NMP-2008-2.4-1 Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials
Technical content/scope: Recent breakthroughs in the design and processing of inorganic-organic hybrid materials have been driven by the rapid growth of their use in emerging applications such as energy conversion and storage, sensors, tissue engineering, environmentally friendly catalysis and information storage. A fundamental understanding and control of their properties, which combine robustness with versatility, is required for the rational development of new hybrid materials with engineered nanostructure and for their application in novel processes. The focus should be on radical innovation in highly ordered organic-inorganic hybrids, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), ordered mesoporous materials, chemically- or physically-tailored ordered nanostructures and ordered arrays of inorganic and organic components. The specific advantages of these systems are their versatility due to their potential for tailoring the pore size, very high surface area and diffusivity. They can, therefore, be designed to yield potential applications in a wide range of different scientific fields (e.g. gas purification, separation, gas storage and catalysis). Projects should be based on interdisciplinary partnerships combining high level modelling, synthesis and characterisation of the proposed materials. Hybrid nanocomposites, tissue engineering and hydrogen or methane storage applications are excluded.
Funding scheme: Large scale integrating collaborative projects.
Special features: In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation and priority will be given to proposals showing a clear industrial leadership.
Expected impact: Emerging applications of novel hybrid materials such as in environmentally friendly catalysis, energy conversion and storage, sensors, information storage, etc. Real breakthroughs in the design and processing of these materials would have far reaching consequences for the future competitiveness of the European industry in many different sectors.

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