Initial results of the Genesis research program into nanostructured materials
Arkema launched the Genesis program in 2008, backed by OSEO, designed to bring together major industrial groups, SMEs and academic laboratories within a partnership for the development of new performance materials with a nanometric structure and their industrial applications. Several sectors were chosen for their technological innovation potential: automotive, cable manufacture, structural composites, energy, environment, and information and communication technologies.
Five years on, the success of the program has prompted Arkema to organize a conference at its Colombes offices, in the presence of a hundred representatives from the world of materials: manufacturers, academics and representatives from research funding agencies (OSEO as well as ADEME and ANR).
The outstanding performances – mechanical strength, thermal and electrical properties, light weight – of the materials in the Genesis program are indeed already reflected in technological advances in many applications: adhesives, polymer glazing, membranes, etc. Accordingly, this two-day conference will report on the results of the program and the performance potential of these materials in diverse applications such as plastics for cars, batteries, adhesives, polymer glazing, cable manufacture, and membranes for water treatment or the manufacture of integrated circuits.
The Genesis program also relies on a strong academic component, with major support from the scientific community: the result of various theses and PhD work involved in the program will also be unveiled during the two-day event.
Finally, in line with Arkema’s HSE policy, the Genesis program entails a major component relating to the toxicological and eco-toxicological properties of nanomaterials, and a synopsis of these research works will be presented.
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