Support for Coordination of COST-D40: Innovative Catalysis

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Chemistry


COST-D40 is a chemistry Action in the area of 'Innovative Catalysis' involving 22 countries from around Europe and encompassing the activities of over 45 separate research groups. All these activities are coordinated from Nottingham by Simon Woodward (SW) who, as Chair of the Action, is charged with the smooth running of all aspects of programme including: organization of its research Working Groups, its review meetings and overall scientific personal exchanges. Although the EU's FP7 programme allows reimbursement for some travel costs of the Action members in D40 it provides no mechanism for the Chair of the Action to interact scientifically with the programme. After consultation with EPSRC this application has been made seeking a contribution to the increased consumables costs (k15.94 direct costs over 46 months) to SW's group caused by running and interacting with the D40 research programme.
Description Thirteen young (typically PhD) chemical scientists undertook collaborative research supported by both the EPSRC and the COST-D40 Action. This has resulted in over dozen new research publications including contributions to a leading new book on innovative catalysis.
Exploitation Route The research outputs were instrumental in providing a new generation of researchers in catalysis.
Sectors Chemicals

Description As this programme involved the coordination of over 60 groups in Europe it is difficult to track the impact of every contribution. However, in an internal assessment by COST, Action D40 was recognized as one of the most successful physical sciences Actions
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Chemicals,Education,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

Description EPSRC
Amount £342,388 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G026882/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Description University of Cádiz 
Organisation University of Cadiz
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have been informally collaborating with Dr Maria Jesus Duran Pena since 2015 on identifying new methods for cyclopropanes and their use.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Maria Jesus Duran Pena, was able to visit the UK on a Fellowship and contributed to a publication (Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 7609-7616). We hope to repeat this.
Impact Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 7609-7616
Start Year 2015