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Towards Replacement of Critical Catalyst Materials by Improved Nanoparticle Control and Rational Design

Objective

The CritCat proposal aims to provide solutions for the substitution of critical metals, especially rare platinum group metals (PGMs), used in heterogeneous and electrochemical catalysis. CritCat will explore the properties of ultra-small transition metal (TM) nanoparticles in order achieve optimal catalytic performance with earth-abundant materials. The emphasis will be on industrially-relevant chemical reactions and emerging energy conversion technologies in which PGMs play an instrumental role, particularly in the context of hydrogen and synthesis gas (syngas) fuels. The CritCat proposal includes all the aspects for rational catalyst design including novel catalyst synthesis, characterization, and performance testing by a range of academic and industry partners together with large-scale computational simulations of the relevant catalysts, substrates and model reactions using the latest computational methods. Particular attention is given to a strong feedback-loop mechanism where theory is an integral part of the experimental work packages. The experimental and theoretical data will be collected (descriptor database) and used for materials screening via machine learning techniques and new algorithms. The goal is to improve size, shape and surface structure control of the tailored nanoparticle catalysts via novel cluster/nanoparticle synthesis techniques that can produce samples of unrivalled quality. The research includes up-scaling of the size-selected catalyst nanoparticle samples up to macroscopic quantities, which will enable them to be included as basic technological components for realistic catalyst systems. The performance of the catalyst prototypes will be demonstrated for selected basic electrochemical reactions relevant to fuel cells and storage of renewable energy. The industrial partners bring their expertise in prototypes development and commercial deployment (TRL 3-4). The project involves cooperation with external research groups in USA and Japan.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMP-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-NMP-2015-two-stage

Coordinator

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Net EU contribution
€ 673 287,50
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Finland

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Region
Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pirkanmaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 542 890,00
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 32 000,00
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 467 031,25
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex

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Region
London Outer London — West and North West Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 412 635,00
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LABORATORIO IBERICO INTERNACIONAL DE NANOTECNOLOGIA LIN
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 474 090,00
Address
Avenida Mestre Jose Veiga
4715-330 Braga

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Region
Continente Norte Cávado
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SYNGASCHEM BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 500 000,00
Address
Valeriaanlaan 16
5672 XD Nuenen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TETHIS SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 311 596,25
Address
Via Olgiati Francesco 5
20143 Milano

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NANOLAYERS RESEARCH COMPUTING LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 359 070,00
Address
15 Southgrove Road
S10 2NP Sheffield

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 596 692,50
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea

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Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00