ORION project (Ordered Inorganic-Organic Hybrids using Ionic Liquids for Emerging Applications) is a Large-Scale Collaborative Project funded from the European Community’s Sevent Framework programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº CP-IP 229036-2 with duration of 48 months. The consortium in formed by 17 partners from eight member states, all considered as international experts in their area of research.
The main concept of the project is the development of a new family of functional inorganic-organic hybrids materials characterized by an ordered morphology. The hybrids will be composed of an inorganic material such as (TiO2, SiO2, ZnO, Si, Sn, LiCoO2) and a new functional ionic liquid as the organic component. Two different complementary generations of hybrids will be developed. First, Generation 1 inorganic-organic hybrids will be synthesized for applications in lithium batteries. On the other hand, Generation 2 inorganic-organic hybrids will be developed for application in innovative solar cells. In this case, a third component named light sensitizer (dye, semiconducting polymer or quantum dot) will be added to the inorganic component/ionic liquid system.