The NanoSustain consortium consists of 12 partners from 8 different countries.
NordMiljö AB was established in 2004 and is an international research and consulting expert in the field of environmental assessment of chemicals and products. The staff owns a long standing experience in the planning, management and implementation of complex projects from various industrial sectors, including the chemical, metal and mining and pulp and paper industry. NordMiljö is a specialist in conducting eco-toxicological risk analysis to meet regulatory requirements and to improve the environmental performance of industrial processes.
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The Institute of Nanotechnology (ION) was established in 1997 (previously the Centre in Scotland for Nanotechnology, founded in 1994). It was one of the world's first nanotechnology information providers, and is now a world leader. It provides industry and governments with intelligence on nanotechnology and its applications and has produced several important milestone publications. Early on, the Institute supported the UK Government in the formulation of its policy in nanotechnology in a variety of ways - from undertaking benchmarking exercises to leading fact-finding Missions to major nanotechnology centres and companies across Europe and in the USA.
NRCWE is a governmental research institute under the Danish Ministry of Employment working in the field of occupational health and safety. NFA’s goal is generate and disseminate knowledge contributing to a safe, healthy work environment in accordance with the technical and social development of the Danish society. Being the national centre for work environment research NFA contributes to securing coordination of Danish work environment research and monitors national and international work environment development and research. The knowledge is disseminated via NFA’s Working Environment Information Centre. The annual budget is 13 mill EUR and NFA has a total staff of 146. Health risks from occupational exposure to nanoparticles is one of NFA’s five strategic research areas. The total staff presently working in the Nanotoxicology group is 30 persons (18 AWU).
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an impartial multidisciplinary expert organisation. With its staff of 2780 experts VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research services. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, create business intelligence and added value to its stakeholders. VTT´s technological focus areas are applied materials, bio- and chemistry processes, energy, information and communication technologies, industrial systems management, micro-technologies and electronics, and technology in the community. VTT's turnover is 238 Million €.
The Department of ‘Technology Design and Development’ (FG10) is part of the Faculty for Production Engineering at UniHB which has a focus on materials (metals, polymers and ceramics) and production processes. The FG 10 mainly deals with health, safety and environment issues and thereby follows the general approach of ‘Industrial Ecology’ that is to achieve sustainability through integrating the industrial systems of the technosphere into the carrying capacities of natural systems, the ecosphere.
Veneto Nanotech is a company established in the 2003 by the Universities of Padua, Venice and Verona as well as by the Veneto Region in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), numerous public institutions and private companies aiming at coordinating the initiatives and at unifying the strategic vision of the Italian Nanotechnology Cluster. At present there are around 50 researchers involved in the different facilities it manages (Nanofab scarl; ECSIN; LaNN) and many PhD students. Veneto Nanotech’s goal is to familiarize companies with nanotechnologies in order to promote process and product innovation as well as the creation of high-tech companies. Furthermore, Veneto Nanotech aims at fostering and developing private investments in research and at supporting high-tech centres for the development of research projects and promotion of hightech transfer.
The mission of the Joint Research Centre is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national. Prime objectives are to investigate the level and fate of contaminants in the air, water and soil; assess the effects of these contaminants upon the environment and individuals; and promote a sustainable energy supply. The combination of complementary expertise in the field of experimental sciences, modelling, geomatics and remote sensing puts the JRC in a strong position to contribute to the implementation of the European Research Area and to the achievement of a sustainable environment.
The Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Kaunas University of Technology (RCMN-KTU), was established in 1998 to act as a focus for interdisciplinary research into microsystems and nanotechnology. The mission of the centre consists of R&D in micro- and nanotechnologies, technology transfer, education, development of the national strategy in nanoscience/nanotechnology, and playing a national/international role through networking and partnership. Between 2002-2007, RCMN-KTU coordinated the Lithuanian Nanoscience and Nanotechnology programme. The group has a large portfolio of grants including support from the Lithuanian Science Foundation and European Community. RCMN-KTU participated in FP6-NMP project “Improving the understanding of the impact of nanoparticles on human health and the environment” (IMPART, 2005-2008). IMPART project is directly relevant to present proposal. Present EU support consists of a FP7 REGPOT-1 project „Centre of Excellence in Nanomaterials (NANOMAT).
IMT-Bucharest (founded 1993, national institute since 1996) is active in research and development in micro- and nano-biotechnologies, technology transfer, education and training, dissemination, development of the national strategy in the field. The research topics in IMT-Bucharest cover the fields of microstructures and Microsystems for sensing and biomedical applications; nanostructured materials, nanotechnologies and nanostructures; Microsystems for monitoring the electrical activity of tissues and cells; biosensors; microstructures and MEMS for communications; testing and microphysical characterization; optical sensors, micro fluidics. The activities in nanobiotechnology field, such as microarray technology for biomolecular (proteins and DNA) patterning in microarrays, are developed mostly in the “NanoBioLab” laboratory, located in the clean-room area. IMT is partner in 6 projects financed by FP 7. IMT, beside technological facilities for MEMS/NEMS device fabrication has equipments for nanomaterials characterization and preparation: nanoparticle spectrometer (DelsaNanoC), X-ray diffraction- Smart Lab, SEM-EDAX, AFM, SECM, Parstat 2273 Impedance spectrometer, Ploter microarray (GeneMachines OmniGrid Micro), Scanner microarray (GeneTAC UC4), Fluorescence spectrometre ( Edinbourg instruments)
Nanologica AB develops biocompatible, nanoporous materials based on metal oxides, mainly silica, titania and alumina. Nanologica’s clients work in diverse application areas ranging from separation technologies to the petrochemical industry. The properties of the pores and the material structure can be tailored for each specific application. Within biotechnology Nanologica commercialises silica based biomarkers. These materials’ homogeneous chemistry and well defined porosity are well suited for carrier vehicles of fluorescent dyes. The self assembly synthesis can accomplish a surface area of more than 1000 m2/g which makes the materials unique compared with conventional, polymeric vehicle materials. Nanoporous silica materials by Nanologica with an average particle size of 100 nm and a pore size of 5 nm have previously been tested in collaboration for fluorospot applications as biomarkers. The materials showed great potential for adsorption of fluorescent dyes on the internal surfaces. Nanologica is actively developing several nanoporous materials for uses in the pharmaceutical industry within drug delivery applications. New critical adaptations lye in decreasing the size of the particles to around 50 nm and developing the functionalized surfaces to enhance the coupling of the dye and allowing for dye attachment on the external particle surfaces as well. Nanologica AB currently employs 10 full time employees of which 6 are active in R&Dt activities. Nanologica has a wide IPR portfolio including patents in catalysis, new materials and adsorbents. Nanologica has been the recipient of innovation competitions and awards in 2004, 2005 and 2007 including “VINNU Prize 2004” from the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova); NUTEK Innovation prize 2005 and SKAPA innovation prize 2007.
Nanogate is an international leading integrated nanotechnology systems provider with a focus on enhancing surfaces. The firm, which is based in Göttelborn (Saarland), enables the programming and integration of additional properties – such as non-stick, antibacterial, anti-corrosive and ultra-low friction – into materials and surfaces. As an enabler, Nanogate thereby gains a competitive edge for its customers by product refinement using chemical nanotechnology. Nanogate covers a wide range of industries, functions and substrates. The company thus provides a decisive interface for the commercial use of chemical nanotechnology and bridges the gap between the suppliers of raw materials and industrial conversion into products. In doing so, Nanogate concentrates as an enabler on one of the most attractive segments in the industry. Nanogate has a unique combination of extensive materials expertise paired with comprehensive, first-class process and production know-how from the majority stake in GfO acquired in 2010. As a systems provider and jointly with GfO, Nanogate covers the entire value chain from purchasing raw materials, synthesising and formulating the material systems, right through to enhancing and producing the finished surfaces.
The Nanogate Group currently has approximately 220 employees in all and since commencing operations in 1999 has been a trailblazer in nanotechnology. The company has first-class customer references (e.g. ABB, BSH Bosch-Siemens Haushaltsgeräte, Junkers, Kärcher, Koenig & Bauer AG, Opel and REWE Austria) and many years’ experience of different industries and applications. To date, more than 200 projects have gone into mass production. Nanogate has also entered into strategic cooperations with international companies such as the GEA Group and Dow Corning. Nanogate consists of Nanogate Industrial Solutions GmbH, FNP GmbH for products in the sport/leisure sector, majority stakes in Holmenkol AG and GfO Gesellschaft für Oberflächentechnik mbH as well as a shareholding in sarastro GmbH.
UPM-Kymmene is known as a modern and focused forest industry company. UPM has production facilities in 14 countries and it employs 25,000 people worldwide. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. Sales in 2008 were € 9.5 billion. UPM’s strategy is supported by its R&D activity. During the past few years UPM has strongly developed new business opportunities. These include e.g. RFID tags and inlays, wood plastic composite and biofuels. In recent years, UPM has augmented its R&D resourses constantly. In 2008, UPM spent altogether approximately € 49 million (€ 50 million) on research and development projects.