1. NTUA (GR)
The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country's scientific, technical and economic development. The Laboratory of General Chemistry (LGC) within the School of Chemical Engineering at NTUA has been involved in the synthesis and characterisation of various materials in the nano and micro scales. The scientific research team of NTUA has laboratories with state of the art equipment for material synthesis and characterisation such as X-ray diffraction Analysis (XRD), Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (SEM-EDAX), Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Analysis, Near Infrared and Thermography. As the Project Coordinator NTUA will lead WP8. It's main responsibilities will include some of the following and more: (1) To plan, organise & review all consortium and participant activities. (2) To co-ordinate activities so that a durable structure is established, to report to the REA and the Project Steering Committee, monitor plans and operational performance of all activities. (3) To assist participants and work-package leaders to achieve their objectives. (4) To review, control & report financial information (budget and costs) to the consortium & the REA. Moreover, NTUA will also be the WP leader of WP 2 and WP 3. Specifically taking into account its outline and experienced personnel they will be responsible for the large scale production of AAO nanoporous templates, the investigation and optimisation of the pulse plating technique for the fabrication of Cu nanowires and the structural and mechanical characterisation of the coatings. Finally, they will also be the NanoDiGreen project coordinators
2. Happy Plating (AT)
Happy Plating was founded in 2004 by three physical chemists as a Spin-Out company of an Austrian research centre and acts as a bridge between applied research and industrial production. They have a variety of international partnerships and cooperations including fundamental research as well as industrial applications even in the field of micro- and nano-technology, that is the prerequisite for the optimisation and the fast technical implementation of innovative processes and procedures in industrial mass production. Happy Plating could not only rapidly establish newest developments in technical production using its international network, but can also develop trend-setting technologies and supply a crucial contribution to later actual conversion. Their important technologies, which are gladly integrate into the production, include: Pulse Plating High-Tech surface finishing for High-Tech applications dispersion coatings, functional composite coatings via (nano-) particle codeposition. Happy Plating is a leading company in the electroplating process of various metals and integrator of pulse plating techniques. Specialized in various high tech areas their role in NanoDiGree will be to advice and assist in WPs 2 as well as 3 concerning the electrolytic production of the AAO nanoporous templates and the pulse electrodeposition of the Cu nanowires.
3. PrintedElectronics (UK)
Organization Profile: PEL has state of the art inkjet printing, screen printing, NordsonPicoDot valve-jet system for high viscosity fluids, ink characterization, ink droplet visualization and surface energy modification equipment. Specialized ink rheology equipment is in place to measure the non-Newtonian behavior of inks at ultra-high shear rates. PEL can characterize the rheology, print, functionalise and measure the electronic attribute of an ink. The facility is also equipped with UV LED, vacuum and furnace ovens to functionalize most technologies being evaluated and has temperature and humidity environmental test facilities to complement its electronic test equipment. They have led and been members of a number of TSB and FP7 projects and run very popular training courses for inkjet printed circuits and electronics. PEL is a leading company in the production of inks and an integrator of concept printed electronic demonstrators. Specialist areas of expertise include ink formulations, inkjet printing on commercial and custom equipment, high speed ink drop visualization equipment, ink-substrate interaction measurement techniques with surface energy modification, high precision screen printing, electronic design and assembly, and test. The main areas of work are intelligent/smart packaging and wearable electronics. Their income in NanoDiGree project will capture the area of expertise which includes the Cu nanowire ink formulation. They are the advisory SME for WP4 but will also provide their knowledge in WP5 for the inks. Moreover PEL will lead WP7 on exploitation. In future they will exploit the technology by applying the ink NanoDiGree technology.
4. B-DIVISION (ES)
B-DIVISION is a specialised multi – spoke industrial company established over 40 years ago with a special emphasis on general and specialised products, coating processes and fabrication business. In recent years the business has developed rapidly into a major supplier of components, sub assembly and assemblies to a wide range of markets from commercial manufacturers through to conveying equipment, construction and general engineering. Located in a highly industrious zone in Barcelona the company aims to respond according to needs and requirements. Their policy of continuous investment in R&D equipment and technology ensures that they will stay at the leading edge maintaining reputation for quality products with a service to match. The novel solution proposed by the NanoDiGree project addresses some key concerns which the company has had for many years. B-DIVISION is a well-established and rapidly growing European company in the electronics sector and is attempted to become integrator of the flexible printed transparent conductive films. Their authority areas are spaded across the electronics by applying advanced inkjet printing techniques. They have a deep knowledge in high speed Roll-to-Roll printing for the afterwards construction of electronic devises assembly, and test. Their income in NanoDiGree will incarcerate the area of expertise which includes the printing of the Cu nanowire ink onto flexible substrates. They will provide the consortium with advisory and consultative support in WP5 and WP6 regarding the production and implementation of the flexible films. In the future they will produce this kind of films. They will also be in close collaboration with PEL providing their knowledge for the appropriate inks formulation.
5. INSPIRALIA (ES)
Inspiralia is a unique private initiative involved in Research, Development and Innovation services to companies. It offers its clients a complete cradle to grave service from product or process conceptual design to the delivery of market-oriented technology. It provides technical support to industrial companies, offering them R&D services and strategies for production improvement, increasing the competitiveness of their product offering. Inspiralia currently has over 50 full time innovation consultants, researchers and technicians, locating its headquarters in the North of Spain (La Rioja), together with technical and commercial facilities in Madrid. Inspiralia helps companies to define the smartest technological route to develop their innovation in its areas of expertise: Advanced Materials, Computational Engineering, Electronics and Communications, Industrial Control, and Intelligent Systems. Its partner network allows selecting the best partnership within Europe to deliver a world class technology fitting the needs of its customers. Inspiralia participation is essential as they are experts in RTD of the specific field taking this into account the SMEs have decided that Inspiralia and their personnel are the most ideal to take the role of the technical manager. They will be in charge of the investigation of Cu-nanowire inks formulation, the development of Cu nanowire ink production procedure and the preparation of Cu-nanowire ink for ink-jet printing. Their further intention is to offer to NanoDiGree consortium deep knowledge in the field of dispersion methods correlated with the appropriate use of dispersants.
6. CETRI (CY)
The Center for Technology Research and Innovation (CETRI) is located in Cyprus. The main purpose of CETRI is to provide engineering excellence, which is efficiently achieved by offering cost effective solutions for entrepreneurs, independent enterprises and academic institutions. CETRI’s main scope is to help companies and public institutions to implement technological innovations. CETRI was founded by a group of professionals and academics, which collaborated for years at established technology research institutions and has built on that experience to provide great service and insight to help clients navigate the technology and innovation landscape. CETRI is in close collaboration with companies and public institutions in the implementation of technological innovations area, enabling them to strengthen their competitive position over long-term. CETRI ‘s experts visit the clients on site, offer technological advice, launch new innovation routes, and provide guidance and support until they reach the desired goal. In the NanoDiGree project CETRI will be responsible for various characterization methods as far as it concerns the Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) nanotemplates as well as the Cu nanowires. Furthermore, CETRI will be responsible to conduct the necessary research for the implementation of the Roll-to-Roll printing method that will allow the construction of the novel conductive films on flexible substrates.
7. CERTH (GR)
CERTH is a legal, non-profit entity organized under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), of the Greek Ministry of of Education and Religious Affairs. CERTH draws heavily from the critical scientific mass of the University of Thessaly. CERTH’s mission is to conduct basic, applied, and technological research that leads to new materials, products and services with industrial, economic and social impact. Members of Electronics, Materials, and Mechatronics will contribute to the implementation of the proposed research. All members have extensive research experience, evident by their individual publications, their success in obtaining research grants in the EU and USA and their patents. CERTH will have significant input in almost all the work packages of the project. Specifically it will be responsible for the research in the field of photocatalytic agents and coatings focusing on the self-cleaning character as well as on the degradation of air pollutants. Moreover, they will have active role in the characterization tests and during the integration of the façade. IRETETH has vast experience in participating in large European projects. Indicatively, the last five years has participated in more than 15 EC project. The institutes stuff has deep knowledge in research fields relative to photocatalysis for environmental and medical application, production and characterization of protective organic and inorganic coatings as well as characterization of nano-materials.