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FlexFunction2Sustain in M36: what has been done?

Three years after the start of the project, FlexFunction2Sustain published an overview highlighting the achievements of its implementation. Committed to create a network for innovative solutions for sustainable and smart products powered by nano-functionalized paper and plastic, this Horizon2020 funded initiative is aimed at supporting SMEs, start-ups and industries in the development and market launch of pioneering products.
To achieve its ultimate goal, the technical facilities of consortium members have been upgraded to enable processing of biopolymers; increase process reliability and productivity; complete process chain. All facilities and technological solutions developed within FlexFunction2Sustain are being verified in various industrial use case scenarios. At Month-36 of the project, the partners successfully demonstrated roll-to-roll processing of bio-degradable micro-structured surfaces for security labels; roll-to-roll manufacturing of conductive PET based membranes for filter applications; demonstrators of fully recyclable drink pouches and operational organic solar cells that were deposited on recycled PET films.
In order to accelerate the uptake of the ecosystem services, an Open Call  was launched in September 2021 with three cut-offs dates for applications. The winners for each deadline are available at the project website (please refer to: firstsecondthird cut-off results).

As a step in the establishment of the Ecosystem, ESNA –European Sustainable Nanotechnology Solutions Association has been registered. Created as non-profit association according the French 1901 Law of Associations with a place of business in Paris, France, the association will closely interact with for-profit independent companie(s) who will commercialise the results created in the framework of the OITB activities. The Single Entry Point (SEP) will provide an easy access point to the services of the OITB partners for the customers worldwide, with a main focus on the European Union market. SEP will be selected through a tender procedure which will be launched in the upcoming days.

Discover more about FlexFunction2Sustain project and its main advancements HERE.