Work Packages

WP1 - Synthesis of model catalysts (Leader BIC)

The objective of WP 1 is to synthesize model catalysts with tailored properties, which will be implemented also in the theoretical studies of WP 2 and used for experimental work in WP 3. Properties to tune are for metals nanoparticle size, shape and elemental distributions and composition for mixed metals. For carbon supports with significant external surface (carbon nanotubes and nanofibers) size, structure, ordering and surface chemistry will be varied as also the dispersion of the nanomaterial. Regarding carbons with inner porosity, pore size, particle size (from nano to macro), carbon ordering and surface chemistry will be adjusted.

WP2 - Theoretical studies (Leader UNIPA)

Different levels of calculations are planned for the theoretical studies. Theoretical calculations will focus on local carbonaceous support properties, formation of the metal supported (Ni, Pt, Ru, Pd) nanostructures and specific metal-metal interactions within metallic or bimetallic (Pt-Re) nanoclusters.

WP3 - Experimental studies (Leader AAU)

The objective of WP3 is to develop a rationale of the application of the novel APR catalysts. This will be done through optimization of the catalyst design and composition with the goal to formulate the recommendations for the prototypes of the industrial catalysts. The WP3 will focus on testing of model substrates and technical feedstocks. Supported and unsupported noble metal nanomaterials, provided by WP1 will be studied.

WP4 - Studies on hydrothermal stability (Leader FC)

The objective of WP 4 is a) to evaluate hydrothermal stability of different carbon supports and catalysts and b) to study processes to enhance the hydrothermal stability. To be able to deduce information about stability harsher conditions will be applied to accelerate the degradation. Beside tests of the carbon stability, also examination of hydrothermal stability of the supported metal nanoclusters will be studied.

WP5 – Valuation and validation (Leader JM)

The objective of WP5 is to validate the catalyst design for a (commercial) feedstock to be specified in the project and enable rapid application to industrial processes. Optimized catalysts will be produced, with a focus on technically available materials and scalable production techniques.

WP6 - Dissemination and Exploitation (Leader BTG)

SusFuelCat activities are designed to deliver a range of exploitable results (in terms of innovation, scaling up and new scientific challenges) that rely on effective intellectual property management in order to (a) facuilitate rapid commercial exploitation and (b) deliver the expected project impact (boost European expertise on catalysts for sustainable fuel production by the process of Aqueous Phase Reforming).

Objectives of WP6 are:

  • to raise awareness and disseminate the SusFuelCat concept, outcome and results to key target audiences in industry and academia
  • to facilitate rapid exploitation of the project results
  • to provide effective and effective mechanisms for knowledge management including IPR protection and publications

WP7 – Financial and administrative Management (Leader FAU)

The administrative and financial planning  of the project will be reported at the end of each interim period and after the final period to the European Commission (including cost statements).

Graphical presentation of the work package interdependencies