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Hierarchically Organized Metal Organic Catalysts for Continuous and Multi-batch Processes

Objective

Hierarchically organised metal organic catalysts shall be developed which can be easily recycled in multi-batch processes or which can be used in continuous processes without loosing the original advantages of the corresponding homogeneous soluble metal organic catalysts - high selectivity, activity and stability. The catalysts will be constructed using components at the nano-scale in a bottom-up approach. Hereby, catalytically active metal complexes will be linked with nanoparticles such as polymeric microgels, hyperbranched polymers or hybrid systems consisting of silsesquioxanes attached to hyperbranched polymers. Further hierarchical organisation of HiCat catalysts will be accomplished by interconnected networks formed from the assemblies of catalytic nanoparticles using end-functional T-responsive polymers that can interact with functionalities on the surface of the nanoparticles as binding agents. Recycling of the catalyst-nanoparticle entities in multi-batch operation will be studied utilizing the change of solubility of the polymer supported catalysts by external stimuli. Based on polymer-nanoparticles linked by T-responsive polymers, new types of films and membranes with graded porosity can be prepared by varying the size of the nanoparticles and the length of T-sensitive polymers. This opens new opportunities for integration of catalytic steps and separation within the hierarchically structured system and, hence for continuous reactor operation. The proposal combines the superiority of homogeneous metal-organic catalysts often possessing nearly 100 % selectivity with the advantage of efficient separation by grabbing a new concept for building up hierarchically organised catalytic systems. Structural principles of tailor-made ligands will be transferred into tailor-made functional surfaces of nanoparticles. For proof of principle of the concept, three types of reactions will be studied: olefin metathesis, CX coupling and enantioselective hydrogenation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 654 386
Administrative Contact
Juergen Czwalinna (Dr.)

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 352 066
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul (P.M.L.O.) Scholte (Dr.)
HYBRID CATALYSIS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 225 600
Address
Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hendrikus C.L. Abbenhuis (Dr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 395 390
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
EU contribution
€ 343 176
Address
Ul. Kasprzaka 44/52
01-224 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karol Grela (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 718
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
EVONIK MEMBRANE EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 215 845
Address
Chippenham Drive Tego House
MK10 0AF Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Timothy Boam (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 163 036
Address
Calle Bravo Murillo 38 Planta 7
28015 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paloma Centeno (Ms.)
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Czwalinna (Dr.)