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MNT-ERA.NET Call 2011 - Project Proposal Title
Recovery of valuable metals from mine wastewaters using nano-structurated materials
(not finalized yet)

Keywords: Heavy metals, mine wastewaters, waters treatments, TiO2 nano-structurated materials

Current Consortium: Nort University of Baia Mare Romania

Search for:
University, Research Institution
Required Skills and Expertise:
1. Acidic mine wastewaters treatment
2. Prepare and characterized of nano-structurated materials
Task in the project:
1. Testing the efficiency of different nano-structurated materials in metals recovery from mine wastewaters
2. Prepare and characterized of TiO2 nano-structurated materials

Deadline for respons March, 2011

Name:Assoc.prof.dr. Leonard Mihaly Cozmuta
Country: Romania

Nanoparticles as new kinds of compatibilisers of multicomponent polymeric systems

Partner search in the field of "Processing of (multi)material processes” for MNT-ERA.NET Call 2011

Nanoparticles as new kinds of compatibilisers of multicomponent polymeric systems
The intention of our proposal is to use nanoparticles as compatibilisers that is as systems causing increase of affinity between different, usually incompatible, kinds of materials.
The problem of compatibilisation is of great practical importance during production processes in plastic industry, especially during manufacturing of blends of polymers which are thermodynamically immiscible. At present time modified synthetic polymers are used mostly as compatibilisers. Typical examples are different ethylene copolymers grafted with maleic anhydride. So, in one macromolecule we have different functionalities, namely hydrophobic and hydrophilic ones. Usage of carefully selected compatibilisers makes it attainable to get new kinds of materials with very desired properties, often engineered for strictly defined processes, often called as “tailor-made”. With similar situation we have to do in the area of polymer composites, which are mixtures of polymer matrix and different fillers, including inorganic ones (chalk, talc, titania) and renewable - organic ones (wood powder, hemp, sisal and so on) as well.
Nowadays nanoparticels, especially nanoclays, which are organically modified layered phyllosilicates, carbon and inorganic nanotubes or particulate nanoparticles, are the subjects of tremendous number of research efforts. The aim of those investigations is to develop technologies of production of so called polymeric nanocomposites. There are very pronounced hopes and wishes associated with the possibilities of obtaining new kinds of plastic materials with much improved properties thanks to nanotechnology. In this respect special attention is being paid to improve the mechanical and barrier properties, as well as to decrease the flammability of the new materials. In those applications the very small size of the nanoparticles used is of primary importance. As a consequence the specific surface area of this nanomaterials dramatically increases in comparison to the “classical” micron-scale particles which leads to remarkable raise of physico-chemical interactions, especially those connected with surface effects. Thanks to scientific efforts done in this respect in the last two decades many new kinds of industrially important materials were developed. However, it seems that unique properties of nanoparticles can be successfully used in other areas too, especially as compatibilisers.
During our research we are going to obtain new types of compatibilisers based on modified nanoparticles. Thanks to their exceptionally small dimensions nanoparticles exhibit extremely high surface energy, and in consequence they can be highly active as compatibilisers of different interphases at relatively lower concentrations in comparison to the classical, industrially-used compatibilisers. This new type of nanocompatibilisers could be foreseen as effective in such areas for which we know no efficient compatibilisers nowadays. The key to the success will be here the selection of appropriate nanoparticles and their modification for specific application.
We plan to focus our research efforts on three new kinds of plastic materials:
1) bi- and multi-component polymer blends prepared on the basis of commodity polymers mainly, such as polyethylene or ethylene copolymers, polypropylene, polyamides, polystyrene and others,
2) composites of commodity polymers and metal hydroxides, such as aluminium or magnesium hydroxides, which thanks to new compatibilisers will be highly inflammable at considerably lower loading of flame retardants than the ones used in today’s state-of-the-art, namely below 40%. At the same time mechanical properties of such composites will by much improved.
3) composites of commodity polymers and renewable fillers mainly of plant origin with improved mechanical properties and of higher degree of environment responsiveness.
Institute of Heavy Organic Synthesis has long time experience in this field of research activities encompassed by the aforementioned proposal, including highly experienced scientific and technical staff and also equipment necessary mainly for thermoplastic materials processing.

Institute of Heavy Organic Synthesis „Blachownia" (Polish abbreviation ICSO)
ICSO is a dynamic R&D centre working for organic chemistry. For almost 60 years it has been a successful partner for both, domestic and foreign organizations, within the range of developing, implementing and improving of chemical processes, production and sale of chemical goods. ICSO belongs to the top research units in Poland. ICSO carries on R & D and implementing works within the scope of chemical sciences, performs chemical research, tests and analyses. The competence and experience of ICSO is proved by numerous publications, patents and commercial implementations.

Name:Emanuela Pawliczek
Address:ul. Energetykow 9
Place: 47-225 Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Phone:0048 77 4873540

“Development of a telematic device for chronic patients in situ monitoring”

Partner search for MNT-ERA.NET Call 2011

The main objective of this project is to develop a new device that carries out in-situ tests (at home) for patients with chronic disease who need a regular monitoring of critical parameters. The results of the test will be sent by telematic way to clinician (mobile phone, database…), to reduce the time for making a decision. This system will optimize the chronic patients monitoring and improve their life quality (reducing visits to outpatients clinic, etc...).

The new diagnostic tool development in this project will be based on immunochromatographic techniques that are highly accurate, rapid and cheap. A highly innovative feature of this project is the integration of strip test into a quantitative reader device. Traditional detection systems are too laborious and non-viable for a field device. But the immunochromatographic strip test requires no laboratory equipment, results in less than 5 minutes and in combination with a quantitative reader device opens up the possibility of on-site detections for patients.

Regarding to the portable device communications, the aim is to transmit data from the device to a database, starting from a measurement parameter. Due to device has to be portable, the communication will be wireless. According to the application type, a specific technology should be selected. For example, if the communication is at home between computer or a similar device and biometric devices, the technology to develop the system will be ZigBee: a low-power-consumption technology which is suitable for home sensor devices. The system will be based on the standard of the ZigBee Alliance in order to have more medical devices integrated in the same wireless network and working together. Once records have been stored, they can be sent via Internet or using SMS via GPRS.

The next partners profiles are necessary for complete the project consortium:

Private hospital. His main role will be determined the chronic disease and the biomarkers for monitoring chronic patients.
Diagnostic Test Company. This company should have knowledge in medical equipment for health diagnostic. It will exploit the final system developed in project.
Company for developing of a portable fluorescence sensor. This company should develop or should provide a sensor which converts fluorescence of the strip into electrical output.

Name:Cristina Ugarte
Phone:+34 94 4209488


Basque Company offering their technology for MNT-ERA.NET Call 2011

Project idea:
- There are software packages that include the definition and the composition of the ‘basic principles’ in physics, working with atoms and molecules at nanocomponent scale.
- Trying to summarize these rules, the engineers use tools for the design of nanocomponents (CAD tools). Otherwise, they can reach their objectives efficiently only with the experiments.
- The next step has not been done. It is very important to prepare one METHODOLOGY for the design and development of the software that optimizes the nanocomponents MANUFACTURING (CAM tool).
- The first objective is mainly put the basis and create the methodology for the development of this type of CAM software, in different types of nano-manufacturing:
Top-Down processes: for example, nanomachining
Bottom-Up processes: for example, coatings

Industrial Consultancy and Technology, focused in the Lean Manufacturing and productivity improvement.
Lead time reduction based in:
Manufacturing Strategy
Logistics optimization (lay out, pull flow, one-piece-flow, cells, mini-factories
Flexible handling, storing and automation
Continuous Improvement and 6 Sigma

Research & development on demand for advanced manufacturing technologies: Product / process innovation, with high manufacturing efficiency
Intelligent and flexible handling systems and tools, for one-of-a-kind or small series

Advanced product design: Time to optimal fabrication & market
Lean Design: DFSS, DFMA
Visual project flow
Simultaneous engineering and lay out organization for project equipment

Contact: Mario Insunza / Angel Hernán

Name:SISTEPLANT, www.sisteplant.com
Address:Parque Tecnológico Bizkaia, Edificio 607
Place: 48160 DERIO (Basque Country - SPAIN)
E-Mail:minsunza@sisteplant.com / ahernan@sisteplant.com
Phone:+ 34 94 602 12 00

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