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Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile – ENEA (Coordinator)

 Italy

The Queen's University of Belfast

United Kingdom

The University of Warwick

 United Kingdom

California Institute of Technology

United States of America

 

 

Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Technologie, l'Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile – ENEA

ENEA is a public Research organization operating in the fields of energy, environment and new technologies to support competitiveness and sustainable development with high-tech services, studies, measurements, tests and assessments. The Agency’s multidisciplinary competences and great expertise in managing complex research projects are put at the disposal of the Europe and Country system through definition and participation to European programs, working committees and groups. ENEA is also a very active member of European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) for both CPS and PV joint program. ENEA will participate to the Bi-Stretch-4-Biomed project with its activity on hybrid nanocomposites for the development of PLLA-WS2 nanocomposites (WP1) and the characterization of their physical properties, including synchrotron radiation experiments (WP2), building the stretching device (WP4) as well as Management of the project (WP6) and dissemination activities (WP7)

 

 

The Queen's University of Belfast

The Queen's University of Belfast has a very long established reputation for cutting edge research into polymer processing. Since the early 1990s efforts have been directed towards improving the blow moulding process with the EPSRC grant GR/H18722/01 by Prof R Crawford on ‘Computer Aided Design of Preforms’ and later these efforts were complemented by similar work on thermoforming EPSRC grant GR/L58705/01 which Dr. Martin was a CI. In 1996 the internationally renowned Polymer Processing Research Centre was established within the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Queen's, providing a suite of laboratory scale processing equipment for all of the major industrial polymer processes. The school and centre have a track record of building bespoke equipment and commercialising specialist instrumentation for the polymer processing industry having previously built an instrumented thermoforming machine, biaxial testing machine and Rotolog device - a standard temperature logger for the Rotational Moulding industry. To this day Queen's is the only UK university to host state-of-the-art polymer processing facilities for both injection-stretch blow moulding, and plug-assisted thermoforming, and as a result it has developed particularly strong links with industry.

 

 

The University of Warwick

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology. The department is at the forefront of innovative technology, leading major multi-partner projects, including EU grants. WMG has recently created a £4.1m International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM) which takes a holistic approach to development of novel multifunctional polymeric materials by combining the expertise in polymer processing, polymer chemistry, polymer characterisation and multiscale modelling. Through synthesising and functionalising nanoparticles, and incorporating such particles into polymers using innovative manufacturing techniques industry will be able to scale up and commercialise products with added functionality. The IINM comprises state-of-the-art facilities including characterisation laboratories, and a wet chemistry laboratory, and advanced computing facilities. IINM will contribute to the Bi-Stretch-4-Biomed project with its activity on processing, characterization and multiscale modelling of PLLA-WS2 nanocomposites.

 

 

California Institute of Technology

The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.  Caltech will participate to Bi-stretch-4-Biomed with the Kornfield laboratory for polymer science, which has developed in depth knowledge of PLLA bioresorbable vascular scaffolds using state-of-the-art synchrotron microdiffraction measurements relevant to WP3.  Kornfield is developing powerful instrumentation for biaxial stretching of PLLA under rapid heating and deformation that avoids chemical degradation by minimizing time intervals at elevated temperature (WP4).  In consultation with Menary at Queens, Kornfield is developing continuum models of biaxial stretching of PLLA (WP2).