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Pilot Plant Production of Controlled Doped Nanoporous Carbonaceous Materials For Energy and Catalysis Applications


European Commission (2016 - 2019)

Research Team

Dr Duncan Macquarrie; Dr Vitaly Budarin

External Collaborators

Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH; META Group S.R.L.; Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa); Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ); Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC); Blueprime B.V.; Soluciones Catalíticas IBERCAT S.L. 


The POROUS4APP project is based on the fabrication of functional nanoporous carbonaceous materials at pilot plant scale from natural renewable resources (polysaccharide). The process for nanoporous carbon fabrication is already well known as the GCCE has developed the STARBON® technology at TRL5 which consists of swelling, drying and pyrolysis of natural renewable resources, in this case, Starch. The project aims to develop new metal/metal-oxide doped-nanoporous carbonaceous materials based on a known technology which needs to be upscaled and modified to enable a full flexibility of the material characteristics to be applied to various industrial applications. By using natural renewable resources we advocate environmental sustainability. The use of natural abundant renewable resources like starch has been proven to be a low-cost and reliable raw material source for industrial production of carbonaceous materials that have porosity in the nanometer range. It will be intended to produce not only carbonaceous nanoporous materials but carbonaceous materials with enhanced functionality by using impregnation and sol/gel strategy. This will allow POROUS4APP materials to reach the challenging requirements of state of the art, high added value materials at lower cost for applications in energy storage such as lithium-ion battery and also in chemical catalysis process. These applications need materials with well-defined porosity to reach a high-efficiency level of their functional systems.