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Visible Light Active PhotoCATalytic Concretes for Air Pollution Treatment

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The topic is mainly addressed to SMEs and industries in appropriate partnership with research institutions and other stakeholder. To achieve the goals of this project, this project brings together partners from each of these segments. The project consortium has the following partners:

1. Danish Technological Institute, Concrete Centre; Research for industry (DK);

2. Dansk Autoværn; SME – manufacturer of concrete structures for roads and motorways (DK);

4. Starka Betong Industrier; SME – paving block manufacturer (SE);

5. Innova; SME - innovation technology consultancy company (IT);

6. Cementa (HeidelbergCement Group); Corporate – cement manufacturer (SE);

7. Huntsman Tioxide Pigments; Corporate – manufacturer of TiO2 (UK);

8. University of Aberdeen; Academic (UK);

9. Aidico; Research – Technological Institute of Construction (ES);

10. Copenhagen City Council; Government Institution – Copenhagen Municipality (DK);

11.Valencia City Council; Government Institution – (ES);

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13. Hermo Prefabricados de Hormigón, HPH; SME – concrete blocks manufacturer (ES);


The consortium groups research and industrial partners with long-term expertise in photocatalysis applied to cementitious materials and/or knowledge and facilities for engineering high tech concrete solutions. The consortium also benefits from many years of collaboration on international and European projects amongst the partners. The work plan in Figure 2 is designed according to the verifiable results expected by the project.

The initial targeted applications for the new technology is essentially driven by the synergistic action of Government Institutions and Industries: the first seeking a technology to be applied to improve air quality, tackle climate change issues and offer a better environment to the citizen; the latter ones seeking to enter new markets, secure higher marker share and achieve market leading positions.

The lower energy necessary for the photocatalyst activation and the potential to use visible light will also make the functionalised concretes suitable for indoor wall, flooring and roofing applications. In this respect, internal concrete elements showing photocatalytic properties would help to substantially improve the indoor air quality (IAQ), i.e. a general term referring to the overall air quality in houses, offices, factories and public structures, strictly related to the comfort and health of building occupants.


2017  Light2cat  
Light2CAT project is funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 283062