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SMILEY - Smart nano-structured devices hierarchically assembled by bio-mineralization processes

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 01/11/2012
  • RISULTATO

SMILEY aims to develop and apply a 'bottom-up' approach to build nano-structured devices with smart multi-functional properties: bio-mineralization, self-assembly, self-organization are an ensemble of concomitant phenomena, inspired by nature, that will be properly directed to generate elementary nano-sized building blocks organized in macroscopic devices for application in EHS (Environment, Health, Safety) Biomedical and Energy fields. SMILEY will exploit the ability of such a cascade of biologically-inspired processes to form complex hybrid nano-composites, starting from abundant and environmentally safe raw materials such as natural polymers and fibres, whose characteristics and organization are mediated by the activation of control mechanisms and structural confinement conferring defined functionalities to the final devices. The processes of self-assembling and mineralization, scaled at pilot plant, will be directed and adjusted to obtain 3-D porous hybrid nano-composites to be used as: i) Filters for air purification from nano-particles; ii) Biomedical devices exhibiting high mimesis with human hard tissues, addressed to dental regeneration; iii) Fibrous integrated photovoltaic devices. The control mechanisms inherent in the whole process will allow to establish a technological platform based on highly repeatable, scalable and cost-effective technology for the manufacturing of multi-functional devices with huge economic, environmental and social impact. This will also represent a proof of concept for further development of smart devices obtained by biologically-inspired self-assembling processes; in this respect, roadmaps addressing wider industrial exploitation will be prepared, basing on the knowledge gained in the development of SMILEY.


Start date: 2012-12-01
End date: 2015-11-30

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 310637

Project cost: 5414489 EURO
Project Funding: 3996103 EURO

Subprogramme Area: Hierarchical assembly of nano-scale building blocks
Contract type: Small or medium-scale focused research project


Coordinatore: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE - (ITALIA) - Anna TAMPIERI (Dr)

Altri Partecipanti

  • UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS - (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • LABORATOIRE D'EVALUTION DES MATERIELS IMPLANTABLES SA - (FRANCE)
  • FIN-CERAMICA FAENZA SPA -(ITALIA)
  • UNIVERSITY OF YORK - (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAET JENA - (DEUTSCHLAND)
  • INSTYTUT WLOKIEN NATURALNYCH I ROSLIN ZIELARSKICH - (POLSKA)
  • POLLUTION SRL - (ITALIA)
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-NMP : NANOSCIENZE, NANOTECNOLOGIE, MATERIALI E NUOVE TECNOLOGIE DI PRODUZIONE: priorità tematica 4 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea