The National Centre for Research and Development



Small Grant Scheme; Level: post-doc; Discipline: materials engineering; ID: 210445



Project title: Synthesis and functionality of innovative porous clay hybrid nanostructures  


Acronym: FUNClay


Project Promoter: Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences


Project cost (EUR): 96 106


Grant amount (EUR): 96 106

Duration: 24 months






Project summary:

This project is devoted to the design and development of functionalized porous materials based on ecofriendly clay minerals from smectite group for removal of volatile organic compounds, the major pollutants of the atmosphere. The stability and functionality of the new generation supported catalysts with selected heteroatoms will be performed.
Our investigation will focus on direct functionalization of purely siliceous  mesoporous silica and porous clay heterostructure - composites derived from layered clay minerals by  site selected incorporation of iron into the structure.
The impact of such functionalization on the catalytic activity will be investigated in two types of catalytic reaction: removal of the volatile organic compounds (toluene) and the decomposition of ethanol. The position of iron and possible transformations in coordination and oxidation states occurring under synthesis and catalytic conditions will be investigated with the use of spectroscopy methods.


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