News & Events
2 December 2009
Advanced coatings and packaging material: the new inventions winning a total amount of 600.000 euro!
The two winners of Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2009 were announced on Friday, 27 November 2009. After two days of presentation the international jury made a decision choosing the two winners among the eight finalist teams.
The team will soon open headquarters in the Veneto Region and will be supported by Veneto Nanotech for the start of the new company.
Nice Filler from Salerno is the winning team of the polymer-based material category. Nice Filler develops, produces and will supply packaging producers with polymeric composites to be used in smart food packaging applications. The original and patented system proposed by NICE FILLER is based on inorganic-organic fillers for commercial polymer matrices, characterized by a lamellar structure able to intercalate with ionic bonds active molecules. The incorporation of these compounds into polymeric matrices increases their mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. In addition, they can be employed for a simple incorporation of active molecules that allow to obtain intelligent, multifunctional packaging materials.
The Nice Filler technology allows improvements across an extremely wide range of applications. At the same time the usage of it for making food packaging material will save consumers in costs associated with purchasing, transportation, recycling and discarding. Recently, the European legislation (EC-450/2009) has regulated the use of active and intelligent materials intended to come into contact with food. This creates an interesting opportunity for introducing on the European market a number of products that up to now were only present in Japan and USA. NICE FILLER will be operated as a partnership owned by three different groups: the scientific group (supervised by Prof. Vittoria Vittoria), the Business group (supervised by Prof. Roberto Parente) and IMAST. The team also includes highly qualified professionals in different areas: Andrea Sorrentino (polymer processing), Loredana Tammaro (synthesis and physical characterization of composites), Valeria Bugatti (laboratory and quality control), Antonello Saccomanno (strategic planning and economic-financial analysis), Eduardo D’Urso and Matteo De Martino (R&D manager and customers' technical assistance).