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Dr Stefania Grecea and Dr Olivier Lugier of the Functional Materials group at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have been awarded a Proof-of-Concept grant of 100,000 euros by the Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and the University of Amsterdam. It enables them to advance a newly developed method for the synthesis of hybrid core-shell nanoparticles and bring these promising nanomaterials from lab to market.

Postdoc researcher Olivier Lugier with the experimental set-up. Image: HIMS.

Hybrid core-shell nanoparticles possess unique properties arising from their combined inorganic and organic phases. Because of this, they are of great value for a multitude of technological applications ranging from catalysis and chemical sensing to biomedicine.

In an earlier research project, Grecea and Lugier have developed and validated a sustainable and effective approach for the synthesis of these core-shell nanoparticles. It consists of a direct gas-phase method that combines simplicity with improved cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness when compared to existing industrial techniques.

Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and the University of Amsterdam have now awarded Grecea and Lugier 100,000 euros of Proof-of-Concept funding to further develop the method and the required equipment. It also enables investigation of the commercial opportunities for hybrid core-shell nanoparticles in the fields of biomedicine, chemical sensing and catalysis. Together with IXA and Demonstrator Lab Science Park, Lugier and Grecea will now continue the development of their synthesis method with the aim to scale up and bring these promising nanomaterials from lab to market.

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