The strengths of the members of SUBICAT:

SUBICAT has its foundations in a world leading group of European organisations. The Dutch ‘Catalysis for Sustainable Chemicals from Biomass’ consortium led by Utrecht University and including the major industrial company SME Hybrid Catalysis, the cluster of excellence 'Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass' (TMFB) from RWTH Aachen, Germany and the ‘Critical Mass grouping’ of Sustainable Biomass Catalysis at EaStCHEM in the UK and University of Groningen have recently started what will be a long-lasting collaboration. In designing SUBICAT, we have strengthened this relationship by adding expertise in biological approaches to lignin degradation (The Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and the University of Helsinki).

Five industrial Associated Partners will also join us to deliver bespoke training and research input. We believe SUBICAT will cement together a unique European collaboration that will grow in time to include many of Europe’s Member States. The selected research sites are already developing new concepts in catalytic lignin valorisation. Most importantly, the strengths of biocatalysis are combined with those of homo- and heterogeneous catalysis to exploit their hitherto mutually exclusive advantages all the way through engineering aspects and industrial applications. We envisage that full integration of these different disciplines will bring us to the next level of scientific breakthroughs and real applications in Europe. This provides a perfect driving force for training a new generation of scientists.

Involvement from associated partners:

To ensure a wide range of expertise and input from the private sector five large industrial/SMEs (Sasol (STUK), Bruker, Vibspec, Avantes and CAT) are involved as Associate Partners. They will provide training and industrial experience for the E(S)Rs. All partners were selected for: their expertise in training young researchers; their scientific excellence; their desire to take part in short term E(S)R secondments; (iv) the fact that their scientific expertise is in the complementary disciplines required across SUBICAT; (vi) their technical and equipment complementarities; (vii) their interactive and collaborative skills and (viii) the absence of conflicts of interest. All have been involved in collaborations with one or more of the SUBICAT partners as evidenced by many joint publications. An increase in the strength of the existing collaborations will come from involvement in joint training and projects with secondments ensuring the excellent collaborative environment continues.

Project Management:

The supervisory board consists of one representative from all full partners (see members on the left column). SUBICAT will be led by the programme coordinator, Prof. P. C. J. Kamer and will function as the Management Office. The Training Committee will be headed by Prof. Tooze, one of SuBiCat's associated partners. The IP Committee will be formed to ensure efficient IP protection and knowledge transfer. It will be headed by Prof. de Vries from the University of Groningen, supplemented by two members of the Supervisory Board.

To ensure that we deliver our stated dissemination and outreach goals we will establish a Board specifically assigned to this function. The Board will be run by the Coordinator (Kamer) with other full partner representatives.

An International Advisory Board (AB) is installed which will help us to define the skill requirements and to supervise the outcome of our training programme. At present, the AB has three academic members from outside: Profs Piet van Leeuwen (ICIQ), Adisa Azarpargic (University of Manchester, UK) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Ward (University of Basel, CH). Collectively, these scientists are familiar with all scientific aspects of our ITN, ranging from industrial applications and transition metal chemistry to protein engineering and life cycle analysis and importantly, they are all experienced teachers. In addition, close links with industry is assured and so the AB will take into account the needs of both the industrial and academic sectors. Please see Gantt Chart for details of the planned meeeting schedule for the various Boards and Committees.