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SFI-Sentre for forskn.drevet innov

iCSI - industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation for a competitive and sustainable process industry

Alternative title: iCSI - industriell katalyse for konkurransedyktig og bærekraftig kjemisk prosessindustri

Awarded: NOK 96.1 mill.

iCSI is a Centre for research-based innovation (SFI) on Catalysis Science and Innovation related to industrial processes that are key to Norwegian land-based industry, global industrial competitiveness, and future chemical processing and energy conversion with minimum environmental footprint. These processes supply key sectors of the global market (catalysts, chemicals, fertilizer, plastics, fuels, etc.); key products that impact our food supply and standard of living. Moreover, the research is critical to the competitiveness of Norwegian export industry. iCSI teams the industrial partners YARA, K.A. Rasmussen AS, Dynea, INOVYN and Haldor Topsøe AS, with the research partners University of Oslo, SINTEF and Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The industrial partners all have leading technology in areas where the core business relies largely on catalysis and represent significant industrial operations in Norway as well as internationally. The research partners comprise the main academic groups within industrial catalysis in Norway. The iCSI basic vision is to establish competence and technology that promotes world class energy and raw material efficiency for the industrial partners. iCSI will also be a strong future knowledge base for the Norwegian chemical industry, and benefit society in terms of securing jobs, reducing the energy consumption and abating harmful emissions to the environment. State-of-the-art methodology in synthesis, characterization, and kinetic investigations will be applied to identify factors critical to the performance of complex catalysts operating under industrially relevant conditions. Based on such insight, predictive tools for materials, chemistry and process optimization can be developed. The iCSI total budget is MNOK 198 (2015-2023) and NTNU is host institution. Significant researcher training in the form of 15 PhD and 6 postdoctoral fellowships is included. iCSI has an extensive international research interface and a profile of promoting excellence and leadership of women in research and innovation. The most important results and milestones for iCSI in 2021 may be summarized as: - Strong strategic focus from the industrial partner?s involvement in iCSI - Four new test methods/models developed in iCSI have been adopted by the industry partners - 13 scientific journal publications, including two papers in Angewandte Chemie - In total, 60 journal publications of which 29 are co-authored with the industrial partners - Completion and defense of three PhDs degrees - iCSI principal investigators at NTNU, SINTEF and UiO supervised 15 master's theses to completion, of which two were directly related to iCSI research and three were international exchange students. - iCSI Annual Seminar at Hovde Gård, Brekstad, October 18-19 with 49 participants - Digital presentations by and advisory meetings with the Scientific Advisory Committee members. - Recruitment and start-up of two new PhD candidates and one postdoc, thereby completing the planned recruitment - Good progress and strong commitment despite some challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

iCSI is a Centre for research based innovation (SFI) on Catalysis Science and Innovation related to industrial processes key to Norwegian land-based industry, global industrial competitiveness, and future chemical processing and energy conversion with minimum environmental footprint. These processes supply key sectors of the global market (catalysts, chemicals, fertilizer, plastics, fuels, etc.); the very products that impact our food supply and standard of living the most. iCSI teams the industrial partners Yara, K.A. Rasmussen, Dynea, INOVYN and Haldor Topsøe, with the research partners University of Oslo, SINTEF and Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The industrial partners all have leading technology in areas where the core business relies largely on catalysis, and represent significant industrial operations in Norway as well as internationally. The research partners comprise the main academic groups within industrial catalysis in Norway. The iCSI basic vision is to establish competence and technology that promotes world class energy and raw material efficiency for the industrial partners. iCSI will also be a strong future knowledge base for the Norwegian chemical industry, and benefit society in terms of securing jobs, reducing the energy consumption and abating harmful emissions to the environment. State-of-the-art methodology in synthesis, characterization, and kinetic investigations will be applied to identify factors critical to the performance of complex catalysts operating under industrially relevant conditions. Based on such insight, predictive tools for materials, chemistry and process optimization can be developed. The iCSI total budget is MNOK 192 (2015-2023) and NTNU is host institution. Significant researcher training in the form of ~12PhD and ~6postdoctoral fellowships is included. iCSI has an extensive international research interface and a profile of promoting excellence and leadership of women in research and innovation.

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