Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium

Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium.In 2012, it realized 9.94 billion € in revenues, 1.66 billion € of REBITDA, 40% of its sales in emerging high-growth countries, 90% of its sales in markets where it is ranked among the top three manufacturers. With 117 sites, Solvay employs 29,400 people in 55 countries. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Solvay Group | Date: 2017-02-01

The present invention concerns methods for the manufacture of ethylene carbonate substituted with a fluorinated alkoxy group, certain ethylene carbonates substituted with a fluorinated alkoxy group as well as their use as solvent or solvent additive for lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors.


Patent
Solvay Group | Date: 2017-02-01

The invention pertains to a fluoropolymer composition including at least a vinylidene fluoride (VDF) homopolymer, a VDF semi-crystalline copolymer, and a polyethylene additive, which is suitable for the manufacture of parts of mobile electronic devices, to a mobile electronic device comprising at least one part made of the fluoropolymer composition, to a method for the manufacture of said parts, and to a method of manufacturing a mobile electronic device using said parts.


Patent
Solvay Group | Date: 2017-03-22

The invention relates to a method for the preparation of a polymer gel, comprising cross-linking a polymer by using a cyclic dianhydride of carboxylic acid as cross-linking agent and treating the polymer gel with bicarbonate. The invention further concerns the polymer gel obtainable by the method of the invention and the uses thereof in various applications.


Patent
Solvay Group | Date: 2017-03-01

The present invention concerns compositions comprising at least one carbon nanotube, at least one thermal acid generator, and at least one solvent, and methods for making the same. The compositions according to the present invention can be used for forming a transparent conductive layer particularly useful as a transparent electrode, an antistatic layer, and/or an electromagnetic interference shield layer in a display device application.


The invention pertains to a mobile electronic device comprising at least one part made of a fluoropolymer composition including at least a vinylidene fluoride (VDF) homopolymer and a VDF semi-crystalline copolymer, to a method for the manufacture of said part, and to a method of manufacturing a mobile electronic device using said part.


Patent
Solvay Group | Date: 2017-04-19

Process for manufacturing a purified aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution, in which a crude aqueous hydrogen peroxide solution is subjected to a washing operation with at least one organic solvent, and wherein an organophosphorus chelating agent is added to the organic solvent.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-22-2015 | Award Amount: 9.11M | Year: 2016

The vision of 1D-NEON proposal is to develop fibre-based smart materials along with an integrated technology platform for the manufacturing in Europe of new products with multi-sectorial applications in consumer electronics, energy, healthcare and fitness, smart buildings, sensors and e-skin for soft robotics. The overall objective of 1D-NEON is to build a modular platform for manufacturing fibre-based industrial products in multiple market sectors. Nanomaterials will be assembled into five basic fibre components along with manufacturing processes for integration into smart products, to impact three pilot applications. Our design and manufacturing approach will address both technical performance and cost-effectiveness of these multi-sectorial applications, targeting sustainable development of new high-value, high performance devices and systems that could be integrated safely into everyday objects for an improved quality of life. With that perspective, 1D-NEON fully addresses the challenges of the H2020 work programme topic NMP 22 2015: Fibre-based materials for non-clothing applications.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-01-2016 | Award Amount: 5.35M | Year: 2017

The main goal of MULTI2HYCAT is to design, obtain proof of concept (2 gr.) and upscale in a pre-pilot reactor (20-50 gr.) a new class of hierarchically-porous organic-inorganic hybrid materials, which will be used as active catalysts to carry out multi-step asymmetric catalytic processes with predominantly high conversions (up to 90%) and selectivity (in the range of 80-90%) towards the desired final products. The project promises to solve, for the first time, the low conversion and selectivity of current organosiliceous solids, while at the same time improving the flexibility and versatility and reducing costs of the obtained catalysts, making them attractive for a wide range of industrial applications. To this end, during the project, these novel catalysts will be demonstrated for specialty chemical and pharmaceutical applications, as a concrete prime-mover for subsequent replication. The MULTI2HYCAT project will contribute to the implementation of the EU policies and Directives on competitiveness and sustainability (e.g. Circular Economy Strategy and Resource Efficiency), through the validation of novel concepts in hybrid materials design for heterogeneous catalysis. This includes the preparation and validation of innovative hierarchical porous organic-inorganic materials with several active sites (organocatalysts) perfectly located in specific structural positions in their framework which will be used as single-solid reusable hybrid active catalyst to carry out multi-step catalytic processes. The new material will allow avoiding the extra-efforts associated with isolation of intermediate products, wastes and solvents elimination and purification processes thus enabling more efficient and sustainable catalytic routes from the economic, energetic as well as the environmental points of view.


Pera-Titus M.,CNRS Research on Catalysis and Environment in Lyon | Pera-Titus M.,Solvay Group
Chemical Reviews | Year: 2014

CO2 capture, transport, and long-term storage or sequestration (CCS) is visualized as a promising strategy for mitigating CO2 emissions at short- and midterms, especially in stationary sources. In the case of precombustion CO2 capture, carbon-templated microporous silica and MFI membranes constitute the most mature materials for membrane design on the basis not only of the reproducibility of their synthesis protocols, but also of their narrow thickness down to the micrometer level. In the case of postcombustion CO2 capture, MFI membranes can find suitable applications for CO2/N2 separations driven by preferential CO2 adsorption. The presence of moderate Si/Al ratios in these materials provides a trade-off for preferential CO2 adsorption and moderate poisoning by moisture below a threshold value. Finally, in the case of CO2/CH4 separations, the SAPO-34 membranes prepared by Noble and Falconer can show potentials with a proven reproducibility of synthesis protocols.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: FCH2-RIA | Phase: FCH-02.2-2015 | Award Amount: 2.65M | Year: 2016

The next generation water electrolysers must achieve better dynamic behaviour (rapid start-up, fast response, wider load and temperature ranges) to provide superior grid-balancing services and thus address the steep increase of intermittent renewables interfaced to the grid. The HPEM2GAS project will develop a low cost PEM electrolyser optimised for grid management through both stack and balance of plant innovations, culminating in a six month field test of an advanced 180 (nominal)-300 kW (transient) PEM electrolyser. The electrolyser developed will implement an advanced BoP (power tracking electronics, high efficiency AC/DC converters, high temperature ion exchange cartridges, advanced safety integrated system, new control logic) and improved stack design and components (injection moulded components, flow-field free bipolar plates, Aquivion membranes, core-shell/solid solution electrocatalysts). Several strategies are applied to lower the overall cost, thus enabling widespread utilisation of the technology. These primarily concern a three-fold increase in current density (resulting in the proportional decrease in capital costs) whilst maintaining cutting edge efficiency, a material use minimisation approach in terms of reduced membrane thickness whilst keeping the gas cross-over low, and reducing the precious metal loading. Further, improving the stack lifetime to 10 years and a reduction of the system complexity without compromising safety or operability. All these solutions contribute significantly to reducing the electrolyser CAPEX and OPEX costs. HPEM2GAS develops key technologies from TRL4 to TRL6, demonstrating them in a 180-300 kW PEM electrolyser system in a power-to-gas field test; delivers a techno-economic analysis and an exploitation plan to bring the innovations to market. The consortium comprises a system integrator, suppliers of membranes, catalysts and MEAs, a stack developer, an independent expert on standardization and an end-user.

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