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International cooperation for selective conversion of CO2 into METHAnol under SOLar light

Objective

Methanol is an appealing energy vectors, with attractive volumetric and gravimetric energy values, storable in liquid phase at ambient conditions of pressure and temperature, and that can be used as fuel directly or converted into chemicals or gasoline. However, its production lacks a sustainable route. Thus, the METHASOL project aims to produce methanol through a sustainable and cost-effective process based on the selective visible light driven gas phase CO2 reduction, with a solar to methanol energy conversion efficiency of 5%. During 42 months, METHASOL will gather 14 partners from EU/Associated MS, China and the USA, including some of the world’s most recognized researchers on artificial photosynthesis, to achieve a ground-breaking combination of a CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) system based on Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) and a graphitic Carbon Nitride (g-CN) for photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER), through a Z-scheme heterojunction.
Following the definition of the system specifications (WP1), a first set of materials for OER and CO2RR will be synthesised and their photocatalytic activity and stability will be screened (WP2). The most promising materials will be further analysed thanks to experimental characterisation and modelling (WP3), leading to guidelines used for designing an enhanced CO2RR and OER materials (WP4). The best systems will then be integrated through a Z-scheme heterojunction, either with or without a mediator, and tested in tailored reactors operating in the gas phase under different conditions (WP5). A complete sustainability analysis will be conducted (WP6) to ensure the clean production of methanol. The cooperation between European and Chinese research entities will be consolidated to last beyond the project lifetime through the creation of a common exploitation plan (WP7). Through its ambitious activities on photocatalyst developments for solar to methanol conversion, METHASOL will propose a new path for decarbonizing Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2020-NZE-RES-CC
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 708 020

Participants (13)

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 653 125
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Wuhan University of Technology
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Luoshi Road 122
430070 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 833 168,75
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 337 738,75
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DALIAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Zhonshan Road 457-41 Shahekou District
116023 Dalian
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
EU contribution
€ 448 531,25
Address
45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 256 480
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUZHOU UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Xue Yuan Road 2 Qi Shan Campus University Town Fuzhou Fujian
350108 Fuzhou
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 267 812,50
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NANKAI UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Weijin Road 94
300071 Tianjin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 290 226,25
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
METHANOL INSTITUTE
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
225 Reinekers Lane Suite 205
22314 Alexandria
Activity type
Other
EUROQUALITY SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 204 531,25
Address
Rue De L Isly 8
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)