The network „Electrifying Technical Organic Syntheses (ETOS)“ is in the first implementation period! After successfully completing the conception period of the BMBF-Zukunftscluster-Initiative, ETOS was selected for the first implementation period, with its work starting on April 01, 2023. ETOS aims to establish an interdisciplinary innovation network that transfers electro-organic syntheses from laboratory to industrial scale. The aim is to show the sustainable electrochemical production of valuable organic materials and chemicals (power-to-chemicals) as an essential technology of the chemical industry in Germany.
ETOS is the first significant technology platform to bridge organic synthesis chemistry to (electro)chemical process and reaction engineering. It generates novel approaches and key technologies for sustainable, robust, and future-proof processes and products along the entire value chain. The network will strengthen Germany as a business location and make it fit for the future: ETOS will ensure sustainable chemical production concerning the pioneering aspects of energy and resource efficiency, defossilization of chemical processes reaching ultimately CO2 neutrality, and the circular economy.
The lower part of the Upper Rhine and the Rhine-Main region represents one of Germany's most potent chemical regions, home to world-leading chemical companies. The regional strength is complemented by a large number of academic players. The academic partners include Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU Mainz) with Prof. Dr. Siegfried R. Waldvogel as spokesperson and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Krewer as co-spokesperson at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The TU Darmstadt (TUD) and Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), as well as non-university research institutions, complete the expertise along the research in electrosynthesis. In ETOS, the players' complementary core competencies are optimally bundled to establish rapid electrification of technical organic reactions across different scales.