GC and Pro for Nano, a global nanomaterials technology company, have been awarded international Eureka funding for their nanosilver enhanced graphene oxide ink (NEGOI)” project to further develop their antimicrobial ink. The project received the highest scoring in their application and will be financed by the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) through the funding program 01.2.2-MITA-K-702.
Vilnius University and the Nature Research Center in Lithuania join Graphene Composites and Pro for Nano to support ink evaluation and testing. The aim of the project is to develop innovative nanotechnology and graphene oxide based antimicrobial inks and coatings for air filters, surfaces and other applications. The developed coating is expected to be an effective way to control viruses, bacteria and fungi and to fight against COVID and future pandemics. It is also expected to develop a nanosilver-based antimicrobial additive and to design a 3rd generation nanomaterial production reactor flow line.
Eureka is the world’s largest public network for collaboration in R&D and innovation, driving international collaboration and providing access to public funding.
Gediminas Galinis, Pro for Nano CEO & Founder, said: “What an amazing opportunity to create and develop extraordinary nanotechnology products! We are very pleased about the Eureka network funding, as this will allow us to undertake required R&D work jointly with Graphene Composites, Vilnius University and the Nature Research Centre. Nanotechnology concepts will be transformed into advanced end-user products.”
Sandy Chen, Graphene Composites CEO & Co-Founder, said: “Working with Pro for Nano and renowned leading research institutes in Lithuania with the sponsorship of Eureka, demonstrates R&D and innovation collaboration at its best – we are very excited to be part of this project in the development of our patent pending ink.”
Eglė Lastauskienė, Vilnius University said: “It is very exciting to see the shift from fundamental ideas to real products. The partnership with Pro for Nano, who we have worked with for many years, is the perfect example of how R&D companies and academia can come together in order to create advanced technologies. Now we have a great opportunity to extend our network by cooperating with Graphene Composites and Nature Research Center in this joint EUREKA project.”
Elena Servienė, Nature Research Centre said: “We are excited to participate in a multidisciplinary project focused on development of new nanotechnologies. We believe that this close and productive collaboration between science and industry really paves the way for the future.”
Nanosilver enhanced graphene oxide ink (NEGOI)” 01.2.2-MITA-K-702-12-0002 project budget is 219,845 EUR. The Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology will partially fund the project and will contribute 137,988 EUR. The project duration is 18 months and it started on 29th April 2021.
About Pro for Nano: Pro for nano is an innovation driven company focusing on nanotechnology based solutions and products to address global climate change, demand for green energy and global pandemic challenges. We aim to provide advanced nanomaterials to control the impact of microorganisms to our lives as well as nanomaterials to advance hydrogen production and to minimise CO2 footprint. www.profornano.com
About Graphene Composites: Graphene Composites is a world leader in nanomaterials engineering. We are driven by our ethos – GC for Good – working with our partners to apply our expertise in graphene and other nanomaterials engineering to make truly life-enhancing products. www.graphenecomposites.com
About Vilnius University: Vilnius University, one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. At the moment it unites over 4000 academic and research employees working in the different fields of science. The Vilnius University Life Sciences Center is home to three academic units that take part in joint activities: the Institutes of Biochemistry, Institute of Biotechnology and the Institute of Biosciences. It is a new and innovative centre possessing modern laboratory equipment and top-level scientific research services. www.gmc.vu.lt/en/
About Nature Research Center: Nature Research Centre is a State R&D institution, leading the research on the natural environment among the science and academic institutions in Lithuania. NRC takes an active role in the development and implementation of a conceptual framework for the protection of the living environment and its sustainable development.www.gamtostyrimai.lt