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					Issue 2, August 2010

European Network of Materials Research Centres

Breakthrough of new Networking between European Materials Research

Welcome to the second issue of the ENMat Newsletter. ENMat
has been founded in September 2005, to create a powerful net-
                                                                     • AIDICO, Construction Technology Institute, Valencia, Spain
work of leading Materials Research Centres in Europe. We expect
to stimulate beneficial interdisciplinary activities between mem-    • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Seibersdorf, Austria
bers of the network as well as                                       • Centre for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), Ghent
to increase the efficiency of                                          University, Ghent, Belgium
the transfer of results from                                         • Centre for Research and Development of Materials and Tech-
R&D to industry. We also ex-                                           nologies (CRDMT) , Prague, Czech Republic
pect to improve opportunities
                                                                     • Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology
for participation in activities in                                     (CCMX), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzer-
the frame of EU-FP7 within                                             land
joint projects.                                                      • Department of Materials and Production Engineering, Univer-
                                                                       sity “Federico II Napoli”, Naples, Italy
                                                                     • Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birming-
                                                                       ham, Birmingham, UK
                                                                     • EMPA Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and
 Highlights in                                                         Research, Dübendorf, Switzerland
                                                                     • Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems
 this Newsletter                                                       (IKTS), Dresden, Germany
                                                                     • French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Grenoble, France
                                                                     • Fundacion ITMA, Llanera, Spain
 Description of ENMat members in Czech Republic (CSNMT) and          • Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Manage-
 Belgium (CMSE) - page 2                                               ment – INEGI, Porto, Portugal
                                                                     • Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (CNR-ISTEC),
 How to get financial support for STSM from COST? - page 3             Faenza, Italy
                                                                     • Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces, Université Clau-
 ENMat expertise in the field of Biomaterials research - page 4        de Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
                                                                     • Materials Design Division, Warsaw University of Technology,
 Technology offer TopChim - page 5                                     Warsaw, Poland
                                                                     • “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Ro-
 Interesting events - page 5
                                                                     • School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
                                                                     • SP Materials Research Centre, SP Technical Research Institute
                                                                       of Sweden, Borås, Sweden
                                                                     • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
                                                                     • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

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ENMat Members - CSNMT, Prague
The Czech Society for New Materials and Technologies – SVÚM a.s.,           • Certificate from GE Aircraft Engines, USA
Prague. Web page:
The Czech Society for New Materials and Technologies (ČSNMT) was            • Mechanical testing, low cycle, high cycle fatigue, stress corrosion
founded in 1993 as a voluntary association. It now includes 337 indivi-        cracking, contact and bending fatigue, thermal fatigue, evaluation
dual members and 42                                                            of service life of components with defects, optical and scan mi-
„team” members – Techni-                                                       croscopy
cal Universities, Research                                                  • High temperature corrosion in air and aggressive atmospheres,
Companies, Industrial                                                          materials and coatings in corrosive environment
enterprises, Academia and                                                   • Creep strength testing, stress rupture tests
others – see diagram.
Activities are focused on                                                   • Testing of tribological properties
research cooperation,                                                       3. Special Technologies and Production
organising conferences                                                      • Quality Management System according to Standard ISO
and workshops, transfer of                                                     9001:2000
new technologies and
research knowledge into                                                     • Corrosion resistant coating, nanocoating PTFE, TEFLON Products,
industry, preparing consor-                                                    self lubricating Self bearing foil METALOPLAST
tia and solution of national                                                • High Performance permanent Magnets
and international projects, promotion of education in materials engineer-   • Welding + certification body, testing organisation of CWS-ANB
ing, etc. One of the founder members is SVÚM a.s., Prague – Research           (Czech welding society-Authorised national body)
and Testing Centre. This company was founded in 1949 as a non profit
organization (National research institute for materials - SVUM), from       4. Cooperation with Czech and foreign companies, Research Insti-
1994 it is a fully private company with 58 employees – 30 of them are          tutes and Technical Universities. Leading and participation in
scientific and research workers. The company is one of the most res-           Czech + International research projects, EU programmes –
pected materials research and testing institutions in the Czech Republic.      EUREKA, COST, FP6, FP7, etc.
Main activities:
1. Basic and applied Research and Development
• Metals, Plastics, Composites                                                                         Membership
• Technology and Heat Treatment                                                                           Technical universities
                                                                                                          Research companies
                                                                                                                                   5       12
• Advisory services, expertises, supervision                                                              Industry
• Machine parts life prediction                                                                           Academia
• Failure analyses of investment plants, construc-                                                                            9
   tional parts and tools                                                                                                                  12
2. Testing of Materials
• Accredited labs according to CSN EN ISO/IEC
  Standard 17025 (European/Worldwide validity)

ENMat Members - CMSE
                  Centre for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE)       ing, …) is stimulated in order to develop new materials, find new applica-
                  Ghent University                                          tions, optimise materials, …
                                                                                                 One of the objectives of CMSE is the development
                    The Centre for Materials Sci-          „UGent/University Forum”              of a common research infrastructure that can be
                    ence and Engineering (CMSE),                                                 used by all members. In addition each of the
                    founded in 2000, combines the                                                participating departments has at its disposal a
                    broad expertise in Materials                                                 wide range of equipment and techniques neces-
                    Science available at Ghent                                                   sary for the execution of the research mentioned
University, Belgium. CMSE is a coordinating or-                                                  above. An overview of the research infrastructure
ganisation of 12 departments in the Faculties of                                                 available at each department can be found
Engineering Science, Science, Bio engineering                                                    through      the    CMSE       website    (http://
science and Medicine working together at an                                             CMSE is one of the founding
interfaculty and multidisciplinary level. More than                                              members of ENMat and its chairman, Prof. Paul
300 persons, including around 50 professors and                                                  Kiekens, has been the First President of ENMat
approximately 180 researchers, are working in the field of Materials for 4 years. It is also actively involved in the COST Action MP0701 on
Science and Engineering.                                                   polymer nanocomposite materials. On 24th September 2009 a COST
                                                                           Day on “Biotechnological Functionalisation of Advanced Fibre Reinforced
CMSE aims at a cooperation in the field of materials science and the Composites” (cooperation between COST actions 868 and MP0701) was
further development of this domain at Ghent University via activities on organised in Ghent in the framework of the International Conference on
different levels (education, research and development, service providing “Latest Advances in High Tech Textiles and Textile-Based Materials”
to the industry, technology transfer). CMSE functions as coordinator of from 23 - 25 September 2009 ( Next
joint multidisciplinary national and international research projects and to the plenary session of the COST Day, attended by around 200 people,
builds a platform for consulting / discussion regarding the vision on there were also parallel sessions on “Advanced Fibre Reinforced Com-
education and research in the field of materials science.                  posites” and “Nanocomposites”. The papers of all presentations were
Among the activities of the CMSE are research in the field of materials published in the conference proceedings.
science and the industrial applications for a large variety of mate-
rials, such as metals, (bio) polymers, ceramic materials, compos-
ites, textiles, materials linked to concrete, biomaterials, semicon-
ductors, electronics, coatings, chemicals, wood and wood-based
materials. Research results are applied in order to obtain mate-
rial developments leading to products with a high added value
and materials innovation. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
research (properties, structure, applications, processing, model-

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COST ACTION MP0701                                                                 The STSM performed in 2008/2009 are shown in the following table.
The COST action MP0701 on Polymer Nanocomposites is now in its                      Applicant      Sending Institution     Host institution   Period             Topic
third year being in operation for now 30 months. The action is sche-               Donatella     Istituto di Chimica e   University of        22/9/- Structure and morphology
duled to last for a total of 48 months. Already 31 out of 35 COST coun-            Duraccio      tecnologia dei Poli-    Reading (UK)         23/12 development during melt
                                                                                                 meri CNR Napoli (IT)                         /2008 crystallization of isotactic
tries have joined the COST action MP0701. This means that each labo-                                                                                 polypropylene modified with
ratory out of these countries is in principle entitled to participate in the                                                                         clay and hydrocarbon resin
workshops, seminars, conferences, summer schools and scientific ex-                Kotaro        EMPA – Suisse           Universidad Poli-    8-     Sensor using electrical
change programmes. Also participants from 15 Non-COST countries                    Ishizaki      Federal Laboratories    tecnica Valencia     21/9/ properties for process
                                                                                                 for Materials Science   (ES)                 2008 control in the production of
have already participated in the various activities of COST MP0701. A                            and Technology Thun                                 nanostructured polymer
number of conferences and thematic workshops have already been                                   (CH)                                                composites
performed in order to facilitate information exchange and to intensify             Daniel        University of Rostock   EMPA – Suisse        13/10- Study of interfacial interac-
                                                                                   Schick        (DE)                    Federal Laborato-    7/11/ tions between nano-sized
the cooperation between the laboratories. A total of 270 individual                                                      ries for Materials   2008 quasicrystals and a polymer
scientists and researchers have participated so far. The upcoming work-                                                  Science and                 matrix (UHMWPE) during
                                                                                                                         Technology Thun             fast selective heating with
shops and other activities of 2010 are listed in the table below.                                                        (CH)                        microwave radiation
Table . List of activities of the COST action MP0701 in 2010 and beyond            Ivo Safarik   Institute of Systems    Plant and Food       6-21   Magnetically responsive
                                                                                                 Biology and Ecology,    Research, Lincoln,   /4/    nanofibre composites
      Date           Place        Type                      Title                                370 05 Ceske            (NZ)                 2009
  June 1st 2010      Wiener     Workshop      Industrial applications of Polymer                 Budejovice (CZ)
                    Neustadt                           Nanocomposites              Kikku     Politecnico di Torino       Universite de        19/4-   Fire retardant nanocompo-
 September 23rd     Novi Sad    Workshop           Nanoparticles Surface           Fukushima – sede di Alessan-          Mons-Hainaut,        31/5/   sites by reactive processing
 and 24th 2010                                (Modified/Unmodified) as a base      Winkler   dria, Alessandria           UMH, Mons (BE)       2009
                                                      for the interaction                    (IT)
                                                     with polymer matrix
                                                                                   Magdalena Warsaw University of        EMPA - Materials  1/6-       Stabilization of nanoalu-
 October 5th and      Graz      COST day        Food packaging innovations         Gizowska Technology, Faculty          Science & Techno- 31/8/      mina suspension in gold
    6th 2010                    and confe-                                                   of Chemistry, Warsaw        logy, Dübendorf   2009       electroplating bath for
                                  rence                                                      (PL)                        (CH)                         nanocomposite coatings
  November 30th     Krakow       MC mee-      3rd MC meeting of COST action
      2010                         ting                   MP0701                   Antonino      University of Pa-       SciTe B.V., Geleen, 15/8- Characterisation of nano-
                                                                                   Falsone       lermo, Palermo (IT)     The Netherlands,    15/11 structured materials by
  December 1st -    Krakow        Confe-        4th International Seminar on                                             Geleen (NL)         /2009 HPer DSC
    3rd, 2010                    rence /      Modern Polymeric Materials for
                                Workshop     Environmental Applications/COST
                                             Workshop: Environmental impact        Marta         INEGI – Institute of    Departamento de      16 –   Preparation of nanoparti-
                                             of polymer nanocomposites - from      Martins       Mechanical Enginee-     Química Inorgánica   27 /9/ cles and their characteriza-
                                                  preparation to recycling                       ring and Industrial     - Universidad de     2009 tion
                                                                                                 Management, Porto       Salamanca,
    April 2011       Napoli      Training         Synthesis of hybrid organic-                   (PT)                    Salamanca (ES)
                                  school     inorganic nanoparticles for innova-   Anatolijus    University of Techno-   Latvian State        8-29 / Surface microstructure and
                                               tive nanostructured composites      Eisinas       logy, Kaunas (LT)       Institute of Wood    3/     specific surface area of a
 7-10 June 2011      Paris      Workshop/    Multiphase Polymers and Polymer                                             Chemistry, Riga      2010 new filler for epoxy polymer-
                                 Training     Composites Systems: Macro to                                               (LV)                        layered silicate
                                  School               Nano Scales

                                                                                   WUT - EMPA STSM Exchange
                                                                                   Composites with novel functional and
                                                                                   structural properties by nanoscale
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STSM                                                         materials (Nano Composite Materials
                                                                                   – NCM)
Short Term Scientific Missions - STSM                                              Report on the stay of a young re-
STSM Coordinator: Prof Francesco Branda,                           searcher from Warsaw University of
Chair of the action MP0701 Dr. Erich Kny,                      Technology at EMPA with a COST
                                                                                   MP0701 STSM grant.
The aim of a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) shall contribute to              EMPA is an interdisciplinary research
the scientific objectives of a COST Action. These Missions (Exchange               and services institution for material
Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing               sciences and technology development. It is open to various levels of
scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST MP0701            cooperation not only with industry units, but with research institutes and
member state actively participating in the COST MP0701 action to fos-              universities as well. Additionally, it contributes to young scientists’ devel-
ter collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements                opment and mobility sharing the experience it gained through the years.
using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institu-               The Department of Inorganic Technology and Ceramics of Warsaw Uni-
tion/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young scientists (early        versity of Technology (WUT) has a long tradition which history began in
stage researchers (ESR), a ESR is defined as PhD + max. 10 years).                 1919. The students’ education curriculum includes acquiring knowledge
Duration                                                                           of technological processes from both theoretical and practical point of
                                                                                   view with particular emphasis laid on physicochemical aspects that
The duration of STSM is minimum one week (5 working days) and maxi-                govern the processes.
mum 3 months (maximum 6 months for early stage researchers).                       EMPA has been cooperating with WUT since a few years already. How-
Financial support                                                                  ever, I am the very first person from my department who took part in the
The financial support is a contribution to the expense of a STSM and               exchange programme.
may not necessarily cover all the costs in each case. The grant should             One of the projects within the STSM COST Action frame in which EMPA –
normally cover only travel and subsistence. The financial contribution             Materials and Science Technology (Switzerland) collaborates with the
for a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the Applicant's budget re-               Department of Inorganic Technology and Ceramics at the Faculty of
quest and the evaluation of the application by the STSM assessment                 Chemistry (WUT, Poland) concerns the development of a fabrication
committee. The total grant for a STSM shall normally not exceed                    method for metal-ceramic nanocomposite coatings obtained by electro-
2500 € (3500 € for ESR). An amount of 60 to 90 € is recommended                    chemical means. The work is divided into two parts:
for the daily allowance, in particular for longer stays, and 300 € for             • Stabilisation investigation of ceramic nanoparticles in a plating bath
the travel. Any exception needs special justification.                                carried out in EMPA Dübendorf,
The Applicant must use the on-line registration tool                               • Electrodeposition experiments conducted in EMPA Thun.                                                       I divided my work time between the two departments: Laboratory of High
The applicant will submit his full application to the STSM coordinator             Performance Ceramics (EMPA Dübendorf) and Laboratory for Mechanics
of the COST action MP0701, Prof. Francesco Branda                                  of Materials and Nanostructures (EMPA Thun). Depending on the re-
(, 8 weeks before the intended start date of the mis-              search area, I get a feedback from these two groups of the Swiss insti-
sion. This should ensure that the full application together with the MC            tute. In both places I received a great support from experienced scien-
approval can reach the COST office in time. The application together               tists.
with the MC approval and the other necessary documents should arrive               This interdisciplinary project combines topics from colloid science and
at the COST Office latest 4 weeks before the mission starts.                       electrochemistry giving opportunity for experience exchange for re-
                                                                                   searches from different scientific fields.

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                                                                             BIOMATERIALS RESEARCH TOPICS AT WUT
                                                                             The BIOGroup is a research group focused on investigation and develop-
                                                                             ment of advanced materials for medical application. The main aim of
VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND                                     the BioGroup is to develop and initiate new technological solutions for
Expertise on following biomaterials and biopolymers :                        biomaterials, implants, tissue engineering products and drug delivery
                                                                             systems in the purpose of treatment of human diseases as well as for
• Novel biodegradable polyesters                                             improving health. Especially, the research is concentrated on finding
• Starch                                                                     solutions for the cartilage and bone tissue repair and regeneration.
• Cellulose derivatisation                                                   Besides the wide range of subjects related to materials and devices for
• Nanocellulose                                                              medical application the Biogroup is working on, particular strength and
                                                                             interest are in the following research topics:
• Organically modified nanoparticles
• Self-assembled organic coatings                                            • Biomaterials and advanced scaffolds for the repair of articular carti-
                                                                                lage and bone defects including advances in micro- and nano-
• Hydrophobin proteins                                                          technology to design and process biomaterials (e.g. polymeric and
• Organic conductors                                                            metallic porous structure, biodegradable synthetic polymers as well
• Metallic and ceramic coatings (e.g. thermal spray coatings)                   as polymer-ceramic composites, nanofibres) that can guide, accele-
• Biocompatible sol-gel coatings                                                rate, and/or act as a temple for tissue regeneration and/or formation;
                                                                             • Biomaterials for artificial joints including development of new mate-
Actual research domains concerning (bio)polymers technology / Compe-            rials for implants (artificial cartilage hydrogels and nanotitanium),
tences :                                                                        ceramic coatings (CaP and TiO2) and study on performance of ortho-
• Development of Fibre Reinforced Biocomposites and their processing            pedic total joint replacement (e.g. hip, knee, elbow, and shoulder
  methods                                                                       implants) through fundamental materials studies including materials
• Development of Biopolymer foams                                               testing and implant retrieval analysis;
• Bioelectronics (biomicrosystems, cell culture platforms, arrays for drug   • Biomaterials for dental restoration including optimisation of the mi-
  testing, MEMS, lab-on-chip)                                                   crostructure of composites for restorative materials in stomatology
                                                                                with the aim to improve mechanical properties and reduce the con-
• Nanobiotechnology (Self-assembled molecular biosensors, surface               traction during polymerisation by reinforcement of the composites
  active proteins, nanocellulose, metallic nanoparticles, carbon nano-          with nanoparticles;
  structures, combination of top-down and bottom-up techniques, and
  biological interfaces)                                                     • Drug delivery systems including development of nanostructure poly-
                                                                                meric coatings for drug delivery devices like coated bone fixation
• Biochemistry                                                                  implants.
• 3D printing of biopolymer scaffolds for tissue engineering (Direct         • Computational modeling (e.g. using finite element methods) for bio-
  Write Technology)                                                             materials and implant-tissue systems including computation of stress
• Bio-lubrication and -tribology                                                concentration in non-homogenous materials and biological systems,
• Biomimetic surfaces                                                           and scaffold design and optimisation.
• Sol-gel chemistry                                                          BIOMATERIALS RESEARCH TOPICS AT CMSE/UGent
• Thermally sprayed coatings                                                 (a) Biotechnological Functionalisation of Textile Materials
BIOMATERIALS AND BIOMECHANICS AT INEGI                                       The general aim of our research is to functionalise textile materials
INEGI Biomaterials and Biomechanics group is working on the following        using modern biotechnology. This will result in new, specific knowledge
research topics:                                                             and technologies to create biotechnologically modified textile materials
                                                                             with unique properties. The application of functional textile (bio)
• Regenerative medical devices                                               polymers is typically in the field of (bio)medical, safety, care and signal-
Dimensioning of hydrolytic biomechanical damage of biodegradable
devices. Research project aiming at the development of a Ligament            ling/detection but also in less obvious application areas such as e.g.
Augmentation Device, made of a synthetic biodegradable polymer. Sim-         tissue engineering, separation technology and potentially even in aero-
ple 1D damage models are studied that will include fatigue, creep, and       space research.
hydrolytic damage models. These models were adapted and parameteri-          The focus of our work is on:
sation was done for the particular case of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament.    • Biomimetics in textile and fibre engineering.
Parameters were established based on static and dynamic tensile tests
to measure strength evolution, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis test to           • Specific enzymatic surface modification to obtain functional struc-
measure viscoelastic properties, Gel Permeation Chromatography to               tured surfaces, and enzymatic functionalisation of polymeric and
measure the decrease in molecular weight and Differential Scanning              biopolymeric textile materials.
Calorimetry to measure crystallinity increase along degradation. This        • Incorporation of biocatalysts in, or on the surface of textile materials.
model will be used for the dimensioning and optimisation process of the      • Biotechnological functionalisation using inkjet technology
functional compatibility of the device, by allowing the simulation of the
mechanical properties evolution and life time prediction. The models         • Control of biocatalytic action at correct time and length scales is a
used in this application can be further adapted to other applications with      prerequisite to achieve the desired functionalities. Therefore, sophis-
different performance requests, and other complicated 3D geometries.            ticated technologies and processes will be explored in order to design
We also supply MEDMAT with 3D models in epoxy resin of bone parts, to           novel production processes for textiles that exhibit the desired func-
produce bone scaffolds made in Bonelike®. We intend to invest and               tionalities.
explore other rapid prototyping techniques,                                  Current projects
• Reconstructive medical devices                                             • BIOTIC – Biotechnological functionalisation of (bio)polymeric textile
Projects concerning orthopedic prostheses, mainly joint. Equipment              surfaces.
available to produce titanium parts by controlled atmosphere casting.        • NO BUG – Novel release system and bio-based utilities for insect
Composite manufacturing technologies such as autoclave and hot plate            repellent textiles and garments.
press to produce composite parts of medical devices. Testing facilities to   More information:
validate the functional compatibility, such as endurance testing on femo-    (b) Synthesis and characterisation of hybrid organic nanoparticles
ral stems, relative displacement between prosthesis and bone, material
                                                                             Synthesis and characterisation of hybrid organic nanoparticles (30-100
testing on bone cements, stress shielding analysis using strain sensors,     nm), consisting of a polymer shell and up to 70 wt-% biorenewable vege-
wear studies on acetabular components, etc. Development of medical           table oils (e.g. palm-oil, soy-oil, corn-oil, rapeseed-oil, castor-oil, …). The
devices from concept generation, material selection, mechanical simula-      amount of biorenewable material in the nanoparticles is significant,
tion and dimensioning, modeling until prototyping.                           reducing the cost compared to unfilled nanoparticles while increasing
 • Smart biomaterials                                                        the particle functionality. These nanoparticles can be synthesized on
Development of smart structures for bone prosthesis. This prosthesis will    laboratory scale and some are available on industrial scale, as an aque-
be able to adapt, by sensing the surrounding environment and actuate in      ous dispersion with up to 60 wt-% solid content. At present, these parti-
order to prevent loosening. This smart structure will last longer than the   cles are used for improving the barrier resistance and hydrophobicity of
actual arthroplasties (10-15 years). These smart structures are com-         packaging materials (paper, cardboard) or textiles, but they have further
posed of a hybrid network of sensors along the surface (optical and          potential for retention/release of the encapsulated biorenewable oils
electric for measurements of strain, temperature, displacement, etc.),       and oilsoluble pigments.
network of electrical actuators (to promote bone growth at the surface),     (c) Biomaterials for dental restoration
battery and controller. In the ambit of biomedical engineering a smart
device should also promote an intelligent response from the biologic         • Development and optimisation of bone cements–calcium phosphates
host environment. In a recent project a programmed drug release system       • Development and optimisation of glass ionomer cements
will be developed. Bioactive systems are being studied to be used at         • Evaluation of dental composites
prostheses surface, to locally deliver pharmacies according to needs, to     • Study of the fluoride release of materials with regard to caries preven-
avoid loosening. The goal is to move from the current reconstructive            tion
concept of joint prosthesis toward the regenerative concept.                 • (De)mineralisation of biominerals (such as enamel, dentin and uri-
                                                                                nary stones)
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TECHNOLOGY OFFER - TOPCHIM                                                   EVENTS
Topchim, a Belgian SME, has developed a technology to make water             • Summer School on Materials Characterisation : 25-27 August 2010
dispersed nanoparticles derived from organic polymers. Starting materi-        - A short-course on Advanced Characterisation Techniques of Mate-
als are co-polymers of styrene and maleic anhydride, which upon imidi-         rials at EPFL, Lausanne.
sation form nanoparticles with a diameter of around 100 nm. Due to the         URL :
organic nature of the nanoparticles the physical properties of the           • International Aerosol Conference 2010 August 29 - September 3,
nanoparticles can easily be modified and the interactions between the          2010, Helsinki, Finland.
particles, and between the particles and the substrate is much higher          URL :
than with inorganic nanoparticles. By applying the organic nanoparticles     • 23rd and 24th September 2010 in Novi Sad, Serbia: COST MP0701
to a substrate, properties such as printability, gloss and water repel-        Workshop on “Nanoparticles Surface (Modified/Unmodified) as a
lence can be much improved. The nanoparticles provide a certain rough-                                               matrix".
                                                                               base for the interaction with polymer matrix
ness to the substrate so that a lotus effect is observed. Contact angles       URL :
with water of more than 140 degrees are obtained. Furthermore, Top-
chim succeeded in encapsulating active ingredients, such as biorenew-        • VTT Functional materials industrial workshop 2010 24 September
able oils, UV absorbers, dyes, biocides and optical brighteners into the       2010, Espoo, Finland.
nanoparticles. By doing so a water dispersion with a high stability is         URL :
obtained that turns into a hydrophobic material upon drying.                 • 2010 TAPPI International Conference on Nano for the Forest Pro-
Further research is being performed within a joint project with the                 Industry,
                                                                               duct Industry 27-29 September 2010, Espoo, Finland.
“Centre for Materials Science and Engineering” (CMSE) of Ghent Univer-         URL :
sity, funded by the “Institute for the promotion of Innovation by Science    • Nanoparticle products from new mineral resources in Europe, Work-
and Technology in Flanders” (IWT).                                             shop, 30 September 2010, Espoo, Finland.
                                                                               URL :
So far, Topchim has focused on the application of the nanoparticles on
paper and card board. Now it is looking to the application on new sub-       • October 5th and 6th 2010 : A “COST day on Food Packaging Coop-
                                                                                                             COST             Packaging”.
strates such as fibres, fabrics and nonwovens, glass, metals, wood,            eration between COST actions MP0701 on Polymer Nanocompo-
concrete, etc. Moreover, these nanoparticles can be combined with              sites, FA0904 on Eco-sustainable Food Packaging based on Poly-
several chemicals in order to increase their functionality, opening possi-     mer Nanomaterials and MPN 527 on Plasma Polymers and related
bilities for further application in surface treatment.                         materials. Location: Graz, Austria.
                                                                               URL :
More info on :                                         • 2nd International Conference NANOCON 2010 : 12-14 October
                                                                               2010, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Contact persons :                                                              URL :
- TopChim N.V. :                                                             • 13th CCT - Ceramics, Cells and Tissues Annual Seminar & Meeting
Mr. Leo Vonck                                                                  on Regenerative Nanomedicine. Tissue and Genetic Engineeriing,
Tel. : +32 3 350.08.40                                                         and the role of Ceramics : 17-20 May 2011, Faenza, Italy.
E-mail :                                                 URL :
- CMSE/UGent :                                                               • COST action MP0701 Workshop and Training School on Multiphase
Prof. Gustaaf Schoukens                                                                                                               Scales,
                                                                               Polymers and Polymer Composites Systems: Macro to Nano Scales
Tel. : +32 9 264.57.51                                                         7-10 June 2011, Paris, France.
E-mail :                                            URL :

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