DIVINE: Development of an Innovative and Versatile Nanomaterial Synthesis Platform
Exploitation of the numerous breakthroughs in the field of nanotechnology over the past decades is limited by the lack of reliable, cost-effective, and versatile tools for synthesizing nanomaterials at the industrial scale. To address these limitations, DIVINE aims to develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of a versatile platform for synthesising custom-made nanomaterials. The platform will employ a novel aerosol-based method for generating nanoparticles, followed by a nanoparticle deposition stage. The processes taking place at the nanoparticle generation and deposition stages will be monitored by an online diagnosis system, providing high-quality control of the resulting nanomaterials.
The technical objectives of the project will therefore be to develop (i) a versatile cost-effective system for generating well-defined aerosol nanoparticles, and integrate it with (ii) well-established methods for depositing them on substrates to build nanomaterials, and (iii) a monitoring system of the size and concentration of the particles, providing an online diagnosis system. A deep-tech start-up company will be established and act as the project’s Host Organisation, which will further develop the DIVINE nanomaterial synthesis platform to a commercial product in the long run. To ensure the successful commercial exploitation of the product, we will also carry out a thorough market analysis and finalize all the steps for protecting the associated Intellectual Property Rights. The start-up will make its first steps in the framework of the spin-off development plan of the Cyprus Institute (CyI), which is a partner organization in the project. Once the MVP is built and validated, the start-up will move on to the seed-funding raising phase, and initiate the implementation of the beach-headed commercialisation strategy.
The project PRE-SEED/0719(B)/0298 (DIVINE) is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.