Project partners in TheLink network
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe's largest applied research organisation, with over 60 institutes located throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer ICT in Pfinztal (near Karlsruhe) has around 550 employees, and carries out research and development in the areas of polymer engineering, environmental engineering, energetic materials and systems and applied electrochemistry.
Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Founded in 1907, it offers 242 different taught courses to 15000 students from 126 different countries. Imperial comprises a business school and the faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine. The research programme TheLink involves the Departments of Physics, Materials, Chemistry and Aeronautical Engineering.
The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (FORTH/ICE-HT) was established in 1984 and is one of the seven Institutes of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas). The RTD activities of ICE-HT lie in three major fields: Nanotechnology & Materials, Energy & Environment, Biosciences & Biotechnology. The number of staff members and research associates of ICE-HT exceeds 150, of which 11 are researchers and 19 are collaborating faculty members from several departments of the University of Patras (Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Pharmaceutics, and Medicine). ICE-HT produces ~130 publications per year and its publications receive more than 4000 citations per year.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation that was established in 2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centres in the Helmholtz Association. Within KIT, the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ) focuses on micro- and nanooptics, integrated photonics, optical communications and optical metrology. The IPQ is an internationally acknowledged research institute in these fields, regularly contributing to the largest relevant conferences with regular and postdeadline papers. The IMT is a leading research institute in the fields of microstructure and microsystem technology, nanotechnology, and micro- and nanophotonics.
Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s leading manufacturers of polymers and high-performance plastics. Our innovative developments in polycarbonates, polyurethanes, coating, adhesive and specialty raw materials enhance the design and functionality of products in a wide variety of markets.
Key customers include the automotive and construction industries, the electrical and electronics sector, manufacturers of sport and leisure goods, and representatives of the healthcare and medical technology sectors. With approximately 14,300 employees at 30 locations around the world, the company generated total sales of € 11.2 billion in 2013.
AVANZARE is a small enterprise which develops and produces nanomaterials and additives based on ready-to-use nanointermediates (solid and liquid dispersions of nanoparticles) for their application in surface or bulk in the materials industry. Avanzare is the global reference in the application of added-value nanointerimediates. Moreover, Avanzare is the European leader in graphene and other artificial 2D nanomaterials such as magnesium hydroxide, zinc hydroxide and double layered hydroxides. The firm also produces other nanoparticles such as silver, copper, silica and zinc oxide.
Avanzare produces cost-effective nanomaterials and formulations for multiple industries: automotive, aeronautic, fabric, wood, paper, rubber and building industries, wire & cable sector and manufacturers of household appliances and packaging applications.
GVS Filter Technology is a market-leading business-to-business high-quality-filter manufacturing company. The company was started in 1979 in Bologna, Italy, to exploit a breakthrough technology related to the manufacture of plastic filters by insert-molding. Since then GVS has invested constantly to strengthen its production capacity and to expand sales at international level by implementing technological innovation and by supporting the development of human resources. GVS manufactures filters and filter component for the healthcare, automotive, life science, appliance, building filtration, safety and carbon filtration sectors. The company employs about 1600 people in 23 locations around the world.
Founded in 1973, the University of Minho is renowned for the competence and quality of its teachers and for the level of excellence in research as well as the wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered. The University has two campus: one in the city of Braga and another at Guimarães. Braga is the third largest Portuguese city, born from the ancient Roman town of Bracara Augusta. Classified as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Guimarães is known as the "cradle of the nation."
UMinho has all the necessary infrastructures and support services for students' academic success and well-being. From libraries and computer labs, to wireless broadband Internet access and copy centres, banks, bookstores, cafeterias, canteens and well-priced restaurants, 3 sport halls, 4 halls of residence, students can find everything they need on campus.
High Tech, Human Touch. That is the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The Department of Biomaterials Science and Technology (BST) belongs to the Faculty of Science and Technology and to the research institute MIRA of biomedical engineering and technical medicine. The BST department aims to excel in research on polymer‐based biomaterials and medical devices. A stimulating entrepreneurial environment for research and teaching is created, through which significant contributions to the well‐being of our society can be achieved.
Promolding is an innovative company that creates industrialized products from high performance polymer technology. Promolding combines product development, injection moulding, tool making and research. This way Promolding offers its customers the whole sequence from product development, via (new) materials and process development, to manufacturing, supported by a wide variety of people: industrial designers, mechanical engineers, project managers, polymer researchers, process technologists, toolmakers and injection moulders. We do this for markets such as aerospace, medical devices and high-tech systems.
Promolding has worked (and still works) together in many national and EU-funded research programs, among which several on conductive material development, such as Polycond, Contact and Nanomaster.