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Technology transfer

From research to application

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Organisation: 3D-CAT
Country: The Netherlands

3D-cat is a demand-side orchestrator between the many suppliers in the Additive Manufacturing industry, Technical Institutions and University, and Industry. Its staff understands the needs of the (petro-)chemical industry and focuses on clean tech applications and clever CO2 absorption. 3D-cat identifies relevant technology, arranges technology transfer, but also develops and delivers complete solutions such as design and commercialization of Chemical Processing Units (CPU’s), mini- and lab-reactors, and micro and macro structures with catalytically active materials and sorbents, for a variety of applications. Such structures are based on new production technologies, such as ceramic-based additive manufacturing, possibly augmented with metals. 3D-cat’s activities include (management of) R&D, design, production, sales, and (sub-)licensing. 3D-cat’s commercial team has extensive experience leading spin-off projects, and its commercial team consists of experienced executives that held senior positions in petrochemical businesses. 3D-cat has strategic alliances with Netherland-based C-Ventures, which has key contacts for technology transfer and for the sourcing of experienced human resources, such as plant managers, business developers and specialised technicians.

Organisation: APTL
Country: Greece

The Aerosol and Particle Laboratory (APTL) is a business unit of the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), one of the five Research Institutes of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). APTL’s objectives are to conduct basic and applied research and to develop new technological products responding to well-acknowledged market needs in the areas of clean transport and clean energy offering technological services to many industrial partners. A large majority of APTL’s projects are funding Technologies for the Environment, Energyand Transport Applications. APTL has been developing novel concepts and reactor designs for solar thermochemical fuels synthesis and energy storage; combustion emission control systems, gas and liquid separation processes, via development and utilization of novel monolithic membrane systems; carbon capture technologies and H2/syngas production technologies, as a stepping-stone for further forming high-value chemicals (methanol, DME). In total, APTL participated in over 60 large multinational projects and has served as coordinator in over 15. APTL holds acquired expertise to computational work from nano- to macro- to multi-scale and process simulation activities related to DFT, CFD, aerosol and transport phenomena, as well as flow in porous media among others. APTL received several awards for research (2006 Descartes prize, 2014 TAIPEI EXPO INT'L: Gold medal) and is the beneficiary of the 2010 ERC Advanced Grant for the development of Advanced Multifunctional Reactors for Green Mobility and Solar Fuels.

Organisation: CARTIF
Country: Spain

Fundación CARTIF is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre, specialised in R&D and technology transfer activities addressing several socio-economic and industry sectors, such as energy, food, industry, construction, health, environmentally-friendly biofuels and biomaterials. Furthermore, its research lines focus on solving main societal challenges, like industry 4.0, smart grids/cities, energy efficiency, cultural heritage, quality of life, circular economy, natural resources, biotechnology and green chemistry. Involved in many international projects, CARTIF is well known in Europe and beyond. For over 25 years, CARTIF’s Agri-food and Sustainable Processes Team has been working in R&D projects focused on biofuels and biomaterials based on bio-feedstock and agri-food waste materials, and has extensive experience in the development and optimization of catalysed thermochemical and biological conversion processes. Technology transfer activities within the biotechnology and sustainable chemistry area of CARTIF range from basic and applied research at lab scale, such as integrated biorefinery processes, new catalysed-reactions, advance fermentations and up-stream/downstream processes through process modelling and simulation, to process scale-up and technology validation at pilot plant. In addition, CARTIF is quite active in several national and international networks, public-private partnerships and technology platforms.

Organisation: CNRS
Country: France

CNRS, the French Governmental Research Office, is a key player in innovation, both in France and internationally. Within its mission, CNRS facilitates research results’ applications, ensuring scientific advances benefit society as a whole. This is why CNRS bases its innovation research on the scientific excellence of laboratories engaged in productive interaction with industrial actors. Each year this model generates inventions, technologies, and start-ups that contribute to the wealth of the nation and the EU. Scientific collaboration between CNRS’ laboratories and companies involve the joint completion of science programmes producing tangible deliverables. CNRS also has five-year-long framework agreements with multinationals, enabling structured collaboration in various fields. Currently, there are more than 130 CNRS/industry joint research structures (research units, OpenLabs, LabComs), which offer a highly integrated model for research in partnership with business. This type of collaboration is prevalent in engineering, systems sciences, and chemistry. Through CNRS innovation, its national technology transfer subsidiary, the centre has taken a stake in 26 start-ups with high innovation potential. These companies operate in major research fields such as information technology and communication, biology, physics, and chemistry. Poitier’s and Lille’s Partnership and Technology transfer Offices help CNRS’ researchers safeguarding intellectual property on project results, advising on invention disclosure, patent application and start-up creation.

Organisation: DCS Computing
Country: Austria

DCS Computing develops Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software for the simulation of flow and processing of powders & particles with fluids. Since its foundation, DCS Computing has concluded far over 100 projects with industrial customers, which technology is used by Blue Chip companies world-wide for cutting-edge process simulation & project design. DCS strives to improve its technology and work on collaborative R&D with academia and industry, to push the boundaries of current CAE methods even further, and strengthen the competitiveness of Europe’s industry. DCS offers training, consulting, development and research services, which bridge between processing and industry, in several sectors, such as chemical, pharmaceutical, food and consumer, agriculture, environment, metallurgy, plastics and mining.

Country: The Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Its education, research and knowledge valorization focus on contributing to:

  • science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility;
  • science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with relevant industry;
  • science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education.

TU/e’s department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry hosts two key research groups involved in ZEOCAT-3D: the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis group and the Chemical Process Intensification group. The first one focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of catalysed reactions that are relevant to clean and sustainable processes and for the production of fuels and chemicals. Advanced (in-situ) characterization methods are applied on model systems combined with theoretical modelling and performance testing, to guide the design and synthesis of nanoscopically organized and chemically functionalized catalytic materials. The second research group develops novel integrated reactor concepts based on improved fundamental knowledge and using validated advanced (multi-phase) reactor models. It does so by employing a combination of state-of-the-art numerical models at different levels of detail, advanced (non-invasive) experimental techniques and experimental demonstration of novel reactor concepts.

Organisation: Hybrid Catalysis
Country: The Netherlands

Hybrid Catalysis serves the chemical industry with respect to R&D in advanced nanostructured catalyst development and automated screening. It owns patents and intellectual property rights on nanocatalysts sometimes subjected to plant trials. Hybrid Catalysis has a laboratory for high-throughput experimentation and (in)organic synthesis scale-up. This includes state of the art robotic equipment enabling fast catalyst screening under industrially relevant conditions. Available workstations involve Chemspeed pressure reactors and Thalesnano plug flow reactors for heterogeneous catalyst screening. Capabilities for advanced (metal)organic synthesis involve a kilogram synthesis pilot. In the past years, many of Hybrid’s R&D projects involved catalyst development and scale, thanks to Hybrid’s equipment for screening under industrial conditions.

Organisation: IDENER
Country: Spain

IDENER is a high-tech research-intensive SME originally rooted in a leading Systems and Control Engineering R&D group at the University of Seville’s School of Engineering. The company incorporates advanced design and optimization tools and skills within the early development phases of new systems, aiming at prototype demonstration and process scale-up. To that end, INEDER integrates concepts from four interrelated and complementary areas of knowledge: Mathematical Modelling and SimulationMultidisciplinary Design OptimizationControl Engineering; and Software Engineering. Such areas of expertise are applied within five key research domains: Industrial TechnologiesICTsBiotechnologySecure, Clean and Efficient Energy; and Resource and Raw Materials Efficiency.

Organisation: Lurederra
Country: Spain

The Lurederra Foundation for Technical and Social Development is a non-profit, private Centre for Innovation and Technology performing Research and Technology Development activities in collaboration with other research institutions and relevant industries. With proven national and international experience in the industrial application of nanotechnology, Lurederra is particularly active in the manufacturing of small size, high-purity, simple and complex nanoparticles, mainly nano-oxides, using their exclusive FSP (Flame Spray Pyrolysis) machines at different scales, and also other technologies such as milling or wet routes. In addition, the centre has expertise in physical-chemical treatment of nanoparticles for the development of innovative multi-functional formulations (mainly coatings). Lurederra also develops technologies related to advanced chemical processes, highlighting the recovery of critical elements from different inorganic wastes (mainly electronics); the reduction, recycling and revalorisation of organic wastes, as well as the industrial application of new materials for purification treatment of gas and water wastes. Within fine and sustainable chemistry, Lurederra is also active in the synthesis of special organic functional chemicals, such as organic-inorganic coupling agents and intermediates precursors for complex reactions. Furthermore, Lurederra also performs advanced processing of polymeric and concrete matrices, including multicomponent systems with controlled response or sensorised intelligent materials.

Country: Italy

At the intersection of IP law, technology and business strategy, MITO Technology was funded in 2009 as a spin-off company of the Polytechnic University of Milan, the State University of Milan, the University of Padua, the University of Calabria, under the auspices of the Torino Wireless Foundation (the ICT cluster of the Piedmont region). Born to externalise and mutualise IP protection management related to research results, MITO Technology is an ideal interface for companies and PROs in need for specialized IP services. After more than 10 years of operations, MITO Technology's customers include large multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, start-ups and spin-offs, banks, venture capital and private equity funds and, naturally, universities and public research centers, both in Europe and abroad. In addition, MITO has been project coordinator and partner in EU-funded innovation projects belonging to the FP6, FP7 and H2020 (Innovation Actions, SME Instruments, CSA), for which it helped manage complex technology transfer and IP issues and design, as well as the implementation of effective exploitation plans. Since 2018, MITO Technology is also the strategic advisor to a 42M EUR technology transfer fund ( co-funded by the European Investment Fund and CDP (the national promotion bank of Italy), which focuses on technologies for sustainability.

Country: Greece

NCSRD,  the largest multidisciplinary research centre in Greece, focuses on research on various sectors, such as nanotechnology, micro/nanoelectronics, advanced materials, biotechnology, photonics, high-energy physics, nuclear physics and technology, astrophysics, life sciences, integrated telecommunications and ICT, energy/environmental technologies, radio-pharmaceutics, as well as  bio-diagnostics. In particular, its Membranes and Materials for Environmental Applications Laboratory (MESL), within the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN), is a specialized centre for the preparation and characterisation of nanomaterials. MESL’s research team is at the forefront of experimental techniques and theories aimed at understanding and modelling porous media. To date, MESL is involved in several projects for the preparation, characterisation and performance evaluation of nano-materials in environmental applications, with emphasis on separations and catalysis. The areas of interest expand over a wide range of applications including sorption processes, membrane technology, catalysis, separation in gas and liquid phase, gas storage, membrane reactors and novel materials synthesis. NCSRD-MESL has already participated in 25 research EU projects, coordinating 8 of them. In addition, to strengthen the link between public Research Laboratories and industry, NCSRD created the Lefkippos Tech Park. The Park offers business incubator and accelerator services to support innovative ideas from discovery to commercialization, within a collaborative academic environment.

Organisation: TECNAN
Country: Spain

Tecnología Navarra de Nanoproductos S. L. (TECNAN) is an industrial producer and supplier of nanomaterials in different formats. Concretely, its portfolio includes pure nanopowders, tailored nano-dispersions and ready-to-use liquid nanoproducts for a wide variety of applications and substrates. More in detail, TECNAN produces different kinds of active nanoparticles including highly complex catalysts to be employed within the energy, environmental and automotive sectors, such as perovskites with specific proportions of 4 different elements in it. Additionally, TECNAN, prepares customised dispersions in different liquid media, like water or organic solvents, and with different particle loads depending on customer’s requirements. Trying to make nanomaterials more accessible through new industrial applications, and based on sound expertise and know-how related to homogeneous nanotechnology-based liquid formulations, TECNAN has been focusing on the development ready-to-use products. Thus, TECNAN’s catalogue includes several ranges of products, such as hydro and oleo repellent coatings for porous substrates; specific water repellent products for glass, which increase visibility and safety while driving; anti-soiling self-cleaning products for photovoltaic modules; easy-to-clean, as well as protective, coatings for metallic substrates, among many others. Finally, TECNAN also carries out research activities participating in National and International collaborative projects, which makes its staff aware of the sectors’ most disruptive technologies and applications.

Organisation: VITO
Country: Belgium

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation active in the area of cleantech and sustainable development of innovative products and processes. Building on its decades-long experience of multidisciplinary research and client-oriented projects, VITO acts as a conduit between stakeholders from business, government and the research community. More specifically, VITO’s research and industrial consultancy efforts are directed towards solving problems and technology transfer related to energy efficiency, new materials, environmental protection and resource scarcity. Its Sustainable Materials Management Unit (SUMAT) has a wide experience in developing and processing innovative materials and technologies from the initial stages of materials preparation, through advanced shaping processes into different structures and forms, including 3D printing, coating and functionalization of catalysts and materials for chemical production. SUMAT hosts state-of-the-art laboratories with a range of specialist equipment for materials processing, sample preparation and characterisation, including state of the art 3D printers.


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