POROUS4APP is a project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
The main idea of the POROUS4APP project is based on the fabrication of functional nanoporous carbonaceous materials at pilot plant scale from natural renewable resources (polysaccharide).
Usage of renewable resource
The process for nanoporous carbon fabrication is already well known. One of the POROUS4APP partners has developed the STARBON® technology at TRL5 which consist of swelling, drying and pyrolysis of natural renewable resources, in this case, Starch.
What POROUS4APP project will bring to the European community is the development of new metal/metal-oxide doped-nanoporous carbonaceous materials based on a known technology. This technology needs to be upscaled and modified to enable a full flexibility of the material characteristics to be applied to various industrial applications.
Environmental sustainability and POROUS4APP
By using natural renewable resources we advocate environmental sustainability. The use of natural abundant renewable resources like starch has been proven to be a low-cost and reliable raw material source for industrial production of carbonaceous materials that have porosity in the nanometer range.
In this EU Horizon 2020 project, it will be intended to produce not only carbonaceous nanoporous materials but carbonaceous materials with enhanced functionality by using impregnation and sol/gel strategy. This will allow POROUS4APP materials to reach the challenging requirements of state of the art, high added value materials at lower cost for applications in energy storage such as lithium-ion battery and also in chemical catalysis process. These applications need materials with well-defined porosity to reach a high-efficiency level of their functional systems.