Chris Slootweg and partners receive 3.7 million Euros

13. 11. 2012 | Susan

Chris Slootweg and partners receive 3.7 million Euros to set up the Marie Curie Initial Training Network SusPhos on Sustainable Phosphorus Chemistry SusPhos represents the first systematic investigation of the eco-friendly production, smart use, recycling and commercial exploitation of phosphorus-based processes and materials that use the precious element phosphorus in a sustainable manner. This approach should lead to fundamental insights into sustainable technologies and create an ideal platform for the training of young, ambitious researchers in a superb collaborative European setting. SusPhos will educate 14 broadly-oriented researchers (12 PhDs, 2 PDs) at the interface of synthetic chemistry, catalysis, materials science, process chemistry, industrial phosphorus chemistry, and technology transfer. SusPhos’ intense training module combines the complementary strengths of nine academic (VU: J.C. Slootweg (coordinator), K. Lammertsma, P. van der Sijde (SBI); Florence: M. Peruzzini; Leipzig: E. Hey-Hawkins; Berlin: C. Müller; St Andrews: P.C.J. Kamer; Bristol: P. Pringle; Tarragona: P.W.N.M. van Leeuwen, Toulouse: N. Mézailles, D. Carmichael; Zürich: Grützmacher) and four industrial teams (Magpie Polymers: S. van Zutphen; Thermphos: W. Schipper; Arkema: B.-J. Deelman; DSM: J.G. de Vries) to promote intersectoral mobility of top-class multi-skilled researchers to enforce cross-fertilization of enhanced research synergies between the public and private European chemical sector. In its dual-mentor programme each of the ESRs and ERs will be supervised by one mentor from academia and one from industry to ensure an outstanding training in both sectors. The training programme uses highly innovative and timely methodologies to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary training of a new generation of young researchers capable of understanding and applying green chemistry to the conservation of phosphorus by environmentally benign conversions. Our SME Magpie Polymers and chemical companies Thermphos, Arkema and DSM will ensure rapid and effective technology transfer. As such the network will facilitate Europe’s continued global leadership on the sustainable use of phosphorus in an increasingly fierce competition for resources.