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European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors

Objective

The European chemical industry faces some very serious challenges if it is to retain its competitive position in the global economy. The new industries setting up in Asia and the Near East are based on novel process-intensification concepts, leaving Europe desperately searching for a competitive edge. The transition from batch to continuous micro- and milliflow processing is essential to ensure a future for the European fine-chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. However, despite the huge interest shown by both academia and industrial R&D, many challenges remain, such as the problems of reaction activation, channel clogging due to solids formation and the scaling up of these technologies to match the required throughput. COSMIC, the European Training Network for Continuous Sonication and Microwave Reactors, takes on these challenges by developing material- and energy-efficient continuous chemical processes for the synthesis of organic molecules and nanoparticles. The intersectoral and interdisciplinary COSMIC training network consists of leading universities and industry participants and trains 15 ESRs in the areas of flow technology, millifluidics and external energy fields (ultrasound and microwaves). These energy fields can be applied in structured, continuous milli-reactors for producing high-value-added chemicals with excellent yield efficiencies – in terms of throughput, waste minimization and product quality – that simply cannot be achieved with traditional batch-type chemical reactors. The chemical processes that are at the heart of COSMIC’s game-changing research are catalytic reactions and solids-forming reactions. COSMIC’s success, which is based on integrating chemistry, physics and process technology, will re-establish European leadership in this crucial field and provide it with highly trained young experts ready for dynamic careers in the European chemical industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 252 800

Participants (7)

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MICROINNOVA ENGINEERING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Europapark 1
8412 Allerheiligen Bei Wildon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

SMART MATERIAL GMBH
Germany
Address
Lobtauer Strasse 69
01159 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WEBER ULTRASONICS AG
Germany
Address
Im Hinteracker 7
76307 Karlsbad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAIREM SOCIETE POUR L APPLICATION INDUSTRIELLE DE LA RECHERCHE EN ELECTRONIQUE ET MICRO ONDES SAS*SAIREM
France
Address
Porte Du Grand Lyon 12
01700 Neyron Miribel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments