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Development of NEXT GENeration cost efficient automotive CATalysts

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.
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"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 629 899

Administrative Contact

Euripides Papadopoulos (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 495 754

MONOLITHOS KATALITES KE ANAKIKLOSI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 357 200

L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 317 300

TP ENGINEERING LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 305 600

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

ZAKLAD PRODUKCJI KATALIZATOROW JMJPUCHALSKI I KRAWCZYK SPJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 255 400

TECNOLOGIA NAVARRA DE NANOPRODUCTOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 148 320

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 401 925

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 355 200

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 271 700

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 280890

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 January 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 615 292,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 938 298

Coordinated by:

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece