A Spanish non-profit private technological centre has a large trajectory in international cooperation. The centre has coordinated 19 of the total 43 participated European projects from FP4 to Horizon 2020 including LIFE and ECO-Innovation programs. The main R&D fields where the centre develops its activities are nanotechnology, new materials and advanced-environment technologies.
The centre has a long expertise in design and production of nanomaterials as well as unique infrastructure for design, development and upscaling of nano-based products. The focus of the centre is on development of final nanoproducts for market introduction, therefore looking for characterization techniques that can be useful for controlling and optimizing their synthesis procedures and at the same time can be representative, reliable and accepted in an industrial ambient. The organisation can provide its expertise in the field of production of nano-based materials and products and the existing gaps and current needs in harmonized characterization protocols and quality control for nanomaterials and nano-based products including:
- Nanoparticles: synthesis of simple and complex (mixed, doped, core-shell) nano-oxides, phosphates and carbonates for multi-sectorial applications up to kilograms/hour.
- Dispersion, deagglomeration and surface modification for compatibilization of nanoparticles in final matrices (liquid matrices, polymers, others).
- Development of functional surfaces: the centre has a great expertise in the development of functional surfaces based on organic, pure inorganic and hybrid organic/inorganic matrices, combining functional chemistry with nanomaterials and additives in order to design and produce a wide range of coating effects. Available characterization techniques: Goniometer 190-F1 Ramé-Hart instrument Co, Glossmeter ZGM 1110 Zehntner, Abrassion scrub/Washability tester TQC AB5000, Salt Spray Chamber test SSC Dycometal, Roughness PCE-RT 2200 PCE Instruments, Viscosity by Ford Cup.
The technology centre is offering its expertise in order to create a consortium with SMEs or research technology development performers (RTDs) related to a range of activities related to characterisation and modelling of nanomaterials and coatings in the context of H2020 calls such as the topics DT-NMBP-11-2020: Open Innovation Platform for Materials Modelling and NMBP-35-2020: Towards harmonized characterization protocols in NMBP.
The technological centre can provide its knowledge and expertise in nanobased materials as well as contributing in the production of pattern samples for measurements of nanoparticles, dispersions and coatings.