PHOTO-EMULSION is a European-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) project of the H2020 programme
Our Scientific Objective
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Our Practical Objective
Towards Next-generation Eco-efficient PHOTO And EMULSION Polymerisations Imparting Synergy to Process, Products and Applications 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) H2020 – European Training Network (ETN)
The polymer industry is going through one of the most significant periods of change in its history.
Driven by new environmental regulations, the development of eco-efficient processes and zero-VOC products has become an absolute necessity. In this field, 2 technologies stand out: Polymerisation in dispersed media and Photopolymerisation. To maintain EU leadership in this sector, PHOTO-EMULSION aims at training a next-generation of 8 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) who can push towards new eco-friendly polymerisation processes. Our primary strength is a demanding technical knowledge base bringing together, for the first time, all disciplines related to these 2 strategic fields. Secondly, we will broaden traditional doctoral training by targeting transferable and specialized skills sought after by the employers, and learned through innovative methods: tandem ESRs, distance language learning, ESR as itinerant science educator, online courses, ESR-led subproject, highly interactive meetings, and industrial secondments.
In research, we will develop a “hybrid” next-generation technology based on thiol-ene photopolymerisation in dispersed media. Advanced manufacturing based on photoreactor promises a wave of high sulfur content dispersed products (films, nanoparticles, porous network). Their outstanding properties open the door to applications responding to current industrial needs such as non-leaching materials, O2 barrier and biobased waterborne coatings, biologically-active particles, hybrid nanosensors and monolithic chromatography column. PHOTO-EMULSION is a EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) project of the H2020 programme. It involves a high-quality research network including 8 internationally reputed academic institutions, 4 leading companies and 2 non-profit organisations. Balanced & EU-wide, its diversity expresses through the participation of 8 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden & Spain), 50% female scientists-in-charge, and structures supporting gender equality.
PHOTO-EMULSION has 5 distinctive features
50% Female (co)scientists-in-charge
8 European Countries
2 Non-profit Organisations
8 Research-intensive Universities
4 tandem of early-stage researchers (8 ESRs)