Title Training on the nANOtechnology aspects of plastic COMPosites with enhanced properties for use in high-strength applications
Project Number DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147426
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
TANOCOMP aimed at facilitating the technology transfer process of nanotechnologies in European countries. The benefits of the emerging technologies related to innovative nanocomposites had not been fully tapped yet. Therefore TANOCOMP addressed the need to raise awareness on the benefits of the technologies themselves and their relevant application areas. Secondly, TANOCOMP created a network of actors to be trained in order to be able to exploit the potential of nanocomposites.
Therefore the project provided a set of e-learning tools to enable involved actors to pro-actively participate and benefit of the process. Project partners experienced in trainings and analysis/exploitation of new markets participated in the complementary consortium representing four countries.
TANOCOMP allowed a wide audience to benefit from nanotechnologies advantages and to raise market awareness of the industry on the developments being carried out internationally.
TANOCOMP aimed at the urgent need of facilitating the technology transfer process of innovative technologies in European countries and provided a set of learning tools to enable involved actors to pro-actively participate and benefit of the process. TANOCOMP approached a field full of potential, namely nanocomposites. The benefits of the emerging technologies related to innovative nanocomposites had not been fully tapped yet. Therefore TANOCOMP used a European approach to, firstly, raise awareness on the benefits of the technology itself and its relevant application areas and, secondly, create a network of actors that was being trained in order to be able to exploit the potential of nanocomposites.
4 countries were in the complementary consortium experienced in trainings and analysis and the exploitation of new markets and solutions.
TANOCOMP hade a positive impact on the technological growth of Germany and Cyprus through their stronger involvement in the area of polymer nanocomposites, not having been developed in Cyprus, and gained importance in Germany where research activities in the field have significantly increased in the last years (granted by BMBF) and the numerous clusters developed in plastics technology and processing with focus on automotive and production technologies still have and are willing to learn much. Spain has a wide plastics market for automotive, packaging and electronics, while the equivalent Greek market mainly focuses on industrial packaging, geotextiles, membranes for construction. Thus, a wide audience benefitted from a technical achievement which allows cost savings and an increase in productivity.
The expected project's results were:
• Deeper understanding & knowledge of nanotechnology and its advantages;
• Integration of the consortium's research activities in nanotechnology into the local industrial routes of plastics production, using new research tools and environmentally friendly methods;
• Creation of competitive advantages in the plastics field (improved performance, lower cost) enabling economic growth;
• Market awareness of the industry on the developments being carried out internationally.
TANOCOMP’s aims were:
• Favouring cooperation and mobility activities between the teams of the organisations that participate.
• Organisation of workshops/seminars that raise the public awareness and disseminate the advantages of nanotechnology-based products in other sectors besides the plastics one.
• Education and training of scientists, engineers and managers of the industries that are selected in the field of nanotechnology-oriented plastics by developing e-learning modules and a sectoral accreditation system.
• In-house demonstration of nanocomposites preparation, which start from the chemical treatment of carbon nanotubes and proceed with the mixing of CNTs with the polymer matrix using high-throughput techniques, such as injection moulding.
• TANOCOMP also emphasizes the cost-effective aspects of the transferred innovative processes.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
Product information The outcome of TANOCOMP at the project's end were e-learning modules, trainings and inhouse-demonstrations.