneously harvest sun-light by luminescence, photo-catalyze substrates and separate products. These phenomena will be managed by artificial intelligence, leading to reaction robots that autonomously learn and instantly maximize productivity. The envisioned system will revolutionize the way chemicals are produced. The combination of expertise in photonics, machine learning, catalysis, organic chemistry and engineering from 5 academic, 1 research center, 1 SME and 1 industrial partner will enable a successful pathway into feasible reaction robots. CATART will contribute to a game-changing chemical technology, placing EU industry and society in a privileged situation to face future economic and environmental constraints.

Funding Scheme



Net EU contribution
€ 672 500,00
Barrio sarriena s n
48940 Leioa

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Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

Partners (3)