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The European-Japanese Initiative on Photocatalytic Applications and Commercialization

The European-Japanese Initiative on Photocatalytic Applications and Commercialization EJIPAC is aiming at collaboration between Japanese companies and institutions and European facilities.

One of the main objectives of EJIPAC is to make photocatalytic technologies available to interested European industries and users, especially in the areas of self-cleaning surfaces, anti-microbial surfaces, anti-fogging, hydrophilic and architectural cooling technologies, water treatment, air purification and general hygienic applications. Moreover, the Initiative is interested in involving scientists who want to have their research results implemented (i.e. turned into marketable products).
Two other aims of the Initiative are to create technology development capabilities and to make these technologies available to small and medium-size enterprises; the latter is a special concern of EJIPAC. The founders of the Initiative envisage a productive and mutually beneficial collaboration between Europe and Japan.
Photocatalytic reactions – such as photosynthesis – constitute the basis of life on earth. The catalysis of reactions by sunlight or artificial light – known as “photocatalysis” – is also a familiar phenomenon in the world of science and technology. Extensive research has already been conducted on the photocatalytic effects exerted by certain solids, e.g. TiO2,. More recently, attention has been focused on oxidative photocatalytic reactions which open up exciting prospects for the oxidation of organic components and the purification of drinking water. Titanium dioxide TiO2 has already been subject to intense scientific community; several processes involving the use of TiO2 – in particular, reactions suitable for water purification – are nearing the commercialization stage. In contrast, surface technology based on the use of TiO2, e.g. to oxidize organic components (including microbes) or to make surfaces hydrophilic, has attracted intense interest only recently. Despite this short development period, numerous applications are approaching – or have already reached – the stage of serial production. Whereas in Japan a remarkable number of companies are already producing – or planning to produce – surface technologies for keeping surfaces clean or free of microbial contamination, the focus in Europe has been more on water treatment.

The European-Japanese Initiative on Photocatalytic Applications and Commercialization was originally founded in the form of an interest group. Interested scientists, engineers, technological experts and representatives of industrial companies and the public sector are invited to participate. The Initiative is coordinated by EPG AG Saarbr├╝cken. One of the most important participants in EJIPAC is the Japanese Photocatalytic Forum (JPF), an industrial association with more than 14O members; JPF participates in the Advisory Board and guarantee close collaboration between Japan and Europe.

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