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)


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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Upcoming 3rd Consortium Meeting in Maribor

Upcoming 3rd Consortium Meeting in Maribor

University of Maribor with ESR6 and 5 will organize the third consortium meeting that will be held on 21-25 September 2020. First three days will be concentrated around training and different tutorials ; Next two days will be reserved to research results...

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European Researchers Night in Vienna 2019

European Researchers Night in Vienna 2019

The European Researchers' Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), is a Europe-wide public event to bring researchers closer to the general public, to showcase the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, and to stimulate...

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