A European Training Network for Sustainable Phosph.. (SusPhos)
A European Training Network for Sustainable Phosphorus Chemistry
Start date: Feb 1, 2013,
End date: Jan 31, 2017
The SusPhos training network will bring about a paradigm shift in the teaching of sustainable phosphorus chemistry, in the training of multidisciplinary-competent scientists, and in the public’s view on chemistry to preserve the essential element phosphorus from depletion. SusPhos represents the first systematic investigation of the eco-friendly production, smart use, recycling and commercial exploitation of phosphorus-based processes and materials that use the precious element phosphorus in a sustainable manner. This approach should lead to fundamental insights into sustainable technologies and create an ideal platform for the training of young, ambitious researchers in a superb collaborative European setting. SusPhos will educate 14 broadly-oriented researchers at the interface of synthetic chemistry, catalysis, materials science, process chemistry, industrial phosphorus chemistry, and technology transfer. SusPhos’ intense training module combines the complementary strengths of nine academic and three industrial teams to promote intersectoral mobility of top-class multi-skilled researchers to enforce cross-fertilization of enhanced research synergies between the public and private European chemical sector. In its dual-mentor programme each of the ESRs and ERs will be supervised by one mentor from academia and one from industry to ensure an outstanding training in both sectors. The training programme uses highly innovative and timely methodologies to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary training of a new generation of young researchers capable of understanding and applying green chemistry to the conservation of phosphorus by environmentally benign conversions. Our SME Magpie Polymers and leading chemical companies Thermphos, Arkema and DSM will ensure rapid and effective technology transfer. As such the network will facilitate Europe's continued global leadership on the sustainable use of phosphorus in an increasingly fierce competition for resources.
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