FutureFlash!: 10 best projects
Shedding a different light on science and innovation
Through FutureFlash! Best Project competition, EuroNanoForum 2015 has identified and selected 10 very best of all the over 1 000 projects launched under the EU Funding Instruments in the field of nanotechnologies and advanced materials.
You will have a chance to get to know them and get a glimpse of their innovative science, creativity and design at the FutureFlash! Demo area, located at the Nanotech Europe exhibition. Moreover, FutureFlash! Best Project award will be given out to the very best project during the Conference Dinner.
Read more about FutureFlash! and get a glimpse of the 10 very best projects:
NANOLEAP: Nanocomposite for building constructions and civil infrastructures: European network pilot production line to promote industrial application cases
Project aims at the development of a coordinated network of specialized pilot lines for the production of nanocomposite based products for different civil infrastructure and building applications. The goal of this infrastructure is to support the research activities of European SMEs in the Construction sector in nanocomposite products enabling the progress of the product to next steps of technology deployment such as installation of industrial lines and enter in the commercialization stage.
For the creation of the network, ten pilot plants dealing with the most promising applications of polymeric nanocomposites in the construction and engineering sector have been selected. This project will support these pilot lines for the scaling up and production of these nanocomposite based products in order to facilitate their further adoption by the entire construction chain.
Submitting Organization: University of Castilla–La Mancha, Spain
See more at: www.nanoleap.eu
NANODETECTOR: Ultrasensitive Plasmonic Detection of Single Nanoparticles
Project is based on the new experimental phenomenon discovered recently by a project partner: single subwavelength objects give rise to optical signals in surface plasmon resonance microscopy. This provides a unique possibility for ultrasensitive on-line detection of engineered nanoparticles. Within the project a development of the device for detection of nanoparticles and its application for a number of practically important tasks will be performed.
The technology was implemented as a prototype of commercial device (will be demonstrated live at the FutureFlash! Demo area).
Submitting Organization: Brandenburg University of Technologies Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
See more at: www.nanodetector.eu
NAMDIATREAM: Nanotechnological toolkits for multi-modal disease diagnostics and treatment monitoring
Project has developed cutting edge nanotechnology-based tools for multi-modal detection of biomarkers of most common cancer types and cancer metastases, permitting identification of cells indicative of early disease onset in a high-specificity and throughput format in clinical, laboratory and point-of-care devices.
The project was built on the innovative concepts of super-sensitive and highly specific “lab-on-a-bead”, “lab-on-a-chip” and “lab-on-a-wire” nano-devices utilizing photoluminescent, plasmonic, magnetic and non-linear optical properties of nanomaterials. The technologies developed by NAMDIATREAM have been integrated into demonstration diagnostic systems for detection of cancer cells and molecular markers. The performance of the new systems proved to be comparable or superior to the quality obtained with gold standard protocols of diagnostic practice.
Submitting Organization: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
See more at: www.namdiatream.eu
NanoValid: Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials
Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge technology with the potential to revolutionize many other key technology areas. Its groundbreaking innovation potential consists in the fact that material properties can change dramatically at nano-scales. However we still lack validated methods that reliably measure these unique properties and possible adverse effects caused by these new materials.
The EU FP7 NanoValid project is addressing this question, which is vital for the full exploitation of this leading edge technology. A variety of measurement and in vitro/in vivo testing protocols has been validated and new SOPs established by a series of comprehensive inter-laboratory method comparisons. Based on these validated methods, certified reference materials and reference methods are developed that allow the generation of more reproducible, accurate and comparable data which is used and urgently needed to improve the applicability of current risk (RA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) schemes to engineered nanomaterials.
Submitting Organization: NordMiljö AB, Sweden
See more at: www.nanovalid.eu
NanoDefine: Development of an integrated approach based on validated and standardized methods to support the implementation of the EC recommendation for a definition of nanomaterial
Nanotechnology is a key enabling technology. But there are still existing uncertainties on classification as well as environment, health and safety issues that need to be addressed to explore its full potential. One challenge is the development of methods that reliably identify, characterize and quantify nanomaterials (NM) both as substance and in various products and matrices.
NanoDefine project is explicitly addressing this question. Comprehensive intra-lab and inter-lab comparison studies have been launched to develop validated measurement methods and instruments that are robust, readily implementable, cost-effective and capable to reliably measure the size of particles in the range of 1–100 nm, with different shapes, coatings and for the widest possible range of materials, in various complex media and products. In addition, NanoDefine will strongly contribute to ongoing standardization activities, such as CEN, ISO and OECD, by proposing specific work items, to integrate the developed and validated methodology into current standardization.
Submitting Organization: RIKILT Wageningen UR Institute of Food Safety, Netherlands
See more at: www.nanodefine.eu
AEROPAN: New high performance insulating panels for new buildings and retrofitting
project has the specific objective to industrialize a new prefabricated panel named AEROPAN through the set up an innovative lightweight reinforced thermoplastic low pressure molding production process. This one-shot process allows tuning the mechanical properties (e.g. flexural strength and elastic module) and the shape of AEROPAN panels, by reducing at the same time the use of raw materials and processing time, saving GHG emissions and keeping at minimum the overall energy consumption.
Submitting Organization: AMA COMPOSITES srl, Italy
See more at: www.aeropan-project.eu
FORMAMP: Innovative Nanoformulation of Antimicrobial Peptides to Treat Bacterial Infectious Diseases
Resistance to traditional antibiotics is a rapidly increasing problem that in a few years could make infections impossible to treat and bring the state of medical care back to the pre-antibiotic era from the beginning of the last century. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have a huge potential as new therapeutics against infectious diseases as they are less prone to induce resistance due to their fast and non-specific mechanism of action.
The aim of FORMAMP is to explore a number of innovative formulation and delivery strategies based on nanotechnology in order to improve the efficiency and stability of AMPs in clinical development. Functional delivery systems that can be applied directly on the infected site will be developed for treatment of infections in skin and burn wounds, as well as lung infections caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). The results of this interdisciplinary project will generate efficient treatment strategies combatting one of the largest threats to our health care system today, reducing healthcare costs and expand the growth of European enterprises within the field of pharmaceutics and nanomaterials
Submitting Organization: SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
See more at: www.formampproject.com
PICS: Development of innovative ALD materials and tools for high density 3D integrated capacitors
With the fast development of applications based on smart and miniaturized sensors in aerospace, medical or automotive domains, requirements on electronic modules are more and more linked to size, stability, reliability and performances. Capacitors are key components of electronic modules to deliver power with the right voltages to different functions from a single power source (such as a battery) or to protect them against voltage jumps.
IPDiA has developed for many years a technology of integrated capacitors (called PICS) which overcomes current technologies (e.g. tantalum capacities) and which can be a solution to build highly integrated and high performances electronic modules. The goal of the PICS project is to go further and to bring a technological gap to get higher densities of capacitors and higher breakdown voltage. It will open the way to new markets by offering even more integration level and miniaturization (in order to increase the functionality combination and the complexity within a single package) and higher performances (in order to ensure long life operations and be able to place the sensors as close as possible to the “hottest” areas for efficient monitoring).
Submitting Organization: CEA-Leti, France
See more at: www.fp7-pics.eu
BUONAPART-E: Better Upscaling and Optimization of Nanoparticle and Nanostructure Production by Means of Electrical Discharges
Project demonstrates that a physical nanoparticle synthesis process can be economically scaled-up to yield kg/day production rate keeping energy consumption low.
The main goal of the BUONAPART-E is to maximize the production rate of a single basic unit in which the evaporation of the raw material is done by electric means and to implement necessary monitoring and collecting tools to ensure high quality product delivery. Project focuses on high-added value metallic nanoparticles for which no large-scale chemical processes exist, in comparison to processes available for producing oxide nanoparticles. The process allows for the synthesis of different materials using the same production platform. The use of many single production units in parallel, which can be thoroughly optimized and tested on a lab scale for a given material, ensures that a highly-effective scale-up of the synthesis process in terms of cost and energy consumption is possible.
Submitting Organization: Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
See more at: www.buonapart-e.eu
NanoMag: Nanometrology Standardization Methods for Magnetic Nanoparticles
Project is to improve and redefine existing analyzing methods and in some cases, to develop new analyzing methods for magnetic nanostructures.
Using improved manufacturing technologies the project will synthesize magnetic nanoparticles with specific properties that will be analyzed with a multitude of characterization techniques (focusing on both structural as well as magnetic properties) and bring the experimental results together to obtain a self-consistent picture which describes how structural and magnetic properties are interrelated.This extensive survey will be used to define standard measurements and techniques which are necessary for defining a magnetic nanostructure and quality control.
NanoMag brings together Europe’s and internationally leading experts in; manufacturing of magnetic single-core nanoparticles and magnetic multi-core particles, analyzing and characterization of magnetic nanostructures and national metrology institutes.
Submitting Organization: SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Sweden
See more at: www.nanomag-project.eu