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COST Action 540 officially ended at January 2010. Many thanks to all who participated in the activities of the Action (workshops, STSM's etc) during its existence! Despite the end of the Action, we decided to further continue in operation of this website to keep accessible all important materials that arose from activities of this Action and to stay in contact with all of you also in the future. For more info see the "Latest News" section below ...

Dr. Frantisek PETERKA
(former chairman of COST Action 540)



Mission of the Action

The Cost Action 540 »Photocatalytic technologies and novel nanosurfaces materials - critical issues (PHONASUM)« in the Domain: Materials, Physical and Nanosciences, is a network of researchers and practitioners working in the field of photocatalysis from all around Europe. The main objective of the Action is to increase via a concerted European effort the fundamental knowledge of nanocrystalline photoactive materials and development of new products, which utilize self sterilizing and self cleaning photoactive materials in specific industrially relevant application fields such as self-cleaning and anti-microbial surfaces, water treatment, air purification and general hygienic applications. The realization of these tasks will be accomplished through the development of novel highly active photocatalytic nanomaterials and coating systems with increased sensitivity in the visible region of the solar spectrum, with high environmental stability and adaptability on the various substrate systems. The Action will also concentrate on the development of EU standards for the characterization of photocatalytic materials. The Action commenced in January 2006 and continued for four years. Action ended at January 2010.

For further information on the Cost programme and to download documents such as the Memorandum of Understanding or the COST guidelines, please go to the official COST website: http://www.cost.eu/


Latest News

COST540 Meeting "Recent Achievements in Photocatalysis: Fundamentals, Applications and Standardized Test Methods" was held at the La Plateforme, Grenoble, France on 18-19 January 2010. See the Program of the meeting or download as pdf-file. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

Invitation to SPEA6: we would like to invite you to attend the SPEA6 conference to be held in Prague in June 2010 and ask for your support of this meeting. Please see also supporting letter from PIAJ.

Apology: lectures from two last Action's 540 workshops held in Athens 2009 and Grenoble 2010 have not been given to our web yet. Despite urgencies we are still waiting for their delivery from Prof. Bahnemann and Dr. Kaluzny, who promised to do that several times. UPDATE: Talks from Grenoble meeting are already available on our web for download as pdf files through authorized access. Thanks to Dr. Kaluzny for sending the talks!

Action 540 officially ended at January 2010. Many thanks to all who participated in the activities of the Action (workshops, STSM's etc) during last four years of existence of the Action! Despite this fact, we decided to further continue in operation of this website in order to keep accessible all important materials that arose from activities of this Action during last four years and to keep in contact with all of you also in the future!

Chair substitution: Since 26th October 2009 prof. Detlef Bahnemann became the new chairman of the COST Action 540 in place of Dr. Frantisek Peterka who chaired Action before since the beginning of the Action. New vice-chairman of the Action became Dr. John Colreavy.

Joint WG 1-2-3 & SWG-CEN Meeting "Photocatalytic Applications, Standardization and Testing Methods - Critical Issues" was held at the Conference Centre in Château Liblice, Czech Republic on 25-26 May 2009. See the Final program of the meeting or download as pdf-file. Talks, exhibitions and posters presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

Training School on "Environmental Applications of TiO2 Photocatalysis" arranged by COST Actions 543, 540 and P19 was held in University of Oulu, Finland on 4-8 May 2009. See more details and download Timetable and Flyer of Training School. Detailed info at website http://cc.oulu.fi/~polamwww/COST-Photocatalysis.html.

Joint COST540 MC Meeting/Photocatalytic Products and Technologies Conference (PPTC'09) was organized in University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal on 11-13 May 2009. See more details here. Detailed info at conference website http://www.freewebtown.com/pptc09/

3rd Meeting of COST540 Strategic Working Group for Photocatalytic Technologies Methods and Standardization "Photocatalytic material standardization: toward CEN/TC386" was held on 9 October 2008 in Palermo, Italy. See Report from the meeting.

Joint SWG-CEN Meeting and 3rd WG2 Meeting "Photocatalytic Applications, Standardization and Verification Methods" was held at the Czech Normalization Institute (CNI) in Prague, Czech Republic on 5-6 June 2008. See the Final programme and Scientific report of the WG2 meeting. Talks presented at the WG2 meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

COST 540 Management Committee meeting and WG1 meeting (jointly with WG2 and WG3) "Visible light active photocatalysts: Preparation & Applications" was held at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland on April 14th and 15th 2008 (organized by Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology - CREST). See Minutes of the COST 540 3rd MC meeting. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

Updated Monitoring progress report of COST Action 540 covering the period January 2006 - January 2008 is available for download.

Initiation Meeting of COST540 Strategic Group for European Standardization of Testing Methods in the Photocatalytic Field was held on 26 November 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic. See Final program and Report from the meeting. Talks from the meeting are available for download.

2nd WG1 Meeting "Light sources and new nanostructures for photocatalysis" was held on 12 November 2007 in Toulouse, France. Check for details at this site and final programme of the meeting. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

2nd WG3 Meeting "Photocatalytic technologies to construction materials" was held on 10 October 2007 in Florence, Italy. See the Final programme and Scientific report from the meeting.

Joint Management Comittee Meeting and 2nd WG2 Meeting "Photocatalytical applications, standardization and testing methods" was held in Prague, Czech Republic on 18-20 April 2007. See Final program of the meeting and Scientific report from the meeting. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access. You can also download information brochures of European Committee for Standardization presented by president of CEN Dr. Gerard Riviere during the meeting. CD-ROM Proceedings was shipped to the registered participants of Prague's WG2 meeting.

New section "Announcements" with information about forthcoming conferences and other activities in the field of photocatalysis in the Europe was added to the website.

Greece, Portugal and Slovenia have joined the Action. Totally, there is 20 countries that have signed the Memorandum of Understanding and nominated their representatives in the Management Committee of the Action.

1st WG2 Meeting "Standardization" was held on 13-14 November 2006 in Werkhof Nordstadt - The Ecological Business and Conference Centre, Hannover, Germany. See the Final programme and Scientific report from the meeting. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as pdf files through authorized access.

1st WG3 Meeting "Bactericide surfaces" was held on 26-27 October 2006 in EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland. See the Final programme and Scientific report from the meeting. Talks presented at the meeting are available for download as Power point files through authorized access.

Austria, Hungary and Sweden have joined the Action. Totally, there is already 17 countries that have signed the Memorandum of Understanding and nominated their representatives in the Management Committee of the Action.

Joint 1st WG1 Meeting and Seminar "New nanoarchitectures for better photocatalysis in Europe" was held in Paris 15-16 June 2006. See the Final programme and Scientific report from the meeting. You can download poster of the meeting and programme of presentations from academy and industry also in pdf form.

The Action has been launched by inaugural meeting on 23rd January 2006 in Brussel. Fourteen countries have signed the Memorandum of Understanding and nominated their representatives in the Management Committee of the Action. Action is open for all European countries. To join the Action contact your COST National Coordinator and the chair of the Action about your interest.