HELVA project coordinator Prof. F. Pelayo García de Arquer, leader of the CO2 Mitigation Accelerated by Photons research group at ICFO, received the ‘Felisa Martín Bravo’ National Research Prize for Young researchers, in the area of Physics, Materials and Earth Sciences, for his pioneering and interdisciplinary contributions to the fields with relevant applications in the generation of clean energy and the development of optoelectronic elements.

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Furnas and Grande are the names of two ponds located in a mountain region near the city of Iporanga (state of São Paulo, Brazil), in the vast area of Atlantic Forest. A team of researchers from University of São Paulo (USP), and members of the HELVA project, conducted a fieldwork sampling campaign in those two ponds in December 2023.

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Coordinated by ICFO, the HELVA project aims to develop a novel technology based on hybrid tandem reactors that will produce bioplastics from CO2 waste. The project seeks to convert CO2 into acetate that will then be upgraded into bioplastic precursors (PHA) with the help of genetically modified bacteria.

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