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Antimicrobial FLEXible POLymers for its use in hospital environments

Objective

FLEXPOL aims to develop a pilot line for the production of a cost effective antimicrobial (AM) adhesive film for its use in hospitals.
The obtained adhesive film will inhibit growth of a wide range of microbes and will be suitable for high-touch surfaces, providing a durable protection with good resistance. It will assure the highest level of hygiene and patient safety, reducing the use of disinfectants.
These objectives will be achieved, using a multi-functional approach combining prevention of adhesion with killing of microorganisms, by means of essential oil (EO) emulsions embedded in a micro and nanopatterned polypropylene matrix.
FLEXPOL covers the following key aspects:
-It addresses the development, upscaling and demonstration in a relevant industrial environment of the production of films with AM, biocompatible and anti-adhesive properties. Existing extrusion and nanoimprinting pilot lines will act as the starting point in which new additives based on blends of EO will be incorporated.
-Previously validated technologies constitute the basis of the approach. These technologies will be extended to large scale production and demonstrated in a real operational environment. The pilot line will include real time characterization for inspection of the film at the nanoscale.
-Robustness and repeatability of film fabrication and its behavior in a real environment will be studied. The effectiveness of the solution will be compared with standard protocols.
-Materials are chosen according to their cost for large-scale application. Productivity and cost of the fabrication process will be analyzed attending to energetic optimization of the product fabrication and the raw material cost.
-Access to the pilot line for AM films in this or a different application will be ensured to European Industries at a cost that promotes technology transfer.
-Non-technological aspects key for the marketing of the product (such as regulatory issues, HSE aspects, LCA...) are considered.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-PILOTS-2016
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 096 030,70

Participants (10)

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 574 750
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
GRANTA DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 306 794,25
Address
Clifton Road 62 Rustat House
CB1 7EG Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 807 737,50
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASOCIACION INSTITUTO BIODONOSTIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 449 087,08
Address
Paseo Dr. Beguiristain S/n
20014 Donostia-san Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 753 643,20
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
PROPAGROUP SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 294 816,38
Address
Via Genova 5/B
10098 Rivoli To
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 428 842,50
Address
Campus De San Vicente Raspeig
03690 Alicante
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SO.F.TER. S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 15 318,29
Address
Via Mastro Giorgio 1
47122 Forli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Naturality Research & Development
Spain
EU contribution
€ 82 416,73
Address
Ctra Bv 1274 Num 1 Parque Leitat
08225 Terrassa Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 362 506,71
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations