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Development of NEXT GENeration cost efficient automotive CATalysts

Objective

The main objective of NEXTGENCAT proposal is the development of novel eco-friendly nano-structured automotive catalysts utilizing transition metal nanoparticles (Cu, Ni, Co Zn, Fe etc) that can partially or completely replace the PGMs. Based on nanotechnology, low cost nanoparticles will be incorporated into different substrates, including advanced ceramics (SiO2, perovskite etc) and silicon carbides, for the development of efficient and inexpensive catalysts. The main idea of the proposal is the effective dispersion and the controllable size of the metal nanoparticles into the substrate that will lead to improved performance. To this end a modified polyol process as well as chemical and physical treatment of selected substances will enable the introduction of transition metal nanoparticles on the catalyst substrate precursors via adsorption and ion-exchange. The presence of metal ions sorbed on fixed precursor sites will inhibit the agglomeration during heating and final products with very fine particle dispersion and tuneable metal content will be obtained. It is expected that the developed catalysts will exhibit increased catalytic performance, even at low temperatures (200-250oC). Other key properties of the proposed nanostructured catalysts include: increased thermal stability (avoiding aggregation), improved durability, capability of reuse and recovery of transition metals as well as low health and environmental impact.
Apart from the scientific innovations and the environmental impact, the proposal holds also great economic importance. Taking into account that the autocatalyst industry uses extremely large quantities of precious metal-68% of Pt and 72% of Pd in Europe – the impact of replacing PGMs is of tremendous significance. Based on the current metal prices, it is estimated that the developed catalysts will reduce the catalyst cost at about 40-50%, opening the way to an efficient adaptation of nanotechnology-based catalysts in the automotive sector.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 629 899
Administrative Contact
Euripides Papadopoulos (Mr.)

Participants (10)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 495 754
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Pulvermuller (Mr.)
MONOLITHOS KATALITES KE ANAKIKLOSI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 357 200
Address
Vrilissou 83
11476 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iakovos Yakoumis (Mr.)
L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 317 300
Address
Área Industrial Perguita C/a N°1
31210 Los Arcos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Esparza (Ms.)
TP ENGINEERING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 305 600
Address
Sandon Road Blythe Park Creswell
ST11 9RD Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Duncan Hall (Mr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
ZAKLAD PRODUKCJI KATALIZATOROW JMJPUCHALSKI I KRAWCZYK SPJ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 255 400
Address
Ul. Zielona 12
62 800 Kalisz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Puchalski (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIA NAVARRA DE NANOPRODUCTOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 320
Address
Area Industrial Perguita C/a 1
31210 Los Arcos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Esparza (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 401 925
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Maria Scrimin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 355 200
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 700
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Boyd (Mr.)