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NanoCPPs: Manufacture of nanostructured Conjugated Porous Polymers for energy applications

The world energy demand is continuously growing due to the increase of population. This has triggered the need of new technologies that allow the sustainability of the planet. In this sense, the search of novel materials that can be introduced in these new technological approaches is mandatory.

In NanoCPPs project, the design, synthesis and scale up of nanoparticles based on Conjugated Porous Polymers (CPPs) will be performed. Advanced techniques will be applied to obtain processable CPPs as colloidal solutions in the multi-gram scale as precursors to prepare thin films. These conductive polymer thin films will be used in photoelectrochemical devices for artificial photosynthesis processes, including hydrogen production from water and CO2 reduction. NanoCPPs will address the two main drawbacks inherent to the CPPs synthetic process currently used. Firstly, the particle size control will be improved, which allows to tune the photo(electro)physical properties, in the same way as it happens with nanoparticles based on inorganic semiconductors. Secondly, NanoCPPs will also advance towards the formulation of optimum colloidal solutions of nanostructured CPPs that offers new opportunities to their processability, which is an outstanding issue for this kind of materials.

The NanoCPPs knowledge transfer plan will be based on a vendor IP strategy, in which target companies will be preferentially those dedicated to polymers manufacturing for advance applications and those dedicated to electrodes production at large scale. With this aim, a market and IP assessment as well as a pre-technology study will be performed in order to transfer NanoCPPs new technology to the market.

Funding Institution/Program: The NanoCPPs project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement Nº 899773).
Call: ERC-2019-POC-Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot
Period: September 2020 – February 2022
Principal researcher: Dr. Víctor de la Peña (victor.delapenya@imdea.org)