SMART NOx abatement systems for Next-Generation Environmental Technologies

Title of Programme
RTD Activities of a Generic Nature : materials and their technologies for production and transformation and new and improved materials and production technologies in the steel field
Financing Code for Project
Project start year - end year 2002 - 2005
Financing organisation
Shared-cost RTD project
Coordinator Robert Bosch GmbH
Other partners
Johnson Matthey PLC (JM)
Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)
University of Patras (UPATRAS)
University of Cambridge (CAM-AC)
University of Messina (UNIME)
Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL)
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Warsaw University of Technology (UNI-WARSAW)
Budget / APTL Budget 4,166,090€ / 397,927€
Scientific Manager / Project researcher A. G. Konstandopoulos / D. Zarvalis
Project website
The project was related to advanced smart materials characterized by a self- tunable and adaptive activity to be applied as novel catalytic devices for the removal of NOx in car exhaust emissions containing oxygen (lean burn and diesel engines) and novel highly sensitive NOx sensors able to operate with oxygen concentrations up to 20%. The main objectives were to
  1. reach a NOx reduction higher than 50% in the presence of oxygen,
  2. develop NOx sensors which can detect NOx in concentrations lower than 100 ppm even in the presence of O2,
  3. demonstrate the techno-economical feasibility and advantages of combining and integrate NOx sensors and catalysts controlled and promoted by non-faraidic electrochemical effect,
  4. show the feasibility of developing smart catalytic device for a range of different applications.