GWPore: Porous materials for energy, healthcare and the environment


Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Asel Sartbaeva (PI)
University of Bristol: Sebastian Rochat
Cardiff University: Timothy Easun
University of Exeter: Yongde Xia

Project overview

We aim to create a network of researchers, GWPore, interested in all aspects of porous materials, across all four GW4 universities. This network will facilitate collaborations, applications for funding, mentoring for ECRs, networking, and equipment sharing between groups.   

Twitter: @GWPore

Project summary

Porous materials form an extremely broad field of research that encompasses inorganic crystalline materials, organic polymers, synthetic frameworks and biological tissues, among many others. As a consequence, applications are also extremely diverse (renewable energies, separation processes, mechanics, engineering, geosciences, biology and biochemistry, material science) and require expertise in chemistry, engineering, physics, computational modelling and simulation, as well as access to specialist facilities to study these materials. It is virtually impossible for a single institution to possess expertise covering each of these topics. However, we have identified core areas where each GW4 institution possesses world-leading expertise. This collaboration will bring that expertise together, add in our external industrial partners, and use this unique opportunity to achieve globally significant outcomes with academic, commercial and societal benefits.

We will establish a new regional network, GWPore, leveraging the critical mass of researchers with interests in porous materials to produce high quality grant proposals that directly address the global challenge research areas identified above. Our interests encompass materials with nano-, meso- and macro-porosity and a diverse array of applications, including but not limited to: catalysts for production of commodities; production of clean water; sensors for diagnostics; waste management and recycling; energy production and storage; carbon capture; agricultural food production; antimicrobial surfaces production.

The remit of GWPore is potentially wider than GCRF so while we are not specifically targeting only these funds, we are mindful that the applications of porous materials are highly relevant to GCRF challenge areas in Equitable Access to Sustainable Development main challenge, and more specifically: 

  • secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
  • sustainable health and well being
  • clean air, water and sanitation
  • affordable, reliable, sustainable energy.

Given that the first two workshops are virtual; we plan to invite some external collaborators from DAC countries in order to facilitate networking for potential GCRF funding in the future.   

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