New EU (Horizon Europe) project at the Institute of Biomaterials

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The new EU project “Antiviral, antibacterial & antifungal nanocoating platform” – NANOBLOC – with participation of the FAU Institute of Biomaterials (Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, WW7) has started in January 2023. The project, coordinated by Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme (5.7 million euros) and involves nine partners from industry and academia from five different EU countries.

Novel nanostructured antibacterial coatings

The collaborative project will develop, characterize and upscale (to TRL6) novel nanostructured antibacterial, anviviral and antifungal coatings for a variety of applications. Specially, industrially scalable, green technologies suitable for coating a variety of substrates, ranging from porous filter materials to textiles (e.g. face masks) and solid metallic surfaces. In particular, the researchers at the FAU Institute of Biomaterials, headed by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, will contribute with the development and characterisation of nanostructured coatings obtained by the sol-gel method and by applying room temperature electric field assisted deposition of bioactive nanoparticles (electrophoretic deposition) to achieve surfaces with such antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Prof. Boccacini: „This project is a fantastic opportunity for our Institute to collaborate with high level partners, including several industrial representatives, to further develop and upscale our nanostructured antibacterial coatings, in particular those fabricated from sol-gel techniques and electrophoretic deposition“.