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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.
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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

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 510 000

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 449 928,75

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 269 935

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 800

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 419 015

THALES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 301 680

PLASMACHEM PRODUKTIONS- UND HANDEL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 592,09

Nanoforce Technology Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

NANOSURF AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 180 625

CAMBRIDGE NANOMATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 875

GOLDBECK CONSULTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 93 312

INNOVATION IN RESEARCH & ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 310 000

SPECTRUM INSTRUMENTS LTD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

FUNCOATS SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 189 407,91

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 760827

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2017

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 752,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 752

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy