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ENTREPRENEURING DYNAMIC SELF-ORGANIZED INTERFACES IN PHOTOCATALYSIS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TRAINING NETWORK CONVERTING LIGHT INTO PRODUCTS

Objective

The global need to move current human technologies into a sustainable future will have a great impact for the world of chemistry and related industries. In close concert with other disciplines, chemistry will be increasingly solicited to identify solutions that are practical, affordable and ultimately sustainable. To meet these objectives, not only research, but also chemical education will need profound reforms that have to be contextualized in the multidisciplinary and intersectoral picture of a sustainable development. It is propelled by these societal needs that, by educating and practising 14 ESRs, PHOTOTRAIN will ensure photo-triggered chemical process to play its central role in sustainability. By capitalising on the basic principles of supramolecular chemistry to program dynamic self-organized photoactive interfaces, it is intended to raise the creativity, knowledge, skills and capacity of the ESRs to conceive new ideas for reforming current industrial transformations into a new generation of “light-triggered” processes. The challenge of developing and transferring light-fuelled processes from a proof-of-principle to an exploitable process is to embark upon a dynamic configuration in which photoactive species are kept separated, act independently and are finally recycled. In particular, through the adoption of a microfluidic system in which programmed different phases allow the formation of photoactive interfaces, it is planned to implement photo-catalytic technologies at the industrial level for triggering stereoselective organocatalytic transformations (i.e., pharmaceutical applications) and/or solar fuels production. By the organisation of targeted individual projects and interdisciplinary secondements, ESRs will be guided toward attractive early-stage career opportunities as researchers, process chemists, chemical engineers and research managers in collective forms at various academic and research institutes, small and large enterprises, and NGOs.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 516 122,64

Participants (8)

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CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 516 122,64

ELVESYS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 260 300,52

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

CHIROTECH TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 501 120

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SINCHEM

A.P.E. RESEARCH SRL

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722591

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 630 212,28

  • EU contribution

    € 3 630 212,28

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy