Work packages

WP 1: CONFINED IONIC LIQUIDS

WP 2 : POROUS LIQUIDS

 

 WP 3: SOLAR CELLS

  WP 4: HEAT STORAGE

 WP 5: BIOMIMETIC MEMBRANES

  WP 6: MECHANOCHEMISTRY

 WP 7: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

 WP 8: DISSEMINATION AND OUTREACH

WP 1: CONFINED IONIC LIQUIDS

Objective 1: To develop new catalytic systems based on confined room temperature ionic liquids

The rationale in developing confined room temperature ionic liquids as catalytic systems is that confinement would provide an energy saving mechanism and would thus enhance the environmentally friendly characteristics of the ionic liquids.

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WP 2 : POROUS LIQUIDS

Objective 2: To design liquids with permanent microporosity for gas separations, sequestration and transport.

Storing, transporting and getting out of circulation (sequestrating) harmful gases  is becoming increasingly important, particularly in the context of Global Warming. As porous liquids can store gases more efficiently than non-porous liquids, designing liquids with permanent microporosity or cavities,  constitutes an important contribution towards the containment of this huge environmental issue.  The work has already been completed for methane and we are currently carrying out a computational investigation of the sorption selectivity of the porous liquids with respect to a variety of gases.

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WP 3: SOLAR CELLS

Objective 3: To improve the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on ionic liquid electrolytes

Solar cells constitute a very important part of  clean energy production policies. This Work Package aims to study ways to improve their efficiency  particularly in the areas of storage and transport and to avoid energy “spills”.

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WP 4: HEAT STORAGE

Objective 4: To improve nanoparticle-based heat storage devices

We analysed the thermal conductivity of graphene-water systems using a variety of approaches, ranging from the nanoscale (ab initio and force fields) to the macroscopic (finite elements) scale. We are presently studying the interaction(s) of graphene with other base fluids such as paraffin wax and also with surfactants, in order to understand if and how these improve the heat transport properties of the system.

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WP 5: BIOMIMETIC MEMBRANES

Objective 5: To optimize the permeability and reactivity of active membranes systems.

We studied the nucleation of pores and defects in biomimetic membranes induced by electric fields. Our findings are important to understand the chemical factors that influence electroporation, a method used to deliver pharmacological agents into living cells. We also investigated the transport of nanoparticles (NP) and cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) across lipid bilayers. A variety of nanoparticles and CPP are currently being considered as drug delivery agents, so understanding how to overcome the local mechanical and electrical resistance of biomembranes, while preserving cell integrity, is an important goal.

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WP6: MECHANOCHEMISTRY

Objective 6: To improve the efficiency of mechanochemical reactions.

Most chemical reactions occur in the presence solvents and with the input of some kind of energy. Unfortunately, solvents tend to be highly pollutant. Improving the  efficiency of mechanicochemical reactions paves the way to reduce the need for mechanical energy and the amount of solvent needed.

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WP 7: TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Objective 7.1: To assemble and train a community of researchers

Objective 7.2: To facilitate the cross fertilization of the WPs and thus generate conditions for the development of new technologies

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WP 8: DISSEMINATION AND OUTREACH

Objective 8.1: To engage with the general public

Objective 8.2: To engage with industry

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