It is time to announce our new project, RELIANCE!
The RELIANCE project is supported and co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe programme. The project has a budget of 5,757,319.00 EUR and brings together 15 partners from 10 different countries. It started in June 2022 for 4 years until May 2026 and is coordinated by Fundación Tekniker (TEKNIKER). The project’s kick-off meeting took place on 7 June in Eibar, Spain.
RELIANCE aims to design and develop smart response self-disinfectant antimicrobial nanocoatings based on a new range of smart antimicrobial nanoparticles. Such nanoparticles will consist of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with metallic copper in their structure, modified with biobased bioactive compounds: Antimicrobial peptides (AMP’s) based on protein containing waste streams, and essential oils (EOs) coming from non-edible plants.
RELIANCE combines contact killing and leachable antibacterial actions ascribed to the additive with the non sticking action due to the coatings formulation, thus providing an integral holistic solution to antimicrobial problems on different surfaces. The nature of the coatings, their characteristics and their application methods will be specifically designed to allow not only the microbial repelling action, but also the adhesion of the coatings to different substrates commonly found in our living environments, such as metals, plastics or textiles, and to maximize their durability.
Beyond the present-day possibilities of conventional chemicals, sustainability and eco design criteria will be considered in the selection of the bioactives, and on the development of the nanocoatings.
EP is a partner within the project and will be responsible for the communication, dissemination and exploitation activities.
Looking forward to this one! For updates, visit: https://reliance-he.eu/