Energy harvesting and photocatalysis, University of Szeged

Projekt abgeschlossen

The goal is to increase the yield of photochemical energy conversion by a multidisciplinary approach, assuring conditions for later product-oriented developments.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Wirtschaftswachstum fördern und Arbeitsbedingungen verbessern
Forschung und Entwicklung
15.10.2010 - 30.04.2016
CHF 1'020'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Hintergrund 1. Reforms for a knowledge-based economy are at the heart of the EU’s Lisbon Agenda. While Hungary has a tradition of academic research, the country intends to improve its innovation profile through the further development of key technologies. Among these are technology industries in the fields that are also the focus of the Swiss Contribution Call for Proposals for R&D: life sciences and biotechnology, medical technology, material science and nanotechnology, environmental technology and technology of energy-saving and renewed alternative energy resources. The Swiss Contribution offers an opportunity for Swiss and Hungarian research institutions to cooperate and build partnerships for mutual benefit.
2. In order to meet increased energy consumption worldwide, the production of solar energy is key. One way is to develop new technologies to increase the yield of photochemical energy conversion.


The proposed research aims at increasing the yield of the energy of light into chemical energy, assuring conditions for later product-oriented developments.

1) Production of carbon nanotubes and modified nano-composite materials for further applications.
2) Using samples for binding biologically active proteins and for increasing the yields of energy utilization and photocatalytic processes.
3) Establishing the basis for a scientific knowledge base.
4) Providing possibility of participation of young researchers in a complex project carried out by a multi-disciplinary team.





Users of environmental technology, researcher, academic staff, organisations of environmental and energetic decision-making.


The project will produce carbon nanotubes and modified composite materials for further applications. They will be characterized in detail and the materials will be utilised for binding biologically active proteins, whose photochemical activity will be increased.


Erreichte Resultate:  

  • Synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes optimized
  • Production of carbon nanotubes for further applications
  • Elaboration of teaching material for "nanocomposite" courses
  • Results have been published in international referred journals


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   1'020'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   902'658

Phase 1 15.10.2010 - 30.04.2016   (Completed)