PARACAT is set up by a consortium formed by 5 academic beneficiaries and 1 research institution, 3 industrial organizations and 2 academic Institutions as partners collaborating in the research and training activities (Figure). PARACAT offers to 10 early-stage-researchers (ESRs) the possibility of being awarded with double doctoral degrees in two different countries.
Experts from 5 degree-awarding institutions (University of Torino (UNITO), University of Antwerp (UAntwerp), University of Zaragoza (UZ), Cardiff University (CU), University of Leipzig (ULEI)), 1 national research centre (National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos), 2 partner university institutions, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen (FAU) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), and 3 companies (Bruker BioSpin GmbH, BIOPOLIS and Lyondell-Basell) join forces to warrant the successful training programme
10 ESRs conducting cutting-edge research on the multidisciplinary aspects associated with the role of paramagnetic species in key reactions of paramount importance for a sustainable development ranging from small molecule activation to selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and olefin polymerization.
The non-academic sector in this project is represented by three companies (LYB, BIOP and Bruker). The three companies have complementary expertise and will provide training on their know-how. LYB at Ferrara is the world’s largest site for Ziegler-Natta catalyst development and production and is fully integrated with basic research, process and product development. Bruker is the world leading manufacturer of magnetic resonance spectrometers (NMR and EPR) and BIOP is a biotechnological company that is based in Valencia. Inputs from the industrial partners will be integrated by 2 partner university institutions, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and 1 national research centre (National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos)