Aerosol Technologies and Hierarchical Assembly/ Manufacturing for Advanced Nano-structured Porous Materials  

Title of Programme
FP6-NMP- NMP-2004–
Financing Code for Project
IP 026678-2
Project start year - end year 2007 - 2011
Financing organisation
Coordinator Centro Riserche FIAT (CRF)
Other partners
Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL)
Montan Universitat Leoben (MUL)
Politecnino di Torino (POLITO)
Fachhochschule Koblenz (FHK)
Institut National de la Sante et de la Reserche Medicale (INSERM)
Ceramiques Techniques et Industrielles S.A. (CTI)
Budget / APTL Budget 9,026,570 € / 1,729,043 €
Scientific Manager / Project researcher
A. G. Konstandopoulos / E. Papaioannou
Project website
ATLANTIS is motivated by the fact that suitably 3-D engineered and functionalised porousstructured reactors can bring important breakthroughs not only in the already established market forautomotive emission control systems, but also on the emerging biotech markets of bacterial-cellsderivedpolymers and of mammalian-cells-derived recombinant protein antibodies. The S&T objectiveis to produce the required knowledge base and component technologies for the production of:
  1. a highly efficient, compact, multifunctional, emission control system for the removal ofgaseous and particulate emissions from future Diesel engines;
  2. a hyper-compact, high yield-continuous mode integrated bioreactor/separator for the bioproductionof polymers and of high value recombinant protein antibodies.
ATLANTIS radical innovations stem from novel and innovative processes, products and materialsand include:
  1. hierarchical assembly/manufacturing processes for new porous materials, built from 0-D(powders), 1-D (fibres), 2-D (sheets) and up to 3-D (foams and honeycomb monoliths) buildingblocks, of diverse metallic and ceramic materials;
  2. functionalisation with nano-structured catalysts and biocompatible surface treatments/coatings, employing novel Aerosol Technologies to achieve 3-D tailoring of porosity andsurface characteristics;
  3. novel materials, not readily accessible by conventional chemistry routes.
The multidisciplinary and diverse application targets of ATLANTIS pull together advanced R&Defforts in Europe, integrating different blocks of research activities. ATLANTIS will shorten thedistance between R&D and market deployment in established as well as in ‘niche’ market areas. Thecritical mass achieved within the Consortium, led by a strong industrial leadership, includes specializedresearch centres, complemented by four large key industry players and five high tech SMEs, to ensurethat the R&D activities will have a clear market orientation, secure fast exploitation of results andcontribute clearly towards the objective of the Lisbon European Council in March 2000 to make the EU‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’.