Nanotech 2010

SAPHIR – European Project

C. Goepfert

Keywords: nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, safety process


Industrial needs in terms of multifunctional components are increasing. Several sectors are concerned, ranging from mature high volume markets like automotive applications, high added value parts like space & aeronautic components or even emerging activities like new technologies for energy. Nanotechnologies could play a key role in promoting innovation in design and realisation of multifunctional products for the future, either by improving usual products or by creating new functions and new products. Nevertheless, this huge evolution of the industry of materials can only happen if the main technological and economic challenges are solved with reference to societal acceptance. It concerns the mastering, over the whole life cycle of the products, of the potential risks, by an integration of the elaboration channels, while taking recycling into account. The SAPHIR project (funded by the European Commission) aims at: - Implementing direct production of nanoparticles through the development of a global integrated concept (from the synthesis to the final products as shown in fig. 1) with a responsible approach. Indeed, the main breakthrough is to connect individual processes so that the handling of the produced powders is avoided. By means of safe recovery and conditioning systems, such as suspensions or nanostructured granulates, nanoparticles can be manipulated without risk. - Manufacturing by emerging combinations which will allow the elaboration of new generation of metallic matrix composites (MMC), ductile ceramics and ceramic matrix composites (CMC), polymer matrix composites (PMC) for bulk applications in the field of aerospace or energy and for surface engineering in the field of building applications.
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