CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA REATTIVITA CHIMICA E LA CATALISI
CIRCC is an Interuniversity Consortium for Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis, a Public Research Organisation clustering 17 Italian Universities and more than 70 Research Units, offering different skills in the field of catalysis. CIRCC was founded in 1994 and recognized in 2002 by the Ministry of University and Research as a non-profit, public organization of Excellence in Research.
CIRCC will bring its expertise in the areas of chemical synthesis and aiming at developing new skills in chemical reactivity and catalysis towards the integration of Biotechnological processes with catalysis, photocatalysis, applied catalysis and chemistry. Prof. Angela Dibenedetto will coordinate the project: she is a Full Professor at the University of Bari (Department of Chemistry) and has been the Director of CIRCC since 2012.
INSTITUT FUR NACHHALTIGE TECHNOLOGIEN
AEE INTEC is a non-university research facility and one of the leading institutes in the field of applied research of energy- and resource-efficient technologies. In these areas research ranges from basic research in the laboratory to prototype development and the implementation of demonstration plants. Within the framework of national, European and international research and development projects, AEE INTEC has made a significant contribution to the further development of energy- and resource-efficient technology and systems engineering in the system technology development in the industry through various research projects.
The research group “Water and Process Technologies” can draw on extensive technological knowledge in terms of treating various process streams in combination with solar energy as well as expertise in the development of emerging reactor technologies. The research group “Renewable Energies”, with its focus on solar thermal energy, has broad and very sound knowledge about the design, optimization and operation of solar collectors.
The Centre of Advanced Materials of Charles University (CU) is a Centre of Excellence focused on research in advanced materials conducted at the Chemistry Section of the Faculty of Science and funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Given its scientific focus on the use of modular (i.e., low dimensional) building units for the preparation of new advanced materials, particularly hybrid solids. Moreover, determination of the impact of the applied synthesis methodologies on developed materials properties is the subject of consideration. The research activities of the Centre of Advance Materials also include fundamental studying of advanced materials relevant for diverse (photo)catalytic application, utilizing various physico-chemical methods and computational techniques. The laboratory has an access to all necessary equipment for materials preparation and characterization, particularly Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, Raman microscope, UV-VIS spectrometer, set-up for irradiation experiments and standard electrochemical devices. The research team participated in many international projects, as concern the synthesis, modification and application of advanced materials and has established a lot of international cooperation. Additionally, the Centre of Advanced Materials of Charles University closely collaborates with industrial companies active in zeolites and mesoporous materials utilization.
EBOS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
eBOS is an innovative and client-focused Cypriot-owned SME, established in 2003 in Nicosia, providing technologically-advanced e-business software solutions to enterprise customers on a worldwide basis. At European level, eBOS is consistently recognized as a leading research and development SME, and in Horizon Europe is ranked at the top of the Top 10 SMEs in Cyprus and Greece. The development of eBOS product portfolio as a specialist software powerhouse fuses the knowledge and innovation gained from the participation in research and innovation projects into the development of innovative applications and solutions. The company’s activities not only seek to improve existing systems to keep them competitive but also explore radically new solutions and technological breakthroughs. eBOS aim is to identify new and emerging technologies and leverage them to deliver cutting-edge, robust and cost-effective engineering solutions.
Fundacion IMDEA Energia
IMDEA is a research initiative driven by the Regional Government of Madrid (Spain) and formed by a network of 7 independent R&D centres which operate as public non-profit foundations. Fundación IMDEA Energía (IME) is part of the IMDEA network since its creation in November 2006, and in a short period of time has achieved a staff of over 100 researchers and engineers with solid expertise in the field of energy research. IME mission is the development of R&D activities in energy, with emphasis on topics related to low-carbon and sustainable energy technologies, including their analysis from the technical and sustainability perspectives. The Systems Analysis Unit of IME runs the global analysis of the different energy and energy-related problems, including technological-scientific aspects, but also economic, social, legal and environmental issues. The Unit has a strong background in the Techno-economic, Environmental and Social assessment of a wide range of energy systems. The research team is composed of a group of experts on the development and use of modelling and simulation tools, Life cycle Sustainability Assessment and prospective analysis.
INNOVATIVE CATALYSIS FOR CARBON RECYCLING AND BIOPOLYMERS
IC2R is an Innovative SME, former Start-up founded in 2013 in Bari-IT by Prof. Michele Aresta (actual CEO) and Prof. Angela Dibenedetto (actual Chair of the Scientific Committee) with six other people. The original Business model has been B2B.
IC2R vision is an “Economy based on CO2, water and solar energy”.
Innovation in catalysis is the key objective, applied to the:
* use of CO2 as building block for chemicals and materials or source of carbon for fuels;
* conversion of (waste) biomass into useful chemicals, intermediates, monomers for polymers and fuels.
Integration of biotechnology, photocatalysis and chemical thermal catalysis is the strategic approach to reducing the utilization of fossil carbon and making the optimal use of renewable carbon. IC2R develop customized catalysts for innovative processes. IC2R is (co)owner of national and international patents. With the National Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis (which gathers 17 Italian major Universities) has funded the Joint Laboratory for the Carbon Cyclic Economy, which has its seat in Bari.
UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW (UW) was founded in 1816, and it is the largest university and the best research centre in the country with a granted research university status for 2020–2026. The University belongs to the top 3% of world’s universities according to global rankings, such as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE), the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QS), and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and is distinguished by the European Commission for its participation in the Erasmus+ programme.
UW holds very good positions in international comparative evaluations of the quality of education: 22 subjects offered by the UW have been listed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022, and 10 subjects offered by the UW were classified in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 (Physics was ranked 51–75 worldwide). UW belongs to the 4EU+ European University Alliance selected by the European Commission for funding in the “European Universities” call for proposals, launched as part of the 2019 Erasmus+ programme, and also awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” by the European Commission for adopting the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, which means that the UW offers a friendly working environment and transparent recruitment procedures.