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Nanocomposite materials for photocatalytic degradation of pollutants

Nanocomposite materials for photocatalytic degradation of pollutants

Objective

Limpid aims at generating new knowledge on photocatalytic materials and processes in order to develop novel depollution treatments with enhanced efficiency and applicability. The main goal of LIMPID is to develop materials and technologies based on the synergic combination of different types of nanoparticles (NPs) into a polymer host to generate innovative nanocomposites which can be actively applied to the catalytic degradation of pollutants and bacteria, both in air or in aqueous solution. Single component nanocomposites including TiO2 NPs are already known for their photocatalytic activities. LIMPID will aim at going one big step further and include, into one nanocomposite material, oxide NPs and metal NPs in order to increase the photocatalytic efficiency and allow the use of solar energy to activate the process. One of the main challenge of LIMPID is to design host polymers, such as hybrid organic inorganic and fluorinated polymers, since photocatalysts can destroy the organic materials. The incorporation of NPs in polymers will allow to make available the peculiar nano-object properties and to merge the distinct components into a new original class of catalysts. At the same time nanocomposite formulation will also prevent NPs to leach into water and air phase, thus strongly limiting the potential threat associated to dispersion of NPs into the environment. Therefore nanocomposites developed in LIMPID will be used as coating materials and products for the catalytic degradation of pollutants and bacteria in water and air, i.e. deposited onto re-usable micro-particles, or in pollutant degradation reactors, and even onto large surfaces, as a coating or paint. In addition such new class of nanocomposites will be also exploited for the fabrication of porous membranes for water treatment. In order to fulfill its objectives, the LIMPID consortium has been designed to combine leading industrial partners with research groups from Europe, ASEAN Countries and Canada.
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 842 987

Administrative Contact

Maria Lucia Curri (Dr.)

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 333 780

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 390 585

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 321 120

UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 221 160

CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY

Thailand

EU Contribution

€ 249 080

ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING MCGILL UNIVERSITY

Canada

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 234 850

SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 858

XYLEM SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 115 350

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 301 710

AQUAKIMIA SDN BHD

Malaysia

EU Contribution

€ 38 989

XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS HERFORD GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 310177

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2012

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 120 223,57

  • EU contribution

    € 3 299 469

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy