NanoDesk is a 36 months project (from the 1st June 2017 to the 31st May 2019), approved at the first call of the Interreg SUDOE Community Initiative Program, and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).
The main objective of the NanoDesk project is to promote nanotechnology as key enabling technology to develop novel added value plastic materials based on the use of nanomaterials (ENMs). The project addreses current barrieres limiting the investment in nanotechnology in the plastic sector, most of them SMEs, providing the sector with new tools to cover current technological and trainning needs, bosting innovation and competitiveness.
The targets of the project are the more than 6500 companies that conform the plastic sector in southwestern Europe “SUDOE region”, as well as those actors involved in the nanotechnology supply chain, including nanomaterials manufacturers (i.e. nanofillers providers), R +D responsibles, technical directors in plastic producing and transformation companies, safety advisors, as well as consumers.
The main objective of the project is to develop a web based platform to promote the use of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the plastic sector. Within this main activity, a series of activities are included that focus on the creation of adequate tools for the development of the project. These activities are:
The development of an observatory on the safety of nanomaterials and nanostructured polymers “nanocomposites”
A set of computational models for predicting the toxicological and ecotoxicological properties of selected nanomaterials (nanoQSAR models)
The development of a set of exposure estimation models for the assessment of the exposure of nanomaterials in workplaces, environmental matrices, and consumers.
A web based tool based tool, based on data mining approaches, intended to assist companies on the analysis and exploration of large volumes of information
A Roadmap and a Strategic Plan for the Plastic Sector
EN: Valencian Community, Catalonia.
PT: Oporto, Minho.
The concept of the project stems from the need for supporting the promotion of the nanotechnology as the driving force of innovation and development of one of the most relevant sector in the SUDOE region. Nanotechnology enables the development of added value plastic materials, including better barrier and mechanical properties, and even polymeric matrices with conductive properties, however, the application of the nanotechnology is limited due to new regulatory requirements for the use and commercialization of nanomaterials, the uncertainty in the potential effects on human health and the environment of nanomaterials and nanostructured materials, and the scarce information on specific applications.
In this context, the project tries to overcome current barriers limiting the investment in nanotechnology, providing the plastic sector with new tools to cover their technological and training needs, contributing to the improvement of their competitive position.