On this page a list and a brief description of the Funded Projects in which we have participated as Partners.
Project For The Development Of Detachable And Recyclable Eco-Labels
EcoReLabel is the name of the project, co-funded by the Tuscany Region, for the development of products and processes that allow removable label production from bottles with a sustainable approach. In this way, it will be possible to separately recover the materials to recycle and/or reuse them. The project involves the participation of three major local companies and three Tuscan research centers of international caliber. Thanks to the support of the Tuscan Regional Authority, the six partners are called upon to design and create eco-labels that can be removed from bottles and totally recyclable. Within the project will also be developed a new process of separation of labels with low environmental impact.
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Project For The Development Of A Timeshare Nanoadditive With Absorbent And Preservative Capacity
LMPE joined as a partner in a project led by Cromology Italia, which also involves INSTM – Interuniversity National consortium for the Science and Technology of Materials, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, BESTE SpA and YACHT PRIDE S.R.L.
Project For The Development Of High Security And Reliability Smart Units In Favor Of An Industry 4.0 Aimed At The Interception And Control Of Gaseous And Liquid Co2 In Future Carbon Capture & Storage Applications
The project involves the creation of smart valves for the transport of fluids and gases that can provide data on their performance and predict maintenance and intervention times. LMPE has contributed to the selection and testing of polymer materials used as gaskets in the developed valves.
LMPE has participated as a partner together with Valis Engineering Srl, Errequadro Srl, and the University of Florence – Department of Information Engineering DINFO. Velan Abv Srl was the leader.
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Project Aid Aimed At The Containment And Countering The Epidemiological Emergency Covid-19
Project Beetle Barrier For Paper
The project, funded by the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, aims to solve the problem of the larvae of Lasioderma Serricorne, an insect that can penetrate into the packaging of cardboard and ruin the leaves of tobacco and other food.
Insects such as Lasioderma Serricorne, which infest foodstuffs such as dried fruit, flours, spices, tissues, seeds of various plants, chamomile, dried fish, and products such as paper, tobacco, and cellulose are currently being eradicated using insecticides or traps to attract male beetles and decrease the number of larvae. Both methods have significant negative aspects, the first for the presence of substances dangerous to human health, the second because they do not resolve.
The intent was to develop innovative functional packaging (“smart packaging”) that could, through the application of nanoparticles and essential oils on cardboard, provide a physical and chemical barrier against this insect.
Development began with laboratory testing, in which NEST’s advanced knowledge of nanotechnology research was combined with the experience of LMPE (Laboratory for Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials) on sustainable polymers and with the expertise of “Quality Center Laboratory for Paper of LUCENSE” for the paper substrate for packaging.
The project is coordinated by Prof. Luigi Rolandi (Director of NEST). It is based on the development of a bi-functional nanostructured material capable of combining the dissuasive effect, due to the presence of naturally sourced substances suitably confined in the layers of the material (e.g. natural insecticides, pheromones, repellents), to an effective physical barrier against larvae, whose teeth are able to overcome most of the materials currently used for packaging.
LMPE has developed within the project the capsules containing essential oils able to ensure the chemical barrier repellent.
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Project Afrodita – Advancing Fertility And Reproduction Through Dedicated And Innovative Technological Applications
LMPE will participate as a partner in the European Horizon project (2021-2027).
The project involves several European companies and universities and consists of the design and production of innovative biomedical devices to increase the performance of assisted reproduction technologies (ART).
ART is a rapidly developing area of human medicine and is the subject of much research and experimentation. Although they undoubtedly had a very positive impact on the lives of couples and individuals suffering from infertility, some potentially negative effects on the health of offspring resulting from the use of such technologies have been reported. The mechanisms involved and their consequences are poorly understood therefore there is an increasing need to advance research on the consequences of such techniques to propose solutions, and to develop innovative training programs to prepare new researchers to address these concerns.
AFRODITA starts from the central working hypothesis according to which the environment and the ART procedures exert stressful effects during the critical periconceptional period on gametes and embryos and this has an impact on the development of the embryo and on the long-term health of the offspring. The aim of the project is to create an artificial environment where in vitro fertilization takes place as similar as possible to the physiological environment to reduce the negative effects of ART.