Nanoparticles are used as additives to modify and control liquid properties and to stabilize foams and emulsions for possible application in the food, cosmetics and materials industries. They are the essential part of ink formulations for 2D and 3D printing and coatings, and very promising carriers for targeted drug delivery. Nanoparticles are incorporated into functional porous materials, designed for applications requiring extremely high surface area enabling high heat and mass transport and chemical reactions rates.
Nanoparticles can be harmful. Their presence in air or water can influence the Earth’s ecology and human health. As a result of human activity, millions of tons of potentially dangerous waste containing nano- and microparticles are produced and disposed daily. Handling these particles requires a comprehensive knowledge of the laws defining interaction of nanoparticles agglomerates resulting in their adhesion to different surfaces.
The aim of the nanoPaInt project is a comprehensive understanding and predictive modelling of the properties and dynamics of dense nanosuspensions, which are governed by strong nanoparticles interactions in liquid bulk and at interfaces. The gained knowledge is used to design novel functional smart liquids and solid nanomaterials.
The training aim of nanoPaInt network is to support the career development of young researchers both in academic and non-academic sectors and to train a new generation of creative, mobile, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers (ESRs) through the experience of independent and interdisciplinary research, participation at local and network-wide training activities and intersectorial and international secondments.