Pro for Nano, a global nanomaterials technology company and Graphene Composites, an international nanomaterials engineering company, together with Vilnius University and Nature Research Center have been granted international Eureka funding for their nanosilver enhanced graphene oxide ink (NEGOI)” project to further develop 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.
Eureka is the world’s largest public network for collaboration in R&D and innovation, driving international collaboration and providing access to public funding.
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. Development of a nanosilver-based antimicrobial additive and designing of a 3rd generation nanomaterial production reactor flow line are also expected.
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 of 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 of Nature Research Centre said: “We are excited to participate in a multidisciplinary project focused on the 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 29 April 2021.