Référence projet : 11-EQPX-0037
RST : Sébastien PAUL
Etablissement Coordinateur : Université de Lille
Région du projet : Hauts de France
Discipline : 2 - SMI
Aide de l'ANR 8 708 110 euros
Investissement couvrant la période de mai 2012 à décembre 2019
In the frame of the Investments for the Future Program (PIA) - EQUIPEX, the research project REALCAT has been awarded of 8.7 M€ funding from the French government, 700 k€ from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and supported by the Fondation Initiatives of Ecole Centrale for the development of a unique platform in the world, dedicated to the development of catalysts for industrial biorefineries. Three laboratories, located on Lille University's campus have gathered their forces to design such a challenging project: UCCS (Unit of Catalysis and Solid State Chemistry), specialized in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; the Institut Charles Viollette (ICV - USC INRA - EA 7394), specialized in biocatalysis and CRIStAL (Research center in Computer Science, Signal and Automatic Control of Lille), specialized in computer engineering, data treatment, bio-informatics, modeling and analysis of biologic systems. This offers to REALCAT a very strong scientific background in the field of high-throughput catalysis.
In 2016 the REALCAT platform is a reality as it is fully operational. It consists of a high-throughput platform, unique in the world, devoted to innovation in heterogeneous, homogeneous catalysis and bio-catalysis as well as their combination under the ultra-efficient novel concept of “hybrid catalysis”. This integrated combination of skills and technologies enables high-level R&D catalysis development programs on hot topics including environmental and economic issues. The versatility of the platform also offers the possibility to run projects in the field of materials development.
REALCAT is the first platform in the world that intimately integrates skills and technologies in chemistry, biotechnology, mathematics, computer science and statistics. This constitutes the main added value of REALCAT, which represents the first worldwide implementation of the next generation laboratory in the field of catalysis.
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