The benefits of this integrated approach to POM science can be summarised as below.

Benefits to the ERA – PoCheMoN will strengthen the European POM skills base, improve training and establish a lead in a new branch of nanoscience. Advances in POM chemistry will benefit the European chemistry, catalysis, materials and device communities and their associated industries and the training will provide future leaders in the area.

Benefits to Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) – The broad-based appreciation of the wider science involved in POM-based MN provided by Training Schools, Workshops and STSMs will enhance career prospects of these researchers. Opportunities will also be provided to take on leadership roles within projects and engage in project design.

Benefits to network partners – In addition to the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration itemised in Section B.3, PoCheMoN will enable researchers to apply their research to high-level integrated projects, which will enhance research quality and scientific reputations and establish long-lasting collaborations. Training sessions also represent continuing professional development (CPD) for mid-career scientists, which will assist career progression.

Technological benefits – A deeper understanding of POM chemistry with an ability to immobilise and characterize POMs on surfaces will establish new methods for fabricating nanoscale devices that ultimately will provide European industry with a competitive edge in disruptive new technology; surface-appended POMs provide a direct route to adjust and enhance current CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) technology. Once established, PoCheMoN will enable any technologist to easily gain access to experts in POM science.

Longer-term societal benefits (economy, jobs, welfare) – These will arise through incorporation of cutting-edge POM chemistry into potentially disruptive MN applications that will fuel new regional and global economies. The catalytic, photocatalytic, electronic and magnetic properties of POMs are already being investigated for e.g. environmental clean-up and water purification (oxidation), solar energy conversion (water splitting), fuel cells (oxygen reduction) , molecular electronics or molecular spintronics (switchable electronic/magnetic states), and other applications are envisaged. The training and joint research experience afforded to ESRs will prepare them for leading roles in a technology-based economy.

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