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Paramagnetic Species in Catalysis Research. A Unified Approach Towards Heterogeneous, Homogeneous and Enzyme Catalysis

Objective

PARACAT aims at educating a group of young researchers to implement methods for cutting edge research in the field of catalysis, comprehensively exploring for the first time the role of open-shell species, an innovative area at the intersections between chemistry, physics and biology. The programme puts strong emphasis on ethics and social reflections by combining the scientific expertise of (bio)chemists, (bio)physicists and industrial partners with the input of an ethicist to form a new generation of scientists capable to take up appropriate societal responsibilities as experts in their field. PARACAT is set up by a consortium formed by 5 academic beneficiaries flanked by 1 research institute, 3 industrial organizations and 2 academic institutions as partners, collaborating in the research and training activities to offer 10 early-stage-researchers the possibility of being awarded with double doctoral degrees in two different European countries. The overall PARACAT programme will address the role of paramagnetism in catalysis with a focus on a knowledge-based bottom-up approach, integrating homogeneous, heterogeneous and bio-catalysis with the objective of 1) designing new catalysts based on earth abundant and safe elements; 2) discovery of new and more sustainable reaction pathways for the activation of small molecules and selective oxidations by learning from nature; 3) enabling new routes for polymerization and de-polymerization reactions. The training programme overcomes barriers between traditional disciplines providing top level tuition on topics spanning from advanced spectroscopic methods, synthesis and property characterization, to quantum chemical modelling, and on a full set of complementary skills .The goal is therefore to build a chain of knowledge whereby fundamental understanding is translated into practical applications by the synergistic interaction between academic and industrial partners, in an ethical and social dimension.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Address

Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

Participants (4)

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UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 512 640

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 501 809,76

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

Partners (6)

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BIOPOLIS SL

Spain

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

Basell Poliolefine Italia srl

Italy

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

Bruker

Germany

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

Greece

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813209

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 649 371,04

  • EU contribution

    € 2 649 371,04

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy