The practical application of nano technology in the process sectors and their client industries relies heavily on the ability to incorporate nanoparticles into products in a fully dispersed and stable state, whilst still allowing the nano-material to fully express its functionality.
Currently, the design of processes that involve the dispersion of nanoparticles is primarily based on past knowledge rather than fundamental understanding. This constitutes a major barrier to taking a new product to market within a short period of time. Additionally, the waste associated with preliminary “trial and error” type of work and non-optimal processes results in excessive waste production.
The main driver for a new industrial consortium DOMINO is the need to establish design methods for the manufacture of novel dispersed nano-particulate products. Allowing the rapid implementation of processes to manufacture predictable products, which meet rigorous quality standards.
DOMINO will carry out experimental and simulation work enabling its Members to apply the knowledge (data, correlations, models and design tools) to their processes, allowing rapid scale-up and consistent product quality. Founder Members will have the opportunity to direct the first phase of the project at the kick-off meeting on 18th October 2007. Primary technical areas for the first phase are:
- Particle Incorporation into Liquid
- Break-up and Dispersion of Particle Agglomerates
- Dispersion Rheology
The Deliverables will be:
- Design Guides and models with a sound basis for improving nanoparticle & emulsion production, powder incorporation, de-agglomeration and dispersion processes.
- Computational models and sub-routines.
- Confidential support for implementation of results.
- Training and seminars.
- A platform for members to network and discuss issues with peers from other organisations.
BHR Group has held detailed discussions with a number of chemical, pharmaceutical, personal/household care and equipment supplier companies. Signed-up Members have already been secured. Other interested companies are very welcome to enter into discussions and join DOMINO in time for the kick-off meeting.
The DOMINO consortium will be run in the same way as FMP (Fluid Mixing Processes), a BHR Group run industrial consortium, which has provided major chemical companies with reactor design data for the last 24 years.