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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Latest News
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…
The first one in the Catalysis Science & Technology journal, which is about “MOFs based on 1D structural sub-domains with Brønsted acid and redox active sites as effective bi-functional catalysts”.  The full paper can be accessed here The second one, now number 15 during the project, in Chemistry - A European Journal about "The significance…
Our 6th Newsletter is out now! Read about our last and the upcoming project meeting. Get more details about our upcoming Industrial Workshop.  
Upcoming Events

17 February 2021 - 19 February 2021, London (UK)

The Faraday Discussion Meeting is an important event for established scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in the key aspects of reaction mechanism studies and how this can drive rational design of catalysts. The meeting will take place in London (UK) from 17th to 19th February 2021 and it will discuss the topic of…

19 May 2021 - 20 May 2021, Cologne (Germany)

Chemspec Europe provides an excellent platform for companies in the fine and specialty chemicals industry to present their new products and solutions and to identify synergies and business opportunities. The international trade fair has developed into an important and recognized platform for the industry and presents the entire spectrum of fine and specialty chemicals for…

4 July 2021 - 7 July 2021, Brighton (UK)

The FEZA conference 2021 will take place in Brighton (UK) from 4th to 7th July 2021. Click here to get to the event’s official homepage.

12 July 2021 - 14 July 2021, Darmstad (Germany)

The Curious2020 - Future Insight Conference, taking place from July 12 -14, 2021 in Darmstadt, 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…

5 September 2021 - 9 September 2021, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

The 11th World Congresses of Chemical Engineering will take place in Argentina from 5th to 9th September 2021. Click here to get to the event’s official homepage.
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