RedINTECAT aims at Facing Societal Challenges through Collaborative Research in Catalysis and builds on an Integrated Approach to Catalysis developed within the INTECAT project (CSD2006-0003). The network has the goal of contributing to the discovery of new chemical processes that make a more rational use of feedstocks, require less energy consumption, and take place without the generation of environmentally harmful by-products. Research activities towards this end ranging from the theoretical modeling of processes to the design of catalysts and to mechanistic studies, leading to a rational design of processes which are more economically, energetically and ecologically efficient than existing alternatives.
The activities of RedINTECAT will be focused on: 1. Establishment of collaborative working groups with diverse skills and expertise; 2. Establishment of multidisciplinary working groups build on partial strengths to address complex research issues that the parts could not easily address alone because none has all the requisite skills; 3. Achievement of a whole-system view of catalysis. Integrating molecular design, theoretical calculations, synthesis of catalytic systems active in homo-, heterogeneous phases and in the frontier, and benchmarking of the produced catalysts with scale-up and engineering processes.
It is expected that the different research activities undertaken within RedINTECAT will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of the research on catalysis carried out by the partners, and to the generation of intellectual property that can be transferred to companies and commercially exploited and consequently, contribute to improve industrial competitiveness in Spain.
RedIntecat is funded by the Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia. Acciones de Dinaminación “Redes de Excelencia” (MINECO).
Participating institutions and research groups:
ICIQ: Miquel A. Pericàs, Pau Ballester, Carles Bo, Antonio M. Echavarren, Paolo Melchiorre, Vladimir Grushin, Arjan Kleij, Antoni Llobet, Núria López, Rubén Martín, Feliu Maseras, Kilian Muñiz and Anton Vidal.
Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV): Carmen Claver
Universidad de Huelva: Pedro J. Pérez
Universidad de Valladolid: Pablo Espinet
Universidad de Zaragoza: José A. Mayoral