PROTECT aims to develop a versatile platform of 3 pre-commercial lines for production of antimicrobial textiles for hospitals and public areas, anti-biofilm medical devices and water treatment membranes. These production lines will share as a common feature the use of high intensity ultrasound (US) in 3 different machinery designs:
- continuous roll-to-roll (R2R) US coating;
- continuous R2R spray coating with US nozzles, and
- batch mode (non-continuous) US coating.
1. Establishment of three pre-commercial nanoparticle [NPs] coating lines applied to solid substrates
2. Advanced low-cost, sustainable and safe coating processes and products
3. Novel highly efficient antimicrobial and anti-biofilm NPs – inorganic, organic, biological and hybrid
4. In situ monitoring and control of NPs coating processes and products
5. Shelf-life monitoring of the antimicrobial and anti-biofilm performance of the products based on specific indicators
6. Implementation of safety by design approaches to control potential risks during NPs coating and product use
7. New functional products with improved performance: antimicrobial textiles, antimicrobial/anti-biofilm water treatment membranes and biocompatible antimicrobial/anti-biofilm medical devices.
Project Duration: January 2017 to December 2020
Eligible Cost: 9.442.000 €
European Union Funding: 9.442.000 €
Intervention Region: Europe
The partners are progressing in the scale-up of the three processes developed in Protect, previously mentioned. Partner KLO carried out experiments on the existing R2R pilot to define and optimize the parameters required for a homogenous coating that will be further used in the new up-scaled machine. Partner CENTI optimized the spray R2R coating of cotton fabrics with photocatalytic and antimicrobial silica/titanium dioxide nanocomposites, following specific design-of-experiments trials. Partners UPC and BIU optimized the batch coating processes for medical devices using metal oxide nanoparticles, combination of metaloxides and enzymes, or functional biomolecules.