NMP-2008-2.1-2 Processing and upscaling of nanostructured materials
Technical content/scope: The availability of large amounts of specifically tailored nanostructured materials is crucial for the successful development of new products. The processing of these nanostructured materials and their upscaling to enable industrial use still has many challenges.
Research is needed to achieve technological breakthroughs in the knowledge-based processing methods (both chemical and physical) that would allow the production of nanostructured materials on a large scale, either for further processing, as in the case of nanoparticles, or for final commercialisation. The cost effectiveness and commercial potential of the innovative techniques for generating nanostructured materials, as well as the safety issues in the handling of nanofillers and nanostructured materials, including the treatment of the processing residues, should also be considered. Proposals should focus their activities on the processing of one particular material type.
Funding scheme: Small or medium scale focused collaborative projects.
Special features: In order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities and this will be reflected in the evaluation and priority will be given to proposals showing a clear industrial leadership.
Expected impact: Large-scale production of advanced nanostructured materials. Commercial availability for specific applications remains a critical issue for many nanostructured materials.

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