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Nanopowders are often raw materials for preparation of a number of advanced products, for instance catalysts. Even at laboratory scale, the amount of nanopowders required to carry out a full experimental trial are generally beyond the laboratory single-batch size. In order to overcome the batch-to-batch incertitude, commercial nanopowders are often chosen.Frequently commercial nanopowders are available in large quantities, at good quality, and competitive price. However, not disclosed additives are generally used in commercial products, e.g. adsorbed molecular species as surface stabilizer or antiagglomerant. In many fields, nanopowders are used because of their high surface activity; it turns out that commercial nanoproducts are completely undefined with respect to their surface status, inducing a crucial lack of knowledge in entire experimental trials.In other cases, entire class of nanopowders with defined properties are not commercially available. The objective of the project is to produce nanostructured material with improved quality and relatively large amount by means of advanced soft-chemical continuous route, such as the advanced Segmented Flow Tubular Reactor (SFTR). The produce nanopowders with tailored size, size distribution, shape, chemical homogeneity, surface properties, and phase composition at medium scale amount (100-500g) will be tested in real applications, defined by parallel already running projects. The final goal is to clearly elucidate the nanopowder properties - product performance relationship.Advanced characterization tool, such as the planned in-situ synchrotron-light XRD experiments will allow progress towards the comprehension of the nucleation and growth mechanisms involved in the nanopowders production. In the framework of this project, three classes of materials have been selected, namely (a) W-doped CexZr(1-x)O2, (b) metal-oxide core / metal shell nanopowder, (c) a sintered ceramic supporting material, thermodynamically stable under water supercritical condition, decorated with nano-dispersed immobilised catalytic centers. The strategic discussion at the rather new “Bioenergy and Catalysis Laboratory” (LBK) together with Genearal Energy Research Department (ENE) at the Paul Scherrer Institue (PSI) resulted in the conclusion that catalytic in house research at LBK needs also in house catalysts synthesis development activities as a major requirement to protect own innovations in the field of energy, catalysis, and environmental S&T.