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

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…
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…
Upcoming Events
The International Chemical Engineering and Catalysis Conference will be held on January 28, 2021 as a Virtual Conference. Catalysis-2021 will represent an excellent platform to share and discuss all the key advances in topics related to Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, with the contribution of fabulous speakers who will be sharing their experiences from various perspectives…

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…

22 February 2021 - 24 February 2021, San Francisco (USA)

The fifth edition of the International Conference on Catalysis and Chemical Engineering will be held from 22 to 24 February 2021 in San Francisco (USA). The event will bring together high experts of Catalysis to discuss and share ideas about the results, progress and best practices of the field. Check the website for further information.

23 April 2021 - 25 April 2021, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

The Global Conference on Catalysis & Applied Chemical Engineering (GCC 2021) will be held in Dubai, from 23 to 25 April 2021, with the  focus on the essential progression of developments and advancements through the latest upfront Catalysis and Applied Chemical Engineering. The conference will foresee interactive keynotes, workshops, oral and poster presentation sessions. Find…
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…
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