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Membranes and catalysts beyond economic and technological hurdles


Project timeline
November 2019
54 months
April 2024
General Information
The MACBETH consortium provides a breakthrough technology for advanced downstream processing by combining catalytic synthesis with the corresponding separation units in a single highly efficient catalytic membrane reactor (CMR). This disruptive technology has the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of large volume industrial process by up to
45 %. Additionally, resource and energy efficiency will be increased by up to 70%. The revolutionary new reactor design will not only guarantee substantially smaller and safer production plants, but has also a tremendous competitive advantage since the capital expenditure (CAPEX) is decreased by up to 50% and the operational expenditure (OPEX) by up to 80%.
The direct industrial applicabilty will be demonstrated by the long term operation of TRL 7 demo plants for the highly relevant and large scale processes: hydroformylation, hydrogen production, propane dehydrogenation.
The confidence of the MACBETH consortium to reach its highly ambitious goals are underlined by two special extensions that go well beyond the ordinary scope of an EU project: 1) Transfer of CMR technology to biotechnology: Within MACBETH we will demonstrate that starting from building blocks of TRL 5 (not from a TRL 5 pilot plant), that fit the requirements of selective enzymatical cleavage of fatty acids with the combined support and system knowledge of the experienced CMR partners, a TRL 7 demo plant will be established and operated.
2) Creation of the spin-off European “Lighthouse Catalytic Membrane Reactors” (LCMR) within MACBETH: A European competence center for CMR will be established already within the MACBETH project with an actual detailed business plan including partner commitment. These efforts will ultimately lead to the foundation of the “Lighthouse Catalytic Membrane Reactors” (LCMR) that will provide access to the combined knowledge of the MACBETH project.
Hereon will contribute polymeric membrane separation layers tailor made for membrane reactor applications and geometries and the associated models for describing their operating performance.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020
Project TypeInnovation Action
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 869896
Co-ordinatorEVONIK Performance Materials GmbH (DE)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Torsten Brinkmann, Institute of Membrane Research, Process Engineering, PMV, Tel: +49 (0)4152 87-2400
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Centro Nacional de Experimentacionde Tecnologias de Hidrogeno y Pilasde Co (ES), Chemelot Campus BV (NL), CHIRALVISION V (NL), CIAOTECH Srl (IT), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), ENGIE (FR), ENZYMICALS AG (DE), Evonik Performance Materials GmbH (DE), Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH (DE), I.C.I CALDAIE SPA (IT), Johnson Matthey (UK), KT - Kinetics Technology SPA (IT), Liqtech International (DK), Microinnova Engineering GmbH (AT), Politecnico di Milano (IT), Rauschert Kloster Veilsdorf GmbH (DE), Solutex GC SL (ES), Technical University of Denmark (DK), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL), Tecnalia Research and Innovation (ES), Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri Anonim Sirketi (TR), Universita degli Studi di Salerno (IT), Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (DE), Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Oderzoek (BE)
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Last Update: 28. September 2021