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New high-quality mined nanomaterials mass produced for plastic and wood-plastic nanocomposites

Objective

Successful adaptation of nanotechnology in the end-products requires an access to the nanofiller technology and to the raw materials. The MINANO-project brings together partners representing end-user’s product know-how, formulation and processing technology and most importantly secure and reliable source of nano raw materials. Although there has been tremendous development in the area of nanocompounds with improved functionality, there exists a need to develop an efficient, continuous method of large-scale, low-cost synthesis of such materials. To answer to this need the following steps are suggested: 1) Integrate the functionalization of the high-quality nanoparticles directly on the continuous mass-production process already in the mining industry, 2) ensure controlled dispersion to the matrix material in large scale by cooperation between nanoparticle producer and end-product manufacturer, 3) assure sustainable and safe production and use by state-of-the-art life-cycle analysis. Based on the mass production process and cooperative value chain we concentrate on three major functionalities: Flame retardancy, UV resistance and antimicrobial properties. These properties are achieved by functionalized Mg(OH)2, ZnO and Ag nanoparticles. Societal and industrial impacts of these properties are extensive and there is a strong request of these functionalities for both plastic and wood-plastic based matrix materials. The use of nano-sized functional filler materials enables to use smaller amount of additives thus giving better recyclability, lower weight, higher mechanical strength and potential multifunctional features to the end-product. The combination of new nanofunctionalities gives far reaching possibilities for new types of functional plastics, and completely new possibilities to wood-plastic composites as well. This moves both mining industry and end-product companies towards high-tech on the long run.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-EU-Mexico
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 755 181
Administrative Contact
Jaana Heino (Ms.)

Participants (9)

SERVICIOS ADMINISTRATIVOS PENOLES SA
Mexico
Address
Plaza Moliere 222 Torre De Oficinas 222
11540 Mexico Df
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ricardo Benavides (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 267 330
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Svinth Petersen (Ms.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN QUIMICA APLICADA
Mexico
Address
Bd Enrique Reyna Hermosillo 140
25253 Saltillo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Oliverio Rodriguez (Dr.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN MATERIALES AVANZADOS SC
Mexico
Address
Miguel De Cervantes 120
31109 Chihuahua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erasmo Orrantia (Dr.)
SO.F.TER. S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 224 365
Address
Via Mastro Giorgio 1
47122 Forli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leonardo Bellomo (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE SAN LUIS POTOSI
Mexico
Address
Alvaro Obregón Colonia Centro 64
78000 San Luis Potosi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Facundo Ruiz (Dr.)
SOVERE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 832
Address
Via Della Metallurgia 24
37139 Verona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Poppi (Mr.)
OWENS CORNING MEXICO S DE RL DE CV
Mexico
Address
Avenida Acueducto 459
07360 Mexico
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salvador Valtierra (Dr.)
Owens Corning Fiberglas AS LTDA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 58 739,60
Address
Avenida Brasil 2567
13505-600 Rio Claro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcio Nieble (Mr.)