PHOTO-EMULSION is a European-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) project of the H2020 programme


Aims at training a next-generation of 8 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) who can push towards new eco-friendly polymerisation processes

Our Scientific Objective

A challenging research programme to develop a new hybrid PROCESS combining photopolymer science and polymerisation in dispersed systems

Our Education Objective

Transferable and Specialized Skills learned through research, industrial secondments, and innovative training methods: tandem PhD, distance language learning, itinerant science educator, online courses,…

Our Practical Objective

Development  of innovative materials  for the European polymer industry: barrier and biobased polysulfide films, non-leaching coatings,  monolithic HPLC column, hybrid nanopowders for therapeutics,  water-soluble photoinitiators.

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)


Cuong Le’s first publication is just out

Cuong Le’s first publication is just out

Amid the chaos created by the coronavirus, Cuong Le (ESR1 working at IS2M, Mulhouse, France) has managed to get his results published in Macromolecules. No excuse for not reading! Ab Initio Batch Emulsion Thiol–Ene Photopolymerization

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Industrial secondment of Cuong at PHT has just ended

Industrial secondment of Cuong at PHT has just ended

Cuong Le is back in Mulhouse, France after 4 months in Poland. He moved on Nov. 1 for his industrial secondment at Photo High Technologies where he was supervised by Ms. Joanna ORTYL (CEO) and Mr. Mariusz GALEK (vice CEO). The secondment was successful and the project...

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3rd Consortium Meeting relocated at Freiburg

3rd Consortium Meeting relocated at Freiburg

University of Freiburg  will organize the third consortium meeting that will be held on 12-16 October 2020.  First three days will be devoted to training and master class Next two days will be dedicated to research results presentations. The webpage of the consortium...

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