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Funded Projects

European Commission (EC) Funded Projects

FODIAC

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Title: FODIAC: Food for Diabetes and Cognition

Project Description

FODIAC aims to develop a dietary solution to tackle type 2 diabetes and cognitive dysfunction of the elderly. FODIAC will enhance the quality of R&I in Europe, promoting cooperation along the Food Value Chain. This is achieved through advanced international, intersectoral, cooperation between 7 academic and 8 industry partners. For this purpose, FODIAC assembles a European multi/interdisciplinary consortium, composed of partners in 5 countries that provide expertise in: extraction and purification of bioactive molecules, nanotechnology, nano/micro-encapsulation, toxicology, nutrition, biomarkers, clinical trial management.

Rationale: lack of knowledge sharing among academia and industry acts as a barrier for the development of functional foods for the elderly, who represent one of the fastest-growing population segments worldwide.

Approach and Outcomes: FODIAC coordinates the actions of individual partners, academic and industrial, using Exchange of Staff as a tool to capitalize on complementary competences to:

  • conduct joint research;
  • protect the Intellectual Property based on this research;
  • foster the transference of the generated knowledge, skills, and technology to the industrial sector; and
  • exploit research output to the benefit of society.

FODIAC’s outcomes will include:

  • an increase in the R&I capacity among participating partners;
  • boosting of knowledge transfer of emerging micro/nano-biotechnologies from academia to industry, to develop cost-effective processes;
  • commercialization of new functional ingredients and functional foods containing antidiabetic and cognitive-enhancing bioactive molecules;
  • acceleration of the development of dietary recommendations and interventions based on those products, to improve the quality of life of the elderly;
  • a sustainable research network of academic and industrial partners; and
  • the leveraging of career perspectives of individual researchers, both in and outside academic institution.

URL: http://fodiac.eu/

Start Date: 01 Apri 2018

End Date: 31 March 2022

Type: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

Contract Number: 778388

Funding Agency: Horizon 2020

Funding Programme: H2020 MSCA-RISE-2017

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana and Nuria Barros)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 432.000,00

Budget INL: € 124.000,00

NanoTRAINforGrowthII

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Title: NanoTRAINforGrowthII: INL Fellowship programme in nanotechnologies for nanomedicine, energy, ICT, food and environment applications

Project Description

NanoTRAINforGrowthII programme aims to provide an opportunity for experienced researchers (from all over the world and all nationalities) to sketch out a research project and work on their own research idea at INL´s facilities. It is set to be a 5 year programme and is a 2nd edition of INL´s fellowship programme. It´s main objective is to attract talented researchers and provide opportunities for training and career development, at a one of a kind and state of the art research infrastructure. Selected fellows will have the opportunity to work at INL, through a two-year employment contract entirely focused in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. INL´s Post-doc fellowship programme is an individual-driven bottom-up approach that comprises the incoming mobility scheme.. Fellows will have access to a completely brand new set of state-of-the-art equipment and will have the opportunity to enhance their expertise via a research project, in a scientific topic of their choice, and that is well within INL´s strategic research and technological development areas.

URL: http://ntg.inl.int/

Start Date: 01 June 2016

End Date: 31 May 2021 (60 months)

Type: MSCA-COFUND-2015-FP – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND-FP)

Contract Number: 713640

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Project Coordinator: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL – Mono-beneficiary

Budget Total: € 3.398.400,00

Budget INL: € 3.398.400,00

PANA

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Title: PANA: PROMOTING ACTIVE AGEING: FUNCTIONAL NANOSTRUCTURES FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AT ULTRA-EARLY STAGES

Project Description

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia and loss of autonomy in the elderly, implying a progressive cognitive decline and limitation of social activities. Progressive aging of EU population will increase the magnitude of this problem in the next decades. Currently, there is not an effective method for the early diagnosis of AD. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop new effective early diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to help in delaying the appearance of the most adverse symptoms of this disease. PANA project focuses on developing theranostic nanostructures that specifically recognize very-early molecular markers of AD, and can be detected by means of non-invasive imaging methodologies and eventually provide a therapeutic action if needed. To achieve this goal, we propose a unique consortium which combines neuroscientists, nanotechnologists, molecular imaging experts, clinicians and Small/Medium/Large Enterprises in an effort to use smart nanoparticles engineered with multifunctional biomaterial to provide new very-early diagnostic tools for AD, a vital medical/social problem in EU.

URL: https://panaproject.eu/project

Start Date: 01 March 2016

End Date: 28 February 2021

Type: Research and Innovation Action

Contract Number: 686009

Funding Agency: European Commission

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Manuel Bañobre-López)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 7.775.972,50

Budget INL: € 317.000,00

KET4CLEANPRODUCTION

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Title: KET4CleanProduction: Pan-European Access for manufacture SME on technology services for clean production through a Network of premier KET Technology Centres with one stop shop access including EEN and discourse with policy makers on RIS3.

Project Description

KET4CleanProduction aims to develop a sustainable platform and ecosystem by addressing the needs of SMEs by delivering a portfolio of KET available to be used creating win-win situations between manufacturing SMEs and technology service providers.

The main objective is to foster the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key enabling technologies by SME to upgrade their production processes towards resource- and energy efficiency and sustainability. This will be achieved by reaching out to manufacturing SME all over EU 28, raise their awareness on the potential of clean production innovation for increased product quality, productivity and environmental performance and finally increase in market shares and competitiveness. To reach this, KET4CleanProduction aims to create a one-stop-shop for a pan-European and cross-border access to innovation services for SME through a network of superior KET technology centres in clean production.

Based on the challenges defined for SMEs in applying new technologies in advanced manufacturing in general and for clean production in detail, the project sets specific objectives:

  • Awareness creation and stimulation of manufacturing SMEs throughout Europe to increase their understanding and interest in clean production and the potential in adopting KETs.
  • Build the KET4CleanProduction platform for Europe with specific awareness measures on regions where KET access is still not satisfactory.
  • Help SMEs benefit from multi-KET service know-how and infrastructure.
  • Unlock the cross-border service potential of EU certified KET Technology Centres on clean production services.
  • Creation of a sustainable ecosystem – A one-stop-shop acting as single access point for EU manufacturing SMEs.
  • Implement a micro-grant scheme boosting clean production in SMEs through KET applications.
  • Escalate regional smart specialisation strategies to a European level and vice versa.

All technology centres throughout Europe are encouraged to join the platform, as long as they can show a minimum of SME services and infrastructures on TRL 4-8, relevant for clean production and are thus selected on quality criteria and capacity. The monitoring of quality services will be delivered by requesting feedback from manufacturing SMEs receiving services. The platform will unite all SME-service oriented KET Technology Centres with expertise on clean production.

KET4CleanProduction activities include:

  • Facilitating further development of pilot production capabilities in Europe;
  • Facilitating the development of business, through the access to new customers and potential investors across borders;
  • Providing advisory services and facilitate access for SME’s and start-ups;
  • Setting the scene for the establishment of innovation hubs across the Member States and regions. Coordination on resources and actions;
  • Mapping of the pilot line capabilities, existing ecosystems and relationships among the value chain;
  • Organising and supporting networking and brokerage events at regional, national and European level in organisation of such events.

Main Outcomes:

KET4CleanProduction has defined key performance indicators (KPIs) in order to measure the success and impact of the project across a broad range of metrics:

    • Creation of a self-sustainable KET4CleanProduction ecosystem gathering EU official labelled KET Technology Centres and Enterprise Europe Network organisations.
    • Gathering minimum of 30 EU official labelled KET Technology Centres as members and 30 EEN organisations as KET4CleanProduction promoters throughout EU-28.
    • Memorandum of understanding signed with EU’s EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium sized Enterprises) for full exploitation of KET4CleanProduction by EEN network.
    • Providing access to technology services and facilities through a marketplace, with special focus on 8 countries where (multi-)KET access is still difficult with focus on their smart specialisation: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    • Attract more than 120 manufacturing SMEs for initial technology request.
    • Engagement of SMEs from more than 10 EU member states.
    • 60 cross-border multi-KET micro grant projects involving 60 SMEs and min. 120 official EU KET technology centres being members of the KET4CleanProduction platform.

URL: to be defined

Start Date: 01 January 2018

End Date: 30 December 2020

Type: INNOSUP-03-2017 – Technology services to accelerate the uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies for clean production by manufacturing SMEs

Contract Number: 777441

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: H2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão; Francisco Guimarães)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.898.510,00

Budget INL: € 125.218,75

YPACK

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Title: YPack: High performance polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHB) based packaging to minimize food waste

Project Description

The main objective of YPACK is the pre-industrial scale up and validation of two innovative food packaging solutions (thermoformed tray and flow pack bag) based on PHA, with active properties and passive barrier. New packaging will use food industry by-products, and assure the biodegradability and recyclability, in the frame of the EU Circular Economy strategy.

YPACK will use a holistic approach and methodology involving different knowledge areas: Development of packaging solutions (Production of PHBV layers, compounding, prototyping, Industrial Validation), Product Validation (Quality / Shelf life), Social approach (Customer profiling, Dissemination, Policies & Regulatory) and Market Assessment (Business study and Risk assessment). YPACK is aligned with the EU Circular Economy strategy, including the use of raw bio-based food industry by-products, LCA studies, recyclability & biodegradability of packaging and trying to reduce Food Waste. The project is constructed in line with the Responsible Research and Innovation guidelines of the European Commission.

The project has a total duration of 36 months. Several processes related to the production of multilayered passive and active systems based on raw PHBV will be optimized and scaled up to pre-industrial size to validate the production of the proposed packaging solutions for extend the shelf life of selected food products. They consist in:

  • a multilayer tray involving an inner active layer, and
  • a multilayer flow pack with improved barrier properties. A consumer profiling and market study will be performed at the first stage of the project in order to identify consumers´ preferences, market needs and match them with the new EU regulations and packaging materials breakthroughs.

URL: to be defined

Start Date: 01 November 2017

End Date: 31 October 2020

Type: Innovation Action

Contract Number: 773872

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: H2020-EU.3.2.2.3. – A sustainable and competitive agri-food industry

INL Role: Participant (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 7.282.046,25

Budget INL: € 344.690,00

EPPN

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Title: EPPN – European Network for Pilot Production Projects and Innovation Hubs

Project Description

EPPN will establish a European Pilot Production Network acting as a coordination platform for the exploitation of European pilot lines and prototyping production facilities and their associated ecosystem in the area of nanotechnology and advanced materials. This initiative aims at leveraging technological research into product demonstration and further contribute to an enhanced innovation ecosystem and attractive business environments.
There is a gap between technology and manufacturing. Demonstrators, competitive manufacturing and product development are urgently needed. To address this gap, an investment in Pilot line projects and facilities that enable demonstration in an industrial environment has been made. These pilot facilities respond rapidly to scaling-up needs which are essential for SMEs and start-ups. Moreover, they can help the European industry to remain competitive and generate and potentially help create new markets, jobs and growth across Europe. Europe must exploit this potential by bridging complementary capabilities, resources and demand avoiding duplicated, disconnected and fragmented actions. Europe needs to have a global overview of the existing expertise and infrastructure available for pilot production that will facilitate collaborations and business and to look at value chains across borders.
EPPN will act as a sustainable digital hub for bridging pilot lines facilities allowing technology providers to engage with users, technology up-takers, policy makers, investors and other actors in the ecosystem, along industrial value-chains. The approach is not only about networking. It is about generating new added value to start-ups, SMEs and large corporations working on nanotechnologies and advanced materials by offering a dedicated infrastructure and services ecosystem.

EPPN activities include:

  • Facilitating further development of pilot production capabilities in Europe
  • Facilitating the development of business, through the access to new customers and potential investors across borders
  • Providing advisory services and facilitate access for SME’s and start-ups
  • Setting the scene for the establishment of innovation hubs across the Member States and regions. Coordination on resources and actions
  • Mapping of the pilot line capabilities, existing ecosystems and relationships among the value chain
  • Organising and supporting networking and brokerage events at regional, national and European level in organisation of such events

Main Outcomes:

  • One coordination “node” in Europe supporting the development of pilot production business and the access to new customers and potential investors
  • One digital platform and a smart knowledge digital hub for bridging pilot lines facilities with SMEs, Startups, policy makers, investors and other possible actors in the ecosystem
  • One EPPN app
  • One Pilot Line’s best practices guide
  • One helpdesk service acting as main contact point supporting all the pilot ecosystem
  • Support establishing innovation hubs

The ENRICH consortium has been set up in order to have a project team with complementary experience and competence that can ensure a high impact of the project activity and results. The project will be led by INL which has already sound experience (at international level) for providing rapid prototyping service for market introduction of knowledge-added intense high TRL-level products through the rapid deployment of knowledge, facilitated by rapid prototyping, in partnership with business users.

Start Date: 01 June 2017

End Date: 31 May 2020

Type: NMBP-38-2017: Support for the enhancement of the impact of PILOT projects

Contract Number: 768681

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: H2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 997.625,00

Budget INL: € 300.625,00

I-MECH

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Title: I-MECH: Intelligent Motion Control Platform for Smart Mechatronic Systems

Project Description

The I-MECH target is to provide augmented intelligence for wide range of cyber-physical systems having actively controlled moving elements, hence support development of smarter mechatronic systems. They face rapidly increasing requirements on size, motion speed, precision, adaptability, self-diagnostic, inter-connectivity, new smart and cognitive features, etc. Fulfillment of these requirements is essential for building smart, safe and reliable production System-of-Systems. This implies completely new demands also on bottom layers of employed motion control system which cannot be routinely handled by commercial automation products.

This motivates the main mission of this project, to bring novel intelligence to bridge the gap between latest research results and industrial practice in the motion control related engineering fields. I-MECH creates a synergic knowledge base with many parallel running RIA activities, as it focuses on the two bottom layers of complex mechatronic systems. It strives to provide a cutting edge reference platform for applications where the control speed, precision, robustness, optimal performance, easy re-configurability and traceability are crucial.

This highly ambitious goal will be achieved by introducing an innovative approach based on the synergic focus on three specific objectives, namely:

  • Employment of advanced model-based methods for the design of cyber-physical systems;
  • utilization of additional smart instrumentation layer, e.g. by adding visual or sensory information provided by supplementary instrumentation installed on the moving parts of the controlled system which can enhance the achievable performance;
  • development of modular, unified HW and SW building blocks implementing a service-oriented architecture paradigm and creating an open platform.

By its very definition, I-MECH is intended to be widely applicable, but as a minimum it will deliver value for high-speed/large size CNC machining, micropositioning, advanced robotics as well as generic motion control tasks. The applicability of the project will be demonstrated through different pilots in above mentioned sectors.

URL: https://www.i-mech.eu/

Start Date: 01 June 2017

End Date: 31 May 2020

Type: ECSEL Research and Innovation Action

Contract Number: 737453

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: H2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: João Gaspar)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 17.003.102,16

Budget INL: € 300.000,00

3D-NEONET

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Title: 3D-NEONET:  Drug Discovery and Delivery NEtwork for ONcology and Eye Therapeutics

Project Description

The overall goal of 3D-NEONET is the improvement of available treatments for cancer and ocular disease by enhancing drug discovery-development and delivery to targeted tissues, through advanced international co-operation between academic and non-academic partners. The interdisciplinary expertise provided by 18 partners in 7 countries encompasses among others: drug screens, ADME, toxicology, preclinical models, nanotechnology, biomaterials and clinical trials.

The 3 global objectives of 3D-NEONET are:

  • Enhance the discovery and development of novel drugs, targets and biomarkers for ophthalmology and oncology.
  • Improve the Delivery of Therapeutics for Oncology and Ophthalmology
  • Enhancement of Research, Commercial and Clinical Trial Project Management Practices in these fields.

URL: https://www.3dneonet.org/

Start Date: 16 January 2017

End Date: 15 January 2020

Type: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016: MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STAFF EXCHANGE

Contract Number: 734907

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: WP2 Coordinator (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 945.000,00

Budget INL: € 56.900,00

CLUSTERNANOROAD

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Title: CLUSTERNANOROAD: Driving Europe’s NMBP economy – Cross-cluster innovation and value creation through validated NMBP collaborative strategies and roadmap

Project Description

CLUSTERNANOROAD has the aim to stimulate the uptake of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) including nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing into multiple sectors across Europe.
The project will focus on clusters as the portal for enabling technologies to boost economic growth through smart specialisation. Clusters within sectors as diverse as food production, manufacturing and healthcare can benefit from technology uptake. CLUSTERNANOROAD will work with stakeholders including cluster managers, intermediaries and regional policy makers.

Project mission and activities:

  • Mapping initiatives that support enabling technology uptake;
  • Build a network of cross-sectoral clusters for joint activities;
  • Identify enabling technology opportunities;
  • Create of a roadmap for clusters to implement enabling technologies;
  • Pilot actions, with policy maker groups, joint horizon scanning and SME partnering across clusters and sectors.

URL: www.clusternanoroad.eu

Start Date: 01 September 2016

End Date: 28 February 2019

Type: NMBP-33-2016: Networking and sharing best experiences in using regional clusters strategies with a focus on supporting

Contract Number: 723630

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 499.168,75

Budget INL: € 105.437,50

CritCat

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Title: Towards Replacement of Critical Catalyst Materials by Rational Design of Novel Transition Metal Nanoparticles

Project Description

The CritCat project aims to provide solutions for the substitution of critical metals, especially rare platinum group metals (PGMs), used in heterogeneous and electrochemical catalysis. CritCat will explore the properties of ultra-small transition metal (TM) nanoparticles in order achieve optimal catalytic performance with earth-abundant materials. The emphasis will be on industrially-relevant chemical reactions and emerging energy conversion technologies in which PGMs play an instrumental role, particularly in the context of hydrogen and synthesis gas (syngas) fuels. The CritCat project includes all the aspects for rational catalyst design including novel catalyst synthesis, characterization, and performance testing by a range of academic and industry partners together with large-scale computational simulations of the relevant catalysts, substrates and model reactions using the latest computational methods. Particular attention is given to a strong feedback-loop mechanism where theory is an integral part of the experimental work packages. The experimental and theoretical data will be collected (descriptor database) and used for materials screening via machine learning techniques and new algorithms. The goal is to improve size, shape and surface structure control of the tailored nanoparticle catalysts via novel cluster/nanoparticle synthesis techniques that can produce samples of unrivalled quality. The research includes up-scaling of the size-selected catalyst nanoparticle samples up to macroscopic quantities, which will enable them to be included as basic technological components for realistic catalyst systems. The performance of the catalyst prototypes will be demonstrated for selected basic electrochemical reactions relevant to fuel cells and storage of renewable energy. The industrial partners bring their expertise in prototypes development and commercial deployment (TRL 3-4). The project involves cooperation with external research groups in USA and Japan.

Start Date: 01 June 2016

End Date: 31 May 2019

Type: NMBP-23-2016: Advancing the integration of materials modelling in business processes to enhance effective industrial decision making and increase competitiveness

Contract Number: 686053

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Lifeng Liu; Yury Kolen`ko)

Project Coordinator: Tampere University of Technology (FI)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.369.292,50

Budget INL: € 474.090,00

ARCIGS-M

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Title: Advanced architectures for ultra-thin high-efficiency CIGS solar cells with high Manufacturability (ARCIGS-M)

Project Description

This project´s goal is advanced materials and nanotechnologies for novel CIGS PV device architectures with efficiencies ≥ 23.0 %, thus beyond that of the current state-of-the-art technologies. The technology targets the BIPV sector and enables several innovative solutions for BIPV.
The novel functional materials and material combinations are (1) surface functionalized steel substrates, (2) nano-structuring strategies for optical management of rear contact layers, (3) passivation layers with nano-sized point openings, and (4) ultra-thin CIGS thin film absorber layers. The concepts will be developed and established in production viable equipment. Additionally, this new design will also increase the system’s lifetime and materials resource efficiency, mainly due to the use of ultra-thin CIGS layers (less In and Ga), and barrier and passivation layers that hinder alkali metal movement. Hence, this project will lead to enhanced performance, but also yield and stability, while maintaining manufacturability. The consortium includes SME’s and industrial partners positioned throughout the complete solar module manufacturing value chain. Their roles will be to develop and commercialize new equipment, products and/or services. The consortium already pioneered the proposed advanced material solutions up to technology readiness level (TRL) 4, and this project targets to bring these innovative concepts to TRL 6 in a low-cost demonstrator. The aim is to develop and validate innovative, economic and sustainable BIPV applications, as a near future high value market for the European PV industries. An exploitation strategy, developed with the support of TTO (www.tto.dk), identifying BIPV as the most promising market has been used to validate the choice of technologies and will be further developed during the course of the project.

URL:https://www.arcigs-m.eu/

Start Date: 01 December 2016

End Date: 31 December 2019

Type: H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage – CALL FOR NANOTECHNOLOGIES, ADVANCED MATERIALS, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION

Contract Number: 720887

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Pedro Salomé)

Project Coordinator: Uppsala University

Partners:

Budget Total: € 5.103.207,50

Budget INL: € 365.531,25

Sharc25

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Title: Super high efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin-film solar cells approaching 25% (Sharc25)

Project Description

Prime objective of the Sharc25 project is to develop super-high efficiency Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells for next generation of cost-beneficial solar module technology with the world leading expertise establishing the new benchmarks of global excellence.
The project partners ZSW and EMPA hold the current CIGS solar cell efficiency world records of 21.7% on glass and 20.4% on polymer film, achieved by using high (~650°C) and low (~450°C) temperature CIGS deposition, respectively. Both have developed new processing concepts which open new prospects for further breakthroughs leading to paradigm shift for increased performance of solar cells approaching to the practically achievable theoretical limits. In this way the costs for industrial solar module production < 0.35€/Wp and installed systems < 0.60€/Wp can be achieved, along with a reduced Capex < 0.75€/Wp for factories of >100 MW production capacity, with further scopes for cost reductions through production ramp-up.
In this project the performance of single junction CIGS solar cells will be pushed from ~21% towards 25% by a consortium with multidisciplinary expertise. The key limiting factors in state-of-the-art CIGS solar cells are the non-radiative recombination and light absorption losses. Novel concepts will overcome major recombination losses: combinations of increased carrier life time in CIGS with emitter point contacts, engineered grain boundaries for active carrier collection, shift of absorber energy bandgap, and bandgap grading for increased tolerance of potential fluctuations. Innovative approaches will be applied for light management to increase the optical path length in the CIGS absorber and combine novel emitter, front contact, and anti-reflection concepts for higher photon injection into the absorber. Concepts of enhanced cell efficiency will be applied for achieving sub-module efficiencies of >20% and industrial implementation strategies will be proposed for the benefit of European industries.

URL: http://sharc25.eu/

Start Date: 01 May 2015

End Date: 31 October 2018

Type: H2020-LCE-2014-1: Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling

Contract Number: 641004

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Partner Participant (Participant Contact: Sascha Sadewasser)

Project Coordinator: ZSW, Germany

Partners:

Budget Total: € 6.152.979,00

Budget INL: € 230.625,00

SPINOGRAPH

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Title: SPINOGRAPH, spintronics in graphene

Project Description

SPINOGRAPH is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network on “Spintronics in Graphene”, bringing together 7 academic and 2 industrial partners to train 15 young researchers doing top class research projects.
Spintronics stands for electronics based on the electron spin degree of freedom. The huge success of spintronics in metals, which started from the pioneering discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), has revolutionized the magnetoelectronics industry. Exploration of spin effects in other types of materials is leading to an array of fascinating physical phenomena and holds the promise of future breakthroughs. The discovery of graphene, the first truly two dimensional crystal, together with the remarkable progress in the fabrication of graphene devices, have naturally led to the exploration of hybrid graphene/ferromagnetic devices to explore spintronics in graphene.

URL: http://www.spinograph.org

Start Date: 01 September 2013

End Date: 31 August 2017

Type: FP7 Marie Curie ITN

Contract Number: 607904-13

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: FP7

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Joaquin Fernandez Rossier)

Partners:

Budget Total: € >3.8M

Budget INL: € >800k

Net-Market-Fluidics

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Title: NET-MARKET-FLUIDS: Super high efficiency Cu(In, Ga)Se2 thin-film solar cells approaching 25%

Project Description

The creation of a European network with the main research groups working on these lines will allow researchers to better analyze the main challenges for micro & nanofluidics applications (system integration, manufacturability and affordability) and tackle the bottlenecks preventing its deployment in Europe.
In the network, researchers will share knowledge and overcome the technological limitations through different actions: workshops, meetings, groups of experts and white papers. Participants will come from research centers within the project, Key European institutions and stakeholders within the United States and Asia.
The end users of the micro and nano fluidics technologies, industry, will work with NetMarketFluids through working groups addressing industrial needs, value chain, technical challenges and standardisation and in sectorial workshops where research centers can match their capacities to industrial needs. Net Market Fluidics will then analyse the knowledge and market needs identified in the project and host an investors showcase in June 2017 highlighting new paths to market for micro and nanofluidics technologies.

URL: http://www.netmarketfluidics.eu/

Start Date: 01 January 2016

End Date: 30 June 2017 (18 months)

Type: NMP-40-2015: Support for clustering and networking in the micro- & nanofluidics community

Contract Number: 685775

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Lorena Dieguez)

Project Coordinator: ADItech

Partners:

Budget Total: € 499.743,75

Budget INL: € 31.437,50

NANOREG

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Title: NANOREG: A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials

Project Description

Nanotechnology is one of the six “Key Enabling Technologies” (KETs), the European Commission identified in its 2012 Communication on this topic. These technologies enable the development of new goods and services and the restructuring of industrial processes needed to modernise EU industry. They are of paramount importance for the transition to a knowledge-based and low carbon resource-efficient economy. KETs are regarded as crucial for ensuring the competitiveness of European industries in the knowledge economy.
A serious threat to the capitalization of the innovative and economic potential of Nanotechnology is the limited understanding of the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) aspects of nanomaterials. This limited understanding leads to uncertainty on how to judge the EHS aspects of these materials in a regulatory context. This has a negative impact on the investment climate and on societal appreciation of products containing NMs.
The NANoREG project is aimed at the elimination of these uncertainties by:
1. Identifying what EHS aspects of NMs are relevant from a regulatory point of view (“questions and needs of regulators”).
2. Identifying what the gaps in our knowledge are: what aspects are sufficiently covered by existing knowledge; what aspects need further research.
3. Carrying out the research to fill in the gaps.
4. Developing a framework and the NANoREG toolbox for testing the EHS aspects and for the assessment and management of the risks. This includes a framework for safe-by-design aimed at a more efficient process from design to application.
5. Creating support for the results of the project in order to contribute to a quick and broad implementation of the results.

URL: http://www.nanoreg.eu/

Start Date: 01 March 2013

End Date: 28 February 2017

Type: Collaborative Project: Large Scale Integrating Project

Contract Number: 310584

Funding Agency: EU – FP7

Funding Programme: EU: FP7 Nanotechnologies & Nanosciences Thematic Cooperation Programme (FP7-NMP-012-Large-6)

INL Role: Participant (Participant Contact: Leonard Francis)

Partners:

Budget Total: 10 M€

Budget INL: 242.000,00€

NanoTRAINforGrowth

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Title: NanoTRAINforGrowth: INL Fellowship programme in nanotechnologies for biomedical, environment and food applications

Project Description

INL´s international Post-doctoral fellowship program allows for experienced researchers (from all over the world and of all nationalities) to sketch out a research project and work on their own research idea at INL´s facilities. Fellows will have access to a new state-of-the-art infrastructure and will have the opportunity to enhance their expertise via a research project, in a scientific topic of their choice, which is within INL´s strategic research and technological development areas.

The NanoTRAINforGrowth fellows will join INL´s research groups, and will be able to participate in on-going research activities as well as developing their own project. Appointments will be done for a two-year contract. They will have a chance to work on breakthrough science; will have access to cutting-edge technologies, to new state-of-the-art infrastructure and to personal career assistance.

This fellowship program – NanoTRAINForGrowth – is co-financed by the European Union through the Marie Curie Action “Co-funding of regional, national and international programs (COFUND)”. Therefore, each selected applicant will be a Marie Curie fellow as well as a NanoTRAINForGrowth fellow.

URL: http://ntg.inl.int/

Start Date: 01 January 2013

End Date: 31 December 2016 (48 months)

Type: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-COFUND: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND-FP)

Contract Number: 600375

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: FP7

INL Role: Mono-Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Patrícia Oliveira)

Budget Total: € 2.630.650,00

Budget INL: € 2.630.650,00

MOSAIC

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Project Description

Innovative components and systems based on nano-engineered semiconductor, magnetic or insulating materials will be the driving force for the micro- and nano-electronics industry of the 21st century.
For telecommunications systems, but also for data storage and Automation, Control and Security applications, alternative More than MOORE paths to systems are provided by nano-scale microwave spintronics components due to (i) their unique spin polarized transport properties that appear only at nanoscale dimensions ( Going beyond previous fundamental research on spintronics devices, this project will target technological breakthroughs not only to generate, but also to process (mix, modulate, synchronise) and to detect microwave frequencies.

Based on innovative spin transfer devices, four discrete systems will be developed that address bottlenecks of current technologies:
A. Wireless Telecommunications 1: Ultrawideband frequency synthesis provided by spintronics microwave components with novel circuit design on CMOS for realization of an adapted phase locked loop;
B. Wireless Telecommunications 2: Ultrafast frequency detection using frequency discriminating level detection;
C. Data storage: Novel dynamic readout schemes for detecting frequency shifts implemented for realization of high data rate read heads;
D. Automation control & security: Broad bandwidth, high slew rate proximity sensor based on frequency generation and modulation capabilities.

The broader objective is to bring the device level knowledge acquired in the past years by the partners towards systems as a first crucial step towards industrialization, warranting the leading position not only of European research but also of European industry in microwave spintronics.

URL: http://www.fp7-mosaic.eu/

Start Date: 01 January 2013

End Date: 30 September 2016

Type: FP7-ICT-2011-8: Challenge 3.1 Very advanced nanoelectronic components: design, engineering, technology and manufacturability

Contract Number: 317950

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: FP7 – Seventh Framework Programme

INL Role: Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Ricardo Ferreira)

Project Coordinator: COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Primary Coordinator Contact: Ursula Ebels

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.824.445,00

Budget INL: € 192.000,00

SpinCal

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Title: SpinCal: Spintronics and spin-caloritronics in magnetic nanosystems

Project Description

SpinCal stands for Spintronics and spin-caloritronics in magnetic nanosystems, a joint research project (JRP) funded by the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP). The aim of the project is to enable fundamental understanding of new effects emerging in the field of spintronics and spin-caloritronics in magnetic nanosystems. This goal was achieved by developing a new measurement infrastructure and a best practice guide for spin-caloritronic material measurements, providing a road map towards future standardisation of spintronic and spin-caloritronic measurements, materials and devices.

URL: http://www.ptb.de/emrp/exl04-home.html

Start Date: 01 July 2013

End Date: 31 July 2016

Type: N/A

Contract Number: N/A

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: EURAMET – THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL METROLOGY INSTITUTES

INL Role: Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Ricardo Ferreira)

Project Coordinator: COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Primary Coordinator Contact: Ursula Ebels

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.824.445,00

Budget INL: € 192.000,00

EPPL

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Title: EPPL: Enhanced Power Pilot Line

Project Description

A sustainable and competitive European power semiconductor industry is essential to support the megatrend developments formulated in the Europe 2020 strategy – climate change; competitive, sustainable and secure energy; food security and health & ageing population. It is of paramount importance to defend and further extend Europe’s leading position in both power semiconductor manufacturing science(s) and the corresponding application domains.Thus, the ENIAC JU project EPPL will combine research, development and innovation to demonstrate market readiness by industrial implementation at an early stage. Second generation power semiconductor devices fabricated in European leading 300mm pilot lines are at the heart of the project, for which manufacturing excellence, cost competitiveness and challenging applications are critical boundary conditions. With this, to leverage the technical characteristics of power devices and foster the trend towards system-in-package integration, advances in packaging technologies become of prime importance. These aspects will be fully supported by this project right from the beginning.

URL: http://www.eppl-project.eu/

Start Date: 01 April 2013

End Date: 31 March 2016

Type: FP7-ENIAC Call 2012

Contract Number: 325608

Funding Agency: FP7

Funding Programme: ENIAC JU

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: João Piteira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 11.222.780,00

Budget INL: € 87.480,00

SPINICUR

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Title: SPINICUR: A Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Spin Currents

Project Description

SPINICUR (from spin currents) is a training network of European experts dedicated to providing state-of-the-art education and training for early stage and experienced researchers. We have concentrated on an aspect of spintronics – pure spin currents – and specific technical goals in order to secure a very high level of industrial involvement and strong network connectivity through a sharp focus. The overarching objective of this network is to significantly enhance the employment prospects of 11 ESRs and 4 ERs by:

(a) choosing a scientific subject that has high impact and is close to exploitation;

(b) ensuring that all researchers receive complementary skills training that is relevant to industry and academia;

(c) providing projects in world-leading laboratories, with world-class personnel and collaborating with industrial giants (IBM, Hitachi and Siemens);

(d) ensuring that all the researchers spend a secondment with our industrial partners.

At the present time only about 10% of the active researchers in this field throughout Europe are newly trained each year – that is barely enough to cover natural losses let alone increase our efforts.

Spintronics offers the potential for logic operations that are faster and consume much lower power when compared to conventional semiconductors. Passive spintronic devices are already the basis for a multi-billion dollar industry producing read heads for hard discs and storage cells in MRAM. Alternatives to semiconductor RAM and logic are being actively sought with spintronics offering exciting possibilities such as: the Spin Hall Effect, spin pumping and the spin Seebeck effect to name a few. These pure spin currents and their fundamental understanding is the scientific objective of SPINICUR. As the culmination of this network we aim to explore the fundamentals of spin amplification in designs such as the spin-torque transistor. Thus our technical objective is to apply the knowledge gained to real devices.

URL: http://www.spinicur.org/

Start Date: 01 October 2012

End Date: 31 March 2016

Type: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN

Contract Number: 316657

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: FP7 – Seventh Framework Programme

INL Role: Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.015.939,61

Budget INL: € 421.297,00

NANO-HVAC

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Title: NANO-HVAC: Novel Nano-enabled Energy Efficient and Safe HVAC ducts and systems contributing to an healthier indoor environment

Project Description

Within this framework, the NANO-HVAC project aims at developing an innovative approach for ducts insulation while introducing new cleaning and maintenance technologies, all enabled by cost-effective application of nanotechnology. The whole system aims to be developed with a requirement of service life of the building of 25 years. Following the market needs the consortium will design and develop safe and high insulating HVAC-ducts enabling minimization of heat/cool losses and a Cost-effective pathogen and allergenic removal procedure which will be continuously effective during HVAC operation and maintenance.Scientific and technological objectives within NANO-HVAC project can be organised in four areas: (1) high efficient and cost-effective insulation solutions for HVAC ducts (2) inhibition and removal of pathogens and allergenics (3) integration and lab scale characterization, (4) demonstration and validation. The project duration is estimated to be 36 months, with tasks organized in 9 Work Packages.

Safe, high insulating HVAC-ducts enabling minimization of heat/cool losses: cost-effective, safe and extremely thin insulating duct layers that can be applied both to circular ducts (wet-spray solutions) and to square ducts (pre-cast panel). Insulation will be obtained using sprayable aeroclay-based insulating foams that can be automatically applied during manufacturing of ducts, avoiding manual operation needed for conventional materials. Such technologies, coupled with advanced maintenance systems will guarantee a 50% saving in energy losses compared with conventional ducts.

Cost-effective pathogen and allergenic removal during operation and maintenance to reduce microbial growth: (a) development of anti-microbial, sprayable and self-adhesive photocatalytic coating, based on titanium oxide nanoparticles, for HVAC filters. (b) Development of an injectable liquid polymer matrix containing antimicrobial nanoparticles for air ducts in situ maintenance activities. The liquid polymer will polymerize in situ creating a thin coating which will cover the surface trapping dirt, debris and microorganisms, thus “regenerating” the duct inner layer. The procedure may be repeated over time without affecting HVAC energy performance.

URL: http://www.nanohvac.eu/

Start Date: 01 September 2012

End Date: 31 August 2015 (36 months)

Type: FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB: Nanotechnology based approaches to increase the performance of HVAC systems

Contract Number: 314212

Funding Agency: EU-EC

Funding Programme: FP7 – Seventh Framework Programme

INL Role: Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Carlos Rodriguez)

Project Coordinator: VENTO (Primary Coordinator Contact: Bart Modde)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 4.200.000,00

Budget INL: € 299.200,00

Inter-regional

NMP-REG

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Title: NMP-REG: Delivering NMP to Regional manufacturing

Project Description

Nanotechnologies and new materials (NMP) are a cornerstone of EU policy for innovation and advanced manufacturing. As one of the Key Enabling Technologies, the EU believes that NMP can reverse negative growth trends in manufacturing and foster growth and jobs. The statement is clear, but the road from intent to transfer, application and exploitation of NMP in manufacturing is long.
NMP is dealt with in research. However, the common challenge is ensure that innovation actors cooperate to deliver research results to the manufacturing sector, with subsequent benefits for regional growth.
NMPREG groups partners from 5 regions, who want to face this challenge together. Their overall objective is to improve regional policies for delivery of innovation in NMP to manufacturing. NMPREG focuses on policy actions that can support innovation delivery, using coordinated action from key players.
Changes are particularly expected in projects funded by policy instruments (3 ERDF ROP / 2 other key policy tools for innovation), particularly in cluster support, financing for innovation actors and other horizontal innovation delivery measures. Partners also hope to influence policy management, in terms of monitoring and evaluation criteria for innovation delivery.
NMPREG achieves this through exchanging experiences and Good Practices in a context of interregional activities, communication and stakeholder engagement. Partners develop Action Plans that result in: improved policy instruments, more and better targeted funding, with leverage effect in mobilising private funding; new or improved models for innovation delivery thanks to cooperation across the regional innovation chain.
All regional innovation players will benefit. NMPREG works towards a medium/longterm impact of creating a regional system that can support the manufacturing sector in applying NMP research to create new products / services; create places of work; promote a market for improved and cost efficient products.

URL: http://www.interregeurope.eu/nmp-reg/

Start Date: 01 April 2016

End Date: 31 March 2021 (60 months)

Type: Interreg Europe: Improving innovation delivery policies

Contract Number: PGI00023

Funding Agency: UE-ERDF

Funding Programme: Interreg Europe

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Project Coordinator: Agency for the Development of the Empolese Valdelsa (IT)

Partners:

Budget Total: €1.622.195,00

Budget INL: €143.968,75

CVMar+i

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Title: CVMar+i: Industrial innovation through specific collaborations between companies and research centers in the context of marine biotechnological valorization

Project Description

The CVMar + i project intends to promote industrial innovation around marine biotechnology, proposing new products based on compounds of marine origin. The aim is to develop tools to enable companies in the region to increase investment in innovation, strengthening the role of the region (resources and institutions) in the blue economy. The project foresees the development of new products based on isolated compounds of marine resources and their by-products for application in the health (tissue regeneration and pharmacology), food and industrial areas.

URL: http://cvmari.cetmar.org/?lang=en

Start Date: 01 January 2017

End Date: 31 December 2020

Type: POCTEP

Contract Number: 0302_CVMAR_I_1_P

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: INTERREG V-A España – Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: €2.132.000,00

Budget INL: €215.521,88

ATLANTIC-KET-MED

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Title: ATLANTIC-KET-MED: Establishing a transnational advanced pilot manufacturing ecosystem for future biomedical products

Project Description

The project creates new innovation capacity in reconfigurable manufacturing targeting biomaterials. It exploits Europe’s 6 key enabling technologies + Industrie4.0. Partners span the manufacturing/biomedical value chains + will transform the competitiveness of SME + micro-enterprises. Project will deliver 50 innovation audits, 25 company specific value chain analyses + 5 transnational case studies. New industrial training in KETs, pilot manufacturing, + bioprinting will be delivered to 1000 people.

URL: TBD

Start Date: 01 November 2017

End Date: 31 October 2020

Type: Interreg Atlantic

Contract Number: EAPA_384/2016

Funding Agency: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Ana Vila)

Partners:

Budget Total: 2,768,040.46€

Budget INL: 470,983.67€

ENHANCE MICRO ALGAE

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Title:ENHANCE MICRO ALGAE: High added-value industrial opportunities for microalgae in the Atlantic Area

Project Description

Microalgae production for high added value compounds is identified as a business sector with high growth potential in the coming decades, especially in the Atlantic Area. Barriers to improve an industrial use are dominated by a lack of technology expertise. This project will facilitate information transfer between a panel of experts and companies specializing in different areas (nutritional,cosmetic, pharmaceutical,…) thus encouraging business cooperation among the different countries.

Microalgae comprise 30,000+ known photosynthetic microorganisms; however, few are used commercially. This natural resource offers a great number of industrial possibilities by exploiting their chemical composition with growth manipulations. At the same time, this complexity can overwhelm enterprises entering this sector due to the great number of variables affecting economic and environmental viability. Despite developing scientific knowledge and interest from industry on the potential applications of microalgae, few have succeeded commercially.

This project will contribute to the competitiveness of microalgae-based industry in the Atlantic Area through the transfer of technological and economic expertise to the commercial sector. .

Start Date: 01 October 2017

End Date: 30 September 2020

Type: Interreg Atlantic Area 2014-2020

Contract Number: EAPA_338/2016

Funding Agency: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: 2.456.296,42€

Budget INL: 261.735,00€

KETmaritime

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Title: KETmaritime: Transfer of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to the Maritime Industries

Project Description

KETs (Key Enabled Technologies) have the potential to impact on many aspects of the society, enhancing the industrial competitiveness in Europe. The maritime sector still needs a transformation from a traditional one to a high value one which is embracing innovation and novel market opportunities developed in a sustainable manner.

KETmaritime aims to build a cooperative network and strengthen the KETs transfer of innovation results to facilitate the emergence of new products, services and processes across the Atlantic Area. KETmaritime network intends to increase knowledge, identify and exchange good practices and sustainable solutions based on KETs for the marine economy and resources, in order to improve the socioeconomic situation through innovation and transnational cooperation.

This cooperative network will bring together public and private organizations (companies, public institutions,…) to reach a better integration of the scientific, industrial and financial stakeholders. Key organizations with experience in R&D, technology transfer in KETs and maritime activities will facilitate the adoption of novel technological developments and new ways of thinking into traditional maritime companies, especially SMEs. It is therefore addressed to end users and services suppliers.

The use of KETs should lead not only to a higher competitiveness of the area but to a better protection, more safety, more lightness, longer endurance, energy efficient powering, among other improvements

URL: http://ketmaritime.eu/

Start Date: 01 November 2017

End Date: 29 February 2020

Type: Interreg Atlantic Area

Contract Number: EAPA_595/2016

Funding Agency: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Funding Programme: Interreg Atlantic Area

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Ana Vila)

Partners:

Budget Total: 988.510,40€

Budget INL: 224.000,00€

NANOEATERS

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Title: NANOEATERS: Valorization and transfer of NANOtechnologies to EArly adopTERS of the Euroregion Galicia-Norte Portugal.

Project Description

NANOEATERS is a network of Research Centers created with the objective of supporting Euroregional “early adopters” companies in the application of new nanotechnology-based solutions. Companies, Universities and Technology Centers will work together with INL in the definition of new nano-based commercially available products and /or services. The technologies targeted by the project will offer effective responses to the weaknesses detected in the cross border Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) Galicia – Northern Portugal, contributing to major social challenges as Health, Environmental Monitoring, Food Safety, Energy Efficiency or Industry 4.0.

Project mission:

Encourage synergic cooperation between crossborder RTD centers and universities; Improve the connection between RTD centers and companies so that RTD results can be commercially exploited; and increase private investment in Research and Innovation.

Project activities:

1 – NanoEaters Community Building;
2 – NanoEaters Use Cases: Development of 10 nanotechnology based “Use Cases” based on the synergic cooperation among INL, universities and RTD Centers from Galicia, allowing the development of TRL 3-4 nanotechnologies to TRL 7-8;
3 – Call For Experiments: 22 Experiments proposed by SMEs will be selected for the development of new nanotechnology-based products, services and / or markets;
4 – Experiments development: Technological and Business Support will be given to SMEs during the execution of their proposed experiments, enabling the commercial exploitation of the RTD results through an Acceleration Program.

Start Date: 01 January 2017

End Date: 31 December 2019

Type: INTERREG POCTEP

Contract Number: 0181_NANOEATERS_1_EP

Funding Agency: ERDF

Funding Programme: INTERREG V-A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: €4.255.750,69

Budget INL: €1.471.852,35

CÓDIGOMÁIS

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Title:
[EN] CÓDIGOMÁIS – Foudation of a Cross-border Innovation Ecosystem in the Health Sector
[ES] CÓDIGOMÁIS – Creación de un Ecosistema Transfronterizo de Innovación en Salud
[PT] CÓDIGOMÁIS – Criação de um Ecossistema Transfronteiriço de Inovação na Saúde

Project Description

[EN] The central goal of CÓDIGOMÁIS is the foundation of a Cross-Border Innovation Ecosystem in the of health sector in the Area of Cooperation Galicia-North of Portugal, aiming at promoting the cooperation according to the model of the Quadruple Helix and market-oriented research. Three specific objectives are pursued:

1. To promote the information flow on the demand and supply of technological solutions and the cooperation between research centers, regional administration, companies and end-users.

2. Increase market-oriented RTD.

3. Promote the internationalisation of the Galicia-Norte de Portugal Health Ecosystem.

Main results:

1. A solid cross-border ecosystem open to all key regional stakeholders.

2. Give support 9 projects with potential to become technological spin-offs.

3. Open innovation dynamics based on co-creation methodologies.

4. Implementation of a cross-border health ecosystem with strong international orientation.

[ES] El Objetivo General de CÓDIGOMÁIS consiste en la creación de un Ecosistema Transfronterizo de Innovación en el ámbito de la salud en el Área de Cooperación Galicia-Norte de Portugal, que impulse la cooperación según el modelo de la cuádruple hélice y la valorización orientada al mercado de los resultados de la investigación. Se persiguen tres Objetivos Específicos:

1. Favorecer el flujo de información en el Área de Cooperación demanda sobre oferta de soluciones tecnológicas, oportunidades de licitación, proyectos de innovación entre administración-centros de I+D+i-empresas-usuarios finales.

2. Potenciar un Ecosistema Promotor de la I+D Orientada al Mercado y de Servicios Eficientes.

3. Potenciar un Ecosistema Conectado Internacionalmente.

Los principales resultados del proyecto serán:

1. La integración de los Beneficiarios en un Ecosistema Transfronterizo de Innovación estable, abierto a todos los actores claves públicos y privados del sector de la salud.

2. Un Itinerario común de valorización de proyectos de investigación orientados al mercado en el sector biosanitario y su aplicación a 12 proyectos con potencial para convertirse en spin-offs de base tecnológica.

3. La introducción en el Área de Cooperación modelos de innovación abierta de los servicios socio-sanitario, basados en innovación abierta y técnicas de co-diseño y co-creación.

4. La puesta en marcha de un polo de competitividad transfronterizo en el sector de la salud, con una fuerte orientación internacional.

[PT] O objectivo geral do CÓDIGOMÁIS é a criação de um ecossistema de inovação transfronteiriço no setor da saúde na área de cooperação Galiza-Norte de Portugal, impulsionanmdo a cooperação segundo um modelo de hélice quadrupula e orientado os resultados de investigaçaõ para o mercado. Os objetivos específico são:

1. Promover o fluxo de informações sobre a procura e oferta de tecnologias na área de cooperação, oportunidades de licitação, projetos de inovação e investigação entre centros de investigação, administrações regionais, empresas e utilizadores finais.

2. Promover um ecossistema de I&D orientado para o mercado e de serviços eficientes.

3. Fortalecer um ecossistema conectado internacionalmente.

Os principais resultados do projecto são:

1. A integração dos beneficiários num ecossistema de inovação transfronteiriço estável, aberta a todos os intervenientes públicos e privados no sector da saúde.

2. Um roteiro comum de valorização de projetos de investigação orientada para o mercado no sector biomédico e sua aplicação a 12 projetos com potencial para se tornarem spin-offs de base tecnológica.

3. A introdução na área de cooperação de modelos de inovação ddos serviços sócio-sanitários com base em inovação aberta e técnicas de co-design e co-criação.

4. A implementação de um pólo de competição transfronteiriço no sector da saúde, com uma forte orientação internacional.

URL: http://pt.codigomais.eu/

Start Date: 01 January 2016

End Date: 31 December 2019

Type: INTERREG POCTEP PLURIRREGIONAL

Contract Number: 0227_CODIGOMAIS_1_E

Funding Agency: ERDF

Funding Programme: INTERREG V-A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Ana Vila and Marina Dias)

Partners:

Budget Total: €2.258.893,06

Budget INL: €229.162,15

NANOGATEWAY

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Title: NANOGATEWAY, Crossborder Platform for the promotion of nanotechnology Research, Technology Development and Innovation.

Project Description

NANOGATEWAY aims to implement a strategy and action plan that will unlock the potential of nanotechnology and create a new collaborative approach among value chain actors in which innovation is central. INL, together with regional institutions, intends to strengthen the capacity to develop excellence in R & I and motivate academic institutions and research centers to develop collaborative R & D projects and to guide their projects in the search for solutions and products Nanotechnological basis.

Project mission and activities:

1 – Formulation of a Pluri-regional Strategy for Intelligent Specialization in Nanotechnology focusing on the key sectors of the POCTEP (nanoRIS3), through a multiactor process developed in the 8 crossborder regions;
2 – Creation and Promotion of a Pluri-regional Platform in Nanotechnology (nanoGateway);
3 – International dissemination of scientific excellence in nanotechnology developed in the POCTEP region with application in key sectors for economy development;
4 – Implementation of short-term knowledge transfer activities involving researchers and industry.

URL: http://nanogateway.eu/

Start Date: 01 October 2016

End Date: 30 September 2019

Type: INTERREG POCTEP PLURIRREGIONAL

Contract Number: : 0300_NANOGATEWAY_6_P

Funding Agency: ERDF

Funding Programme: INTERREG V-A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: €1.013.028,79

Budget INL: €1.013.028,79

CTB - Transregional Cluster on Biotechnology

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Title: CTB – TRANSREGIONAL CLUSTER ON BIOTECHNOLOGY. Increase the Growth and competitiveness of the cross-border biotechnology sector.

Project Description

The main goal of the CT-BIO project is to improve the business competitiveness and the consolidation of the biotech and life sciences sector in the cross-border region with a joint plan based on collaboration between agents and companies on both sides of the border.

Project mission and activities are:

  • Promote the cooperation and integration of the biotech sector in the trans-border region through the boost to the Iberian Biotech Cluster.
  • Make the Cluster an agent of promotion of the sectorial competitiveness, acting as provider of advanced services of consolidation, of business development and of attracting external financing.
  • Implement systems and actions to support development, entrepreneurship, creativity and the generation of new ideas and new business models in the biotechnology sector.
  • Encourage the internationalization of the sector through the collaboration of companies and other entities from the north of Portugal and Galicia in the joint search for business opportunities and management and access to external markets.
  • Contribute to the reinforcement of the human resources of the sector through strategies of acquisition of entrepreneurial competences.
  • Encourage the creation of a business hub and increase the space available for the implantation and consolidation of innovative business initiatives in the biotech sector.

URL: http://http://ct-bio.org

Start Date: 30 March 2017

End Date: 30 September 2019

Type: INTERREG POCTEP

Contract Number: : 0082_CLUSTERBIOTRANSFRONTERIZO_1_E

Funding Agency: ERDF

Funding Programme: INTERREG V-A España-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: €1.839.305,00

Budget INL: €209.544,18

NANODESK

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Title: NanoDesk: Advanced web tools for enhancing the implementation of nanotechnology and the safe use of nanomaterials in the plastic industrial sector.

Project Description

NanoDesk seeks the promotion of the nanotechnology as KET to support the development of new added value plastic materials based on the use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and ensuring the technical viability and safety of process and products based on the use of ENMs.

The main goal is to develop a web based platform to promote the use of ENMs in the plastic industry. To this end, four main objectives were defined:

  • Development of an observatory on the safety of nanostructured polymer based materials
  • Development of 4 computational models to predict the toxicity of ENMs (NanoQSAR)
  • Development of a new tool to evaluate the exposure in the workplace, relevant environmental compartments and consumers
  • Advanced Data mining / information searching tools
  • Strategic Plan and road map of the plastic sector

Start Date: 01 June 2016

End Date: 31 May 2019

Type: N/A

Contract Number: SOE1/P1/E0215

Funding Agency: ERDF

Funding Programme: SUDOE-Interreg

INL Role: partner (Participant Contact: Begoña Espiña)

Partners:

Budget Total: €799.376,00

Budget INL: €100.000,00

NANOVALOR

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Title: NANOVALOR – Creation and Promotion of a Competitiveness Pole in Nanotechnology for the capitalization of R&D potential in the North of Portugal-Galicia Euroregion.

Project Description (EN)

The Nanovalor Project’s mission is the consolidation of institutional links between the key actors in the field of Nanotechnology in the North of Portugal-Galicia Euroregion through the creation of a competitiveness pole (PCT).
The North of Portugal-Galicia Euro-region has become less competitive responding less and less to the real market needs.
This Euro-region currently faces the challenge of finding solutions and innovative routes to not only overcome the prolonged economic crisis (which has affected the productivity and employment) but also to consolidate their development model.
The strategy to be adopted should be strongly structured in establishing strong links between innovation, technology and research & development.

Project Description (PT)

O Projecto Nanovalor tem como principal missão reforçar os laços institucionais entre os actores-chave na área da Nanotecnologia das regiões do Norte de Portugal e da Galiza, através da criação e formalização de um Pólo de Competitividade (PCT).
O aumento da competitividade na Euro-região Norte de Portugal-Galiza é um dos factores chave para garantir o crescimento económico sustentável da região. A Euro-região enfrenta atualmente o desafio de encontrar soluções para a crise económica prolongada (que tem afectado a produtividade e o emprego) e, em paralelo, consolidar o seu modelo de desenvolvimento. A estratégia a seguir deverá ser fortemente estruturada em termos do estabelecimento de fortes vínculos entre inovação, tecnologia e investigação e desenvolvimento (I&D).

Project Description (ES)

El Proyecto Nanovalor tiene la misión principal de fortalecer los vínculos institucionales entre los actores clave en el campo de la nanotecnología en las regiones Norte de Portugal y Galicia, a través de la creación y formalización de un Polo de Competitividad (PCT).
El aumento de la competitividad en la Euro-región Norte de Portugal-Galicia parece ser a clave para asegurar un crecimiento económico sostenible en la región.
La Eurorregión se enfrenta al desafío de encontrar soluciones y salidas para la prolongada crisis económica (que viene afectando a la productividad y al empleo) y, al mismo tiempo, consolidar el modelo de desarrollo.
La estrategia a seguir deberá estar perfectamente estructurada en cuanto al establecimiento de fuertes lazos entre innovación, tecnología, innovación y desarrollo (I+D).

URL: http://nanovalor.net

Start Date: 01 June 2011

End Date: 30 June 2014 (36 months)

Funding Agency: UE-ERDF

Funding Programme: Interreg POCTEP: Operational Programme for Cross-border Cooperation: Spain-Portugal, 2007-2013

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Project Coordinator: Universidade do Minho

Partners:

Budget Total: €1.379.204,00

Budget INL: €144.340,00

National Funding – Portugal

OPTIMA

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Title: OPTIMA – Optical monitoring of environmental emissions of ammonia by an integrated and autonomous membrane-based fluorescence platform

Project Description:

The research plan under the scope of this project aims the development of a new sensor for monitoring ammonia. The sensor will be based on the combination of optical transduction mediated by a selective recognition element. The new sensor aims to break the current barrier cost for environmental applications, being also simultaneously able to be integrated into networks of sensors for remote monitoring.

Main Goal:This project intends to develop a new low-cost and integrated sensor for the environmental monitoring of ammonia in an autonomous fashion.

Approval Date: 04 June 2018

Start Date: 15 October 2018

End Date: 14 October 2021

Contract Number: 031559

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte and Lisboa

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Hugo Oliveira)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 235.486,95

ERDF Funding: € 146.322,78

National (PT) Funding: € 89.164,17

FIM4STROKE

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Title: FIM4STROKE – A Fully Integrated Magnetoresistive Biochip Platform for Stroke Patient Stratification

Project Description:

Ischemic stroke is a huge public health problem causing disability and deaths worldwide. The only drug approved by FDA as treatment of acute thrombotic strokes is the tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), which is efficient but with reduced therapeutic window (< 4.5 hours). This treatment when administered to ineligible patients, may has severe side effects, which may lead even to death. Currently the identification of patients that are likely to benefit from tPA relies on neuroimaging techniques. Computed tomography assists the neurologist and emergency physician in treatment decision but with limitations for early ischemic injuries in the acute setting and restrictions in the ability to visualize posterior pathologies. Biomarkers in blood have revealed the potential to accurately identify the right candidates for rtPA treatment. Combining this information with a point-of-care (PoC) diagnostic/prognostic tool will facilitate patient stratification enabling a more efficient therapy. The present project takes advantage of an existent PoC bioanalytical device with already proved superior performance in biomolecular detection, including the analysis of biomarkers (MMP9 and Fibronectin) for rtPA management. This platform based on magnetic sensors will be integrated with a microfluidic serum/blood sample preparation unit for automation purposes. A significant number of real samples will be collected from patients treated or not with rtPA at a stroke unit, and the results compared with the conventional techniques. In the end, an integrated device with high-level of accuracy, specificity and sensitivity, validated for the ischemic stroke patient stratification, will be delivered. According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled. Therefore, we aim to contribute to significantly reduce these figures. The proposal also presents a transdisciplinary approach that cross the boundaries between the different fields of research (clinical, biotech, nanotech, microfluidics,…) resulting in an innovative solution for an existent health problem.

Main Goal:

Develop a portable and fully integrated detection system, i.e, a microfluidic unit for sample preparation and purification, integrated to a magnetoresistive (MR) biochip platform for stroke patient stratification.

Approval Date Date: 27 June 2018

Start Date: 04 October 2018

End Date: 03 October 2021

Contract Number: PTDC/MEC-URG/29561/2017

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: NORTE and LISBOA

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Elisabete Fernandes)

Partners:

Total Budget – National (PT) Funding: € 239.719,48

SAM

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Title: SAM – Simultaneous Advanced Microscopies

Project Description:

The project will focus on the study of AFM cantilver bending upon excitation with fluorescence light; generating recommendations for designing optimal AFM cantilevers for combined fluorescence – AFM microscopy, and determining heating induced by AFM cantilevers excited by excitation light. The project aims to develop a system combining Structured Illumination Microscopy with Atomic Force Microscopy and apply it to cellular biology questions.

Main Goal:

The main goal of the SAM Project is to develop new technology that combines Atomic Force Microscopy in liquid and superresolution fluorescence microscopy and enable simultaneous data acquisition. This new technology will be applied to the investigation of cellular nutrient and metal transporters.

Approval Date Date: 30 May 2018

Start Date: 01 October 2018

End Date: 30 September 2021

Contract Number: PTDC/NAN-OPT/31596/2017

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: NORTE

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Pieter De Beule)

Total Budget – National (PT) Funding: € 239.173,32

TACIT

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Title: TACIT – Tandem Solar Cells Improved Optically

Project Description:

The project TACIt main concern is to identify the most effective light trapping (LT) strategies to improve the efficiency of a 3-terminal tandem solar cell, based on a crystalline Si (c-Si) silicon cell. Besides the c-Si solar cell, the tandem solar cell includes a SiGe sub-cell and a high band gap (Eg>1.7 eV) solar cell. The ideal material and geometry of the top-cell will be determined by computer simulations. Computer simulations will also help to identify the best LT strategies to be used in each tandem cell region. The tandem cell architecture used doesn’t require current matching, hence the sub-cells currents can be independently optimized. Two different types of LT strategies will be used: one based on metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE), and the other based on nanofabrication of LT structures and deposition of high index dielectric materials. Advanced passivation schemes will be applied to the MACE LT structures to reduce surface recombination.

Main Goal:

The main goal of TACIt is to identify the most effective light trapping (LT) strategies to improve the efficiency of a 3-terminal tandem solar cell, based on a
crystalline Si (c-Si) silicon cell.

Approval Date Date: 27 June 2018

Start Date: 01 October 2018

End Date: 30 September 2020

Contract Number: PTDC/NAN-OPT/28837/2017

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: NORTE and LISBOA

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Lifeng Liu)

Partners:

Total Budget – National (PT) Funding: € 225.161,09

NanoLACCA

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Title: NanoLACCA: Development of nano-polymeric opaque and translucent top coats to increase material protection and paint performance

Project Description

The NanoLacca project has as its main objective the development of coatings with differentiated and innovative characteristics to be applied in wood substrates. To achieve the project’s ambitioned objectives, there are R&D activities planned on nanomaterials’ functionalization and their incorporation into different types of polymer coatings, and the increased adhesion between the developed coatings and wood substrates. The R&D activities on the nanomaterials’ functionalization and coating processes will focus on the following approaches: ultraviolet and infrared radiation protection, increasing the degree of brightness, resistance to scratches, chemical resistance and isolation from wood tannins.

To guarantee the project’s success, a consortium was set up consisting of a company and an entity from the scientific and technological system (STS) and with complementary capacities. The promoter company is Tintas Lacca, specialized in the production of coatings and with a deep knowledge of the corresponding industrial processes as well as the markets. The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), an RTD entity, will be the main contributor of the R&D tasks, ensuring the know-how and the most modern technologies in this field, and supporting the transfer of technological developments to the industrial environment.

Therefore, the NanoLacca project will be developed by an R&D team covering the required skills and knowhow to ensure an adequate execution of the project, and that will potentiate its results in view of enriching the final products with increased value and innovation.

Start Date: 01 September 2018

End Date: 30 August 2020

Type: Co-Promorion Project (Call 03/SI/2017)

Contract Number: 33441

Funding Agency: PO Norte

Funding Programme: PT2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Juliana Sousa)

Partner:

Budget Total: € 558.604,02

Budget INL: € 264.081,26

USECoIN

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Title: USECoIN – Understanding the Structure Evolution of Seedless Copper Interconnects for
Nanoelectronics

Project Description:

The ongoing miniaturization of integrated circuits (IC) and the small dimensions of IC components present significant challenges in terms of performance and reliability. In more advanced IC, such as the 14 nm node technology, the nanoscale of interconnects raises problems that are scale dependent, such as dewetting of thin films during production or electromigration during normal use. In addition, the current processing methodologies employed by the semiconductor industry face considerable challenges during the annealing stage, due to the detachment of the deposited copper layers. Miniaturization also requires that the thickness of the diffusion barrier be scaled down accordingly. This thinning imposes the substitution of the Ta/TaN barrier commonly used to inhibit copper diffusion into the dielectric. In this project, we propose to study the factors involved in dewetting and electromigration phenomena of thin copper films deposited over different substrates (which simulate the diffusion barrier layers), and evaluate the mechanisms which trigger the formation of defects by varying the processing parameters. The deposition conditions, the substrate composition and the copper film thickness are three factors that will be considered in this study. These factors have a strong influence on grain size, twin density and texture, thus conditioning the response of the copper film. Copper films will be deposited in substrate materials simulating the most common diffusion barrier, Ta/TaN films, and also in advanced diffusion barriers, namely, CoW, RuW and RuMn. Structural characterization of the films will be performed by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction. In situ observations will also be carried out in both scanning and transmission electron microscopies. Developing interconnects with great electrical conductivity remains the main objective of the microelectronic industry. Thus, electrical tests will be conducted on the materials that mitigate dewetting and electromigration after the annealing treatments. The development of this project will produce advances in understanding how thin copper films behave under different thermal and electrical responses, and how the substrate-film interfaces react to the various dewetting stages.

Main Goal:

The main goal of this project is the study of dewetting and electromigration phenomena in thin copper films deposited into different substrates (which simulate the diffusion barrier layers). To accomplish this objective, knowledge of the mechanisms that trigger these phenomena in the nanocrystalline films is required. In order to attain the objectives of the project under proposal, the research work is divided into six tasks:

  • Production of barrier/seed thin films;
  • Nanocrystalline copper deposition;
  • Thermal and electrical testing of samples;
  • Electrical and microscale characterization;
  • Nanoscale characterization;
  • Project management and dissemination of results.

To perform the work required in these tasks, a research team was bring together, with researchers of FEUP and INL, that have previously worked together previously and have experience on the production of thin films, nanomaterials and advanced materials, as well as its structural and mechanical characterization.

Approval Date Date: 06 July 2018

Start Date: 01 September 2018

End Date: 31 August 2020

Contract Number: PTDC/CTM-CTM/31953/2017

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: NORTE

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Paulo Ferreira)

Partners:

Total Budget – National (PT) Funding: € 558.604,02

FLASH

Title: FLASH – Sintering of lead free functional oxides towards sustainable processing of materials for energy and related applications.

Project Description:

Piezoelectrics as Potassium-Sodium-Niobate (KNN) have currently an emerging importance due to its lead-free nature and wide range of high-tech applications as sensors, actuators, energy harvesters, biosensors, etc. However, monophasic dense KNN products are yet difficult to obtain. This project proposes a new method to densify materials abruptly above a threshold condition using FLASH sintering, where the transition occurs by a combination of furnace temperature and electrical field directly applied to the specimen. There are several proposed mechanisms for FLASH: Joule heating is the most reported one, but a defect avalanche in the form of precipitated Frenkel pairs which ionize into charge neutral defects and electron-hole pairs, is being defended as well. Defects enhance diffusion while electron-hole pairs induce high conductivity and photoemission. A clear understanding of the phenomena does not exist yet. The present work aims to exploit FLASH for sintering KNN in different dimensionalities (bulk, films, nanoparticles) and study the science behind FLASH sintering with the following objectives: (i) To investigate the dependence of FLASH on the KNN dimensionality; (ii) To identify the densification mechanisms involved in FLASH sintering of KNN and to overcome possible deleterious effects of the presence of electrical fields; (iii) To contribute to the development of alternative sintering techniques for functional oxides aiming to decrease the thermal budget, ultimately towards room temperature processing (iv) To prove the concept for low temperature sintering of bidimensional KNN (thin films on flexible substrates), not yet explored by FLASH, and extend it to other lead free oxides. To fulfil the ambitious objectives of the present work, scientific and technical complementariness between teams of the University of Aveiro (UA)/CICECO, University Nova de Lisboa (UNL)/CENIMAT and International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), will be of paramount importance. The team of UA has expertise on ceramics, films fabrication, understanding sintering mechanisms and dielectric, ferroic characterization; The team of UNL has expertise on development of flexible electronics on low-thermal budget substrates and facilities to characterize dielectric and semiconductor behaviour at different scales, as SEM in-situ electrical measurements, non existing at UA; The team from INL has large experience and unique facilities on advanced microscopic characterization which would be essential to properly address the microstructural features, in particular in-situ TEM and FIB. This combination of groups/institutions is ideal and grants optimum setting for development of this ambitious program and to prove FLASH as an alternative low-temperature sintering tool.

Main Goal:

Potassium-Sodium-Niobate (KNN) is getting increasing importance as lead-free piezoelectric functional material. However, monophasic dense KNN products are yet difficult to obtain and this project proposes a new method to densify materials abruptly above a threshold condition, FLASH sintering (FS), using a combination of temperature and electrical field directly applied to the specimen. A clear understanding of the phenomena does not exist yet. The present work aims to exploit FS and study the science behind it with the following objectives: (i) To investigate the dependence of FS on KNN dimensionality (bulk, films, nanoparticles) (ii) To identify the densification mechanisms in KNN FS and effects of electrical field (iii) To develop alternative sintering techniques for functional oxides aiming to decrease the thermal budget (iv) To prove the concept for low temperature sintering of KNN thin films on flexible substrates, never explored by FS, and extend it to other lead free oxides.

Approval Date: 30 May 2018

Start Date: 15 August 2018

End Date: 14 August 2021

Contract Number: 029078

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte and Lisboa

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Leonard Francis and Paulo Ferreira)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 238.713,39

ERDF Funding: € 175.790,19

National (PT) Funding: € 62.923,20

Phages-on-chip

Title: Phages-on-chip – An integrated phage-based microdevice for multiplex detection of bloodstream infections.

Project Description:

Bloodstream infections (BSIs) remain a life-threatening occurrence. The detection of these bacteria in clinical samples typically relies on conventional culture techniques which are time-consuming and laborious. In addition, most diagnostic tests require intricate instrumentation and cannot be used on-site. Particularly for BSIs, these methods must also hinge on sample concentration in order to bypass time-consuming cultural enrichment steps needed for increasing bacterial concentration in blood, which is normally very low (1-100 CFU/ml).
The present project aims to develop a fast, specific, accurate and sensitive LoC for the multiplex detection of pathogens causing BSIs, namely E.coli, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa in blood samples. This will be achieved by combining state of-the-art molecular biology tools, microfluidics, magnetic approaches and optical techniques into the development of a fully integrated microdevice.
The LoC will be capable of accepting whole blood as a crude biological sample, separate and concentrate pathogens from blood components with the endpoint generation of a fluorescent signal, detectable by integrated photodiodes. This signal results from a phage-based assay in which phages carrying a reporter fluorescent gene, specifically infect target bacteria when present in samples, and express the reporter genes. Since phages only infect viable cells and replicate inside their hosts, an amplification of the fluorescent signal will be obtained, allowing a sensitive and rapid detection of bacteria, while avoiding false positives.
We anticipate that such detection tool will enable a significant improvement over existing detection approaches and will be suitable for point-of-care (POC) diagnosis, having thus an important impact on healthcare settings.

Main Goal:

The project´s main goal is the development of an integrated phage-based microdevice for multiplex detection of bloodstream infections

Approval Date: 10 May 2018

Start Date: 10 August 2018

End Date: 09 August 2021

Contract Number: 030442

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte and Lisboa

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Carla Carvalho)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 236.413,95

ERDF Funding: € 180.364,36

National (PT) Funding: € 56.049,59

InNPeC

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Title: InNPeC – Nano tools for rare giants: an innovative blood-based screening for prostate cancer

Project Description:

In prostate cancer (CaP), about 90 000 European mean die each year from metastatic disease, highlighting the unmet need for new tools and therapies. Blood-based testing offers unique opportunities for low invasive diagnosis, real-time patient monitoring and treatment selection. Still, circulating tumor cell (CTC) analysis has been hampered by their scarcity and heterogeneity. Giant cancer-associated macrophage-like cells (CAMLs) have recently been reported to also circulate in the blood of CaP patients, and to interact with CTCs, hinting a role for CAMLs in cancer cell dissemination. However, their true biological function and prognostic value remain largely undetermined.

In this context, InNPeC proposes to develop optimized nanotechnology-based tools to isolate and characterize these rare cancer associated cells, to determine their relevance as biomarkers of detection, aggressiveness and response to therapies. This is expected to significantly impact clinical reasoning and therapeutic decisions.

Main Goal: Develop innovative nanotechnology-based tools for a better characterization of prostate cancer, improved screening and personalized clinical reasoning, using rare cancer-associated cells from blood as biomarkers.

Approval Date: 16 May 2018

Start Date: 10 August 2018

End Date: 09 August 2021

Contract Number: 031442

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte e Lisboa

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Marta Oliveira)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.956,93

ERDF Funding: € 187.088,39

National (PT) Funding: € 52.868,54

GNESIS

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Title: GNESIS – Graphenest’s New Engineered System and its Implementation Solutions

Project Description

The market awareness to graphene and related materials has been growing steeply, as a result of promising results obtained in an experimental context. However, the application of these materials at an industrial scale has not yet been attained yet due to a number of constraints of the available production technologies, which can be generally resumed as an inability to simultaneously produce graphene in quantity, quality, and price, according to the needs of the industrial sector. Acknowledging this gap between the existing technologies and the industry needs, Graphenest has designed and developed an innovative technology, supported by a graphite exfoliation method in liquid phase using ultrasonic cavitation. Duly tested/validated at a laboratory scale, through the development of a prototype, Graphenest’s technology now needs further demonstration at a pre-industrial scale (and full industrial, at a later stage).

The GNESIS project emerges in this context, aiming at (i) assuring the scale-up of Graphenest’s technology into a pre-industrial scale and (ii) demonstrating the application of the graphene-based materials obtained from the referred technology in three different application areas, namely: anti-corrosion paints; polymers with electromagnetic shielding; and tactile screen electrodes. The GNESIS project will be promoted by a full consortium consisting of two companies with strong R&D skills – i.e., Graphenest (project leader) and Displax – as well as three entities from the Portuguese Research and Innovation System – i.e., the International Laboratory of Iberian Nanotechnology, University of Aveiro and University of Minho. In addition, the project will be attended by three national associated business partners – i.e., Bosch, CIN and Galp Energia – and an international one – the Chinese company Zhejiang Light-Tough Composite Materials.

Start Date: 01 August 2018

End Date: 27 January 2020

Type: R&D Demonstrator Projects (Call 04/SI/2017)

Contract Number:POCI-01-0247-FEDER-033566

Funding Agency: COMPETE2020

Funding Programme:PT2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Paulo Ferreira and Pedro Alpuim)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 1.633.967,09

Budget INL: € 371.866,17

NOVAMAG

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Title: NOVAMAG – Novel magnetic textures in heavy metal/ferromagnet multilayers

Project Description:

When magnetic materials are confined at the nanoscale, exciting and diverse spin textures are possible, and many distinct magnetic ground states can be achieved, the most common of which are magnetic domain walls, vortices and bubbles. The introduction of a heavy metal at an interface can give rise to a new spin-orbit related effect, referred to as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction. This anitsymmetric exchange can give rise to a spin canting which leads to the generation of new exotic magnetic textures, such as chiral domain walls, spin spirals and skyrmions. The study of the new and emerging field of magnetism caused by 3d transition magnet/heavy metal interfaces is still relatively in its infancy, and the scope and potential for new and exciting magnetic configurations and associated applications is vast. Confined magnetic textures, such as those proposed in this project, have already been envisaged as candidates for memories, probabilistic computing, neuromorphic architectures, frequency sources/detectors, and energy harvesters.

In this project we will explore these novel magnetic textures integrated as the free layer of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). In order to achieve the nanometric features necessary for the generation of an MTJ nanopillar, the state of the art cleanroom facilities at INL will be integral for the development and optimisation of the process. Once patterned, the dynamic properties of the system will be investigated in two stages: the first, to be carried out at Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade do Porto, is via a magnetic field driven excitation of large arrays of nano-patterned structures. This will allow us to statistically probe a large number of junctions whilst varying the material properties (i.e. thickness of the ferromagnetic layer, radius of pillar, etc.) in order to optimize the conditions for finding specific spin textures (i.e. magnetic skyrmions). The second stage, carried out at INL, will be the static and dynamical electrical characterisation of single pillars, in order to further understand the magnetic configuration of the free layer. This characterisation will be performed in concert with micromagnetic simulations, which will allow a higher order of understanding to be achieved about the behaviour of the magnetic textures present in the system.

Main Goal: The exploration of novel magnetic textures integrated as the free layer of a magnetic tunnel junctions as candidates for emerging information and communication technologies.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 0289172

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Alex Jenkins)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 237.481,93

ERDF Funding: € 201.859,64

National (PT) Funding: € 35.622,29

CASOLEM

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Title:CASOLEM – Correlated Analysis of Inorganic Solar Cells in and outside an Electron Microscope

Project Description:

For decades, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has enabled highly localized real-space imaging of materials. The development of aberration-correction (AC) technology has expanded this capability further. In addition, advanced TEM techniques such as electron holography, tomography, and spectroscopic tomography provide a wealth of complementary information. Observing alloy nanoparticles, ultra-small clusters, segregated atoms at a grain boundary, discriminating adsorbed atoms in a one-atom thick layered material or even monitor the diffusion of those atoms in real-time, these are all feasible experiments nowadays. It is therefore not surprising the current interest of the community in studying the behaviour of functional materials under near-operational conditions, this while still maintaining the (sub-) angstrom spatial resolution of TEMs. An increasing number of laboratories is applying in-situ TEM techniques to study catalysts, light-emitting quantum dots and other nanomaterials. Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) material is the most promising thin film photovoltaic technology available today. Compared to multi-junction or Si-based cells, CIGS present several key advantages. Compared to the recent perovskite-based solar cells, they present an excellent long-term stability. In the present project, two main issues confronting in-situ TEM will be addressed (i) overcoming the limitations of existing commercial in-situ TEM cartridges for electrical studies by developing a multipurpose and multifunctional platform and (ii) developing biasing, imaging and spectroscopical methods in TEM to evaluate the behaviour and degradation of inorganic solar cells at near-atom scale. The fabrication of sample supports for TEM which can act as all-round platforms for correlated analysis, inside and outside the microscope, is one of the most important aspects to gain quantitative information at different scales for photo-active materials such as selenide-based thin films. To undertake the project, three teams belonging to three internationally-renowned institutions, located in Portugal and Saudi Arabia, will combine their complementary expertise. The leading team is at the forefront of electron microscopy in Portugal and, along with the growers of the photovoltaic materials, will create critical know-how to advance the field of TEM and inorganic PV. The international collaborator is a pioneer in the development of in-situ TEM characterization of inorganic materials. Together, these teams possess a unique combination of skills that could unlock an entirely new way of processing and characterizing active materials for solar cells.

Main Goal:

The project “Correlated Analysis of Inorganic Solar Cells in and outside an electron microscope” aims to fabricate in-situ TEM cartridges for carrying out electrical measurements of CIGS solar cells. These chips will be universally adaptable, provide flexibility and significant advantages to the existing ones and will enable simultaneous experimentation both inside and outside the TEM. Subsequent to their fabrication they will be employed to the study of a solar cell device (CIGS) under near-operating conditions, providing unprecedented insight into relevant processes at grain boundaries and interfaces by using correlated multi-scale analysis with resolutions ranging from the atom to the entire device.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 0289172

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Leonard Francis)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.474,83

ERDF Funding: € 203.553,60

National (PT) Funding: € 35.921,22

InovSolarCells

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Title: InovSolarCells – Development of innovative nanostructured dielectric materials for interface passivation in thin film solar cells

Project Description:

Photovoltaics is a technology with the potential to shift the worldwide energy industry from fossil fuels-based production to renewable energy. Furthermore, photovoltaics has seen an exceptional reduction of its production costs. In fact, installation costs are now on par with most conventional technologies, being cheaper than wind energy or coal energy in some locations. Such cost reduction has occurred mostly due to market gains and implementation of surface-passivation technology in silicon solar cells. This reduction has shown that only high performing and stable technologies will survive since the costs of the whole system are now more expensive than the module itself. In this project, our final goal is to introduce surface-passivation technology in thin film solar cells which will allow for the cost of thin film solar cells to become lower than the current silicon costs.
Thin film solar cells based in Cu(In,Ga)Se2, already have an electrical performance higher than those based on multicrystalline silicon with power conversion efficiency numbers of 22.6 % versus 20. 8%. Moreover, this technology has many advantages: i) it can be produced in flexible substrates; ii) it is low-light sensing: iii) it has a significantly lower energy payback for the fabrication of its modules; iv) it is superior and more stable than silicon when working in hot environments due to its positive coefficient of thermal behavior (silicon is negative); and v) since it is produced using a monolithically integration, a single factory is capable of transforming a glass substrate into a solar module in less than two hours. All these factors allow for thin film solar modules to be produced already at a lower cost than silicon solar modules. However, there is a significant room for improvement as the solar cell structure of thin film solar cells has been the same since 1985 and comprises no interface passivation strategies. The introduction of such technology has the capability to increase the solar cell power conversion efficiency by 3.4 % (absolute).
This development has been hindered mostly by the fact that up to now there are no capable techniques to evaluate and quantify surface recombination velocity. In this project we will develop an innovative technique based in muon spectroscopy with an unmatched capability of analysing interface defects. Despite the enormous competences that muon spectroscopy has shown in bulk semiconductors, it is still an unstudied technique in thin films. Hence, in the project we will deploy muon spectroscopy allowing us to identify the best passivation material and passivation strategies for thin film solar cells. This increased know-how will permit us to fabricate a prototype of a thin film solar cell with passivated interfaces with a superior electrical performance. The increase of the electrical performance leads to a significant reduction of production costs per watt opening the way to advance the photovoltaics market.

Main Goal:

The project main goal is to increase the electrical performance of thin film solar cells by expanding the knowledge in passivation of interfaces by introducing novel nanostructured materials that passivate, i.e. reduce the number of defects, at its interfaces.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 029696

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: NORTE and CENTRO

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Pedro Salomé)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.995,85

ERDF Funding: € 203.996,47

National (PT) Funding: € 35.999,38

NovaCell

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Title: NovaCell – Development of novel Ultrathin Solar Cell Architectures for low-light, low-cost, and flexible opto-electronic devices

Project Description:

There are several reasons for what new energy conversion devices are required, from tackling climate change, to fight poverty, to powering the internet-of-things. These, and more reasons, require power conversion devices based on low-cost technologies that can be deployed at a much faster pace that traditional technology. The faster pace demands inexpensive and fast manufacturing solar technologies. Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) based solar cells are already competitive in the photovoltaics market, but they have yet not suffered a significant cost reduction in their production. Such reduction has not occurred because CIGS technology is still on the path to become mature. Furthermore, all solar cells are extremely complex devices where any small change has unknown and profound impacts on device performance. This proposal aims to develop solar cell architectures that allow ultrathin absorber layers reducing the most expensive layer of solar cell devices, i.e. the CIGS layer, from the current state-of-the-art 2000 nm to a thickness between 100 to 500 nm. Such reduction will vastly reduce the fabrication costs by achieving material savings and by increasing machine throughput, revolutionizing the photovoltaics market. Such thickness reduction also allows for flexible and more efficient devices. Current attempts to slightly lower the CIGS thickness have been hindered by substantial electrical and optical losses. These losses are mostly connected with the fact that the active layer is dramatically thinner than the carriers diffusion length and the optical absorption length. So far, there is no optimum way to solve these losses. In NovaCell project, the electrical losses will be overcome by the introduction of interface passivation layers based on nanosized point contact structures. Optical losses will be tackled by establishing an innovative light trapping architecture based on cutting edge photonic structures that expand internal reflection and on texturing that increases the optical path length. Such modifications have not yet been successful due to the lack of specialization and lack of know-how on CIGS solar cells. The combination of several characterization techniques will disruptively allow the expansion of the knowhow on the electrical and optical losses of solar cells and it will pioneer new solar cell architectures. These Advanced architectures will allow for devices that are produced at a much lower costs, be flexible, operate under adverse low light conditions with the additional advantage that they can fabricated easily in custom-made areas varying from large meters to a few millimetres

Main Goal:

The main goal of this project is the development of a new highly efficient solar cell architecture based on ultrathin CIGS absorber layers: with very high electrical performance; with small to large customizable areas using industrial friendly deposition techniques; fully flexible; and highly efficient on low-light conditions. A successful outcome of this project will revolutionize the photovoltaics and the Internet of Things market by introducing a novel opto-electronic device with the potential to have a production cost of 0.35 €/W.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 028078

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Pedro Salomé)

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.422,61

ERDF Funding: € 203.509,22

National (PT) Funding: € 35.913,39

CaTCh

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Title: CaTCh – Pre-clinical evaluation of novel chemical compounds for cancer treatment: tackling unmet clinical needs

Project Description:

Standard cancer treatment involves chemotherapy combined with surgery or radiation. Still, current FDA-approved chemotherapeutic agents have limited effectiveness and undesired side-effects. Conversely, most targeted therapies act on molecules downstream of the mutant proteins. As such, the problem persists and resistance occurs via alternative signalling pathways activation. Thus, more effective therapies are urgently required. CaTCh comprises an exhaustive, well-structured broad analysis of the biological activity of innovative chemical compounds, integrating data from in vitro and in vivo models for drug screening. Data gathered so far suggests an enormous potential for these family of compounds as novel anti-cancer therapeutic drugs, by affecting key oncogenes frequently mutated in several types of cancer and associated to therapy resistance. This hints a tremendous anticancer potential with wide application, i.e, to all tumor models in which progression relies on these gene-related pathways.

Main Goal:

Evaluate the potential of novel chemical compounds as innovative and more effective targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly for patients that currently lack effective therapeutic options.

Approval Date: 30 May 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 031354

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Marta Oliveira)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.879,80

ERDF Funding: € 203.897,83

National (PT) Funding: € 35.981,97

CritMag

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Title: CritMag – REEs-free high-performance permanent magnets based on exchange-spring and high anisotropy phases

Project Description:

Permanent magnets (PMs) have critical applications in wind power generation, widely employed in Portugal. The performance of PM materials relies heavily on the presence of rare-earth elements (REEs), however, their status as critical raw materials (CRMs) calls for new approaches in developing alternative PMs that present minimal content/absence of CRMs.

The targeted breakthrough of the CritMag is to establish a new synthesis methodology for the fabrication of REE-free high-performance PMs. This objective is mainly achieved through the engineering of nanostructures with strong magnetic and shape anisotropy. The fabrication is based on our know-how in large-scale synthesis of colloidal magnetic nanoparticles with excellent magnetic properties. The method is well suited for the implementation of up-scalable and cost-efficient fabrication of REE-free PMs. Our targeted application is an electric energy generation device and we will manufacture a prototype generator using the CritMag PMs.

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Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 26 July 2018

End Date: 25 July 2021

Contract Number: 028745

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Yury Kolen’ko)

Total Eligible Cost: € 217.356,38

ERDF Funding: € 184.752,92

National (PT) Funding: € 32.603,46

MICRODIGEST

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Title:MICRODIGEST – Micro-device for human gastrointestinal tract simulation

Project Description:

Orally administered bioactive compounds (nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals etc.) show their effects only after gastrointestinal (GI) digestion and intestinal absorption. GI digestion by gastric acid and/or enzymatic degradation may deactivate oral administered active compounds. Encapsulation is often required, using nanoparticles, nanocapsules, micelles, etc., to protect the bioactive compound. Thus, the stability must be tested during food/drug development using simulated body fluids or artificial digestive juices. After that, the intestinal absorption should be evaluated to predict the oral bioavailability in humans. In addition, an increased interest on the gut microbiota has been evolved, within the scientific community, such as the influence of different functional diets in gut microbiota dynamics.
The general objective of this project is to fabricate a modular micro-device to mimic the complete GI tract intended to predict the digestibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds (in encapsulated or free form). The micro-device will recreate the physiologic conditions in separated modules, to mimic a different step of the digestion process, allowing the study of isolated steps or alternatively, the whole process. Microsensors will be coupled at different stages for pH, fluorescence and transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurement to control the pH, assess the permeability of fluorescent compounds and evaluate the cellular monolayer integrity indicating any adverse effect, respectively. The microfluidic system will be fabricated in a biocompatible polymer (polydimethylsiloxane – PDMS). Different coatings of the PDMS will be tested to reduce the absorption of small molecules, since hydrophobic and fluorescent molecules tend to diffuse into the PDMS reducing their concentration in solution and consequently affecting the accuracy and reliability of the assay. Modules containing cell cultures will integrate pneumatic microelectronicmechanical systems (MEMS)-based actuators, a new strategy to simulate physiological peristalsis motions, using a key enabling technology. The mechanical deformations are crucial to induce epithelial cells differentiation. The proposed micro-device will constitute a gastrointestinal tract (GIT)-on-a-chip to be used as an alternative to simple/poor in vitro cell cultures (static cultures) and animal experimentation. This will become an essential tool in the food and pharmaceutical industry and research fields to understand the efficacy and safety of food additives, bioactive ingredients or compounds. Improving the effectiveness of preclinical predictions about drug response and safety in humans is critical to reducing costly failures in clinical trials. The accomplishment of the proposed objective is ensured by combining and strengthening the knowledge of different research teams at INL: cell culture, microfluidics, microfabrication, MEMS and microbiology.

Main Goal:

The general objective of this project is to fabricate a modular micro-device to mimic the complete GI tract intended to predict the digestibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds.

Approval Date: 24 April 2018

Start Date: 16 July 2018

End Date: 15 July 2021

Contract Number: 037716

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Catarina Gonçalves)

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.798,32

ERDF Funding: € 203.828,57

National (PT) Funding: € 35.969,75

Microfluidic Gene Therapy

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Title:MicrofluidicGeneTherapy – Microfluidic Layer-by-layer Assembly of Cationic Liposome – Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery

Project Description:

This project aims at the development of a colloid-microfluidic approach to assemble Cationic Liposome – DNA Nanoparticles (also known as lipoplexes) in a layer-by-layer (LbL) fashion. To achieve this, we will combine knowledge of colloidal interactions between liposomes and DNA with the use of the unique capabilities of microfluidic devices for manipulation of fluids and materials to favor assembly of lipoplexes in a controlled LbL manner. The relevance of this approach rests in the fact that once the LbL method is developed, then lipoplexes will be able to incorporate several special functions to address gene delivery barriers in patients. The combination of several of these functions is expected to lead to a great synergism between them, and ensure lipoplexes with efficacies close to viruses, and lead indeed to efficient delivery of genes in gene therapy.

Main Goal:

The main goal of this project is to develop a new microfluidic approach to assemble Cationic Liposome – DNA Nanoparticles (also known as lipoplexes) in a layer-by-layer (LbL) fashion. Such lipoplexes will be able to incorporate several special functions and therefore become more efficient vehicles for the delivery of nucleic acids in gene therapy applications.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 16 July 2018

End Date: 15 July 2021

Contract Number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032520

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Bruno Silva)

Total Eligible Cost: € 239.910,30

ERDF Funding: € 203.923,76

National (PT) Funding: € 35.986,54

IMPAct-L

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Title: IMPAct-L – Innovative Microfluidic Platform for Analysis of myeloid Leukemia blasts

Project Description:

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common form of acute leukemia in adults that, although having favourable outcomes for younger patients upon receiving treatment, has a very poor prognosis in the elderly. After treatment with chemotheraphy, even patients that clinically achieve Complete Remission (CR) can relapse through the persistence of Minimal Residual Disease (MRD), having fatal consequences. The low sensitivity of current diagnostic technologies based on flow cytometry and bone marrow biopsy often prevents early detection of MRD, while being highly invasive and costly. Accurate and early diagnosis of MRD would allow the application of appropriate theraphy, improving dramatically the prognosis of the patients. Thus, the scope of this project is to discover new biomarkers of AML through Next Generation Sequencing, and to design, fabricate, test and optimize new Lab-on-a-chip systems based on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering and microfluidics for early detection of MRD in AML.

Main Goal:

The project aims at developing an innovative in vitro diagnostic system based on Key Enabling Technologies for early detection of Minimal Residual Disease in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 16 July 2018

End Date: 15 July 2021

Contract Number: 030782

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Lorena Diéguez)

Partners:

Total Eligible Cost: € 237.556,40

ERDF Funding: € 201.922,94

National (PT) Funding: € 35.633,46

SELF-i

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Title: SELF-i – Self-reporting Self-reporting immunostimulating formulation for on-demand cancer therapy with real-time treatment response monitoring

Project Description:

Cancer is one of the deadliest threats to mankind in the 21st century. Colorectal cancer in particular is the 3rd most common cancer type in Portugal and represents a serious health problem in the northern regions of the country. This proposal aims to have a positive impact on the prognosis of CRC through an alternative treatment scheme combining local immunostimulation and hyperthermia, plus an optimized decision making protocol based on real-time early treatment response monitoring.

This project proposes the preparation, characterization and in vitro validation of a drug delivery system comprising an inorganic core plus a polymeric coating. The presence of these two components responds to different needs. The inorganic core plays a dual role; on one hand it enables the longitudinal non-invasive detection and tracking of the system via biomedical imaging techniques, while on the other it will be used as external effector to trigger drug release. The second component of the system, the polymer, will be used to encapsulate and, more importantly, release on-demand a cocktail of drugs. A combination of release mechanisms limits the exposure of healthy tissues to the drugs and potentiates the therapeutic effect on the tumour. Together with these responsive drug delivery capabilities, the proposed drug delivery nanocomposite will be equipped with a reporting system for the real-time evaluation of treatment response that will enable the implementation of an early check-point to evaluate the efficacy of the treatment.

Main Goal:

The main goal of this project is to prepare and validate a formulation able to respond to internal and external stimuli to locally release a cocktail of drugs to fight against cancer. Furthermore, the proposed probe will be equipped with reporting moieties for the longitudinal monitoring of tumours and the real-time monitoring of treatment response.

Approval Date: 04 April 2018

Start Date: 02 July 2018

End Date: 01 July 2021

Contract Number: AAC n.º 02/SAICT/2017 – 028052

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Juan Gallo)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.705,20

ERDF Funding: € 203.760,49

National (PT) Funding: € 39.957,73

MagTargetON

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Title: MagTargetON – Local specific treatment of triple-negative-breast-cancer through externally triggered target-less drug carriers

Project Description:

In Portugal, the incidence of breast cancer represents 30% of the new diagnosed cancer cases in women every year, with mortality indexes of 18%. Among them, 20% corresponds to triple-negative breast-cancer (TNBC), the most lethal stripe. TNBC is a particular immunopathological subtype of breast cancer that lacks the expression of any of the most common receptors and growth factors used for the clinical diagnosis of breast cancers, namely ER, PR and HER2. The only systemic therapy currently available for patients with TNBC is adjuvant chemotherapy with various combinations of anthracyclines (e.g., doxorubicin), taxanes (e.g., paclitaxel), or cyclophosphamide. However, the response to the treatment is far from ideal. High rates of relapse, in addition to low survival rates in patients with residual disease after treatment, are observed. Therefore, the lack of targeted therapeutic options, the limited efficacy of current treatments, together with the well-known harmful side effects of chemotherapy, demand an urgent effort to discover specific targeting strategies that enable early diagnostic methods and on-site therapies. Consequently, there is a real need for drug nanocarriers that fulfill these requirements for the different administration routes.

The main objective of this project is to ameliorate the prognosis of TNBC through the preparation and validation of a biocompatible target-less theranostic probe able to offer active accumulation on tumor site under external stimuli, non-invasive imaging capabilities and combinatorial therapy. To achieve this ambitious goal, solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) will be synthesized from commercially available sources, simultaneously loaded with a cocktail of drugs and nanoparticles, and surface functionalized with different responsive ligands. Thus, by local and external stimuli on the area of interest, a change in the ligands is induced that triggers on-site TNBC specificity through target-less carriers.

Overall, at the end of the project an in vitro and in vivo validated theranostic probe will be delivered showing i) active targeting, ii) combinatorial therapy, and iii) T2w-MR imaging capabilities. These expected results will enable translational research and will be key in the advance towards an adequate and timely therapeutic intervention in patients with TNBC, being also a step forward on the way to targeted image-guided therapies of cancer.

Main Goal:

The main goal of this project is to prepare and validate, up to preclinical small animal models, a formulation able to respond to external stimuli to localise and release a cocktail of drugs to fight against triple-negative breast-cancer. This formulation will combine therapeutic and imaging capabilities and will allow to move a step further in the fight against the most deadly variant of breast cancer.

Approval Date: 03 April 2018

Start Date: 02 July 2018

End Date: 01 July 2021

Contract Number: AAC n.º 02/SAICT/2017 – 031142

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Juan Gallo)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.237,57

ERDF Funding: € 203.351,92

National (PT) Funding: € 35.885,63

NANOXYPACK

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Title:NANOXYPACK – Nano-sized oxygen scavenger for new active food packaging

Project Description:

Currently, research on food packaging is centered on the replacement of macro- or micro-active compounds by nano-sized ones combined with replacement of oil-based materials by bio-based ones. NANOXYPACK addresses the development of a new generation of active and intelligent bio-based food packaging materials through the dispersion of nano-sized oxygen scavengers into biopolymer matrixes. The scavengers will confer to the package not only the ability to absorb oxygen from the environment, but also will lead to the production of a well-known antimicrobial agent in the food industry. A change in color, producing a chromatic effect as a function of oxygen absorbed and antimicrobial agent produced will be used to quantify changes during package lifetime.

Main Goal:

Development of a new generation of active and intelligent bio-based food packaging through the incorporation of nanoparticles (NPs) into bio-polymers such as polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and/or starch (bio-polymers already commercially used). The NPs will confer multifunctional characteristic to the packaging such as the ability to absorb oxygen from the environment, chromatic changes that will allow the quantification of the amount of oxygen absorbed in the package and the development of a well-known antimicrobial.

Approval Date: 25 April 2018

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Contract Number: 030789

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Sebastian Velasco and Miguel Cerqueira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.853,83

ERDF Funding: € 203.875,76

National (PT) Funding: € 35.978,07

ACTinRING

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Title: ACTinRING -Uncovering the mechanistic assembly and function of actin ring networks in axonal biology and pathology

Project Description:

Super-resolution microscopy has recently revealed a membrane-associated periodic skeleton (MPS) composed of actin rings along the axon. This discovery opened new perspectives on the role of actin in neuronal architecture and function. ACTinRING will dissect the MPS function in axon biology and pathology. ACTinRING has a high potential to uncover new mechanisms regulating physiological axon function, including its mechanobiology and electrophysiological properties. In a disease perspective, ACTinRING may establish the MPS as a novel target for axonopathy and axon regeneration.

Main Goal:

The overall goal is to uncover the mechanistic assembly and function of actin ring networks in axonal biology and pathology

Approval Date: 20 March 2018

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Contract Number: 028623

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Inês Mendes Pinto)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.391,67

ERDF Funding: € 203.482,92

National (PT) Funding: € 35.908,75

msCORE

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Title: msCORE – Multiscale methodology with model order reduction for advanced materials and processes

Project Description:

In this project a multiscale study of multiphase stainless steels will be addressed. These advanced materials belong to the new generation of steels with increasing applications due to their high strength, toughness and corrosion properties. Their applications and potential are wide as they can be processed in many different ways ranging from casting to bulk and sheet metal forming. The microstructure of these steels, which is complex and depend on the alloying and thermal processing, affects their behaviour during the processing stages and eventually during their final application. How does the microstructure affects the final properties, how it affects ductility, how it affects damage and fracture mechanisms during processing are the subjects to be researched. The team from INEGI has a strong experience on material modelling of large deformations on metal forming applications. Its expertise ranges from numerical and material constitutive modelling and experimental development. The team from the Department of Metallurgy and Materials of FEUP has a strong experience on processing and microstructural and mechanical characterization of metallic and intermetallic materials, including nanomaterials. This expertise is complemented by the relevant expertise of INL team in advanced TEM for investigations at the atomic scale of nanomaterials. Their common interest and competence on material constitutive behaviour are focused on two approaches at three different scales, nano, micro and macro. The project will bring together the various competences by building a coupled multiscale model, anchored on a robust numerical model and thorough experimental studies on microstructures.

Main Goal:

The overall goal is to develop a methodology that allows optimizing design and manufacturing process of multiphase materials, using mathematical models at different scales. These models will describe quantitatively relationships among geometry, processing variables, microstructure features, bulk properties and service performance. This holistic approach enables manufacturers to accelerate product development, optimizing component design, quantity of material, material properties and processing steps. Stainless multiphase alloys (e.g. super and hyper duplex stainless steels and nickel superalloys) will be studied, as they can be processed by different technologies into difficult geometries, also displaying a very complex microstructure, due to the alloying elements and thermal processing. Also, they are a new generation of advanced materials with a growing demand on applications, due to a higher strength, toughness and corrosion resistance.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 02 July 2018

End Date: 01 July 2021

Contract Number: 032419

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Paulo Ferreira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 219.916,42

ERDF Funding: € 186.928,96

National (PT) Funding: € 32.987,46

NanoBioSensor

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Title: NanoBioSensor – Development of nanosensors to evaluate the microbiological quality of fruit-based products

Project Description

NanoBioSensor project aims to develop two analytical tools that would help overcome a significant identified limitation of current analytical methods for microbiological control in the food industry. A micro-total analysis system will be developed by the participating team to enable faster and better control of selected fruit-based products, reducing the analysis time from 7 days to less than 12 hours with greater sensitivity than conventional methods. This device will be designed and manufactured combining the latest developments in molecular biology, microfluidics and electronics. Likewise, a CO2 sensor will be developed with the aim of being integrated into containers providing an indirect measure of the growth of microorganisms and allowing the traceability of containers along the food chain. Both devices will contribute to ensuring better control of fruit products throughout their transport and storage.

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Type: R&D Co-Promotion Projects (call 03/SI/2017)

Contract Number: POCI-FEDER-033925

Funding Agency: COMPETE2020

Funding Programme: PT2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Marta Prado and João Piteira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 932.176,37

Budget INL: € 444.165,46

GRAPHSENS

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Title: GRAPHSENS – Mid- and far-infrared plasmonic biosensing with graphene

Project Description:

This project’s main idea is to develop a new spectroscopic technique based on tunable plasmonics in graphene, by exploring the polarization dependent interaction of small biomolecules with terahertz (THz) radiation. Graphene is widely recognized as an ideal platform for strong light matter interactions due to its excellent plasmonic response in the mid-to-far infrared spectral range. In addition, the plasmonic response of graphene is highly tunable in real time using electrostatic gating. Fundamental structural features of peptides that are critically important for their functions can, in principle, be probed by polarization dependent spectroscopy in the THz range, as described in a recent simulation study, which also explicitly noted that THz chiroptical spectroscopy has not yet been demonstrated experimentally. The innovative aspect of this project is, therefore, to develop devices that realize this predicted technique for molecular analysis using spectroscopic plasmonics. Two different architectures will be developed for implementing strong light-matter interaction between graphene and biomolecules. In one approach, micrometer wide ribbons of graphene, patterned by optical lithography, act as the active plasmonic medium. The second approach consists of transferring a continuous graphene sheet onto a grating of high dielectric contrast provided by alternating lines of SiO2 and Al2O3 on a high resistivity silicon wafer. Both architectures are based on theoretical simulations developed and performed by the team members, who have recently published their studies in a book about graphene plasmonics. Specifically, the two device architectures are modeled using full electrodynamics calculations, which are faster and perform better than the conventional time domain integration of Maxwell’s equations. The high sensitivity of surface-based detection methods, including conventional noble metal plasmonics, makes them particularly advantageous for analyzing small quantities of biomolecules. Being a 2D material, graphene is a natural choice for implementing surface-based sensors.

Furthermore, the unique properties of the electromagnetic coupling of molecular excitations to surface plasmons in graphene open possibilities for extending the analytical capabilities of these sensors beyond the current state of the art for label-free measurements. Real-time tuning of plasmon resonances in graphene will enable spectroscopic, i.e., more specific, detection of biomolecules in presence of solvent and other background signals. This specificity will be enhanced by structural, e.g., chiral, signatures enabled by polarization dependent THz measurements. The specificity and information content of these measurements will be further enhanced by taking advantage of the high-intensity tunable broadband THz excitation produced by the two color air plasma method and of the time-resolved pump probe capabilities of the THz source and spectrometer to be developed in this project.

Main Goal: The idea of this project is to explore plasmons in graphene for a new spectroscopic technique. This technique covers the THz and the mid-IR. Graphene plasmons exist in these spectral ranges in which noble-metal plasmons are not available. The excitation of surface plasmons in graphene produces huge resonances in the extinction spectrum of the material. These resonances amplify tremendously the absorption signal due to molecules deposited on graphene and therefore can be used as a tool for the spectral identification of small quantities of analytes, down to a monolayer. The absorption of the analytes is due to their rotational and vibrational modes. The signal due to the absorption of the analytes is superimposed on the plasmonic resonance and appears as dips in the resonance signal. Depending on the rotational or vibrational excited energy levels, the dips are located at different positions, thus allowing an amplified spectroscopic signal.

Approval Date: 30 May 2018

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Contract Number: 028114

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Pedro Alpuim)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.924,233

ERDF Funding: € 203.935,60

National (PT) Funding: € 35.988,63

QUA-ND-O

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Title: QUA-ND-O – Intracellular Quantum Sensing Techniques for Personalized Medicines of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Project Description:

QUA-ND-O aims at developing QUAntum based sensing solutions to identify patterns of Neurodegenerative Disease (ND) that may lead to new Opportunities in finding personalized medicines. We propose to develop an all-optical method that allows nanoscale temperature and magnetic field sensing inside of cells at unprecedented spatial resolution. Recently it has been demonstrated that optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) signals of color centers in nanodiamonds, can be used to extract both parameters, temperature and magnetic field. The outstanding biocompatibility and photostability of fluorescent nanodiamonds shall be used to translate the sensing capabilities to biosensing and medical research. Both intracellular temperature and magnetic field could help establish a unique signature for ND (e.g Parkinson or Alzheimer) allowing obtaining either early diagnosis or understanding the mechanisms of protein aggregation within the disease.

Main Goal: QUA-ND-O aims at developing QUAntum based sensing solutions to identify patterns
of Neurodegenerative Disease (ND) that may lead to new Opportunities in finding personalized medicines.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Contract Number: 032619

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Jana Nieder)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.427,00

ERDF Funding: € 203.512,95

National (PT) Funding: € 35.914,05

MiconCell

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Title: MiconCell – Micro-concentrator thin film solar cells

Project Description:

A change of our energy systems toward renewable energies is mandatory for a future sustainable energy supply and photovoltaics (PV) will play a crucial part in this. The thin-film solar cell technology based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) presents several crucial advantages over the currently dominating Si technology: a higher cost-reduction potential when upscaling to GW production volumes [1], lower material consumption, and a higher power conversion efficiency potential. However, the limited supply of In and Ga and related costs upon considerably increased production volumes present a constraint that needs to be addressed. The challenge is to reduce the use of scarce elements and still reach high efficiencies. The latter can be achieved by using concentrated sunlight, which leads to efficiency gains of ~2 to 6% [2]. The technology proposed in the MiconCell project will solve the materials availability problem and establish high-efficiency energy conversion using 100 times less In and Ga.

The innovative idea of the MiconCell project is to combine the highly efficient CIGSe thin-film technology with the concentrator PV approach and shrink the size scale to the micrometer range. The benefits of this novel concept are materials savings by a factor of about 100, and an efficiency increase by 2-6% due to the use of concentrated sunlight. The main goal of the project is to develop CIGSe micro-concentrator solar cells that are monolithically integrated with concentrator optics.

The microconcentrator solar cells, will consist in CIGSe micro solar cells with lateral dimensions in the micrometer range. Monolithically integrated microlens arrays for the concentration of sunlight onto the micro solar cells will have lenses in the submillimeter range. The project thereby addresses the issue of material shortage and high costs of indium and gallium [3,4], which has been raised as a challenge for the further successful deployment of CIGSe thin film solar cell technology on a large scale [1]. Since the material savings achievable by the concentration of sunlight depends linearly on the optical concentration factor, the approach of reducing device dimensions by using the concentration of sunlight presents an enormous potential [5]. The project aims at the reduction of CIGSe solar cell dimensions to the scale of ~100 micrometer and a concentration factor of ~100x, resulting in comparable materials savings of the CIGSe.

Specific objectives:

  • To develop growth processes for micrometer-sized Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells
  • To develop device design and fabrication processes for micro-concentrator solar cell devices with efficient current collection (Jsc), heat management (T < 80ºC), integrated optical concentration elements (concentration factor = 100x), and providing for significant materials savings (100 times less In and Ga)
  • To fabricate reference small scale high-end micro-concentrator devices

Main Goal: To develop an integrated Cu(In,Ga)Se2 micro-concentrator thin film solar cell that uses a lens array to concentrate sunlight onto micro solar cells.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Contract Number: 028922

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Sascha Sadewasser)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 234.523,23

ERDF Funding: € 199.344,75

National (PT) Funding: € 35.178,48

Product in Touch

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Title: Product in Touch – Development and Industrial Validation of a Multimodal Virtual Prototyping for In-Car Design

Project Description

Car manufacturers and all the third parties involved in the product development cycle, are increasingly interested in the exploitation of tactile sensation related to customers feeling toward the product in terms of safety, functionality and quality perception. It has been demonstrated that the customer’s evaluation of a product and its satisfaction are guided by the five human senses, where touch is the main one that reinforces the decision regarding the acquisition of a product.
In this project, we focus on the exploration of the tactile sensation in the design of specific components integrated into the cars interiors, where the project aims to achieve the following results:

  • A tactile probe to extract tactile features from real plastic components;
  • A computational model for correlating tactile sensation and object features to improve the product quality check in injection molding plastic components to meet the customers satisfaction;
  • An advanced virtual prototyping method based on multisensory stimulation to integrate the customers’ feedback in the product quality check and preference verification, in a virtual way, before it enters into injection molding phase of plastic components.

The solution presented by PRODUCT IN TOUCH seeks to standardize tactile sensation in a virtual environment to improve design, quality and manufacturing process in the injection molding of plastic components used in car interiors.

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 30 June 2021

Type: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number:POCI-FEDER-033699

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme:COMPETE2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: João Gaspar and Edoardo Sotgiu)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 1.178.710,45

Budget INL: € 434.011,43

pBio4.0

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Title: pBio4.0 – Prevent Biofouling in Membrane Systems

Project Description

One of the main problems associated with the implementation of membrane processes to water treatment is its exploitation cost and its environmental impact, which are greatly increased by fouling problems.

Project pBio4.0 – Preventing Biofouling in Membrane Systems, proposes a set of research and development activities, towards the prevention of Biofouling in Reverse one of the main problems associated with the implementation of membrane processes to water treatment is its exploitation cost and its environmental impact, which are greatly increased by fouling problems.

The Project pBio4.0 aims to develop an innovative technological solution based on a concept previously conceived and developed by the project team, the bHousing, which includes a specially designed casing and conceived to maximize the antimicrobial efficacy of the biocides anchored to solid supports (particles). The main goal is to create a new, unique and patentable product. In order to demonstrate the applicability and efficacy of the developed solution, the bHousing will be firstly installed and tested industrially on a water production.

Reverse Osmosis unit from CIN – Corporação Industrial do Norte, SA.

Start Date: 01 July 2018

End Date: 29 June 2021

Type: 03/SI/2017: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number:POCI-01-0247-FEDER-033298

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme:COMPETE2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Begoña Espiña and Juliana Sousa)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 516.256,54

Budget INL: € 161.379,56

PORTGRAPHE

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Title: PORTGRAPHE-Control of Port and Douro Wines authenticity using graphene DNA sensors project

Project Description

Portugal, and in particular the north region, is a leading producer of wine in the EU, with one of the highest numbers of DOP and IGPs in Europe, including world-known Port and Douro wines. Among common wine adulteration, the use of different grape varieties from the ones authorized by the PDO, or the use of more than one variety in wines labelled as monovarietal, are one of the issues of higher concern for producers and authorities.
DNA based analysis have become a very useful instrument on food and environmental analysis. DNA analysis is of high interest as well for varietal discrimination of grapes, wines, musts, and grape juice, due to the high specificity allowed by the use of DNA sequences, and the possibility of amplifying such DNA markers by PCR and other amplification strategies, and therefore obtaining higher sensitivity. Despite its advantages for grape variety identification, DNA analysis has not been extensively used by control laboratories, due to some drawbacks for their practical implementation. Several developments in the last years are being directed towards the improvement of DNA based analysis in order to simplify, miniaturize and reduce both the time and price of analysis with increased performance, to develop devices and methodology to be effectively used by control laboratories. Among such improvements, several sensors have been developed with promising characteristics, among them, field-effect transistors (FETs) allow to achieve high sensitivity, specificity and rapid measurement without the need of labelling, making them excellent candidates for wine/grape authenticity analysis. Likewise, there has been a strong interest in developing portable point-of-care devices that can be used in resource-limited settings, such as remote regions, farms or cultivars. Several approaches towards micro total analysis system (μTAS, or lab-on-a-chip) have been developed, which provides a significant improvement in performance. However, to our knowledge and despite of their clear advantages, no commercial μTAS are currently available and validated for DNA analysis in wine or food commodities.

Main Goal:

The main objective of the project is the development, test and in-house validation of a miniaturized DNA sensing device for varietal discrimination of grapes, wines, musts, and grape juice in order to ensure the authenticity of wine from Port and Douro DOP. With this objective the participating teams will combine their expertise for the development of a miniaturized analytical device composed of 3 modules namely: a DNA extraction and purification module, an isothermal DNA amplification module, and a DNA Biosensors based on field-effect transistors (FETs) made using single layer graphene (SLG) for varietal discrimination. The integrated device will be in-house validated with different complex matrixes including grapes, wines, musts, and grape juice.

Start Date: 15 June 2018

End Date: 14 June 2021

Contract Number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031069

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Marta Prado)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.760,83

ERDF Funding: € 203.769,71

National (PT) Funding: € 35.964,12

ON4SupremeSens

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Title: ON4SupremeSens – Graphene and novel thin films for super resolution microscopy and bio-sensing

Project Description:

The modifications of the fluorescence lifetime by the presence of fluorescence quenchers can be used to increase the axial resolution of fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM). The axial spatial range of the quencher material depends on its refractive index (RI), so materials with different RI can be explored in order to improve and modify the imaging axial range and axial resolution of FLIM. The main goal of the project is to optimize the FLIM technique for different resolutions and distance ranges to study different biological processes. Applications range from DNA detection to the time lapse super resolution imaging of live cells to track specific molecular biological processes in real time.

Main Goal: Optimization of a Fluorescence Lifetime Microscopy Imaging (FLIM) technique for axial super-resolution using various functional substrates and its application for biosensing and bioimaging.

Approval Date: 26 April 2018

Start Date: 01 June 2018

End Date: 31 May 2021

Contract Number: 029417

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Jana Nieder)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.886,50

ERDF Funding: € 203.903,53

National (PT) Funding: € 35.982,97

ThermalBuffer

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Title: ThermalBuffer – The buffering effects of upwelling and geomorphology on coastal warming

Project Description:

Climate change is a major threat to global biodiversity, and one of the greatest challenges in modern biology is to predict how it will impact natural systems. THERMALBUFFER separates the signal from the noise by concentrating on ecologically dominant species that control ecosystem-wide dynamics – dramatically reducing the dimensionality of the problem. It focuses on rocky shore ecosystems, which are especially sensitive to climate variations, to study the mechanistic links between the environment and macroecology. All research will be done under a conceptual framework aimed at providing answers to longstanding ecological questions with wide implications for all ecosystems. THERMALBUFFER will employ novel methodologies to characterise environmental variability at scales relevant to the organisms. A major innovation is the explicit analysis of features such as upwelling/downwelling regimes, coastal topography, and coastline shape. These features are independent of climate change, and most are geographically stationary. While dynamic drivers such as weather and oceanographic conditions set the available energy, static drivers locally ameliorate, or exacerbate, thermal conditions, thus heavily contributing for the establishment, maintenance or disappearance of regional thermal refugia. The interplay between these two types of drivers of thermal stress is expected to be largely responsible for the complex stress patterns found across the European Atlantic rocky coasts, and possibly be at the root of many of the mismatches found between the environment and species distribution patterns.

By separately characterizing static and dynamic drivers of thermal stress, THERMALBUFFER will allow us to map the stress landscape imposed on organisms with unprecedented detail. More importantly, with these data we will be at a privileged position to study the dynamics of thermal refugia as modulators of biodiversity responses to climate change. This will be achieved by combining our high definition stress landscape maps with meteorological and climatological data to build heat-budget models, and then using those models to evaluate past, current and future distributions of thermal refugia along the European Atlantic coast. That will also allow us to perform realistic experiments in the lab aimed at discerning the physiological consequences of thermal stress. Our mechanistic approach will allow us to formulate robust forecasts of the effects of climate change on continental and centennial scales.

THERMALBUFFER will translate scientific results into products that can be used by policy makers and managers of natural resources to address a wide range of environmental and societal issues. Given its strong technological component, this project will foster innovation and socio-economic development. The results will have a major repercussion on the current discourse on impacts of climate change.

Main Goal:

This project will define mechanistic links between the environmental mosaic generated by regional upwelling, coastal geometry and coastal geomorphology, and macro-ecological processes, allowing us to produce robust forecasts of the effects of climate change across multiple key ecosystem species at the European scale.

The specific objectives are to:

  • 1. Determine the importance of regional upwelling, coastal geometry and geomorphology as modifiers of large-scale climate change.
  • 2. Combine results from 1. with climatologic data to build heat-budget models and validate them in the field.
  • 3. Use heat-budget models from 2. to assess the persistence of thermal habitat mosaics identified in 1., over the past 100 years and under climate change scenarios
  • 4. Determine the physiological effects of thermal stress/refugia on key ecosystem species exposed to realistic conditions in the lab.

Approval Date: 01 March 2018

Start Date: 01 June 2018

End Date: 31 May 2021

Contract Number: 031088

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Region: Norte

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Marco Martins)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 239.512,44

ERDF Funding: € 203.585,57

National (PT) Funding: € 35.926,87

BIOMPHO2

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Title: Towards biomimetic photosynthetic photonics (BIOMPHO2)

Project Description

It has been recently discovered that some plant contain nanometric structures that manipulate light for a more efficient photosynthesis. With this project we aim to unveil the role this natural nanophotonic structures in photosynthesis and set the basis to use this natural designs for energy harvesting technologies. For that we will first build a unique microscope suitable to study simultaneously the optical properties of nanostructures and the photosynthetic activity in single cells.With this unique equioment we will study plant cells in some species of Brgonia leafs known to produce an enhancement of light absorptance by growing elaborated nanostructures. In the final part of the project we will use the knowledge retrived from the natural system to develop artificial replicas of those structures. The final devices are expected to present some of properties of the natural system for light harvesting. This could represent the first proofof concept of a new paradigm in the field of artificial photosynthesys for green energy applications.

Start Date: 10 May 2018

End Date: 09 May 2021

Type: TI 45 – Investigação científica e tecnológica

Contract Number: 031739

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Martin Lopez-Garcia)

Budget Total: € 239.645,90

Budget INL: € 239.645,90

IPValue@INL

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Title: IPValue@INL

Project Description

IPValue @ INL is coordinated by the Iberian International Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LIN) and aims to carry out eight international patent applications (PCT) in areas related to the environment, food and agro, health, ICT and Key Enabling Technologies, in particular:

  • Solid phase extraction/Adsortium devices based on nanoporous materials for Water Contaminants Capture and Pre-concentration
  • Mimicking apparatus for natural food shapes with Liquid Inside
  • Method for the production of nano/microsalt crystals
  • Method/device for validating water sterilization systems
  • Device for controlling magnetic microbots
  • dsRNA Stabilized and Protected in Nanostructures applied in gene silencing and insect pests control
  • Unfold-able flexible metal connections embedded in flexible substrate
  • Polymide flexible electrical connections

Start Date: 01 April 2018

End Date: 30 March 2020

Type: 04/SAICT/2017 – PROTEÇÃO DE DIREITOS DA PROPRIEDADE INTELECTUAL – PROJETOS INDIVIDUAIS :: SAICT – Entidades não Empresariais

Contract Number:POCI – 39255

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme:COMPETE2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Francisco Guimarães)

Budget Total: € 349.760,00

Budget INL: € 349.760,00

MOBFOOD

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Title: MOBFOOD:Mobilizing scientific and technological knowledge in response to the challenges of the agri-food market.

Project Description

MOBFOOD project aims to respond the challenges related to the promotion of a more competitive national food industry. It will promote new growth strategies based on the enhancement of technological capacity, innovation and R&D aimed at obtaining new products, services, processes or technologies, acting along the entire value chain and reinforcing collaboration between the business and not business sectors. The food sector is intended to be sustainable, fully integrated, interconnected, transparent, resilient, secure, resource efficient and consumer focused. The aim is to achieve these objectives through the implementation of solutions in three main pillars: “Food Security and Sustainability”, “Food for Health and Well-being” and “Food Safety and Quality”, materializing in research and development of new processes, products or services.

Start Date: 01 December 2017

End Date: 30 November 2020

Type: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Programas Mobilizadores

Contract Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-024524

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020; LISBOA2020; PORTUGAL2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contacts: Miguel Cerqueira and Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 7.021.739,21

Budget INL: € 196.008,16

INFANTE

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Title: INFANTE: Satellite for maritime applications and communications from constellations

Project Description

INFANTE is a development and demonstration project for an in-orbit microsatellite, to be launched in 2020. This is the precursor of a constellation for Earth observation and communication with the focus on maritime applications.

INFANTE will be the first satellite developed by the Portuguese Industry, articulated in a national consortium led by TEKEVER group, that includes 9 companies with references in the space sector, as Active Space Technologies, Omnidea, Active Aerogels, GMV, HPS and Spinworks; and 10 internationally recognized R&D Centers in their areas of competence, such as CEIIA; FEUP, ISQ, FCT-UNL, INL, IPN, IPTomar, ISR Lisbon, IT Aveiro, and UBI.

Based on the opportunities created by New Space and the capacity building induced by the Portuguese participation in the space sector over the last 20 years, INFANTE Project will establish the basis for the new business line associated to the sector, based on new products, services, and processes, contributing to strengthen Portugal´s position in the International Space framework.

The INFANTE space segment includes a modular and low-cost microsatellite, equipped with a software-defined radio with air and maritime surveillance functions; propulsion system for orbit maintenance; solar panels and their mechanism; and cargo bay with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and multispectral camera, together with scientific and technological validation.

In the Soil Segment, the INFANTE Project includes the development of a new system for rapid assembly, integration and prompt testing, adapted to small satellites and frequent launches; and a data hub to aggregate, process and disseminate information.

The Consortium is joined by satellite data users to support the demonstration of the INFANTE results, such as the National Maritime Authority, IPMA and INIAV; other national companies; and International Organizations, such as the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Federal Fluminense Institute of Brazil and the French CLS.

The INFANTE Project will run from 2017 to 2020 and has an investment of 9.2M€, executed by a team of 150 researchers, engineers and technicians, of whom 40 are PhDs. This project is cofounded by Structural Funds in the framework of the Mobilization Programs – Incentive System for Research and Technological Development – of Portugal2020 Program.

Start Date: 01 November 2017

End Date: 30 September 2020

Type: 10/SI/2016: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico(SI I&DT) | Programas Mobilizadores

Contract Number: 024534

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020; NORTE2020; LISBOA2020; CENTRO2020 and ALENTEJO2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Ricardo Ferreira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 9.2M

Budget INL: € 251.463,08

PRODUTECH-SIF

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Title: PRODUTECH-SIF – Solutions for the Industry of the Future

Project Description

The project embodies a comprehensive response towards the development and implementation of new production systems, embedding advanced production technologies that will equip the manufacturing industry to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution.

It incorporates a strategic, coherent and integrative set of R&D activities in key domains that foresees the development of new production technologies for multi-sectorial application, and with impacts in terms of the reinforcement of the competitiveness and sustainability of the industry at international level, encompassing:

  • Networked production systems
  • Innovative technologies for new cyber-physical production systems
  • Development, management and improvement of cyber-physical production systems
  • Key enabling production technologies, automation and advance robotic systems
  • Integral sustainability and efficiency of production systems
  • Energy technologies
  • Advanced tools for the development of products and services

The PRODUTECH SIF umbrella stems from the confluence of R&D +I(nnovation) +D(emonstration and diffusion) axes of the Production Technologies Cluster multi-annual programme and gather a consistent set of activities towards the above mentioned goal.

Start Date: 01 November 2017

End Date: 30 September 2020

Type: 10/SI/2016: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico(SI I&DT) | Programas Mobilizadores

Contract Number:POCI-01-0247-FEDER-024541

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme:COMPETE2020; NORTE2020; LISBOA2020; CENTRO2020 and ALENTEJO2020

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Ricardo Ferreira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 7.813.936,26

Budget INL: € 50.000,00

Micro&NanoFabs@PT

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Title: Micro&NanoFabs@PT – Network of Micro and Nano Fabrication Research Facilities in Portugal

Project Description

This infrastructure is part of the National Road Map of Strategic Interest Research Infrastructures at two different levels: first, it integrates the large infrastructures of micro- and nanofabrication, with clean rooms properly equipped for the manufacture and characterization of micro- and nanodevice technologies, various substrates with dimensions up to 200 mm in diameter, recognized potential for integration in major European networks, and capacity to provide services at national and international level; second, it integrates laboratories with microfabrication, design and characterization capabilities that operate in specific areas.

Micro&NanoFabs@PT presents itself as an infrastructure with high international penetration capability that benefits from the existence of a joint business plan and a governance model able to integrate the three national nodes (INL, INESC-MN and CMEMS-UMinho) and to provide advanced services to industry and scientific community and promoting accessibility to the infrastructure capabilities from a single contact point.

The infrastructure is proposed to strengthen integration and the ability of these three national nodes and simultaneously create an advanced training offer, produce and provide technology transfer services and promote the incubation of new startups in need of access to advanced services micro- and nanofabrication and design.

Currently the research community and the national industrial sector operating in connection with the broad spectrum of technologies offered by the infrastructure already benefit and occasionally use the micro and nanofabrication infrastructure provided by the institutions that make up the Micro&NanoFabs@PT network. By integrating and promoting design of advanced services and making accessible micro- and nanofabrication from anywhere through a single point, Micro&NanoFabs@PT highlights the uniqueness of the existing infrastructure, increases far beyond the sum of the parts the access opportunities for national and international business to the tools, encourages the use of services that are not available elsewhere, leverages innovation processes, nurtures these areas of research and globally promotes Portugal in the European context.

Start Date: 01 October 2017

End Date: 30 September 2020

Type: 01/SAICT/2016 – Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Insfraestruturas de Investigação inseridas no Roteiro Nacional de Infraestruturas de Investigação de Interesse Estratégico

Contract Number: 022090

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020; NORTE2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 6.036.528,22

Budget INL: € 2.920.792,00

PREMICER

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Title:PREMICER: Premium Porcelain Hotelware Products

Project Description

This project aims the development of high performance tableware products, consistent with current market requirements, in particular in the hotel and restaurant industry, such as HORECA market. New products must meet the highest performance requirements related with chipping resistance and metal marking stated for intensive use that these products are submitted to. At the same time, they should meet the new market trends regarding to the promotion of new features in porcelain product, particularly concerning food heat conservation. As a result of new developments, it is intend to obtain technological conditions to put products on the market with increased lifetime performance and new features, giving conditions for the company to consolidate export market share towards countries of strategic importance.

To achieve these goals, the development will be centered on the use of particulate or fibrous materials, at the micro/nano-scale, which will be incorporated into different functional areas, and specified in accordance with the function to promote: on product edge to promote improved resistance to mechanical shock, in the center to improve the marking metal performance, and the back of dish/plates for heating conservation. At the end of the project, it is intend to get functional prototypes of new products range, as well as protocols associated with technological transfer of the different developed solutions to the industrial environment.

The impact of the use of nanostructured materials will be considered with a study of the potential exposure of workers to aero-suspended nanoparticles and forecasting prevention.

The project team, led by Porcelanas da Costa Verde company, brings together the Technological Center for Ceramics and Glass, with expertise in the development and validation of tableware products, and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, a fully international research organization in Europe in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Start Date: 01 June 2017

End Date: 31 May 2020

Type: 33-SI-2015: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017989

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas and Yury Kolenko)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 943.884,19

Budget INL: € 329.547,75

SIMPLIFIED

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Title: SIMPLIFIED: Easy Tooth Abutment

Project Description

The SIMPLIFIED Project aims to offer patients and healthcare professionals a new product that is significantly faster, cheaper and more beneficial to the success of dental treatment. It will focus on the research and development of a new dental implant solution, centered on a universal abutment, compatible with any conventional implant, in a single, simplified retention system, applicable to fixed or removable prostheses, as well as to a set of mechanical properties and biological differences.

The consortium of the project brings together renowned promoters with the complementary skills needed to carry out the project: Celoplas, Plásticos para a Indústria SA (Leader), Gadget Whisper – Unipessoal, Lda, FEUP – Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto and INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.

Start Date: 01 May 2017

End Date: 30 April 2020

Type: 33-SI-2015: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017982

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020

INL Role: Co-Promoter (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas and Yury Kolenko)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 934.337,14

Budget INL: € 162.111,72

MAGLINE

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Title: MAGLINE: Desenvolvimento e Validação Industrial do Processo de Fabricação de Sensores TMR

Project Description

The latest generation of sensors (TMR) has major advantages over previous (Hall and GMR), and there is a market with sustained growth for application of these sensors. However the lack of industrial production capacity prevents its adoption in large scale commercial applications, although it is possible to acquire them commercially those marketed generic sensors are not optimized for any particular application. There is a clear opportunity to capture this market, and provide the market a large-scale production solution TMR sensors optimized and custom-made for different applications.

With the main objective to meet this challenge, the MAGLINE project aims to optimize and demonstrate that viability adapting a process tested laboratory to industrial production using existing systems for advanced packaging processes and never previously tested, optimized or specified for the TMR sensor processing. In this context the consortium develops a pilot line to be tested in a real environment, by manufacturing the wafer level sensors with appropriate properties to both applications in the automobile sector (angle sensor and digital angle sensor) and three industrial electronics applications (Charger batteries, traction rectifier and electric vehicle charger) and built various types of samplers, which will be tested by the consortium partners, in order to validate the viability of the process.

Start Date: 01 April 2017

End Date: 31 January 2020

Type: 33-SI-2015: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017865

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 772.565,25

Budget INL: € 158.415,82

uMEMS

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Title: uMEMS – MEMS de filme fino de silício em electrónica para aplicações de sensôres pervasivas

Project Description

MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology adds a 3rd dimension to standard 2D planar silicon technology. MEMS technology emerged from silicon integrated circuits technology in the mid to late 1980’s and is now a multibillion dollar industry used in the automotive, display and consumer electronics industries.

Because of its origins in integrated circuits technology, standard MEMS have traditionally been based on either bulk micromachining of silicon wafers, surface micromachining of polycrystalline silicon or SOI (silicon-on-insulator) substrates. These technologies have limitations with respect to type and dimensions of the substrate that can be used (typically a silicon wafer) and to the temperatures and chemistry required for the fabrication, making them incompatible with CMOS backend integration.

Hydrogenated amorphous silicon technology allowed the fabrication of microelectronics (thin film transistors) on glass (and later, plastic) substrates, revolutionizing display technology and allowing the creation of the active matrix flat panel display industry. This industry could never have been achieved with standard silicon integrated circuit technology alone. Along these lines, the INESC MN group has pioneered the development of a thin film silicon MEMS technology on glass and plastic substrates. This technology allows the implementation of state-of-the-art MEMS and NEMS structures on alternative substrates such as glass and plastics and temperature-sensitive substrates such as CMOS circuits. This makes thin-film silicon MEMS technology a leading candidate to significantly extend the applications of MEMS to emerging near term applications that will increase of functionality and the interconnection of all engineered products and structures. This technology is already being implemented in a MEMS based display in the US (Pixtronix-Qualcomm).

The objective of this project is to demonstrate thin-film silicon MEMS which are integrated to their control electronics on large area glass and flexible polymer substrates. The key aspect of this demonstration will be to develop oscillators integrating thin-film silicon MEMS resonators as their frequency setting component. Oscillators are key to: (i) characterize integrated MEMS performance in an electronic circuit; (ii) frequency sensing applications, such as mass, acceleration, or stress sensing; and (iii) integration of MEMS in more complex control electronics for large area applications.

A just completed FCT project (RF-MEMS) demonstrated electronic detection of thin-film silicon MEMS resonance and allowed the characterization of the electrical parameters of flexural and bulk thin-film MEMS resonators. In addition, we have gained a solid understanding of the electromechanical characteristics of the structures to allow design of high quality factor (Q) resonators and to allow the coupling of these with electronic circuits.

In this project, the INESC MN team’s decades long expertise in thin film MEMS will be partner with Microelectromechanical Systems and Micro Energy Harvesting Devices group of INL, who have expertise in micromechanical and optical characterization of resonators and advanced silicon micromachining complementing the capabilities at INESC MN and their interest in developing novel device applications incorporating flexible substrates. We have an ongoing collaboration in the use of deep-reactive ion etching to prepare sub-micron gap thin-film silicon bulk resonators on glass substrates.

This project will have as consultant Prof. Naveen Verma of the Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, USA, who has expertise in circuit design applied to large area aplications. We have an ongoing collaboration with this group in the electronic detection of electronic resonance using a CMOS circuit.

To achieve these objectives of the project, there will be three main research thrusts (tasks):

  • RESONATOR MODELING AND MICRO AND NANOFABRICATION
  • RESONATOR CHARACTERIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION
  • OSCILATOR DESIGN, FABRICATION, AND TEST

At the end of the project, we will: (i) have developed a process for the microfabrication of thin-film silicon MEMS with deep-submicron actuation gaps at low temperatures compatible with large-area, flexible substrates and CMOS; (ii) to understood and controled the thin-film silicon MEMS motional parameters, nonlinearities at higher oscillation amplitude, and dissipation processes; and (iii) demonstrated and characterized thin-film silicon MEMS oscillators on glass and flexible plastic substrates.

These results will have impact in: allowing CMOS backend-compatible MEMS resonators for monolithic integration in “more-than-Moore” sensing applications; enabling electronically addressed MEMS oscillator arrays for mass transduction in air and water for sensing; and opening the way to novel high-density arrayable oscillators for large area, flexible substrate applications.

Start Date: 01 January 2016

End Date: 31 December 2019

Type:Projecto de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Technológico

Contract Number: 23327

Funding Agency: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Funding Programme: FCT Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Dr. João Gaspar)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 199.300,00

Budget INL: € 70.200,00

Magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels from biopolymers as Smart delivery systems

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Title: Magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels from biopolymers as Smart delivery systems

Project Description

This project aims the design, synthesis and formulation of novel nanocomposite smart hydrogels from a range of natural polymers for applications in remotely controlled delivery systems. It will create know-how on the rational use of natural resources in this particular field of nanotechnology to develop products with an added value yet cost effective that can have an impact in societal challenges related to human health. Particularly, this project will build up on the expertise of participating teams in the areas of biopolymers and soft nanomaterials and will contribute to foster collaboration and increase consolidation in those particular areas of research.

Hydrogels in the bulk and particulate state (micro and nanogels) will be engineered and synthesized from a variety of natural biopolymers. Their physical and chemical properties in the native state will be characterized, particularly in terms of size, shape and swelling properties. In parallel, colloidal iron oxide nanoparticles and ferrites (Mn, Zn) will be manufactured and evaluated on demand to provide the required surface and the best magnetic properties for their optimal integration into the hydrogel network. Remote magnetic stimuli (alternating and/or oriented magnetic fields) that translate into temperature and mechanical changes will be applied to the synthesized hydrogels and their response will be conveniently evaluated by a range of techniques available at the participating institutions. In this way, materials will be fully characterized in terms of their physical and chemical properties.

The fully characterized magnetic hydrogels in the bulk and particulate state will be then loaded with model active substances to study in vitro controlled release. The effect of changing environmental conditions, i.e. applied magnetic field, on gel behavior and its connection to drug release profile will be studied in detail by a range of experimental techniques.

This project is expected to result in enhanced knowledge on the science and technology of hydrogels from renewable resources.

Start Date: 01 January 2017

End Date: 30 December 2019

Type: Bilateral Research Projects – Joint Portugal-Algeria

Contract Number: PT-DZ/0004/2015

Funding Agency: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Funding Programme: Portugal-Algeria Scientific Cooperation

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Manuel Bañobre-Lopez)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 124.000,00

Budget INL: € 64.200,00

FuEL

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Title: : FuEL – Future Entrepreneurs’ League

Project Description

Development of an action plan with the aim to stimulate idea generation between Entrepreneurs and Artists, supporting business ideas with potential to get in an Acceleration Program for creating sustainable Companies merging science and creativity. The project partners have defined a set of actions align with their respective strategy which has the following axes:

  • Creation of a platform for Entrepreneurs, Artists of Cultural and Creative Industries, mentors, business specialists and Investors, that can support communication, interaction and information for the Project activities;
  • Materialization of business ideas with recognized value by developing Proofs of Concept;
  • Mentoring and coaching Entrepreneurs to start their own Business Projects.

The FUEL Project will encourage the generation of new ideas supporting qualified and creative entrepreneurship, promote design based thinking, and support pilot validation of the ideas in the national and international entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Project will contribute to national economic development, encouraging the creation of more competitive companies.

URL: https://fuelyourambition.eu/

Start Date: 01 October 2017

End Date: 30 September 2019

Type: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Promotion Action

Contract Number: N/A

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio às Ações Coletivas (SIAC)

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 542.413,62

Budget INL: € 231.465,56

ARMA4VESPA

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Title: ARMA4VESPA – ARMAdilhas seletivas para eliminação da VESPA velutina “Selective traps for elimination of VESPA velutina”

Project Description

The overall goal of ARMA4VESPA project is the development of a selective trap for Vespa velutina that will allow the destruction of their nests. The project seeks by scientific answers that allow the development of a trap that can later be approved and used to eliminate Vespa velutina in Portugal and other European countries where there has been a great interest in finding safer and more selective traps for Vespa velutina.

The 3 global objectives of ARMA4VESPA are:

  • To find scientific answers for the development of a selective trap for Vespa velutina;
  • Production of a selective trap for Vespa velutina that can be approved for use in Portugal and other European countries;
  • Dissemination of the results among the stakeholders.

Start Date: 01 September 2016

End Date: 31 August 2019

Type: Medida 6 – Investigação e Desenvolvimento

Contract Number: 5894057

Funding Agency: Instituto de Financiamento de Agricultura e Pescas, I.P. (IFAP)

Funding Programme: Programa Apícola Nacional – Campanha 2017

INL Role: Scientific Coordinator (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana and Miguel Cerqueira)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 149.845,00

Budget INL: € 119.562,50

NOuRIsh

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Title: NOuRIsh – A Portuguese Rapid Prototyping Open Digital Innovation Hub for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

Project Description

Nourish project aims to setup a Rapid Prototyping Open Digital Innovation Hub and its respective Web-Marketplace, which will congregate the network of European pilot lines, focused on Nanotechnology KET’s and Advanced Materials.

NOuRIsh will be instrumental in supporting the SME’s and entrepreneurs in the Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials to overcome the so-called “valley-of-death” between the research activities and the market roll-out of innovation products or services. This will be accomplished by connecting the several pilot lines spread across Europe in a Rapid Prototyping Digital Open Innovation Hub, and by offering their solutions to the SME’s and entrepreneurs through a Web-Marketplace.

Hence, NOuRIsh has two main strategic objectives:

  • To promote the economic exploitation of R&D results emerging from the nanotechnology innovation and research system, especially framed by the grand challenges of Ageing & Wellbeing, Urban & Mobile living and Safe & Secure Society.
  • Boost the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge on nanotechnology, and adjacent areas to the business sector.

The specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Implement an internationally well-known and recognized Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Open Digital Innovation Hub – NOuRIsH – for rapid technology deployment based on rapid prototyping, with an established network of international complementary pilot lines, and this way provide value creation for the regional, national and international industrial sectors and scientific community.
  • Take an international leadership role for nanotechnology deployment through the establishment of an international network of technology & knowledge providers, whose knowledge and expertise can be integrated in offers to industrial actors, accessible on the Web-Marketplace tool to be created.
  • Develop effective business models through demo development for the TRL 3-7 range (nanotech R&D, rapid prototyping services, lab-to-fab technology transfer) with the support of the digital Web-Marketplace, to increase the impact of NOuRIsH on industry.
  • Strengthen the national research and innovation system of Portugal by capitalizing on existing scientific and technological knowledge, and by developing key activities for promoting the improvement of the national research, technological and innovation (RTD&I) outputs resulting from the project.

NOuRIsh activities and outcomes include:

  • Network building: Create a dynamic network of fully connected and collaborating network of SMEs, start-ups, large industrial companies, private investors and other actors in the ecosystem. Initiatives of interaction and knowledge transfer, foreseeing their economic valuation, including network activities, national and international promotion.Outcome: Setup of the Innovation Hub and Strategic Plan.
  • Digital Platform: The ecosystem in activity 1, will be supported by a powerful digital communication platform for bridging pilot lines facilities with customers.Outcome: Digital platform and Web-Marketplace and Sustainability plan.
  • Rapid Prototyping: Demonstration of technological development close to the market foreseeing its economic valuation.Outcome: Implementing Rapid prototyping Business Plan.
  • Communication & Outreach: Promotion of initiatives to enhance the collection and production of relevant information in the aim of technology valorization and transfer, like road mapping and technological surveillance.Outcome: Communication and Outreach activities.

URL: to be defined

Start Date: 1 September 2017

End Date: 31 August 2019

Type: 03/SIAC/2016 – Sistema de Apoio a Ações Coletivas – Transferência do Conhecimento Científico e Tecnológico

Contract Number: POCI-01-0246-FEDER-026767

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: COMPETE2020

INL Role: Mono Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão; Pedro Carneiro)

Budget Total: € 723 372

Budget INL: € 723 372

LA2D

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Title: Large area two dimensional heterostructures for photodetectors

Project Description
This project aims at building a large area photodetector with two-dimensional materials heterostructure, as well as achieving a better theoretical understanding of its basic working principles. Recent developments in vertical heterostructures, based on two-dimensional materials, have paved the way to new types of photodetectors. A photodetector of this type is composed by stacking a boron nitride buffer-layer, a graphene sheet, a multilayer transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC), a second graphene sheet, and a boron nitride encapsulating layer. This architecture is called a vertical photodetector. The two graphene sheets work as conductive electrodes and the active medium is the multilayer TMDC. These devices are interesting because they are extremely thin (only a few atoms thick), flexible and with much better electronic properties than more conventional materials for wearable devices. Our team participated on one of the first works to produce these photodetectors, and was able to achieve an external quantum efficiency as high as 30%, which is huge for a flexible device only a few atoms thick. Most of the 2D devices produced have been made using the so-called scotch tape technique, which although leading to very good quality samples, is limited to laboratory prototypes, and is inadequate for large scale production. In order to be economically viable, these devices have to be produced on large area (wafer size), with a method suitable for upscaling. One of the techniques that is compatible with large-area growth of these materials is Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), that allows large, reproducible and highly controlled production of very thin (even atomically thin) layers of many different materials. Our experimental team has extensive experience in growth of large-area, high-mobility graphene using chemical vapor deposition and patterning devices. It has access to state-of-the-art microfabrication clean-room facilities which it has been using for graphene device fabrication. We will produce a wafer size, fully working photodetector, as a prototype that will pave the way for fabrication at industrial level. Although this type of devices have an outstanding performance, the mechanisms behind that performance are not completely clarified. Our team already contributed to the understanding of the very high absorption of the active medium (the TMDC) through the so-called band nesting mechanism. But an optoelectronic device is not composed only of the active layer, and the interaction with the electrodes (in this case graphene) is crucial to explain the external quantum efficiency. This type of devices is also appealing because of the possibility of controlling in real time the graphene’s Fermi level position, in this way modulating the response of the device. This tuning of the Fermi level of graphene is possible due to its low density of states close to the Dirac point. We can have the situation  where the Fermi energy of doped graphene is above the gap of the TMDC and so the transport mechanism is expected to be that of sequential tunneling;  if the Fermi level of graphene lies in the middle of the gap of the TMDC, the transport is made through a region where no electronic states exist. Our approach to theoretically model the two situations described above will be twofold: in the first situation, the graphene- TMDC barrier will be characterized and the current will be computed using Barden’s approach to tunneling. In the second case, the description of transport relies on non-equilibrium Green’s functions methods. These simulations will be complemented with numerical Density Funcional Theory (DFT) calculations to derive a Tight-Binding (TB) model, suitable for Green-function quantum transport calculation; and then, to calculate the vertical transport, we shall use the Wannierization technique. Our theoretical team has a lot of experience in modelling 2D materials, and their electronic and optical properties. It has been working on graphene physics since 2005. During the early days of graphene research the team worked on the transport and optical properties of the material. The team also has a large expertise on DFT calculations of multilayer systems. For the last two years, an important part of its research has been devoted to studying the TMDC, its optical properties and their application to devices. Since we are aware of the importance to educate young women and men on both the theoretical and experimental aspects of this new technology in order to promote a future industrialization based on 2D materials, we opted for including young researcher grants for graduate and master students. This project will also provide an excellent training opportunity in CVD and characterization techniques that are important for industry and, on the theoretical side, will provide training for advanced computer simulations. We also want to produce a video for the diffusion of our research.

Start Date: 01 July 2016

End Date: 30 June 2019

Type: R&D Project

Contract Number: 723630

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Participant (Participant Contact: Pedro Alpuim or Sascha Sadewasser)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 151.195,50

Budget INL: € 88.128,00

PrintPV

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Title: Large-scale printing of novel photovoltaics based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 chalcopyrite

Project Description
The ever-growing world energy consumption has brought an increasing need for efficient, clean, and renewable energy sources. For the transition from fossil fuels to alternative energy economy to be practical, the efficient realization of solar energy without CO2 emission will be crucial.
Recent advances in photovoltaics (PV) technology have enabled the realization of cost-effective thin-film solar cells. These novel PV cells employ highly absorbing Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGSe) material (with chalcopyrite structure, and the champion power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) for CIGSe solar cells have recently reached 21.7%. Nevertheless, CIGSe PV is produced in small-scale using high temperature evaporation processes, which are vacuum- and energy-demanding processes often-requiring clean room operation.
In sharp contrast, this project will tackle the fabrication of a new generation of low-cost CIGSe PV cells through solution-based printing of several device components. Our central goal is the development of working industrial prototypes.

URL: www.printpv.org

Start Date: 01 July 2016

End Date: 30 June 2019

Type: R&D Project

Contract Number: 016663

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Dr. Yury V. Kolen’ko)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 156.128,00

Budget INL: € 78.064,00

Graphene-qbits

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Title: Graphene-qbits: Functionalized graphene for quantum technologies

Project Description

Paramagnetic defect centers in solids play a crucial role in the development of quantum Technologies. Two prominent examples are NV-centers color in Diamond and P dopants in Silicon. In the case of NV-centers, a carbon vacancy next to a nitrogen substitutional impurity in diamond, they can be used both as quantum memories and as nanomagnetemeters thanks to optically detected single spin resonance and their extremely long spin lifetimes. P dopants in Silicon, a donor with nuclear spin that binds a single electron in an in-gap state, are one of the main contenders in the development of solid state quantum bits, using both the electronic and nuclear spins to to store and process quantum information.

The achievement of high throughput sensitive analysis requires innovative approaches that combine different research areas where FishBioSensing partners have competencies and expertise: ISEP on electrochemistry and sensor development; INL on electronic engineering and development of chips and platforms for signal translation; IPL on fishery products safety and quality and WEDOTECH on industrial R&D and technology transfer in the chemical and food engineering areas.

The goal of this project is to explore paramagnetic defect centers in graphene, and other 2D crystals, to asses if their use for quantum technologies, taking advantages of the unique electronic and structural properties of graphene. We shall focus mostly on atomic hydrogen chemisorbed on graphene, but we shall also consider other point defects,such as substitutional P and N dopants as well as sp3 bonded benzene groups. In particular, we shall explore the use of this paramagnetic point defects as quantum bits for quantum computing, using a strategy similar to the proposal of Kane for silicon based nuclear spin quantum computer, that uses phosphorous dopants as the building block for the quantum bits. This requires addressing the 5 criteria proposed by DiVincenzo
to assess the viability of a quantum system to be used for quantum computing. This will leads to explore physical properties that remain unexplored, such as the hyperfine interactions in these point defects, and how the spin couplings can be tuned by application of local electric field. An all important issue that we shall address are the various spin decoherence mechanisms, and to estimate the spin decoherence times that will define the usefulness of this system for quantum computing.

Our methodology will combine first-principles computational methods, including density functional as well as quantum chemistry multideterminant methods adequate to describe fluctuating spin systems, with condensed-matter methods to calculate the spin lifetime and spin coherence of various paramagnetic centers, using model Hamiltonians and dissipative quantum mechanics formalism. We shall study both the potential of paramagnetic centers that have been already identified, such as Chemisorbed atomic hydrogen in graphene and substitutional Nitrogen impurities, and we shall systematically look for other candidates, such as chemisorbed molecules and substitutional impurities in graphene and graphene bilayers, in order to create a portfolio of potential material systems for the development of disruptive quantum technologies.

Start Date: 01 June 2016

End Date: 31 May 2019

Type: SAICT-45-2015-04: – Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT) – Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT) | Projetos Individuais e em Copromoção

Contract Number: 016656

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: POCI – Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Joaquín Fernández-Rossier)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 56.900,00

Budget INL: € 43.700,00

CANCER

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Title: CANCER: ADVANCING CANCER RESEARCH: FROM BASIC KNOWLEDGE TO APPLICATION

Project Description
The mission of the CANCER structured Program is to create a platform of integrated competences that promotes translation of basic research to clinical application in the area of oncology. The strategy for development of this program relies on building a conceptual scientific and technologic platform, where integration between basic and applied research is fostered. The CANCER Program will also rely on our well-established collaborations with the pharmaceutical and in vitro diagnostics industry to boost the likelihood of creating economic value, hence complying with the smart specialization RIS3 strategy for Norte Portugal. Numerous researchers from four institutions Ipatimup/i3S, IBMC/i3S, INL and CINTESIS under the co-ordination of Ipatimup/i3S, are involved in this program with five research lines in co-promotion:
1- Novel therapeutic targets and models for cancer;
2- Dynamics of intra-tumor heterogeneity;
3- Determinants of cell invasion and metastization in cancer;
4- Innovative biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapy optimization;
5- Microsystem platforms for early cancer diagnosis & disease progression monitoring.

Start Date: 01 May 2016

End Date: 30 April 2019 (36 months)

Type: SISTEMA DE APOIO À INVESTIGAÇÃO CIENTÍFICA E TECNOLÓGICA – PROJETOS ESTRUTURADOS DE I&D&I

Contract Number: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000029

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: Norte2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Project Coordinator: IPATIMUP

Partner:

Budget Total: to be provided

Budget INL: € 679.178,86

FROnTHERA

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Title: : FROnTHERA: Frontiers of technology for theranostics of cancer, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases

Project Description

The main of objective of FROnTHERA is to boost the progress of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine fields with main focus on cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. To accomplish this, the merge of 3D tissue engineered in vitro models of diseases, microfluidics, nanotechnologies, molecular biology and embedded biosensors will be pursued in order to obtain new tools and technologies to be used as alternative to animal experimentation, as well as, personalized therapies for Human health. Ultimately, the strengthening of these interdisciplinary domains will allow the improvement of theranostics of RIS3 diseases. This project is an initiative of three top leading research units, located in the PT 11 region, and gathers experts in tissue engineering in vitro models, neurosciences and emergent technologies based on responsive biosensors, whose main goal is to dvance in research for developing tools and technologies to be used as alternative to animal experimentation and in personalised therapies for human health.

Start Date: 01 April 2016

End Date: 31 March 2019 (36 months)

Type: SISTEMA DE APOIO À INVESTIGAÇÃO CIENTÍFICA E TECNOLÓGICA – PROJETOS ESTRUTURADOS DE I&D&I

Contract Number: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000023

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: Norte2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Project Coordinator: 3Bs

Partners:

Budget Total: € 3.284.706,21

Budget INL: € 694.707,57

FishBioSensing

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Title: FishBioSensing: Portable electrochemical (bio)sensing devices for safety and quality assessment of fishery products

Project Description

Project FishBioSensing objectives are to establish a strong, competent and proactive network on food safety of fishery products, through the development of eletrosensing devices, for detection and quantification of key food safety parameters. A electrosensor is an integrated receptor-transducer device, which is capable of providing selective quantitative or semi-quantitative analytical information using a chemical or biological recognition element. These sensors have the potential of high sensitivity and selectivity, being disposable, portable and easy to use, allowing near real time monitoring of fish products across the food chain, therefore offering significant advantages in comparison to standard analytical methods. These devices can be developed to be used by food processors, distributors, retailers and regulatory authorities, allowing key regulatory and food safety parameters to be used in situ for key decisions with regards to food management. Its use will have results on food safety and management, with savings in fish food waste, and the potential of massive economic, social and environmental impacts.

The achievement of high throughput sensitive analysis requires innovative approaches that combine different research areas where FishBioSensing partners have competencies and expertise: ISEP on electrochemistry and sensor development; INL on electronic engineering and development of chips and platforms for signal translation; IPL on fishery products safety and quality and WEDOTECH on industrial R&D and technology transfer in the chemical and food engineering areas.

The FishBioSensing project approach is based on both theoretical and practical tasks. It consists on identification of key stakeholders in food safety and food management that will be invited to discussions and strategy definition for the core network; on experimental development of a sensing device prototype for histamine, which will be a case study for this network to structure and promote partners interaction across different levels in the development chain, and optimise the application of complementary competencies towards a joint product; on mapping sensors typology for key safety and quality parameters in fishery products and mapping of future R&D projects for this network.

The project is aligned with three priority national domains: Agrofood – Safe Food and Food Preservation; Sea Economy – Safe Food; and Production Technologies and Product Industries – High value added and innovative products. The synergies established between the different partners of this network with expertise in different areas will be consolidated and will contribute to the reinforcement of regional and national R&D capacity. It is expected that this work will set the path for many other equivalent instruments and regionally develop associated industries in the areas of electronic and nanotechnology.

Start Date: 01 June 2017

End Date: 30 November 2018

Type: 02/SAICT/2016: Projectos de Investigação cienteífica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

Contract Number: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-02318

Funding Agency: PT2020

Funding Programme: POCI – Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 150.000,00

Budget INL: € 25.000,00

INSENSE

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Title: INSENSE: “Nova Geração de Tecnologias de Integração e Encapsulamento de Sensores”

Project Description

“Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging” (FOWLP) was developed for the integration of monolithic chips, with planar and hermetic redistribution layers, with high thermal budgets and immune to significative internal stress of packaging. So, the state of the art of this technology is not ready for the integration of new technology sensors and elements – MEMS/NEMS, Microfluidics, Bio-sensors, Microbateries. This project intends to investigate and develop a new generation of 300mm FOWLP technology, able to overcome those limitation and allowing the integration of those new elements and sensors, thus encompassing new functionalities and emerging application fields. The hereterogenous integration of multiple sensors with electronics control chips by means of FOWLP technology will become possible in a competitive way and offering a high level of miniaturization.

Start Date: 03 October 2016

End Date: 29 September 2018

Type:33-SI-2015: Sistema de Incentivos à Investigação e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SI I&DT) | Projetos em Co-Promoção

Contract Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017866

Funding Agency: COMPETE

Funding Programme: PT2020

INL Role: Co-promoter (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 1.178.566,59

Budget INL: € 475.242,05

STARTUP.NANO

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Title: STARUP.NANO: Dinamização do Empreendedorismo de base Nanotecnológica na Região Norte de Portugal/ Streamlining the Nanotechnology based Entrepreneurship in the North Portugal region

Project Description (EN)
STARTUP NANO is a pioneer incubation and acceleration programs for nanotechnology innovation. It gathers research and entrepreneurship expertise, with world top research centers support to create the ecosystem needed to build, grow and scale startups with products based in nanotechnology and focused in global markets.

Project Description (PT)
O projeto STARTUP.NANO é um programa de incubação e aceleração pioneiro para a inovação em nanotecnologia. Reune competências em investigação e empreendedorismo, com centros de investigação de topo com o objetivo de criar o ecossistema necessário para construir e expandir startups com produtos baseados em nanotecnologia e focados nos mercados globais.

URL:http://startupnano.eu/

Start Date: 01 September 2016
End Date: 31 August 2018 (24 months)

Type: SISTEMA DE APOIO ÀS AÇÕES COLETIVAS “PROMOÇÃO DO ESPÍRITO EMPRESARIAL”

Contract Number: NORTE-02-0651-FEDER-000026

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: Norte2020

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Project Coordinator: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL (IO/P)

Promotors:

Partner:

Budget Total: € 530.480,57

Budget INL: € 346.795,00

SiTMP4SolarH2

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Title: Solar-driven hydrogen production based on silicon photocathodes coated with novel earth-abundant transition metal phosphide nano-catalysts

Project Description
SiTMP4SolarH2 aims to develop silicon based photocathodes coated with a chemically-inert thin protection layer and decorated with inexpensive, earth-abundant transition metal phosphide nano-catalysts. The proposed research addresses key challenges to overcome for using silicon, the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, as a photocathode material for solar hydrogen production: namely, poor chemical stability in electrolytes, small harvestable photovoltage, and the need for precious and scarce platinum catalysts.
The main objectives of this project include

  • Develop nanostructured silicon photocathodes coupled with low-cost and durable transition metal nano-catalysts, that have photoelectrochemical activity comparable to and operational stability better than that of silicon photocathodes coupled with the benchmark platinum.
  • Fabricate silicon nanowire/transition metal phosphide core/shell nanostructures.
  • Develop photocathodes with a high open circuit potential that can potentially realize un-assisted solar water splitting, using tandem thin film silicon solar cells.

Start Date: 01 July 2016

End Date: 30 June 2018

Type: R&D Project

Contract Number: 016660

Funding Agency: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia e Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização

Funding Programme: Sistema de Apoio à Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (SAICT)- Projetos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (IC&DT)

INL Role: Coordinator (Participant Contact: Lifeng Liu)

Partners:

Project Consultant: Dr. Friedhelm Finger (Institut fuer Energie und Klimaforschung 5, Juelich, Germany)

Budget Total: € 168.836,00

Budget INL: € 110.021,00

Nanotech@NortePT

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Title: Nanotech@NortePT: Promover a nanotecnologia no tecido industrial na região norte de Portugal/Promote Nanotechnology in the Industry of North Protugal

Project Description (EN)
The Nanotech@NortePT project aims to promote scientific and technological knowledge transfer in the field of nanotechnology in order to increase cooperation, companies’ investment in R&D and to promote the North Portugal region as a supplier of knowledge and technology in the field of nanotechnology. Supported by nanotechnology based knowledge and by the advanced critical mass in the region, the project intends to identify, develop and create new business projects that globally distinguished.

Project Description (PT)
O projeto Nanotech@NortePT visa a promoção da transferência de conhecimento científico e tecnológico nos domínios da Nanotecnologia com o objetivo de aumentar a cooperação e o investimento das empresas em I&D bem como promover a imagem do Norte de Portugal como fornecedor de conhecimento e tecnologia neste domínio. Desta forma, e com o recurso à nanotecnologia e massa crítica avançada existente na região, pretende-se identificar, desenvolver e criar novos projetos empresariais que possam posicionar-se e fazer a diferença a nível global.

URL: www.nanotechnorte.pt

Start Date: 01 June 2016
End Date: 31 May 2018 (24 months)

Type: SISTEMA DE APOIO ÀS AÇÕES COLETIVAS “TRANSFERÊNCIA DE CONHECIMENTO CIENTÍFICO E TECNOLÓGICO

Contract Number: NORTE-01-0246-FEDER-000003

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: Norte2020

INL Role: Partner Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paula Galvão)

Project Coordinator: CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (Portugal)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 207.562,50
Budget INL: € 144.340,00

Nanotechnology based functional solutions

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Title: Nanotechnology based functional solutions

Project Description & Main Objective

The major goals set for the integrated project cover an increase of our human resources in strategic areas by hiring 15 new researchers for the 2 research lines, a strengthening of our core activities in various project areas (sensing, system integration etc.) as well as the opening of new scientific topics (thermal energy harvesting, label free optical/graphene biosensors, etc.), and re-enforcing partnerships and collaborations with major national/regional industrial actors (electronics, health, food and environment, materials ).

Line 1-Nanotechnology based autonomous sensing systems – (energy harvesting and storage, sensors, new materials and concepts, systems integration towards IOT)

Line 2-Nanotechnology enabled solutions for water, food, and health challenges – (Water monitoring and treatment, food quality and safety, food processing and subproduct valorization, nano in diagnostics, nano in therapeutics)

The program will provide nanotechnology-based solutions for 2 areas: autonomous sensing systems (targeting Internet-of-Things integration) and monitoring and treatment platforms for applications related to water, food, and health. Each challenge is the focus of a research line, while the program integrates both lines at several levels via shared and reciprocal goals, new technology platforms and (nano)materials, and characterization methods.

Region of Intervention: Norte, Cávado, Braga

Approval Date: 08 April 2016

Start Date: 01 April 2016

End Date: 31 March 2018 (24 months)

Type: SISTEMA DE APOIO À INVESTIGAÇÃO CIENTÍFICA E TECNOLÓGICA – PROJETOS ESTRUTURADOS DE I&D&I- NORTE-45-2015-02

Contract Number: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000019

Funding Agency: CCDR-N

Funding Programme: Norte2020

INL Role: Mono-Beneficiary (Participant Contact: Paulo Freitas)

Project Coordinator: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL (IO/P)

ERDF Contribution: € 2.165.620,65

National Public Financing: € 382.168,35

Budget Total: € 2.547.789,00

Regional Funded – Spain

MYTITOX

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Title: Mytitox: Industrial application of protocols for the mussel and pectinides detoxification using processing or depuration by microencapsulated agents. Nanotechnology enabled systems for aquacultured seafood contamination forecast.

Project Description

The main objective of Mytitox project is to enable the implementation of industrial strategies to reduce or eliminate the content on toxins of mussels and scallops.
Scientific and technical goals are grouped by three activities but INL’s participation is concentrated in the first one:
ACTIVITY 1 “Prediction of toxic episodes caused by lipophilic toxins through the use of mesoporous materials (Covalent Organic Frameworks-COFs) in the seafood production areas. This activity has the main the following objectives:
– Develop a new system based on COFs that allows an increase in the efficiency of adsorption of toxins in the marine environment over other widely used materials, such as polymeric resins.
– Establish the conditions of use of COFs as a sampling tool.
– Evaluate the use of the developed system in the early detection of toxic episodes.

Start Date: 01 July 2015

End Date: 31 December 2017

Type: Subcontract

Contract Number: N/A

Funding Agency: CDTi (Spain)

Funding Programme: FEDER-Innterconecta

INL Role: subcontracted (Participant Contact: Begoña Espiña)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 1.500.000,00

Budget INL: € 60.000,00

Smart Factory for Safe Foods (SF4SF)

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Title: SF4SF: Smart factory for safe foods

Project Description:

The main objective of the SF4SF project is to increase the productive efficiency of food processing plants and the food safety of products made by integrating faster, sensitive, efficient and sustainable emerging technologies into the plant for the detection, elimination and management of microbiological risks and allergens.

Start Date: 01 July 2015

End Date: 30 June 2017

Type: RTD

Contract Number: EXP-00082964 / ITC-20151195

Funding Agency: CDTI Ministry of Industry

Funding Programme: INTERCONECTA

INL Role: Partner (Participant Contact: Lorenzo Pastrana)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 626.174,60

Budget INL: € 61.750,00

WATERNANOENV

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Title: WaterNanoEnv: Research on nanotechnologies applied to the environmental control in the water cycle

Project Description

The overall objective of the project is to promote research in nanotechnology for developing advanced tools for environmental monitoring in the field of integrated water cycle. For that purpose innovative solutions will be tailored to respond to the needs of water monitoring under the requirements of environmental and economic sustainability.

The specific objectives of research and development solutions will be addressed in the critical stages of the water cycle:

– Water supply: design, research and development of experimental prototypes for early warning of the presence of cyanotoxins, Escherichia coli and Enterococci in water from dams.

– Depuration: characterization, influence and impact on the Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) of a new type of waste resulting from the use of nanomaterials in industry, called nanowaste, and containing the ENP (Engineering NanoParticles)

A strategic axis of work addresses the identification of lines and R & D future projects of high socio-economic and industrial impact at different stages of the water cycle, including bathing areas, production areas established, etc. This line will be articulated through the establishment and implementation of a stable and multidisciplinary group of collaboration between Galician research organizations and INL relying on the support of experts in technology transfer for the validation and market valorization of the project outputs.

URL: http://waternanoenv.eu/index.php/en/

Start Date: 01 November 2015

End Date: 31 October 2017

Type: Subcontract

Contract Number:

Funding Agency: GAIN-ERDF

Funding Programme:

INL Role: subcontracted (Participant Contact: Begoña Espiña)

Partners:

Budget Total: € 908.500,00

Budget INL: € 395.000,00