Nonporous materials play an important role in chemical industry. They are abundantly used as catalysts, catalyst supports and membranes and form the basis of new technologies, involving energy storage, novel reactions etc, mainly due to their unique structural or surface properties, which can be properly tailored to meet the process needs. The complete characterization of nonporous materials still remains a difficult and controversial problem, mainly due to the difficulty in representing accurately the complex morphology of the pore matrix. To this end, the application of combined techniques aided by advanced model analysis is of major importance as it is the most powerful tool currently available. On the other hand, no matter how thorough and complete the characterization, it is pointless if not related to the process under consideration, since a very important parameter in any application is the materials' ability to retain their properties over a certain time period. The "changes" induced on materials during their utilisation in specific applications, although often underestimated, are highly relevant and moreover crucial for the economic viability of the process. In this context, INSIDE Pores Noël aims at the congregation of diverse expertise in the nonporous materials field in order to develop methodologies for the "in situ" application of both static and dynamic techniques and their combinations as a tool to probe the evolution of properties, which are relevant to specific processes that involve nonporous solids. These processes span from materials synthesis (where particle size control, crystallization kinetics etc. play a significant role in the product) to their final application (where the evolution of phenomena occurring within the porous structure is critical). This is the starting point for the development of novel "smart" alternative industrial processes that can take into account the evolution of properties of the nonporous materials.'
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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