IRES is involved in a range of EU funded research projects, providing high-quality consulting services and delivering to customers innovative solutions for the development of materials based products.
Modified cost effective fibre-based structures with improved multi-functionality and performance. The MODCOMP aims at developing a new technology able to increase the power of Europe in strategic domains. MODCOMP aims to develop novel engineered fibre-based materials for technical, high value, high performance products for non-clothing applications at realistic cost, with improved functionality and safety. Demonstrators will be designed to fulfil scalability towards industrial needs and focus on TRL5/TRL6. End users from a wide range of industrial sectors (transport, construction, leisure and electronics) will adapt the knowledge gained from the project and test the innovative high added value demonstrators. READ MORE
MODCOMP will develop the next generation of CF-based materials for structural and electronics applications. The benefits of fibre-based materials have clearly been shown in aerospace applications which require lightweight, high strength, high stiffness, and high fatigue-resistant materials. The project is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The consortium consists of seventeen partners from ten European states.
A novel process for manufacturing complex shaped Fe-Al intermetallic parts resistant to extreme environments. The main objective of EQUINOX is to develop a novel process that allows to substitute Cr/Ni based (stainless) steel parts used in high volume end consumer products such as in the lock industry. The project is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The project brings together 11 partners from nine European states including Institutes, Industries and SMEsREAD MORE
OYSTER project aims to build an open characterisation and modeling environment in order to drive innovation in advanced nano-architectured and bio-inspired hard/soft interfaces. OYSTER brings Europe’s first-class laboratories and SMEs to take existing nanoscale characterisation technologies towards widespread utilisation in process optimisation and model validation. OYSTER achieves this by sharing metadata in an Open Innovation Environment, through continuous interaction with the European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC).READ MORE
Risk Management of Biomaterials.
BIORIMA aims to develop an Integrated Risk Management (IRM) framework for NBM used in ATMP and MD. The BIORIMA IRM framework is a structure upon which the validated tools and methods for materials, exposure, hazard and risk identification/assessment and management are allocated plus a rationale for selecting and using them to manage and reduce the risk for specific NBM used in ATMP and MD.READ MORE
SMARTFAN aims at the micro and Nano components, which will be used due to their special physico-chemical properties, in order to develop smart (bulk) materials for final application on intelligent structures.READ MORE
MEDLOC aims at the employment of multi-material 3D printing technologies for the large-scale fabrication of microfluidic MEMS for lab-on-a-chip and sensing applications. The concept is based on the combination of multimaterial direct-ink-writing method and an extrusion-based 3D printing pilot line, in order to fabricate microstructured detection devices with the ability to perform all steps of chemical analysis in an automated fashion.READ MORE
PRO-RES project aims to create a comprehensive, flexible and durable guidance framework that covers the spectrum of non-medical sciences and offers effective solutions for stakeholders, which comply with the highest standards of research ethics and integrity. This framework will be devised cooperatively with and seen as acceptable by, the full range of relevant stakeholders and it will be similar to Oviedo/Helsinki framework.READ MORE
The target of the LightMe project is to set up and operate a fully sustainable ecosystem related to the upscaling of materials and products of lightweight metal matrix composites. The LightMe project aspires to be a point of reference for boosting innovation in the field of lightweight metal matrix nanocomposites (MMnC) setting up an Open Innovation Ecosystem (test bed) introduction of new functionalities, features and capabilities to lightweight metals.READ MORE
The aim of Repair3D is to use recycled CFRPs and polymers in order to deliver 3D printed products, demonstrate the circular use of materials through multiple cycles of manufacturing/recycling and provide new ways to repurpose recycled materials with an end goal to minimize plastic and CFRPs waste. Repair3D will push further the readiness of the current technology on 3D printing of CFRPs and CFRPs recycling and re-use. Advances in recycling will increase the recovery rate of polymers up to 40 % and monetary savings from recycling up to 50 %, while decreasing in half the cost of raw materials.READ MORE
The main goal of DECOAT is to enable the circular use of coated parts by developing novel smart polymer material systems, and their corresponding recycling processes, currently a missing link. Demonstration will take place via concrete use-cases for outdoor gear, household electronics and automotive parts. A systemic approach for delivering breakthroughs all along the value chain will be followed.READ MORE
The project overall concept is centred on scaling up of novel, mass-production nano-manufacturing techniques invented by FAST-SMART partners for synthesis of nano-structured smart materials and component manufacture for energy harvesting applications to significantly improve the material quality and structural reliability (>50%~100%) and reduce overall materials and processing costs (by 30%) through shortening the process chains and improving material processing efficiency, being focused on less rare-element dependence materials as well as on new energy harvester designs considering environmental strategy, thus to bring about positive, environment-related impacts to Europe (greenhouse gas emission down by 50% and waste reduction by 50%),increased EU’s market share, and to promote wider implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Single Market (DSM) in Europe, due to introduction of the new energy harvesting products, design and manufacturing services created through the FAST-SMART’s partnership.READ MORE
On 19 May 2020, the European Commission launched a second request for expressions of interest for innovative and rapid health-related approaches to respond to COVID-19 and to deliver quick results for society for a higher level of preparedness of health systems (SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2) with a budget of €129.5 million. These funds come from Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, as part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response. On 11 August 2020, the EC announced that 23 projects were short-listed for funding with a total of €128.2 million The 23 projects, which involve 347 research teams from 40 countries in Europe and beyond will work among others on Rapid Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment (€22.1 million). READ MORE
For instance, using injection moulding and additive manufacturing (3D printing); adaptive and resilient production and supply chain methods; and repurposing manufacturing as a service network for fast reaction. imPURE project is one of them, dealing with Injection Moulding Repurposing for Medical Supplies enabled by Additive Manufacturing.
Carbo4Power targets to develop a new generation of lightweight, high strength,multifunctional, digitalized multi-materials for offshore wind and tidal turbine rotor blades that will increase their operational performance and durability while reducing the cost of energy production, maintenance and their environmental impact. The innovative concept is based on nano-engineered hybrid (multi)materials and their intelligent architectures. The strategic goal is to provide the frame which will create new pathways for manufacturing of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) for multiple processing lifecycles, and explore the emerging valorization opportunities in offshore energy sector. A multidisciplinary team of 18 partners (8SMEs) from 8 countries provides technological know-how and industrial leadership, with well-balanced dissemination, communication & exploitation impact.READ MORE
The nature of science has changed. It has become more interconnected, interdisciplinary, collaborative and data-intensive. Collaboration has become critical to solving complex problems. COST creates spaces where scientists are in the driving seat (bottom-up) and ideas can grow through a flexible and open approach. By enabling researchers from academia, industry and the public and private sector to work together in open networks that transcend borders, COST helps to advance science, stimulates knowledge sharing and pools resources. National governments make a real difference by ensuring that research cooperation optimises national investments in research and technology and unlocks thereby the full potential of science.READ MORE
ESSENCE COST ACTION
The OntoCommons project overall objective is to bring together and coordinate activities of the most relevant
EU stakeholders for the development of an Ontology Commons EcoSystem (OCES), consisting of ontologies and tools following specific standardization rules, that can be effectively used as foundation for data documentation in the industrial domain, in order to facilitate data sharing and valorisation and overcome the existing interoperability bottlenecks. READ MORE
The OCES will provide a way to harmonise data documentation through ontologies and taxonomies, making the data FAIR and enabling intra- and cross-domain interoperability. The range of domains includes materials and manufacturing, focusing in particular on nanotechnologies, materials characterisation, computational modelling, process industries, factories of the future, biotechnology (for materials and manufacturing), clean energy, regulatory and risk assessment. The effectiveness of the OCES in accelerating data driven innovation will be proved at the end of the project by the delivery of demonstrations cases, covering several application domains.