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Nanostructured catalyst overcoats for renewable chemical production from biomass

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Project "CATACOAT" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 1˙785˙195 €
 EC max contribution 1˙785˙195 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-12-01   to  2022-11-30


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 Project objective

In the CATACOAT project, we will develop layer-by-layer solution-processed catalyst overcoating methods, which will result in catalysts that have both targeted and broad impacts. We will produce highly active, stable and selective catalysts for the upgrading of lignin – the largest natural source of aromatic chemicals – into commodity chemicals, which will have an important targeted impact. The broader impact of our work will lie in the production of catalytic materials with unprecedented control over the active site architecture. There is an urgent need to provide these cheap, stable, selective, and highly active catalysts for renewable molecule production. Thanks to its availability and relatively low cost, lignocellulosic biomass is an attractive source of renewable carbon. However, unlike petroleum, biomass-derived molecules are highly oxygenated, and often produced in dilute-aqueous streams. Heterogeneous catalysts – the workhorses of the petrochemical industry – are sensitive to water and contain many metals that easily sinter and leach in liquid-phase conditions. The production of renewable chemicals from biomass, especially valuable aromatics, often requires expensive platinum group metals and suffers from low selectivity. Catalyst overcoating presents a potential solution to this problem. Recent breakthroughs using catalyst overcoating with atomic layer deposition (ALD) showed that base metal catalysts can be stabilized against sintering and leaching in liquid phase conditions. However, ALD creates dramatic drops in activity due to excessive coverage, and forms an overcoat that cannot be tuned. Our materials will feature the controlled placement of metal sites (including single atoms), several oxide sites, and even molecular imprints with sub-nanometer precision within highly accessible nanocavities. We anticipate that such materials will create unprecedented opportunities for reducing cost and increasing sustainability in the chemical industry and beyond.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Yuan-Peng Du, Florent Héroguel, Jeremy S. Luterbacher
Slowing the Kinetics of Alumina Sol-Gel Chemistry for Controlled Catalyst Overcoating and Improved Catalyst Stability and Selectivity
published pages: 1801733, ISSN: 1613-6810, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201801733
Small 14/34 2019-08-30
2019 Masoud Talebi Amiri, Graham R. Dick, Ydna M. Questell-Santiago, Jeremy S. Luterbacher
Fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass to produce uncondensed aldehyde-stabilized lignin
published pages: 921-954, ISSN: 1754-2189, DOI: 10.1038/s41596-018-0121-7
Nature Protocols 14/3 2019-08-30
2019 Yuan-Peng Du, Florent Héroguel, Xuan Trung Nguyen, Jeremy S. Luterbacher
Post-synthesis deposition of mesoporous niobic acid with improved thermal stability by kinetically controlled sol–gel overcoating
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/c9ta01459d
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2019-08-30

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