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Integrated Design of Catalytic Nanomaterials for a Sustainable Production

Objective

The development of high-performance and conceptually innovative catalytic nanomaterials is crucial for industry and for Europes sustainable future. In Europe, several excellent research teams exist in catalysis, but there is a significant fragmentation in the area due to separate scientific communities (heterogeneous, homogeneous, and bio-catalysis) and a lack of thematic identity. IDECAT will address this fragmentation, creating a coherent framework of research, know-how and training between the various catalysis communities (heterogeneous, homogeneous, bio-catalysis) with the objective of achieving a lasting integration between the main European Institutions in the area. IDECAT integrates into a more general strategy of restructuring/reshaping the catalysis research in Europe and focuses its research actions on (i) the synthesis and mastering of nano-objects, the materials of the future for catalysis, integrating the concepts which are also common to other nanotechnologies, and (ii) the integrated design of catalytic nanomaterials to achieve their non-evolutionary and knowledge-based development. Objectives of IDECAT are to (i) create a critical mass of expertise going beyond collaboration, (ii) create a strong cultural thematic identity on nano-tech based catalysts, (iii) increase cost-effectiveness of European research, (iv) establish a frontier research portfolio able to promote innovation in catalysis use especially at the SMEs level, and (v) increase potential for training and education in multidisciplinary approaches to nano-tech based catalysis, and spreading excellence beyond the NoE to both the scientific community and to the citizen. Final objective of IDECAT is the creation of an European Research Institute of Catalysis self-sustained beyond the period of Community support. The structure of IDECAT is based on a group of core partners with specific commitment towards a lasting integration.

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Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3
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CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
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