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Nanoparticles (e.g. TiO2, ZrO2 etc.) form the basis of many energy technologies. In virtually all applications of nanoparticles the limiting factor is the synthesis method, since the applications are critically dependent on the quality, purity and price of the materials.

Supercritical synthesis is a revolutionizing new technology, which can lead to cheaper and better nanoparticles. Furthermore, supercritical processes are extremely environmentally friendly since they use harmless solvents such as water and CO2. Supercritical processes are simple, and also very energy efficient due to their enormous speed (minutes instead of hours).

CEM synthesizes, characterizes and implements a range of novel nanoparticles for energy technology applications and develop robust design principles for supercritical synthesis reactors. Particular emphasis is on hydrogen production and storage, photocatalytic water treatment, thermoelectrics, and catalysis.

It should be noted that there is only a short distance between scientific thought and industrial invoice due to the fact that

  1. The supercritical flow processes developed at CEM are easily scalable to industrial dimensions,
  2. Key industrial users of the nanoparticles are partners of CEM.