MOZART: Mesoporous matrices for localized pH-triggered release of therapeutic ions and drugs (Horizon 2020 Grant 685872 : 2015-2018)
The concept behind MOZART is to develop a library of inorganic nanomatrices to be used as smart platforms for effective, non-invasive and highly targeted therapies to treat delayed bone healing and non-healing chronic skin wounds, which are both characterised by an inflammation and often infection. Mesoporous therapeutic glasses, doped with selected ions, will be synthesised and then loaded with the chosen payload. Ordered mesoporous carbons will also be manufactured to host a wide range of biomolecules and higher payload. As in an orchestra, where the integration among the different participants allows a harmonious symphony to be created, in MOZART the synergistic release of ions and drugs will be directed to achieve a radically improved therapeutic effect. Mozart aims to translate these new and innovative medical products into the clinic and market for the benefit of the patients and the industrial healthcare sector in Europe.
GLOW: New weather-stable low gloss powder coatings based on bifunctional acrylic solid resins and nanoadditives (FP7 Grant 324410: 2013-2017)
The GLOW project envisages the development of novel, advanced polymer-based raw and composite materials as well as processing and production technologies, towards new families of powder coatings, responding at the same time to the industrial requirements for quality improvement at lower cost, production of environmentally friendly materials and shorter development cycles. The involved groups possess multilevel and highly complementary expertise (polymer synthesis/processing, composite materials synthesis/characterisation, organic coatings production/application, process engineering) and commit to work together in a joint effort for the development of new materials and production processes to enable the design, preparation and validation of new types of powder coatings with strong commercialisation prospects.
BOR4STORE: Development of solid state hydrogen storage from fundamentals to application (FCH JU Grant 303428: 2012-2015)
BOR4STORE follows an integrated, multidisciplinary approach for the development and testing of novel, optimised and cost-efficient boron hydride based H2 storage materials with superior performance (capacity more than 8 wt.% and 80 kg H2/m3) for specific fuel cell applications.The most promising material(s), to be indicated by a rigorous downselection process, will be used for the development of a prototype laboratory H2 storage system that will be integrated and tested in connection with a 1 kW SOFC (representative for fuel cell applications e.g. for stationary power supply). Special attention will be given, practically for the first time, to significant cost reduction by pursuing cost efficient material synthesis and processing methods.
ENTEC: Enhancing the Capacity for Environmental Technology and Climate Research (EU Grant 316173: 2013-2016)
EnTeC aims to enhance the R&D potential of the Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety (INRaSTES) of NCSRD, Greece, by establishing a research infrastructure for Environmental Technology and Climate Research in the field of atmospheric pollution and climate change assessment of the Southeast European region.The project consists of a set of coherent activities, which arise from the implementation of the INRaSTES Action Plan, directly aiming at strengthening the research capacity of INRaSTES for advancing its participation in environmental/climate related research activities at European, National and Regional level.