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The EU-funded ENACT project has used a combination of computer simulation and experimental validation to develop more efficient and sustainable chemical processes for the energy and pharmaceutical sectors - good for the environment, health, and the EU's competitiveness.
Published: 2 April 2019
An 'artificial leaf' being developed by EU-funded researchers to produce fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, could tackle soaring global energy demands, the growing impact of climate change, and dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.
Published: 13 March 2019
European science is missing out on talent as leadership positions remain predominantly occupied by men. To challenge this gender imbalance, an EU-funded project is helping research institutes support female staff in their research career and encouraging work-life balance.
Published: 8 March 2019
The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the world's most powerful source of neutrons, a key tool in advancing materials science and technological progress. An EU-funded project has supported the development of ESS, which could lead to scientific breakthroughs that improve our quality of life.
Published: 30 November 2018
Published: 25 September 2017
A factory in Belgium specialises in dyeing fabrics. Every year around 12,000 kilometres of textile materials are dyed. And for that, millions of litres of water are needed. After use, the water is full of colorants, chemicals and salts.
Published: 25 July 2017
Whey from cheese production and other agricultural waste can be a valuable raw material for new biodegradable plastic. A European research project is working on using these by-products in laminated cardboard for food packaging.
Published: 3 May 2016
Most of the food we buy is packed in plastic, metal or other fabricated materials. That makes it easy to store and transport, but how can we be sure food packaging isn't harmful to our health? Substances in plastic containers make them flexible. The information on cardboard boxes is printed in typographic paint. Should we be concerned that these chemicals are in contact with what we eat?
Published: 22 April 2016
Fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals are traditionally produced in batches. Switching to a flow process that generates a steady stream of such substances could offer huge benefits, notably in terms of sustainability, but this is not an easy task. Technical advances delivered by EU-funded researchers are facilitating the transition and opening up new possibilities.
Published: 27 January 2016
Supramolecular chemistry could provide new, innovative materials for applications for medicine, data storage and other areas. Some European countries even have national programmes devoted to this field. The ASSEMZYME project is using EU funding to train a research candidate in this cutting-edge science.
Published: 26 January 2016