FEDER (European Regional Development Fund) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting regional imbalances.

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he FEDER finances various aids and instruments: direct aids to investments in enterprises in order to create sustainable jobs; infrastructures related in particular to research and innovation, telecommunications, environment, energy and transport; financial instruments (venture capital funds, local development funds, etc.) to support regional and local development and promote cooperation between cities and regions; technical assistance measures. The FEDER supports many research projects at the University of Liège.

ALGAE FACTORY - USINALGUE & VALOALGUE

Mass culture of microalgae in photobioreactor: production of metabolites of interest

The Algae Factory funding provided by the Walloon Region (FEDER) aims to valorize algal biomass by very high added value metabolites production through two projects.

1 - The purpose of the USINALGUE project is to optimize microalgae culture at different scale: laboratory-scale, medium-scale and large-scale in order to (1) produce recoverable biomass from Algae Factory plateform in ULg, (2) develop digital tools (models) permitting a microalgae culture plateform (like in Sambreville) design and economic analysis, (3) provide needed algae to VALOALGUE project

2 - The goal of the VALOALGUE project is to design and optimize an integrated membrane pilot photobioreactor (5 liters) and a preindustrial photobioreactor (20 liters) in order to grow fixed biomass (encapsulated microalgae).

Contacts : Fabrice FRANCK (USINALGUE) et Dominique TOYE (VALOALGUE)

BIOMED HUB

BIOMED Technology support

BIOMED HUB, with the support of the CHU de liège, aims to consolidate the GIGA-CRC cluster and make it a key resource for economic actors in biotechnology and more particularly in the biomedical sector. The objective is to maintain and develop an ecosystem conducive to the creation and attraction of businesses and to participate even more actively in the economic redeployment of the region.
Thanks to quality research and cutting-edge technologies, the GIGA-CRC cluster already constitutes an ecosystem that has made it possible to attract companies (since 2008, nearly 40 companies on the giga site alone) and/or to expand collaborations with companies in the sector. This cross-fertilisation between academic and private sector actors is essential for the economic redeployment of the region, but requires maintaining infrastructures, equipment and expertise at the highest level, which will be made possible thanks to this project.

Contact : Brigitte MALGRANGE

BIOMED HUB : DMLA-AB/ULiège

Development of antibodies neutralizing membrane metalloprotease (MT4-MMP) to treat cancers and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 
The clinical success of anti-angiogenic therapies has been demonstrated, but is still too limited. This project aims to validate the therapeutic use of PMx neutralizing antibodies to treat patients with AMD, as well as to improve the monitoring of the therapeutic response by achieving the metabolic profile of patients during and after treatment.

Conctact : Agnès NOËL

BIOMED HUB : KIT-QUANTA/ULiège

Kit for the absolute quantification of biomarkers by mass spectrometry

Contact : Edwin DE PAUW

BIOMED HUB : PREDIMID/ULiège

Development of diagnostic and prognostic tests for the monitoring of Immune mediated inflammatory disorders, particularly Crohn's disease, through proteomics

Contact : Edouard LOUIS

CEEE : Hydraulic loops (PEPSE)

This project is part of a portfolio of projects aimed at creating a Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development. As such, it concerns the themes of energy, economic and societal development and R&D. The project involves the design, development, validation and commissioning of a "semi-virtual" test station for heat and cooling production, storage and distribution systems in buildings. This test station includes hydraulic loops of variable power (0-200kW) for testing systems at several scales (building and district)  these loops allow the connection of the tested system and the circulation of hot and cold fluids reproducing thesystem environment

Contact : Philippe ANDRÉ

CREATIVE HUB LG : LIEGE CREATIVE IN THE HUB

The Liège Creative Hub intends to maximise the creative and entrepreneurial potential of the basin in which it is situated by deploying a set of concrete and integrated actions. Our Hub project positions itself as a driving force and initiator of development as well as an integrator of actors active in research, the development of new creative practices, the realization of creative projects at the service of companies and organizations of the City of Liege, the initiation to creativity and entrepreneurship, the accompaniment of creative companies, as well as any other actor directing its activity towards a creative transformation of the socioeconomic environment, in a transregional or even international perspective.

Contact : Michel MORANT

CREATIVE HUB LG : VENTURELAB - HUB INCUBATOR

Ecosystem to support entrepreneurship, within the creative hub of Liège, for students and young graduates in the Liège region in order to encourage them to take action.

Contact : Beranrd SURLEMONT

DYNAMO : U3. Arlon - GREEN Hub Dynamique / Dynamique du pôle vert

Contact : Michel MORANT

ECOLISER

Ecoliants for soil treatment, waterproofing and roads : ECOLISER - ULiège-ArGEnCo-GEO³ / ECOLISER - ULiège-GeMMe / ECOLISER - ULiège-LGC-PDD

Contact : Luc COURARD

FMF-Applications biomédicales : PROSTEM

Biofunctional supports for the production/application of stem cells on a large scale

Contact : Alain COLIGE

FMF-Durabilité mécanique : HybritimeSurf

Hybrid organic/inorganic coatings with high durability

This project is part of the folder of projects #Multifonctionnal  Films# fo the FEDER 2014-2020 Program. It aims at enhancing the durability of metallic materials in terms of their resistance to both corrosion and wear. This goal will be achieved by combining thefelxibility of oragnic coatings with the hardness and stability of sol/gel coatings. In this project, a new process is proposed combining one oxidation step (electrochemical) of the substrate and the application of an hybrid organic/inorganic coating in liquid state. Combining these two layers will allow to meet simultaneously with the three following requirements: improved barrier  properties, an increase in mechanical resistance due to the inorganic reinforcing phase, and excellent adhesion between the metallic substrateand the coating thanks to the oxide layer whose morphology, nanostructure and thickness would be carefully controlled, and thanks tothe flexibility of the hybrid coating.

Contact : Anne MERTENS

FMF-Energie : Inoxypem_1

Prototyping of coated stainless steel bipolar plates for PEM fuel cells

The goal of the INOXYPEM project is to develop a platform for the prototyping of coated stainless steel bipolar plates for PEM fuelcells. This will be done via (i) the development of manufacturing tools able to produce stamped bipolar plates from coated stell rolls, (ii) the development of design (modelling) tools and (iii) the set up of physico-chemical and electrochemical characterization techniques.

Contact : Nathalie JOB

FMF-Energie : LoCoTED_2

Recovery of degraded heat in an industrial environment using low-cost thermoelectric modules

Contact : Philippe GHOSEZ

FMF-Environnement : Biodec_1

Bioactive surfaces for environmental decontamination

Preparation of bioactive coatings containing biomolecules for indoor air decontamination.

Contact : Christophe DETREMBLEUR

IAWATHA : OPVAL

InnovAtion in Wallonia by Additive Technologies: Optimization and validation of processes and materials

This project is part of the folder of projects IAWATHA (InnovAtion en Wallonie par les TecHnologies Additives)  of the FEDER 2014-2020 program. It aims at increasing the integration of additive processes in the walloon industrial landscape.  In order to reach this goal, the project focuses on meeting industrial needs by combining them with both the current existing expertise  and the potential of emerging technologies. The project follows three main axes : (1) Validation of tehcnologies and materials, and Labellisation , (2) the development of new materials, optimised for additive processing, and (3) the development of strategies for process optimisation that should moreover be made available to the industry.

Contact : Anne MERTENS

IDEES : Fondations technologiques

The Internet of tomorrow to develop the business, the economy and society - Technology Foundations

The objective of the IDEES project is to develop IT solutions in Wallonia so that they serve the local economy better while being exploitable in a globalized market. A challenge that comes in three axes to which researchers from the University of Namur actively participate alongside researchers at UCL, UMons and ULg. The first axis in which the ULg participates aims to improve the technological foundations of the Internet of tomorrow to allow a rapid exploitation by the Walloon companies. These foundations are essential for implementing Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things solutions, where the applications and ICT systems of tomorrow will have to manage billions of data to provide high added value services. At the end of the project, the researchers will set up software technology bricks and light methodologies, explaining how to use these bricks, to build very quickly software services able to take advantage of the potential of the Internet of tomorrow.

Contact : Louis WEHENKEL

IDEES : Pilotes industriels (mHealth)

The Internet of Tomorrow to Develop Business, Economy and Society - Industrial Drivers (mHealth)

As a result of demographic change (aging of the population), an increase in the number of chronic patients and a growing shortage of medical and paramedical personnel, industrialized countries are faced with major societal challenges related to financing and education, organization of their health care system. This forces them to evolve their models of financing health care and patient care. New approaches are beginning to emerge in which the patient is monitored and cared for in an extra-hospital setting and is educated and empowered to become the main actor in monitoring his health. The mHealth pilot project is fully in this context. By exploiting the generic components developed in technological projects, it aims to design and develop a reference prototype platform, linked to the regional (Walloon Health Network) and national (federal eHealth platform) infrastructures designed to facilitate and optimize thein charge and monitoring of the elderly, including aspects of health prevention.

Contact : Pierre LECLERCQ

IMAWA - Flashsint-ULiège

As part of the IMAWA project portfolio, Flashsint-Ulg aims to develop  a research project in the field of flash sintering as a rapid densification technique to reduce the energy costs associated with the firing stages of ceramic materials.

Contact : Christophe GEUZAINE

Intense4Chem

2.4 Flow4Reactors
Chemical processed intensification using structured catalytic microreactors.

Microsys research topics: Microsys is in charge of developing a miniaturized regulation system that will eventually be integrated to the microreactor prototype. This includes sensors and actuators integration, main board design and regulation algorithms. The most severe constraint will be the temperature (up to 300-400°C).
Partners: Certech, ULiège, UCL, CRICB.

Contact : Michael KRAFT

3.3 Flow4Solids
Intensification of a solid synthesis and post-treatment processes

IThe Intense4Chem project portfolio focused on chemical process intensification aims to meet the industrial need for production of key molecules at a lower cost, more quickly and efficiently, with a low environmental impact.
The Flow4Solids (Certech, ULg, UCL) part of the Intense4Chem portfolio aims to develop the potential of synthesis and continuous processing of high value-added silico-aluminate solids (Beta zeolites). In this context, the Flow4solids_ULg project will focus on the selection and design of intensified reactors. The study of the individual physical processes of the behavior of suspended solids in aqueous phase will be carried out on "cold models" mimicking the geometry of the proposed reactors in order to characterize (PIV, Tomographie R-X, #) and model (CFD, #) the processes of transport (hydrodynamics, mixing) and transfer (mass, heat). The chemical kinetic models developed by the partner Flow4Solids_Certech will then be integrated in order to obtain a global model of reactor performance.

Contacts : Dominique TOYE

Flow4SynFlow4Syn

Development of a research project in the field of continuous chemistry for the synthesis of bio-sourced molecules in order to develop the deposits present in Wallonia.

Contacts : Jean-Christophe MONBALIU

LCFM - Biomass : Biomat_3

From biomass to biosourced materials

The project focuses on low carbon footprint materials and more specifically on the use of non-recovered plant resources as an alternative source for the development of new sustainable and innovative composite materials for packaging and electronic materials applications.

Contacts : Aurore RICHEL

MICRO + : SOCLE_ULgCSL

Acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment to conduct research in the field of laser irradiation of spaceborne microsystems.

Contacts : Claude JACQMIN

PHARE - ULg-Analytique

The PHARE project portfolio aims to develop a platform of expertise and skills in the pharmaceutical field, for the development of new pharmaceutical forms, the development of innovative production and analysis processes, and for the fight against falsification. The ULg-Analytical project proposes to develop a research project in the field of biodegradable nanoparticles, the exploitation of active molecules with low aqueous solubility, microfluidic analysis techniques and the fight against drug falsification.

Contacts : Marianne FILLET

PHARE - ULg-Galénique

The PHARE project portfolio aims to develop a platform of expertise and skills in the pharmaceutical field, for the development of new pharmaceutical forms, the development of innovative production and analysis processes, and for the fight against falsification. The ULg-Analytical project proposes to develop a research project in the field of biodegradable nanoparticles, the exploitation of active molecules with low aqueous solubility, microfluidic analysis techniques and the fight against drug falsification.

Contacts : Brigitte EVRARD

PHARE - ULg-GMP

The PHARE project portfolio aims to develop a platform of expertise and skills in the pharmaceutical field, for the development of new pharmaceutical forms, the development of innovative production and analysis processes, and for the fight against falsification. The ULg-GMP project consists of the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment to conduct research in a "Good Manufacturing Practices" environment in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, particularly in drug formulation and pharmacotechny.

Contacts : Philippe HUBERT

Requalification 2020 of the Seraing Valley

Contacts : Michel MORANT

SITI : ECOSOL

Attractiveness, greening and valorization of industrial wasteland during pre- and post-sanitation periods

This project proposes to use periods of worthlessness (before, during and after remediation) of industrial wasteland in order to create value. Indeed, these wasteland are generally unsuitable for cultivation of food plants but represent a real opportunity to growplants producing molecules with high added value for, after proper purification, pharmaceutical industry. New crops adapted to marginal soils could therefore represent regional technology redeployment opportunities.

Contacts : Bach Kim NGUYEN

TERA4ALL : CSL

Development of a 2D imaging platform based on THz holography and multi-sensor systems.

Contacts : Jean-Hervé LECAT

TERA4ALL : INTELSIG

Development of new signal processing solutions to extract THz information in real time.

Contacts : Jacques VERLY

TROPICAL PLANT FACTORY

Plant'HP is part of the 'Tropical Plant Factory' FEDER project, which aims at converting former industrial sites into plant growingfacilites for production of high value molecules.
The objectives of Plant'HP is to identify plant species/varieties and the growing conditions that allow to reach high yield in targeted molecules. Experiments are conducted in controlled cabinets in order to optimize each environmental parameter before launchig high scale production.

TROPICAL PLANT FACTORY : C-Plant'HP

Project C - Evaluation of the plant potential for the production of high added value molecules (Plant'HP)

Contacts : Claire PÉRILLEUX

TROPICAL PLANT FACTORY : E-OptiBiomasse

Project E - Optimization of Biomass Production Directed towards Molecules of Interest (OptiBiomass)

Contacts : Haïssam JIJAKLI

TROPICAL PLANT FACTORY : H - BioRes

Project H - Valuation of residual biomass into high value-added molecules (BioResidu)

Recovery of odourless crop residues for the production of high value-added molecules

Contacts : Aurore RICHEL

UserMedia : CloudMEDIA-ULg

The project "CloudMEDIA" aims to design and develop a platform to support the production and intelligent processing of media in thebroad sense.
To achieve this, the "CloudMEDIA" project will implement the innovative technologies of distributed computing and cloud computing.

Contacts : Pierre LECLERCQ

UserMedia : MEDIAFactory-ULg

Development of a research project in the field of production optimization, processing and visualization of audio-visual media.

Contacts : Jacques VERLY

UserMedia : MediMEDIA-ULg

Development of a research project in the field of media management in medical interaction.

Contacts : Jacques VERLY

Vesdre Valley - Urban Revitalization

Contacts : Michel MORANT

Wal-e-Cities

Wal-e-Cities : ECO (SCI)

Wal-e-Cities aims to create innovative citizen-centred IoT solutions in the areas of mobility, energy efficiency, governance and well-being.

These developments are based on new wireless communication channels using street furniture and street lighting.
In the Wal-e-cities project, the Smart City Institute (SCI) plays a transversal role linked to its expertise in management and economics. In practical terms, SCI's contribution is therefore divided into two parts: 1) Analysis of the impact on Wallonia: (i) the economic impacts on the creation of startups and on existing Walloon companies/SMEs will be analysed, potentially interesting and replicable newbusiness models will also be identified and explained; (ii) as well as the societal impacts - contribution of the projects to the well-being of Walloon citizens and that of visitors as well as the environmental impacts - will be studied via scientific research (theoretical research + empirical analyses of international and local cases);

Contacts : Nathalie CRUTZEN

Wal-e-Cities : ECO ULG ARGENCO

The Wal-e-Cities ECO ULG Argenco project consists in the development of a Walloon ecosystem around the problem of the living environment and the well-being of the citizen. The activities of the UEE-Urban and Environmental Engineering research unit (formerly Argenco) are all related to urban and environmental engineering. They are structured around 4 axes: 1) Building design, structures and transport networks; 2) Materials and efficient resource management; 3) Environmental risk and engineering; 4) Human activities and thebuilt environment.

Contacts : Jacques TELLER

Wal-e-Cities : ECO ULG LEMA

Contacts : Sigrid REITER

Wal-e-Viiles : ENR ULG Argenco

The Wal-e-Cites ENR ULG Argenco research project aims at developing methodologies and tools for sampling, data collection and processing that will (1) help better frame the needs of citizens in terms of well-being in urban environments; (2) enable citizen empowerment through revisited participatory and co-creative frameworks.
The « user data » thus collected will complement environmental data additionally acquired through different physical sensors dispersed in the pilot sites (such as multi-energy sensors, pollution sensors or intelligent sensors for water management) as well as individual IoT physical sensors. The user data and environmental data will be associated and contextualized so as to generate enriched data and operational indicators offering high added-value for both the Smart City itself (in view of its strategic development) and for the Walloon SMEs (in view of technological and economic development).

Contacts : Jacques TELLER

Wal-e-Cities : ENR ULG LEMA

Wal-e-Cities aims to create innovative citizen-centred IoT solutions in the areas of mobility, energy efficiency, governance and well-being. These developments are based on new wireless communication channels using street furniture and street lighting. Wal-e-Cities is also market-oriented in order to facilitate the development of innovative ecosystems at the cutting edgeof technology, meet societal challenges, favour start-ups and give a competitive advantage to Walloon companies.

Contacts : Sigrid REITER

Smart Living - Urban environment and citizen well-being - GxABT

In the Wal-e-cities project portfolio, the Smart Living project is specifically dedicated to the well-being of the citizens within the Smart City, and is declined in a multitude of fields of application: quality of life within a sustainable environment, quality of local services, integration and life in society, but also leisure, sports and cultural activities, and by extension tourism, trade, food, local products, the provision of short circuits,... The Smart Living project will focus on two essential axes: quality of life in urban environments (citizen well-being in response to urban environments and pressures) and quality of life linked to food (food cultures, quality of the consumer environment).

Contacts : Dorothée GOFFIN

Smart Living - Urban environment and citizen well-being - LUCID

The objective of the Smart Living project of the Wal-E-Cities portfolio is to develop and provide Walloon citizens with innovative tools for collecting, capturing and enriching physical and digital data aimed at improving their well-being in an intelligent urban environment ("Smart City"). The theoretical frameworks and technological building blocks proposed at the end of the project, built through an inclusive and user-driven approach to needs, will feed more sustainable interconnected services since they are in line with citizens' expectations and preferences.

Contacts : Catherine ELSEN

Wal-e-Villes MOB ULG ARGENCO

The Wal-e-Cities MOB ULG Argenco project consists in the development of a Walloon ecosystem around the problem of the living environment and the well-being of the citizen. The activities of the UEE-Urban and Environmental Engineering research unit (formerly Argenco) are all related to urban and environmental engineering. They are structured around 4 axes: 1) Building design, structures and transport networks; 2) Materials and efficient resource management; 3) Environmental risk and engineering; 4) Human activities and thebuilt environment.

Contacts : Jacques TELLER

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