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First General Meeting of the SunCoChem European Project

On October 23, the first general meeting of the new EU H2020 SunCoChem project will take place.


SunCoChem addresses the need of the EU chemical industry for highly competitive and integrated solutions enabling the carbon-neutral production of high-value chemicals from solar energy, H20 and CO2.


A "tandem photoelectrocatalytic reactor (TPER)" will be developed on a TRL 5 scale; the reactor has an innovative approach thanks to 4 different processes:

  1. CO2 selective capture from flue gases or from the atmosphere by permeable membranes and its selective concentration in ILs;
  2. photocatalytic water oxidation (anode reaction);
  3. photoelectrocatalytic CO2 conversion to CO2 and H2 (cathode reaction);
  4. in-situ CO carbonylation to oxo-products (at cathode surface);

SunCoChem will have an important impact in reduction of the dependence of the European Chemical Industry (ECI) on carbon feedstock.


LAURENTIA TECHNOLOGES, as partner of the project, will collaborate in the development, engineering and scale up of photo-catalysts for anode and cathode electrodes in the TRL3-TRL5 prototypes.

The partners of the project: Fundacio Eurecat (Spain); Politecnico di Torino (Italy); Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fur Materialen un Energie (Germany); Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS (France); Solaronix SA (Switzerland); Avantium (Netherlands); Laurentia Technologies SLL (Spain); Iolitec Ionic Liquids Technologies (Germany); HYSYTECH (Italy); Dow Chemical Iberica SL (Spain); IFF Benicarlo SL (Spain); Associacion Espanola de normalizacion (Spain); Diethnes Panepistimio Ellados (Greece).



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Laurentia will attend the International Conference on Nanotechnology, ANNIC 2017

Laurentia will attend in Rome the next October 18th to the Congress: "ANNIC 2017: Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference 2017"


The Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference is an annual event that hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks. It is a great opportunity to share your research findings with wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network.



Laurentia will present the results obtained in the project NANOTUN3D in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In this project he has developed a type of core-shell nanoparticles for use in metallic alloys for additive printing technology in order to improve the final performance of Ti64 metal parts.





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Laurentia in NANOTEC 2016

Laurentia Technologies will be present in NANOTEC 2016, international conference about nanomaterials applications, which will be celebrated in Valencia, 26th and 27 September. 


Laurentia will show its development and product lines: metallic nanooxides and nanocapsules.


Moreover, the European Project NANOTUN3D will be presented, explaining how new nanomaterials are being developed to be used in metallic adittive manufacturing. 

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PCMs for temperature control

PCMs, or phase change materials, act as thermal regulators depending on the thermal conditions of the environment. There are PCMs of inorganic and organic nature, but the latter are based on polymers which are more stable and capable of storing and releasing greater amounts of energy. This behavior occurs with the reversible phase change material (PCMs), such that heat absorbed or released when the material passes from solid to liquid and vice versa. When the temperature rises and the temperature of phase change reaches the PCM melts absorbing heat from the environment, while when the temperature drops below the temperature of phase change, solidifies releasing heat. Most of PCMs on the market are presented encapsulated. Regardless of (liquid or solid) state of the PCM, the nanocapsule containing it remains in solid state providing protection and preventing release.


This type of product has been developed for a variety of applications, such as cooling systems, energy sustainable buildings, aerospace coatings, paints interior, smart textiles.

Laurentia technologies has developed a line of products based on PCMs with thermoregulatory capacity and improving energy efficiency and product application in different sectors. This same technology can be adapted to the design of different applications by appropriately selecting the temperature range in which to exercise regulatory properties.



The main difference Laurentia technology over other products is the siliceous capsule thanks to its higher thermal conductivity improves the storage capacity and energy release. In addition it is more resistant to potential problems of breakage during handling or processing of the material capsules. 

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H2020 European Project Nanotun3D starts

The past 9th and 10th November, the kick-off meeting of the H2020 European project NANOTUN3D took place in Brussels. The meeting was attended by representatives of the 9 members of the consortium from Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain.


The aim of the project that now begins its journey, is to produce and use a new Titanium alloy nanomodifed, to be used by additive manufacturing technology in special applications.



During the meeting, AIMME, as leader, explained the objectives of the project to all partners, and the results to be achieved and deadlines to achieve each milestone.


The consortium, which consists in a set of companies, organizations, researchs centers and universities from 5 European countries, will work over 42 months to reach the objectives: UPV, LAURENTIA, CEIT, VITO, TLS, ZOZ, TWI , APR and AIMME. In addition to the representatives of the aforementioned entities, at the meeting participated also the officer assigned by the European Commission, whose mission is to ensure compliance with the provisions of the project report as well as assist in resolving  administrative doubts nature which may arise as they develop the work.


The project was approved in the call for "Nanotechnologies, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing" in the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union, closed last March.

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