Grant projects


In addition to product sales, reactor sales and feasibility studies, Promethean Particles work in parallel on grant projects covering innovative solutions with various partners from different industries.

About FP7 and Horizon 2020

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the EU’s chief instrument for funding scientific research and technological development (RTD) over the period 2007 to 2013, is an important factor in meeting the renewed Lisbon goals of growth, competitiveness and employment. Over €50 billion of EU funding is available to support RTD in FP7.
Framework programmes are proposed by the European Commission for joint approval by both the European Council and the European Parliament. The current programme FP7 runs for seven years, from 1 January 2007 to 2013. Further information on FP7 can be found on CORDIS

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Innovate UK projects

ACTIn: Antimicrobial Textiles for the Healthcare Sector

The project will focus on the development of a durable anti-microbial treatment for textiles for the healthcare industry, with the aim of reduced hospital acquired infections which lead to significant economic and social impacts due to extended stays in hospitals, higher healthcare costs, and thousands of deaths globally. This project builds  on some of the findings of the successful CuVito project (Europe-Mexico collaboration funded by European Commission’s FP7 program and CONACYT) and develop novel copper-based and functionalised-silica based treatments of textiles. Two main modes of incorporation of these active and environmentally low impact agents into textiles will be explored: development of a novel antimicrobial ink for inkjet printing and an ultrasound assisted melt-mixing process for direct incorporation into the fabric. The project aims to deliver value-added products for the SMEs involved in the project both in UK and Mexico, which will help them leverage this novel technology for competitive advantages in the healthcare industry and also open the doors for further collaboration between UK and Mexico after the project.


ICEMART: Durable Ice-repellant coatings process for aerospace and energy industries

Ice formation on aircraft, wind turbines and power lines is a major cost to industry and an ongoing cause of fatal air crashes and accidents from ice-shedding. Current ice-mitigation technologies rely on mechanical breaking of the ice, electrical heating or application of de-icing chemicals. These are expensive, inefficient, unreliable, and damaging to the environment. The aim of the ICEMART project is to develop a novel passive ice-repellent coating that will prevent and/or minimise ice formation and adhesion reducing significantly the need for active ice-management. This development will have far-reaching impact across a wide range of sectors, including aviation and energy where it could save hundreds of lives, eliminate the discharge of over 100 million litres of aircraft de-icing fluid, contribute to annual savings of £7bn in fuel and 80Mtonnes of CO2 from aviation and improve wind generation efficiency by 17%.

ICEMART technology is based on a novel patented technique for obtaining multi-functional additives that can be incorporated  into coating resins making  them highly repellent to water and ice, whilst providing a tough and durable coating


BIOGLASS: Development of a novel multifunctional bioglass-based coating for the next generation of prostheses

With an ever ageing population, there are an increasing number of patients requiring medical devices, such as artificial joints and dental implants to enable everyday activity. An improvement of current implants will offer tremendous benefits. In particular, there is an urgent need for technologies to improve the fixation of implants/devices in bone without infection occurring. The general objectives of the project are to ensure an optimum response from the body to newly developed implant coatings. This  project seeks to deliver a novel technology for the manufacture of a next generation of antimicrobial bioactive coatings for biomedical implants which will offer a reduced risk of infection and superior biocompatibilty.

CELL3DITOR: Cost-effective and flexible 3D printed SOFC stacks for commercial applications

A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a ceramic-based multilayer device that involves expensive and time-consuming multi-step manufacturing processes including tape casting, screen printing, firing, shaping and several high-temperature thermal treatments. In addition, these cells are manually assembled into stacks resulting in extra steps for joining and sealing that difficult the standardization and quality control of the final product while introducing weak parts likely to fail. Since current ceramics processing presents strong limitations in shape and extremely complex design for manufacturing (more than 100 steps), industrially fabricated SOFC cells and stacks are expensive and present low flexibility and long time to market. This is particularly relevant for the commercial segment of the stationary fuel cells market (5-400kW) that is highly heterogeneous in

terms of the overall power and heat requirements and requires customization of the final product. The main goal of the Cell3Ditor project is to develop a 3D printing technology for the industrial production of SOFC stacks by covering research and innovation in all the stages of the industrial value chain (inks formulation, 3D printer development, ceramics consolidation and system integration). All-ceramic joint-free SOFC stacks with embedded fluidics and current collection will be fabricated in a two-step process (single-step printing and sintering) to reduce in energy, materials and assembly costs while simplifying the design for  manufacturing and time to market. Compared to traditional ceramic processing, the Cell3Ditor manufacturing process presents a significantly shorter time to market (from years to months) and a cost reduction estimated in 63% with an initial investment below one third of an equivalent conventional manufacturing plant (production of 1000 units per year).

For more information on the project please visit the consortium website:

NanoFASE: Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

The overarching objective of NanoFASE is to deliver an integrated Exposure Assessment Framework (protocols, models, parameter values, guidance …) that:

  • Allows all stakeholders to assess the environmental fate of nano releases from industrial nano-enabled products,
  • Is acceptable in regulatory registrations and can be integrated into the EUSES model for REACH assessment,
  • Allows industry a cost-effective product-to-market process, and
  • Delivers the understanding at all levels to support dialogue with public and consumers.

The ambition is to reach a level of engineered nanomaterials Fate and exposure assessment at least comparable with that for conventional chemicals.


For more information on the project please visit the consortium website:

Engineered Nanomaterial Mechanisms of Interactions with Living systems and the Environment

The NanoMILE project began in March 2013 with the aim of establishing a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of nanomaterial interactions with living systems and the environment, across the entire life cycle of nanomaterials and in a wide range of target species. 

The project will identify critical properties (physico-chemical descriptors) that confer the ability to induce harm in biological systems. Promethean Particles will provide a wide range of nanomaterials with systematic variation of physico-chemical properties for screening and impact assessment, as well as providing bespoke synthesis of safer by design nanomaterials.  This is key to allowing these features to be considered in nanomaterial production (“safety by design”).  The overarching objective of NanoMILE is thus to formulate an intelligent and powerful paradigm for the mode(s) of interaction between manufactured Nanomaterials (MNMs) and organisms or the environment to allow the development of a single framework for the classification of nanomaterial safety and the creation of a universally applicable framework for nanosafety.


For more information on the project please visit the consortium website:

Sustainable Hydrothermal Manufacturing of Nanomaterials

This EU FP7 project started in May 2012 and is based entirely on the Promethean manufacturing technology.  The project is co-ordinated by Prof Ed Lester at the University of Nottingham and involves 17 partners from around the EU and has a total budget of approximately €10 million.  The partners are a mix of academic institutions, SME’s and large industrial partners.  The aims of the project are to build a 1000 ton per year nanomaterial manufacturing plant in the UK and to develop 7 products of commercial interest that can be manufactured at the site. 

For more information on the project please visit the consortium website:

Printable Organic-Inorganic Transparent Semiconductor Devices

This EU project started in May 2011 and is looking at developing the next generation of printed electronic devices.  The role of Promethean is to develop semiconducting, conductive and dielectric nanoparticles for use in these applications.  In addition to the ability to synthesis a range of materials in different compositions, sizes and shapes, Promethean will also conduct online formulation into an ink during a one step continuous manufacturing process. 

For more information on the project please visit the consortium website:

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