Catalysis and sustainable processes at the University of Messina
Research on heterogeneous catalysis and sustainable processesis one of the main activities present at theLaboratory of Catalysis for Sustainable Production and Energy(CASPE), where operate the groups ofIndustrial Chemistrylocated at the Dept.s MIFT and ChiBioFarAmof the University of Messina, Italy. This Laboratory wascreated by the InterUniversityConsortium on the Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM) and the University of Messina. From 2001to 2009 it was also one of the three associated laboratories partecipating toELCASS(European Laboratoryof Catalysis and Surface Science) together with the CNRS and Univ. Louis Pasteur in France, and the theFritz-Haber-Institute of MPG in Germany.The Laboratory is also actively involved in theEuropean Research Institute ofCatalysis(ERIC aisbl), the Durable Integrating Structure created from IDECAT. ERIC is an international non-profit organization withregistered office in Bruxelles (Belgium) and a leading competence centre in Europe for innovative research on nanotech catalyticmaterials.
The group of catalysis has many established internationalcollaborations and has coordinated theEU Nework of Excellenceon catalysisIDECAT, besides other large EU projects.The group is leadedby GabrieleCENTIand SiglindaPERATHONER,professors of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Messina.Theresearch activities cover many field of herogeneous catalysis (including photo- and electro-catalysis) and the development of related sustainable processes, technologies and devicesfor chemical production and energy, and environment protection. Solar-driven chemistry and energy, andcircular economy are the main topics on which research is focused.Both they have lead the preparation of the "Science and Technology Roadmap on Catalysis for Europe" (A path to create a sustainable future) in the frame of the activities of theEuropean Cluster on Catalysis.
The common vision isthe development of novel materials and innovative industrial processes. The activities cover aspects from the synthesis andcharacterization, to the testing and kinetics, to some aspects of reactor, catalyst and process engineering.