Monolithic reactors structured at the nano and micro levels for catalytic water purification

Grant Agreement No 226347
EC Grant 1,950,097 €
Project duration 01/05/2009 - 30/04/2012
Coordinator and contact CSIC - Enrique García-Bordeje



This project aims at the preparation and testing of catalyst supported on structured reactors (ceramic and metallic honeycomb monoliths, metallic filters, carbon cloth) coated with nanocarbon materials (NCM), namely carbon nanofibers (CNF) and carbon nanotubes (CNT). This structured catalytic reactor will be used for catalytic water purification. Every partner responsible for testing the monoliths will focus on a different pollutant (Nitrates, organic matter…) and catalytic process (hydrogenation, oxidation) depending on the particular expertise of every partner.

The properties of monolithic reactor coated with NCM, e.g. thin catalyst layer and mesoporosity, enable the control of the diffusion path and enhance the diffusion of reactant to catalytic sites. The objective is to achieve an intensification of the catalytic process in terms of improved selectivity, robustness, stability and performance while reducing energy equirements and by-product generation. This will realise advantages over conventional reactors, such as trickled bed reactors or slurry reactors.



  • Process intensification of catalytic water treatment
  • Preparation of materials with control of the structure at different length scales (from nm to m)
  • Knowledge transfer between experts in coating, catalyst preparation, process design and final user for water treatment



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Instituto de Carboquímica
Spain Research Enrique Garcia-Bordeje
Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet ntu organisasjonsledd Norway Research, higher education Magnus Rönning
Universidad politécnica de Valencia Spain Research, higher education Antonio Eduardo Palomares
Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal Research, higher education Manuel Fernando Ribeiro Pereira
Norta Ltd. Lithuania Research Alexander Khinsky
University of Warwick UK Research and higher education Alexei Lapkin
MEL Chemicals UK Research and higher education Hazel Stephenson
Anjou recherche, Water research center of Veolia France Research Jean-Christophe Schrotter
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland Research and higher education Lioubov Kiwi-Minsker