NSTI Nanotech 2009

SAPHIR - EUROPEAN PROJECT - Safe, integrated and controlled production of high-tech multifunctional materials and their recycling

C. Goepfert

Keywords: safe process, nanoparticle production, emerging processes


The development of nanotechnologies appears to be a real innovative solution in order to improve existing technologies and create new products of the future. However, at the present time, the manufacture of nanostructured products is not integrated so that each step entails a loss of time and money as well as potential release of nanoparticles in the atmosphere. SAPHIR aims at implementing direct production of nanoparticles through the development of a global integrated concept (from the synthesis to the final products) with a responsible approach. Indeed, the main breakthrough is to connect individual processes so that the handling of the produced powders is avoided. By means of safe recovery and conditioning systems, such as suspensions or nanostructured granulates, nanoparticles can be manipulated without risk. The transformation of these suspensions or granulates through conventional and emerging processes needs to be adapted, as far as most of these processes have been only developed for the manufacture of micro-structured components.
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