TOPCOMBI aims at developing alternative catalytic synthesis routes answering demands in chemical production by applying high throughput and miniaturization methodologies. The IP will focus on topics stemming from European citizens urging needs for efficien t use of sustainable energy and resources, safe chemical products and environmental protection. TOPCOMBI mainly aims to: - find new processes to convert light alkanes into valuable chemicals/transportable feedstocks, - develop cleaner, safer and cheaper ro utes in bulk chemical processes by developing new eco-efficient catalysts and avoiding hazardous routes or extensive solvent use: NOx abatement in nitric acid plants and replacement of toxic phosgene in the synthesis of polycarbonates, isocyanates and poly urethanes, - develop processes to synthesize high added value products based on green chemistry for up-grading new bio-feedstocks like glycerol, - develop an EU technological toolbox around combinatorial methodology and harmonise the common e-languages and e-infrastructure, - support European chemical education and industry: high impact development and enhanced competitiveness, - pave access to fundamental knowledge by mining large data sets and disseminating results. TOPCOMBI joins industrial and academic resources in a common strategy to pass innovative findings from laboratory to pilot and to process scale by shorter cycle times, higher quality at lowered cost, and decreased environmental impact (waste reduction and energy savings by 50%). A life-cycle an d economic evaluation of process development for future industrial strategies will be developed. TOPCOMBI has the potential to greatly increase the sustainability of means supporting the living standard. It promises decisive breakthroughs to rationalise t he use of energy resources, minimise emissions, intensify the use of renewable bio-resources and lead to the design and affordable production of less harmful products.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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