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Project summary

Collaborative project
Starting date: 01/10/2010
Ending date: 31/12/2013
Duration in months: 36 + 3
Call (part) identifier: FP7-NMP-2010-EU-Mexico
Keywords: mining, nanoparticle, life cycle analysis, plastic, wood-plastic, nanocompound, fire retardancy, UV resistance, antimicrobial

Project aims

Technological aims
- Mass production capability of nanoparticles.

- Cost effective method to functionalize the nanoparticles.

- Develop demonstrative samples that indicate the potential for upgrading the flame retardancy class of the end product.

- Achieve antimicrobial protection against two most typical fungi or bacteria in plastics, wood-plastic composite and ceramic matrixes.

Scientific aims
- Create theoretical understanding for developing ZnO nanoparticles that improve UV resistance and demonstrate their economically viable performance especially in plastic matrixes.

- Highly novel multifunctional (flame retardant, UV-protection and antimicrobial)properties in plastic and wood-plastic composite matrixes by addition of nanoparticle combinations.

- Share of knowledge in plastic nanocompounds, wood-plastic nanocomposite products and LCA know-how.

- Environmental aspects: Reduce use of halogens in flame retardants. Improve recyclability for specific applications of plastic products by using sustainable inorganic functionalization by nanoparticles.

Societal aims
- Create long term research cooperation between EU and Mexico.