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Using milling balls as catalysts – Understanding the novel concept of direct mechanocatalysis

Project description

New catalysis technique could make solvents redundant

The EU-funded Mechanocat project plans to study a new mechanochemical technique for conducting catalytic reactions in ball mills. The catalyst will be the milling ball itself – it will neither be dissolved (as in homogeneous catalysis), nor will it be a powder or bed of shaped bodies (as in heterogeneous catalysis). The milling balls will be refreshing their catalytically active surface constantly when colliding with other milling balls. Researchers are keen on figuring out how solid reactants can be brought into reactions in the absence of solvents. The proposed solid-state approach is fundamentally different from the conventional solution-based processes, opening up the opportunity for catalysing new reactions.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Host institution

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 496 350

Beneficiaries (1)

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 496 350
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments