Se buscan entidades interesadas en participar en Proyecto europeo enfocado al Desarrollo de Materiales funcionales y Nanotecnologías aplicables a sectores de Transporte, Defensa y Energía


Proposal name:

EFFM-MultiNano “Environmentally Friendly Functional Materials and Nanotechnologies for the Energy, Automotive, Aviation and Defense Sector”


Institute of Business Technologies (Riga, Latvia) is going to develop a project proposal focusing on nano-structuring and functionalization of fibers, yarns, fabrics and nonwovens based on glass, flax and hemp fibres for technological and technical application, e.g.:


- membranes
- separators
- radiation shielding
- catalyst support
- photo-catalytic filter
- oxide electrode support
- Li-ion batteries
- hydrogen fuel cells.


The consortium is searching for partners with experience in nanophysics, nanotechnologies and production of nanomaterials, smart fabrics and nonwoven textiles.


Proposal Outline:

In recent years there is dramatic rise in demand in the energy, aviation, automotive and defense industries for new types of lightweight functional materials which comes from the need to:


- develop the new types of batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrochemical reactors and CO2 convertors;


- increase the range of aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles used in combat, to increase their load bearing capacity as well as to reduce overall fuel use.


The electricity generation and CO2 conversion with electrochemical systems contain porous components and technical textile. The fibre based materials are and will be effective for such purposes.


The overall objective of the project is to develop technical textile products based on glass and natural fibres as components for electrical power sources, electrochemical reactors and CO2 convertors as well as for filters, isolation and construction materials.

The main objective of the project will be to increase the functionality of components in particular their electrochemical, electro- and photo-catalytic properties.

During the project technology will be developed to produce highly efficient components for energy conversion systems by integrating them in technological processes. The added value will be to lower the mass of the components, lowered energy use and decreased CO2 emission.


Specific goals to be achieved during the project are:


- development of qualified nonwoven bi-fibre materials as components for energy systems, tailored for the specific application;


- characterisation and testing of components;


- optimisation of component design, minimisation of component weight and volume (material selection, optimisation of material flows);


- prototyping and testing of the components in model application systems, demonstrating its market potential.


The novel materials and components will be based on renewable feedstock thus reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and willcomply with the restrictive requirements of the EU directives, including 2006/32/WE. It is planned to use our own eco-friendly natural feedstock extraction method, but we are open to test other technologies suggested by our partners.



Already existing consortium:

Coordinator: School of Business Administration „Turiba” – Institute of Business Technology (Latvia)


Partners: 1. Research institution: Institute of Solid State Physics of University of Latvia (Riga)

2. SME from Latvia.

Partners sought and role in the project:


Demonstration (proof of the viability of the new technology and of the production processes & tests of prototypes)

RTD Performers:

R&D in the following areas:


- functionalisation of glass, flax and hemp textile materials


- development of technologies for

1) preparation of micro and nano fibres


2) modification and functionalisation of fibres


3) preparation of nonwoven components


- technologies sought:


1) chemical leaching/etching


2) plasma etching


3) vacuum coating


4) sol-gel


5) electroplating


6) electrophoresis


7) electrospinning


- characterisation and testing functionality of textile materials and components



· Call Identifier: FP7-SME-2013

· Activity Area: Research for the benefit of SMEs

· Funding Schemes: Research for the benefit of specific groups (SMEs)

· Evaluation Scheme: Complete Proposal

· Closure Date: 15/11/2012

· Sub Area 1: Nanotechnologies

· Sub Area 2: Energy


Mª Dolores Guillén
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