Our consortium

Overview of Participating Organisations

8 Academic Partners

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4 Industrial Partners

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2 Non-profit Organisations

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Dedicated to the training of 8 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), our network consists of leading academic and industry partners with a strong track record in innovation and training. The 8 academic partners are Beneficiaries, and are all research leaders in the inter-disciplinary fields of Photopolymer Science (IS2M, Fra), Physical Chemistry of Polymers (MPIP, Deu), Colloid Polymer Science (POLYMAT, Esp), Experimental Polymer Physics (FREIBURG, Deu), Applied Synthetic Chemistry (TUW, Aut), Porous Materials (PolyOrgLab, Svn), Chemical Engineering (ICS, Fra) and Aerosol Technology (KIT, Deu). In recent years, all have made ground breaking innovations in their specialized fields. In the chemicals and polymer sector, it is also essential to look at the bigger picture and we have therefore engaged as Partner Organisations, relevant and strong industrial partners in the value chain, specialized in Photoinitiators (PHT, Pol), Photoreactors (PESCHL, Deu), Chromatography (GLANTREO, Irl) and Barrier Coatings (INNVENTIA, Swe). The French non-profit organisations NOVATRIS and NEF complement the network bringing innovative approaches to Language Learning and Science Dissemination, respectively.

The vision of our purposefully simplified organisational platform 8 ESRs <=> 8 Beneficiaries” is designed to provide agility, clarity, strong commitment from the supervisors, small group activities and instill a real sense of community. The innovative approach of the PHOTO-EMULSION network also stems from firstly, the R&D level Tandem ESRs who will work together on complementary research projects, and secondly, the Trio of Academic and Industry supervisors (Univ A + Univ B + 1 Industry). Natural synergy and links between ESRs and research projects are reinforced via rich network-wide meetings, collaborative Wiki and teleconference to ensure widespread communication and building solid relationships.


Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse (IS2M) – CNRS – 1

General description

IS2M is a research institute under the supervision both of CNRS and Mulhouse University (UHA). It currently gathers around 170 members, including faculty members, CNRS researchers, engineers, technical and administrative staff, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. IS2M conducts multidisciplinary research in materials science and its expertise is especially renowned in the fields of the chemistry and physics of surfaces and interfaces and of porous materials. Its scientific activity covers a wide domain from fundamental to applied research, ranging from the conception and the optimisation of materials and nano-materials (polymers, carbons, ceramics, oxides, semi-conductors, biomaterials…) to their industrial valorisation. Fundamental research conducted at IS2M is strongly related to projects of strong industrial and socio-economic potentials in a large variety of application domains (energy, automobile, aeronautics, aerospace, food-processing, cosmetics, environment, microelectronic, biomedical…). IS2M is divided into seven thematic research axes. Photopolymerizations and macromolecular chemistry are two of the main research topics studied in the “Functional Polymers Engineering” axis.

Key supervisors

Dr. Abraham Chemtob is the ETN coordinator. He is a specialist of photopolymerization in dispersed media.

Dr. Julien Poly is a co-supervisor. His expertise filed covers the use of light in macromolecular synthetic methodologies.


Julie Vuerli is the Photo-Emulsion ITN project administrator.

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) – 2

General description

The Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science was founded in 1984 and has now 6 directors. In September 2015, the institute employed 521 people, including 123 graduate students working towards their Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. The institute is embedded with its research program in a highly developed and broadly structured landscape of research institutions which comprises both, academic and industrial research centers. The directors of the Max Planck Institute are appointed professors at the University of Mainz. The aim of the institute is to develop new methods to synthesize, characterize, and better understand soft, and apply this to molecular materials. Of particular interest is the relation between the chemical structure, the order and dynamics at different length scales, and the resulting physical properties of macroscopic materials.

Key supervisors

Katharina Landfester is the main supervisor, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science in Mainz. Her special interests are (polymeric) reactions in heterophases, especially in miniemulsions. New reactions in confined geometries, functionalization of nanocarriers, encapsulations of various components in nanoparticles and nanocapsules for materials and biomedical applications are some of the topics which are currently of interest for the group.

Dr. Heloïse Thérien is intended as co-supervisor.

POLYMAT Universidad del Pais Vasco – 3

General description

The UPV (www.ehu.es) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1985. It is at the helm of Research, Development and Innovation in the region of the Basque Country. The university employs over 7.000 people throughout 31 faculties distributed in its three campuses with over 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and has been recognized as International Excellence Campus by the Spanish Government. The UPV has participated in over 40 projects from FP6, has participated in 101 FP7 projects, coordinating seven collaborative projects out of 78. The UPV is the beneficiary of seven ERC Grants and 35 Marie Curie Actions. The funding received in FP7 amounted to a little over 31M€. Besides, from 2007 to 2014 the UPV has participated in another 79 projects both communitarian (Interrreg, EraNet,..) and international, with approximately 4M€ funding. Most of the projects are in the field of Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new production technologies followed by projects in the area of Information and Communication Technologies and Health. Up to November 2015, the UPV is the beneficiary of five MSC-IF (2 GF and 3 EF) and six collaborative MSC actions. Overall, 25 projects were granted in H2020. POLYMAT is an internationally reputed university research centre in Polymer Science of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU at Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. POLYMAT includes 21 Assistant, Associate and Full Professors and more than 60 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Within POLYMAT, the activities related to this project will be conducted by the Polymerization Processes group that is composed of 7 academic staff, 4 postdocs, and 25 PhD students. This is an international research team that in the last years has hosted PhD students and postdocs from 20 countries. They are experts in polymerization reactions and engineering and have directed their research to the fundamental investigation of industrially significant problems with special emphasis on polymerization in dispersed media.

Key supervisors

Prof. José M. Asua is the main supervisor. José M. Asua is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of the Basque Country and Director of the Basque Center for Macromolecular Design and Engineering, POLYMAT Fundazioa. His research has been focused on the fundamental investigation of industrially important polymerization processes developing knowledge-based strategies for the production of high performance waterborne dispersed polymers.

Dr. Radmila Tomovska is a co-supervisor and a member of Prof. J.M. Asua team at POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country, Spain, where she works as Research Professor engaged in the investigation in the area of (photo)polymerization in dispersed media and preparation of waterborne polymer composite materials.

Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg Germany (FREIBURG) – 4

General description

The University of Freiburg (FREIBURG) is one of Germany’s leading research institutions and enjoys an international reputation in many fields. It has been a comprehensive university since its founding in 1457, and its diversity of disciplines provides an ideal environment for innovative interdisciplinary studies. The university was successful in the German “Excellence” competitions (2007 for research and 2009 for instruction), and it is a member of LERU (League of European Research Universities).

Key supervisors

Prof. Dr. Günter Reiter is the main supervisor, Professor for Physics at the FREIBURG, Head of the Experimental Polymer Physics (EPP) group, Vice-Director of the ‘Freiburg Materials Research Centre- FMF’, Vice-Director of the ‘Freiburg Centre for Interactive Materials and Bio-Inspired Technologies – FIT’, and Coordinator of the International Research Training Group “Soft Matter Science”.

Dr. Thomas Pfohl is a co-supervisor.

Technische Universität Wien (TUW) – 5

General description

The TUW is a leading Austrian university and an active participant in the international scientific and academic community. TUW, which was founded in 1815 as k. k. Polytechnisches Institut (Imperial and Royal Polytechnic Institute), is one of the oldest engineering schools in Europe. The university consists of eight faculties that cover the classical engineering disciplines and natural sciences. The teaching and fundamental and applied research receives high international and domestic recognition. Nowadays, about 30,000 students (19% foreign students / 30% women) and 3,600 scientific staff members study and work at its faculties, scientific institutes and infrastructure centres. In addition to the funding by the federal government of Austria, TUV obtains approx. € 85 million of extramural funding per year, financing approximately 1500 heads of staff. The university is involved in numerous competence centres, networks, projects and Christian Doppler laboratories. The university is associated with 1 Nobel Prize winner and 17 ERC grants.

The Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry is part of the faculty of technical chemistry at the TUV. It engages roughly 75 well-educated and well-trained academics, who for many years have been committed to teaching, training and research at high standards. In addition to basic research for the development of new methods and strategies of synthesis, the focus of the Institute is on practice-oriented synthetic chemistry. The cornerstones of our activities are the synthesis and characterization of products that are industrially and technologically exploitable and marketable as well as the development of technical manufacturing processes. With its extensive synthesis know-how in inorganic, organic and macromolecular chemistry, the Institute is an ideal platform for cooperation partners.

Key supervisors

Prof. Robert Liska is the main supervisor. Specialist in photopolymerization in general, with special interest in dental applications, biomaterials and 3D printing.

Dr. Christian Gorsche is a co-supervisor who will assist with IP management (15% of full time employment). Dr.Gorsche focuses on controlled radical polymerization methods and photopolymerization, especially for biomaterials.

Laboratory for Organic and Polymer Chemistry and Technology (PolyOrgLab) – 6

General description

PolyOrgLab is a part of Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Main research topics of PolyOrgLab are connected with the synthesis of polymers with multiple levels of porosity, being either multi-modal or hierarchical. Porous polymers are being prepared using step growth, free radical or controlled radical mechanisms and a wide range of monomers, either commercially available or prepared in-house, are used. Different physical and chemical methods are applied to induce porosity within the polymers, from emulsion and hard sphere templating, to chemical post polymerisation hyper-crosslinking and grafting. Combinations of methods are applied to obtain polymer materials with innovative morphology e.g. cellular interconnected and hierarchical. Polymers with reactive side groups and tailored porosity are applied in methods of separation, purification, catalysis, as reagents as well as supports for biological cells growth and tissue regeneration in regenerative medicine. PolyOrgLab is strongly involved also in teaching at both Bachelor and Master level of chemistry and chemical engineering, supplying courses of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, organic material science, organic analysis, general chemistry and environmental chemistry. The lab is continuously hosting master and doctoral students and has been the choice of thesis work of over 40 students in the course of last 10 years.

Key supervisors

Prof. Peter Krajnc is the main supervisor, a researcher. 20% of full time involvement.

Dr. Muzafera Paljevac is a co-supervisor, a researcher. 20% of full time involvement.

Institut Charles Sadron (ICS) – CNRS – 7

General description

ICS is a laboratory associated with the University of Strasbourg, which was created in 1954 to answer the demand for fundamental research in the field of the emerging polymer industry. This multidisciplinary institute, lying at the interface of the chemistry and physics of materials, is composed of roughly: 54 researchers and lecturers-researchers, 44 engineers, technicians and administrative staff and about 70 doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, associate researchers and Master students. The institute comprises 7 research groups as well as general services, in particular a state-of-the-art equipped electron microscopy facility. The latter is part of the French excellence network METSA and is developing new technical approaches for studying polymers (cryo EM, CEMOVIS etc.). The main topics of research concern: the chemistry and engineering of polymers, polyelectrolytes, polymers at interfaces, molecular and supramolecular auto-assembly, modelling and simulation, mixed and nanocomposite systems, biomaterials and complexes of therapeutic interest. This research draws on the wide spectrum of scientific and technical expertise available at the PôleMatériaux et Nanosciences Alsace (Alsatian Centre for Materials and Nanosciences) and the Centre International de Recherche aux Frontières de la Chimie (International Research Centre at the Frontiers of Chemistry), created in Strasbourg in 2007.

Key supervisors

Prof. C.A. Serra is the main supervisor, an expert in polymer microprocess and chemical engineering and thus will contribute to the development of microfluidic-assisted intensification and scale-up of nanoemulsification processes

Dr. Michel Bouquey is a co-supervisor, a polymer chemist and will be mainly concerned by all chemistry aspect of the aforementioned processes.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – 8

General description

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, briefly referred to as KIT, was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation. KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment.

The section Biomolecular Separation Engineering (MAB, http://mab.blt.kit.edu/) at the Institute of Engineering in Life Sciences focuses on all aspects of modern downstream processing: protein purification, formulation as well as analytics in the biopharmaceutical industry. The area of research ranges from assessing structural parameters of proteins on a molecular level, transport and surface interaction phenomena of proteins, purification and characterization of bio-nanoparticles to industrial process development. Within MAB, the research group of Michael Wörner is aiming at the photopolymerization of hetero-phase reaction systems for the production of polymeric particles, comprising hybrid and bioconjugated nanostructures for bioanalytical and -pharmaceutical applications.

Key supervisors

Dr. Michael Wörner (MW) is the main supervisor. Senior researcher integrated in MAB, heading photochemistry labs and will take over the supervision of ESR 8 (30% of full time employment)

Dr. Iris Perner-Nochta (MAB) is intended as co-supervisor (10% of full time employment).


Photo High Technology Ltd (PHT) – 1

General description

Photo High Technologies Company was established as a result of many years of research in the photopolymerization process. Scientific work under the direction of PhD Joanna Ortyl, winner of many prestigious awards in the country and around the world is continued on the basis of the commercial in our company.

Key supervisors

Dr. Joanna Ortyl is a CEO.

Dr. Mariusz Galek is a Vice-CEO.

RISE – 2

General description

The RISE institutes Innventia, SP, and Swedish ICT have merged in order to become a stronger research and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with academia, industry, and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,200 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes, and our roughly 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities are instrumental in developing the future-proofing of products, technologies, and services. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is fully owned by the Swedish state.

In the circular bioeconomy of the future, advanced wood-based and renewable products may replace today’s fossil-based products. The Bioeconomy division, with 320 staff, works all along the chain from raw materials and processes to finished products, such as wood mechanical products, paper, packaging, textiles, carbon fibres, chemicals and fuels. The division’s test beds play an important role for scaling up processes for the biorefinery of the future. The division consists of the following units: Biorefinery and Energy, Papermaking and Packaging, and Biobased Materials. Three subsidiaries are also included in the division: PFI Paper and Fiber Research Institute, Processum and Energy Technology Center (ETC).

Key supervisors

Prof. Peter Rättö  is a senior researcher, project manager.

Dr. Göran Flodberg is a barrier materials researcher.

Glantreo Ltd (GLANTREO) – 3

General description

Glantreo is a dynamic materials science R&D company based in Ireland. Glantreo synthesizes both porous and non porous nanomaterials for application in chemical purification, separations and catalysis. Glantreo manufacturers nanomaterials on a medium to high volume scale (up to kg lot sizes) and predominantly deals with ‘high value’ add products.

Key supervisors

Dr. John Hanrahan is the CTO of Glantreo Ltd. He has over 10 years experience in the production and synthesis of nano porous and nanoparticle materials.

John Hogan, as Chief Commercial Officer, is responsible for the formulation and delivery of commercial strategies within Glantreo with the goal of driving business growth, market share and company profitability.

Peschl Ultraviolet Gmbh  (PESCHL) – 4

General description

Peschl Ultraviolet GmbH with its headquarter in Mainz / Germany and international subsidiaries and agencies in Europe, Asia and USA, is a family owned, international operating sales company in the domain of applied Ultraviolet-Technology. The company develops, assembles and distributes UV-systems and components for industrial, medical, environmental applications as well as for research and development. The special expertise of the company is the manufacturing of large commercial scale photoreactors in production scale as well as for up-scaling from lab to commercial production as well as intermediate steps in the pilot scale.

Key supervisors

Alexander Peschl is a global project supervisor.

Alexander Voronov is an engineer.

Nef des Sciences (NEF) – 5

General description

The mission of “Nef des Sciences” is to promote scientific, technical and industrial culture in all domains, by making them accessible to a broad audience and especially to young people.

Its objectives are to inform and train responsible citizens, able to move with the times, thanks to a better understanding of current and tomorrow’s challenges in science.

Key supervisors

Adrien DUDA is a project manager.

Doïc WOZNIAK is in charge of scientific activities.

Novatris Universite de Haute-Alsace (NOVATRIS) – 6

General description

NovaTris (ANR-11-IDFI-0005, Initiative for Excellence in Innovation Training, French National Research Agency) is the Centre for cross-border competences of the Université de Haute-Alsace. The Centre’s main goal is to give any Upper Rhine citizen the opportunity to build and develop cross-border skills (both intercultural and linguistic) needed to interact with ease in different contexts (international, multicultural, etc.). NovaTris’ headline, “Dare to go beyond borders”, is meant in a broad sense and is not limited to national borders, but rather at a crossroads between people, domains, professions, etc. NovaTris is also responsible for coordinating several specific Interreg VA projects, namely Eucor – The European Campus, a network gathering the University of Basel, the University of Strasbourg, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Germany), and the UHA.

In order to reach its objectives, NovaTris develops and applies intercultural modules, trains professionals to intercultural teaching methods and supports various French-German-Swiss cross-border study programs. For instance, the UHA offers two binational curricula (Regio Chimica and CIFTE) in partnership with the Albert-Ludwigs University and the Pädagogische Hochschule of Freiburg, within which NovaTris offers both intercultural modules and tutored language tandem learning. Tutored language tandem courses have also been opened to all Eucor – The European Campus students and staff at the UHA for five years.  Finally, NovaTris supports and supervises research, teaching and student projects and creates and develops several networks at all levels (student, professional, political, secondary education, business, public service, etc.).

Key supervisors

Nina Kulovics is a tandem foreign language tutor.

Benjamin Le Merdy is a tandem foreign language tutor.


We are grateful to Bruno Bock, BASF and Lambson for the delivery of chemical products to the Photo-Emulsion consortium.

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