Application of 2nd generation of CD (cyclodextrin) derived nanosponges for highly selective recovery of by products, CRMs and secondary raw materials contaminants

European Call(s)



Name of the organisation


Description of the organisation

Our core areas are Specialty Chemicals and Life Science, including downstream sectors. We accompany our clients through technical advances by providing specific support either to exogenous or endogenous high-tech development projects. We assist our customers in strengthening their growth by insertion of implementing and disruptive innovation in their product portfolio. Our interdisciplinary expertise and global cooperation with industry and academy enable us to offer development opportunities to our customers by creating fruitful upstream and downstream synergies and by supporting them from the initial generation of the concept of a product to its industrial scale- up. A certified qualification in Innovation Management and Business Administration, allows the successful realization of Business plans for innovative materials and related industrial solutions; competence in project set up and coordination within private and public funding programs at national and international level.

Main areas of expertise

The project implies expertise in Industrial process technology and Design, in water treatment technologies, including Oil and Gas and Mining (Chemistry, Chemical engineering) and Life Cycle Assessment models. Expertise in nanotechnologies application in biotech and water treatment solutions could accelerate the macromolecular selections and prioritization in the project construction. Expertise in the chemical matching between CDs derivatives and guest molecules. Specific skills in RO and membrane technologies in general for water treatment are required as well.

Contact Person

Maria Cristina Pasi

Looking for: Partner(s) - Coordinator

The partners we are looking for are :
-a chemical entity specialized in polymeric synthesis and macromolecular and supramolecular compounds for industrial applications
-an industrial entity operating in water technologies
-an enterprise specialized in water analytics

Main Objectives:

1. to develop a more sustainable raw material production model by enhancing the recovery of both heavy metals concentrations and valuable primary and by products along the process at ppb level by using a new generation of biomaterials. A new and highly versatile class of cross-linked cyclodextrin (CD)-based nanoporous polymers is able to add to their own intriguing properties, including safety, biodegradability, negligible toxicity, marked swelling behavior, a superior inclusion capability with respect to native CD, that is the basis for potential enhanced application in many various industrial fields. NSCDs will act along the process within selected pH, Temperature and solvents’ polarity range covering a wide range of industrial recognized conditions.

2. to introduce into the market an extraction technology which is reversible and therefore in line with the sustainability European policy in chemistry and related sectors and versatile according to the type of cross linker used in the polymerization process to get the three dimensional supramolecular compound.

3. to overcome the inefficiency of activated carbons’ based technology in specific application fields (Cadmium, Chromium, Zinc)

4. to enhance the recovery of short chained aromatic compounds, usual residual contaminants in many secondary raw materials by the application of specific Beta-CDNSs


Securing the sustainable access to raw materials, including metals, industrial minerals, aromatic compounds and particularly Critical Raw Materials (CRM), is of high importance for the EU economy. Complex primary and secondary resources contain many different raw materials. Their processing, reuse, recycling and recovery schemes are complex and imply different steps, ranging from collection, logistics, sorting and separation to cleaning, refining and purification of materials.

The challenge for this project is to scale up promising raw materials production technologies, already adopted in other segments, and to demonstrate that raw materials can be produced in an innovative and sustainable way in order to make sure that research and innovation end up on the market, to strengthen the competitiveness of the European raw materials industries, meet ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030, minimise environmental impacts and risks, and gain the trust of EU citizens in the raw materials sector.

In addition the project will take the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the safety validation of the nanotechnologies which is still the major obstacle to the market development of the nanomaterials. On this challenge the international cooperation is encouraged.


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