The EuroNanoForum conference focuses on the impact nanotechnology is having in solving societal challenges linked to environmental, energy and health issues. It showcases innovation as a driver of economic growth. It presents new technologies arising from nanoscience and their applications and discusses potential new end products. It addresses commercialisation and co-operative alliances and schemes that accelerate their deployment, whilst also considering other key enabling technologies: advanced materials, nanoelectronics and manufacturing.
Participation will be in excess of 1000 key stakeholders from Europe and elsewhere, including nanotechnology applied researchers, industry stakeholders, and the decision-makers responsible for European R&D funding. This is your opportunity to influence decisions on the future of European Nanotechnology R&D. The event offers a bridge to Horizon 2020, the European Union’s future funding programme for research and innovation (2014-2020). The conference will look at how nanotechnologies will fit into the targeted key priority areas of Horizon 2020: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
The Forest Technology Platform, together with the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), is organising a workshop on ‘Products based on wood nanotechnology’ on Thursday 20 June, 09:00 – 10:30h. Wood-based nanotechnologies and the production of nano-based products have many promising application areas. The world production of nanocellulose has just passed 100 ton per year and meanwhile new multi-functional nanoparticle coatings are being developed and the research on wood-based carbon-nanotubes is moving fast.
But how long will it take until we see the first market applications? In what way will wood-nanotechnologies satisfy the need of consumers? To debate these questions and to consider the future of wood nanotechnology the following speakers will lead the discussion:
• Johan Elvnert, Managing Director, FTP – Introduction to the renewed European Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRA) for the forest-based sector
• Alexander Bismarck, Professor, Vienna University – Nanosized bacterial cellulose, truly green and fully renewable composites, and novel macroporous polymers
• Pia Qvintus, VTT – Plant-based nanocellulose – from research to applications
• Esa Laurinsilta, Director, UPM – The market for nanoncellulose in 5 years
• Anna Suurnäkki, Chief research scientist, VTT – overview of other nano-application research areas emerging
• Panel Discussion: Will nanotechnology-derived applications take the market gradually or will we see a paradigm-shift for the forest-based industry and consumers?
Nanotech Europe and EuroNanoForum are joining forces in 2013 to create the biggest European marketplace for nanotechnology and materials applications, products and research. The fully integrated exhibition will enable you to demonstrate and see state of the art technologies and research results from innovative companies, leading institutes, clusters, SMEs and EU-projects.
For registration and further information: www.euronanoforum2013.eu
CEPI is a member of the Forest technology Platform (FTP)
European papermakers continue the innovation
The export of the technique of papermaking to Europe, especially to Italy, has been well documented. From the 13th century onwards, papermakers at two early Italian centres, Fabriano and Amalfi, tried to improve upon the Arabian technique.
The Italian papermakers introduced a series of improvements to the papermaking process:
• the use of water to power the machinery
• the stamping mill was used to produce pulp more efficiently (derived from the machines used in textile handicrafts)
• the mould made of wire mesh (as a result of progress in wire production), which triggered
• the introduction of couching on felt
• the paper press with slides for feeding in the material, which quickens
• the drying process the drying of the sheets of paper on ropes
• the introduction of dip sizing - sizing is when a substance is applied to paper to change its surface properties, e.g. to improve strength or reduce absorbency of water
In the course of the rapid expansion of trade in the late Middle Ages, paper merchants were dealing with a commodity that was growing in importance for European public and intellectual life.
The first documented papermaking on German soil was in 1390 when the Nuremberg councillor Ulmann Stromer commissioned a paper mill. His mill was initially designed with 2 waterwheels, 18 stamping hammers and 12 workers using one or two vats.