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Open characterisation and modelling environment to drive innovation in advanced nano-architectured and bio-inspired hard/soft interfaces

Objective

A failure to quantitatively control adhesion costs billions of euros each year in failed components, suboptimal product performance and life-threatening infections. Nano-enabled and bio-inspired products offer practical solutions to overcome adhesion and friction problems in these application areas. Current tools and methodologies, however, have so far failed to produce any standardised interpretation of adhesion data linking nanoscale adhesion to the macroscopic data. OYSTER uses contact mechanics to bridge adhesion data at multiple length scales and link interfacial adhesion to physicochemical properties. OYSTER brings Europe’s first-class laboratories and SMEs to take existing nanoscale characterisation technologies towards widespread utilisation in process optimisation and model validation. OYSTER achieves this by sharing metadata in an Open Innovation Environment, where new paradigms of multi-scale contact mechanics are validated on selected application oriented reference materials through continuous interaction with the European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC). This way, OYSTER generates wider agreement over adhesion measurement protocols by multimodal Atomic Force Microscopy and high-speed nanoindentation. Tools and methodologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 will be progressed to TRL 6 through unambiguous, standardised, quantitative measurements of adhesion from nano- to macro-scale. Nano-patterned wear resistant surfaces and chemically/topologically functionalised soft contact lenses will show case nano-enabled and bioinspired products for significant market impact. In this way, OYSTER implements the triangle of modelling, characterisation and manufacturing to the wider context of industrial exploitation specially through small and medium enterprises, stakeholders’ networks such as EMCC, European Materials Modelling Councils (EMMC) and European Pilot Project Network (EPPN), and international standard organisations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2017-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 466 581,25

Participants (14)

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 510 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 449 928,75
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 269 935
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 800
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 419 015
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
THALES
France
EU contribution
€ 301 680
Address
Tour Carpe Diem Place Des Corolles Esplanade Nord
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PLASMACHEM PRODUKTIONS- UND HANDEL GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 60 592,09
Address
Schwarzschildstrasse 10
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Nanoforce Technology Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Regent Street 273-287
W1B 2HA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NANOSURF AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 180 625
Address
Graubernstrasse 12-14
4410 Liestal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CAMBRIDGE NANOMATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 875
Address
Orchard Way, Lower Cambourne 14
CB23 5BN Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GOLDBECK CONSULTING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 93 312
Address
St Johns Innovation Centre Cowley Road
CB4 0WS Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INNOVATION IN RESEARCH & ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 310 000
Address
Boulevard Edmond Machtens 79/22
1080 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SPECTRUM INSTRUMENTS LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Stewart House National Technological Park Castletr
V94KN7O Limerick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNCOATS SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 189 407,91
Address
Technoport 4B, Rue Du Commerce
3895 Foetz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)