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ESPERANTO - Enhancing the Sustainability of PhotopolymERs ANd phoToinduced prOcesses

Duration:
48 months (2027)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
UE-funded research - HE - Excellent Science - MSCA
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA
Project identification number:
101073432
PoliTo role:
Coordinator

Abstract

Esperanto (Enhancing the Sustainability of PhotopolymERs ANd phoToinduced prOcesses) aims at i) improving the sustainability of photopolymers ii) boosting the use of photopolymerisation processes in the industrial sector to replace less sustainable processes iii) training a new generation of researchers with advanced scientific skills and sustainability consciousness. Gathering 8 universities and 8 non-academic partners, ESPERANTO will reach its objectives through individual PhD projects addressing sustainable innovation, within an international and intersectoral research network of academic institutions and enterprises in the field of photopolymers and high-tech. Photopolymerization is a key enabling technology for coatings, adhesives, printing inks, packaging, wood finishing, and electronics. Photoinduced reactions are greener than most chemical processes, as they do not use solvents, are not energy intensive, are fast and efficient. However, they still present sustainability issues, namely use of fossil-based raw materials, migration of components during the service life of the product (limiting their use in medical and food applications), need of harmful UV lights, and limited applicability to thick/opaque samples or non-illuminated areas. Furthermore, photopolymers are mostly crosslinked, thus non-recyclable. ESPERANTO will tackle the technical and environmental issues of photopolymerisation, developing greener and safer materials for present processes and investigating innovative photopolymerisation processes. Implementing new sustainable materials and prototypes based on new photoprocesses, it will set innovative and sustainable light-based technologies, able to enter new markets (e.g. the medical sector) and innovate existing ones, making an impact on EU’s economy. Moreover, ESPERANTO will prepare highlyskilled and employable researchers, with strong environmental consciousness, strengthening Europe’s human capital base in sustainable R&I.

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ERC sectors

PE5_15 - Polymer chemistry

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 12. Garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo

Budget

Total cost: € 2,605,392.00
Total contribution: € 2,605,392.00
PoliTo total cost: € 778,312.80
PoliTo contribution: € 778,312.80

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