This publication is the result of the efforts of the ‘European Cluster on Catalysis’ which has been recently initiated by the European Commission. It focusses on the harmonisation and better integration of fragmented activities in Europe and presents a common vision on catalysis research.
Catalysis is the outmost cross-cutting and key enabling discipline in chemical industry. More than 80% of all chemical products have seen a catalyst in their production life-cycle.
Catalysis can help to make products greener and more sustainable, to reduce CO2 emissions or to address future energy challenges.
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Super-strong threads of carbon atoms - known as nanofibres - promise a new generation of exceptional materials. When added to another material, the fibres bring an exciting combination of flexibility, strength, light weight and electrical conductivity. But while carbon fibres like these are finding a market in high-spec aeroplanes like the Airbus 320, high cost limit their wider adoption.
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ENF 2017 will focus on how nano and materials technologies can strengthen competitiveness across all European industries.
The programme will include sessions on finance and funding through EU and National programmes, in particular Horizon 2020, smart specialisation and public-private partnership initiatives.
Nanotechnology harnesses the power of the very small - just a fraction of the size of a human hair and too tiny to see with the naked eye - to make more effective devices, materials and medicines. Now researchers behind the SKHINCAPS project funded by the European Union want to use nanotechnologies to make smart clothing and cosmetics.
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The conference "Re-industrialisation of the EU 2016" (REinEU2016) closed on October 28 with the "Bratislava Agenda", a joint initiative of the Dutch and Slovak EU Presidencies.
REinEU2016 has been the scene of ardent discussions around the role of science, research and innovation in the sustainable development of the European economy and the re-industrialisation of Europe.
Full text of the "Bratislava Agenda"
The Public Consultation on the Art. 185 TFEU initiatives on Metrology Research (EMRP and EMPIR) closed on October 7 2016 with a total of 250 replies. The Commission services are now working on the report which will be published on the Key Enabling Technologies website.
Materials characterisation is one of the key pillars supporting and linking research and market introduction.
The European Materials Characterisation Cluster (EMCC) has been launched to exploit synergies and maximise the impact from H2020 characterisation financing and other investments and innovation programmes at national and regional level.
The EMCC will act as coordination platform in the area of nanotechnology and advanced materials characterisation actions.
Mapping of current characterisation capabilities, activities and needs is ongoing. In particular, a survey has been run to collect views on what characterisation developments are required in order to respond to the application needs of European industry.
This will lay the groundwork for elaboration of an EMCC Characterisation Needs Study that will provide input to a European Roadmap on Characterisation.
An EMCC workshop will be held at the Industrial Technologies conference in Amsterdam on 24th June 2016.
A selection of articles about EU funded Research & Innovation projects from across Europe.