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SPRITES Optimisation of Bio-inspired Gel Scaffolds for Hydrogen Production

Objective

Results arising from the ERC Starting Investigator Grant, Introducing SPRITES (202706, Aug’08-Jul‘12) reveal that encapsulating synthetic molecules based upon the hydrogenase enzyme in a bio-gel material cause dramatic changes in chemical behaviour as well as significant improvements in their stability when exposed to air. These systems therefore offer exciting prospects for use as a scaffold material for hydrogen production catalysts in fuel cell applications, addressing an urgent need in the next-generation energy production sector. In this proof of concept study we will perform technical testing and validation of a library of material formulations using SPRITES spectroscopy to determine the most technologically-promising material. The output will be threefold i) a gel material capable of hydrogen production ii) a library of bio-gel formulations for use as catalyst scaffolds iii) a SPRITES screening procedure for advanced materials.

Call for proposal

ERC-2012-PoC
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Host institution

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 142 054,36

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 142 054,36
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 224,64
Address
Earlham Road
NR4 7TJ Norwich

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Killen (Dr.)