PROMOTEE: Functional porous carbon materials derived from coal tar for energy and environmental applications


PROMOTEE has been created as a complex European project aiming at the development of novel porous carbon materials for energy and environmental applications using low value coal-derived liquids as the carbon precursors. 

Funder : EU-Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS)

Grant: €2.2m

Duration: October 2016 – March 2020

Project Contributor: Instituto Nacional del Carbón (INCAR-CSIC), Institute Jean Lamour (IJL-CNRS)

Academic and Industrial Partners: INCAR-CSIC, IJL-CNRS, University of Liège (ULG), Bilbaína de Alquitranes, S.A. (BASA), Silcarbon Aktivkohle GmbH (Silcarbon)

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High-value products used in the manufacturing of different chemicals are obtained in the separation of coal tar by distillation. However, low-value liquids such as creosotes, light oils or phenolic oils are also produced in this process. PROMOTEE is a European project with the main objective to obtain different novel activated carbons (ordered mesoporous and carbon gels) for CO2 capture using these low-value coal-derived liquids as precursors using specific templates. The advantage of these novel activated carbons is a better control of the porous structure of the material.

In this project there are different institutions: Universities, Research centres and private companies, which are responsible for different tasks, such as the production of the activated carbons by different activation processes, to provide the low-value liquids and the evaluation of the activated carbons for different energy processes.

At Heriot-Watt, our objective is to evaluate and determine the best-activated carbons produced in the different universities and research centres and correlate the production process, and the properties and characteristics of the materials with their CO2 capture capacities.

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Project Updates :

 14 June 2014 – Internal Progress meeting