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Sustainable recycling using electrochemistry: Carl Zeiss Foundation supports new research project

New Halocycles project aims to develop a halogen recovery technique contributing to the stabilization of the power grid and the defossilization of the future industrial society.

Increasing the recovery of valuable fossil raw materials, avoiding climate-damaging carbon dioxide emission, and stabilizing our energy supply network – these are the three major objectives of a new joint research project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and TU Kaiserslautern. With their pioneering concept, the two partners convinced the Carl Zeiss Foundation (CZS) to fund their project in its CZS Breakthroughs program with around EUR 4 million over the next six years. In the new Halocycles project, the researchers aim to develop an electrochemical technique to recover halogens – such as bromine, chlorine, and fluorine – from waste products. The carbon structure present in halogen compounds will be preserved in the process, thus preventing the corresponding emissions, while the flexibility of the technique will help contribute to the stabilizing of power grids.

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ETOS Project among the Winners of Clusters4Future

We have made it! After a little more than 1 ½ years of conception and application phase, ETOS - Electrifying Technical Organic Syntheses was selected as one of seven Clusters4Future.

In a two-stage application process, JGU Mainz and KIT, headed by Prof. Dr. S. R. Waldvogel and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer, prevailed against 117 other applicants. The cluster will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for up to nine years with a maximum of 45 million euros. In 2023, the first of up to three implementation phases will start.

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Waldvogel Group at ACHEMA 2022

The Waldvogel Group will present its work at ACHEMA 2022. You will find us at the official booth of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On display will be exhibits on electrifying organic synthesis and resource-efficient chemistry. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ETOS is selected for the conception phase of BMBF’s Zukunftscluster-Initiative

Coordinated by Siegfried R. Waldvogel (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) and Ulrike Krewer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), the ETOS network of academic and industrial partners has been formed with the aim of making the Electrification of Technical Organic Syntheses (ETOS) accessible to broad areas of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and operational on a technical scale. The ETOS network was able to convince the expert jury of the open-topic competition within the Zukunftscluster-Initiative of its high innovation potential, the social benefits and the current relevance of its topic. As one of 15 projects ETOS was recommended for the conception phase out of a total of 117 reviewed competition entries.

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