Process Analytical Technologies for Industrial Nanoparticle Production

EUflag white low ID 6256 NanoPAT project has received funding from the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°862583.

Project duration: 01 06 2020 - 31 05 2024 (48 months)

Total cost: EUR 4 968 508,75

EU contribution: EUR 4 968 508,75

Number of partners: 14 beneficiaries

BNN members participating in NanoPAT:Medical University of Graz (AT) and TEMAS AG (CH)

Coordinator: IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA (Spain)

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Project summary & objectives:

Nano-scaled materials are abundant in different stages of industrial manufacturing. Physical and chemical properties of these materials are strongly dependent on their size. Characterisation of mean size, size distribution, and shape of nano-scaled particles is very critical for the quality and efficiency of manufacturing processes. Yet, conventional characterisation technologies still show manifold shortcomings which represent a major innovation obstacle for manufacturers of nanoparticles.

The NanoPAT consortium aims at closing this gap by the demonstration of 3 novel, real-time nano-characterisation Process Analytical Technologies (PAT), namely Photon Density Wave spectroscopy (PDW), OptoFluidic force induction (OF2i) and Turbidity spectrometry (TUS) including real-time data handling for digital process monitoring and product quality control. Those will be validated in 5 different industrial ceramic, polymer and mineral nanoparticles manufacturing and converting environments. This implies that innovating PATs will be paired with new data-analytical technologies in order to provide, for the first time, a real-time analysis for manufacturing processes of particles in the nanometer scale with sub minute temporal resolution. The NanoPAT consortium consists of 14 members, representing instrument developers, process data and modelling experts, academic process researchers, industrial processing experts, as well as innovation and dissemination specialists. The consortium profits from the broad involvement of its members in EU networks and ongoing H2020 projects. NanoPAT will intensively contribute to enhancing the innovation capacity of the European nanotechnology sector. As a result, the NanoPAT real-time nano-characterisation technologies will have reached TRL 6, promising valuable improvements in terms of quality, productivity and sustainability for the process industries in the EU and beyond.

 
Role of BNN

BNN is responsible of the training, communication and dissemination management of NanoPAT’S results and activities. Among the main activities that BNN will lead and guide throughout the project are

i) the achievement of a high impact regarding the applicability of NanoPAT’s solutions through workshops, training materials and online resources,
ii) engage NanoPAT’s stakeholders for the comply of regulatory needs and criteria of the proposed solutions,
iii) align the project activities with the interest of relevant communities through networking and information exchange and,
iv) assessment and implementation of the Safe-by-Design concept in order to support of the development of responsible and safer innovations (putting a special focus on nano-related safety issues).