Collaborative project

Project overview

Project Acronym: NANOCLEAN

Starting date  October 2009

Duration: 36 months

Budget: 4.6 M€

EC Funding: 2.9 M€

Call identifier: FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2

Activity code: NMP-2008-2.1-2  Processing and upscaling of nanostructured materials


NANOCLEAN, a context sensitive proposal, is an industrially impelled and led project aimed at the mass production of permanent superhydrophobic and self-cleaning plastic components via the upscalingof a nano-engineered highly-versatile integrated one-step injection moulding technique (an integrated approach based on a standardproduction line applied in numeroussectors). The design of tailor-made wetting properties onto injected plastic component surfaceswill be performed through a cross disciplinary approach combining, novel high-tech top-down(nano/micromachining and templation) and ‘smart’ bottom-up (chemical modification/additivation&nanomaterials) techniques.


Nanoclean Project Goals

  • Tailor-made micro/nanostructured surfaces onto injection moulds.
  • Optimization of highly hydrophobic materials suitable for micro/nano-texturedinjection moulding technology.
  • Design and assessment of injection moulding process and moulded components.
  • Scaling-up assessment.


Nanoclean Basic objectives

  • Optimize ultra short pulse laser micro/nanomachining of two/scale textures onto injection tools.
  • Scale-up of texturing technology for large 3D complex-curved injection moulds.
  • Scale-up the production of polymer compounds with tailor-made wetting properties throughphysical/chemical modification.
  • Refine injection moulding concepts (tools & parameters) for optimal injection/superhydrophobicity ratio.
  • Design and build new laser based 3D texturing machinery. Set-up laser based nano-ablation technology for optimal yield & cost effectiveness.
  • Define the formulating processes (chemical & physical methods) that will enable large-scale production of new materials for injection moulding safely and economically.
  • Demonstrate the innovative technology by manufacturing and testing a large-scale automotive component, conducting technical and economic assessment.
  • Benchmarking and assessment of technology focused on potential transfer of up-scaled technology to other sectors and applications thanks to proposing an integrated approach based on standard production line applied in numerous sectors.
  • NANOCLEAN will focus on injected plastic components with permanent self-cleaning features by nano-engineered highly-versatile integrated one-step injection moulding. The consortium consists of 5 industrial partners and 2 research organizations, being the project led by a strong industrial partner (MAIER). The industrial partners all have key, active and leading roles to guarantee industrial relevance and impact.
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology to perform a global environmental evaluation, determining and quantifying the relevance of key involved impacts (Ecoindicator99 methodology).