NanoHybrids – project concluded – research and innovation ongoing

Final Project Meeting of NanoHybrids at the Energiecampus Nürnberg (Copyright: Tutech)

The EU-funded project “New generation of nanoporous organic and hybrid aerogels for industrial applications: from the lab to pilot scale production” ran successfully from 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2019. The results have formed the basis of a number of ongoing collaborative research and innovation activities.

An industrial-academic partnership comprising 12 international partners aimed at developing products with these new generation aerogels and bringing them to market. The project “NanoHybrids” was coordinated by Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Thermal Separation Processes under the leadership of Professor Irina Smirnova and with the support of Tutech Innovation, the knowledge transfer arm of TUHH. Partners included BASF Polyurethanes GmbH, Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA, Nestlé and the German Aerospace Center (DLR Köln). The project received funding from Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Pilot-scale production of aerogels produced at BASF Lemförde. Pictures: BASF Lemförde

NanoHybrids reached its main goals: a number of novel biobased, organic and hybrid aerogel particles can now be produced in pilot scale for the first time. The combination of experiments and modelling resulted in improved production processes with defined parameters.

NanoHybrids partners have been continuing their cooperation in a number of ongoing research and innovation activities.


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Main achievements of NanoHybrids

Main achievements can be summarized as follows:

  • Production of different types of aerogel particles with Jet Cutter technology and emulsion technique
  • Production of bio-aerogel particles by emulsion technique and continuous solvent exchange in 50 L scale
  • Modelling of different steps of aerogel production processes established
  • Process of supercritical drying of aerogel particles demonstrated for the first time on an industrial scale
  • Prototypes are being tested

The knowledge has been made available for further research and development via a number of open access publications and reports.


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