MULTI-site organic-inorganic HYbrid CATalysts for MULTI-step chemical process


This Research & Development project is funded by EU in the Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by the University of Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”.

Main objectives

Development of new catalysts in application fields of pharmaceutical and intermediate chemistry applications

Features of new developed catalysts:

  • Consists of a new class of hierarchically-porous organic-inorganic hybrid materials
  • First time solvation of limitation of current organo-siliceous solids
  • Multistep asymmetric reactions catalysis
  • Predominantly high conversion rates (>90%) and high selectivity (>80%)

Development steps for each catalyst:

  • Design; Proof of concept (2g of catalyst); Upscale; Industrial Validation
  • Final step in project: pre-pilot reactor for catalyst production (20-50g of catalyst)


Direct benefits

improve flexibility and versatility of obtained catalysts
cost reduction of obtained catalysts


Indirect benefits

Innovation and Advance of Knowledge
Global markets & competitiveness
Environment and resource efficiency

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Our 7th Newsletter is out now! You will find an update of our latest project advances and insides of our last project meeting. Unfortunately, the planned Industrial Workshop had to be cancelled.

15 December 2020

As in July, our 9th Consortium Meeting unfortunately has to take place virtually. This Friday we will meet to present the progress of the last months and also to plan the remaining months of the project. Hopefully our meeting at the end of the project can take place again under (more or less) normal circumstances.…
Probing the Design Rationale of a High‐Performing Faujasitic Zeotype Engineered to have Hierarchical Porosity and Moderated Acidity Dr. S. Chapman, Dr. M. Carravetta, Dr. I. Miletto, Dr. C. M. Doherty, H. Dixon, Dr. J. D. Taylor, Prof. E. Gianotti, Prof. J. Yu, Prof. R. Raja The article is available via Open Access: Abstract: Porosity…
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a versatile and durable solid catalyst that can be used to produce synthetic polymers more sustainably. A multidisciplinary international collaboration, led by Dr Stephanie Chapman and Professor Robert Raja, was instrumental in the design of the novel hierarchical catalyst, which produces a nylon precursor in high yield.…
Our 8th Consortium Meeting took place on Monday, July 13th – this time, however, due to the particular situation, virtually. The latest project progress were presented at this event. After the lockdown has slowed down the research activities, we are finally (almost) back to normal. Nevertheless, the project has had to be postponed by 6…
Upcoming Events
The International Conference on Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology has arrived at its 7th edition, which will be held in Tokyo (Japan) from 17 to 18 May 2021, with the theme "New strategic avenue to foster the advanced techniques in Catalysis and Chemical Engineering." The main scope of the conference is to act as an…

14 June 2021 - 16 June 2021, Osaka (Japan)

The World Congress & Expo on Chemical Engineering & Catalysis (WCECEC-2021) is an established event, attracting global participant’s intent on sharing, exchanging and exploring new avenues of Chemical Engineering & Catalysis and related research and latest developments. The event, which will be held from 14th to 16th June 2021 in Osaka (Japan), aims to promote quality research and real-world…

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12 July 2021 - 14 July 2021, Online

The Curious2020 - Future Insight Conference, taking place from July 12 -14, 2021 online, Germany, will consist of keynotes, workshops, and short presentations running through parallel work streams punctuated with two evening events as well as the awarding of the Future Insight Prize. The conference will gather 1300 science and technology focused guests and be…
Chemical engineering, biotechnology and bioprocessing are more important than ever to meet current challenges thus as climate change, circular economy or pharmaceutical production. To enable an international scientific exchange despite restrictions that are expected to be still in place in September 2021, the 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 6th European Congress of Applied…
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