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Biomimetic Ultrathin Structures as a Multipurpose Platform for Nanotechnology-Based Products

Objective

The goal of the MultiPlat project is to develop biomimetic proton conductive membranes with nanometer thickness (nanomembranes) through convergence of a number of fields. The primary application of this multipurpose nanotechnological platform is the next generation of fuel cells where it will replace the prevailing evolutionary modifications of the state of the art solutions. Secondary applications cover diverse fields, including photonics, sensorics, biointerfaces, medicine and others. The natural proton conductive nanomembranes are the most ubiquitous building element in biology. The core concept of the project is to postulate, introduce and fabricate a novel composite nanomembrane and to functionalize them through the integration of proton conducting nanochannels in a manner analogous to that in biological cells. At the same time the nanomembranes will be strengthened through the introduction of inorganic part. This functionalisation itself is a complex and largely unsolved issue. In this way the nanomembranes will merge artificial and biological properties. We intend to use convergence of diverse fields including physics, chemistry, biomimetics, and nanotechnology. The focus will be primarily on the use of various nanotechnology methods for nanomembrane fabrication, their functionalisation through lamination, surface patterning, inclusion of fillers and structural modification through the engineering of built-in nanochannels. The research should result in functional models and a breadboard model. The industrial partners will ensure the application of the results. The objectives of the project fully satisfy the call NMP-2008-1.1-1 Converging sciences and technologies (nano, bio, info, cogni). The expected impacts include breakthroughs in knowledge in the converging fields, important practical applications and industrial innovations, with major significance for clean energy production, environmental protection and welfare improvement.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 872 080
Administrative Contact
Werner Brenner (Dr.)

Participants (5)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 656 050
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laszlo Forro (Prof.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 370 822
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 242 575
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Grill (Prof.)
NANOCYL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 333 592
Address
Rue De L'essor 4
5060 Sambreville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederic Luizi (Dr.)
PAXITECH
France
EU contribution
€ 123 210
Address
Rue De Comboire 32
38130 Echirolles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Renaut Mosdale (Dr.)