NANOPROTECTION - Advance hybrid nano-materials for the protection and the waterproofing of surfaces  

The project’s main objective is the development of advance hybrid nano-materials for the protection and the waterproofing of surfaces. To meet the objectives of this project we will develop first in the Lab shell/core acrylic emulsion and hybrid shell/core acrylic-polyurethane emulsions suitable for the protection and the waterproofing of concrete surfaces. Secondly we will upscale to pilot plant and to industrial reactors to test the materials in real world conditions.

Coordinator: Loufakis Chemicals SA (Greece)

Partners:

  • ISOMAT SA (Greece)
  • CPERI\CERTH (Greece)
Development of granular binary ferric-manganese oxy-hydroxide for arsenic removal from potable water  

The project’s main objective is the development of a low-cost material that will be used in water treatment plants to absorb Arsenic from drinking water. This material will be used as the adsorbent media in new water treatment systems or as the media that will replace a conventional adsorbent in existing water treatment systems. The project primarily impacts on the chemicals market for Arsenic removal and secondly, on the water treatment systems manufacturers.

The first results from adsorption tests of the developed materials with NSF water in the Lab showed that our AquAsZero absorbents outperform current commercial products (http://www.aquaszero.com/index.php/results) and we submit for a patent to Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI, 2010-03165, 28/9/2010). Now we are building the pilot plant where we will prepare sufficient quantities to validate our new product in real conditions in small water treatment plants.

Coordinator: Loufakis Chemicals SA (Greece)

Partners:

  • IPROCHIM CHEMICAL ENGINEERING COMPANY SA (Romania)
  • UREN WATER TECHNOLOGY S.A. (Espania)
  • AQUAGEST S.A. (Espania)
  • ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN CENTRE (Greece)
  • ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI [AUTH] (Greece)
Exploitation of computer aided design tools for the design, simulation, control and optimization of polymerization processes

Is one of the sub-projects of the umbrella - project “Innovation Pole of Central Macedonia” funded by the GSRT under the programme EPAN. 2006-2008

 

The project developed an advanced prototype software package for the simulation, control and optimization of polymerization processes. This objective was accomplished according to the contemporary methods for developing industrial software and it is based on the corresponding mathematical algorithms (computational software programms) that have been developed by the Laboratory of Polymer Reaction Engineering (LPRE) of the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI). In these software programs various polymerization kinetics, reactors and other unit operations can be readily selected and combined to build a process model. The role of LOUFAKIS CHEMICALS SA in the project was the conduct of industrial research, in order to certify the new software package, and to participate in demonstration actions. The tool that was developed brought significant business benefits to the company, including:

  • Throughput and yield optimization
  • Process troubleshooting and analysis
  • Grade transition strategies
  • New grade studies
  • Design advanced control systems
LIQUIDECODYE - Ecological Liquid Dyes for Textile Applications. EPAN – EUREKA 2004-2007  

The project started on the 1st of July 2004 and lasted 30 months. The project was funded under the programmes EPAN - EUREKA. The total budget of the project was 283.889. The Project aimed to develop novel liquid dyes designated for textile materials, through dye microencapsulation in lecithin liposomes emulsions.

Liposomes can encapsulate dyes and act as controlled-release systems upon temperature rise. More specifically, when the temperature increases, liposome walls undergo a phase transition (from the gel phase to the liquid phase), and the encapsulated dye is released. Thus, the adsorption and reaction of the dyes and to textile substrates takes place gradually, under controlled conditions.

The implementation of the Project included the following actions:

  • Determination and elaboration of specific conditions, allowing the preparation of stable emulsions based on lecithin, with high dye content.
  • Development of lecithin emulsions incorporating reactive dyes, designated for dyeing cotton and polyamide textiles.
  • Increase the efficiency of lecithin liposomes through application of surface-active substances.
  • Investigation and optimization of parameters involved in the preparation of liquid dyes.
  • Preparation of liquid dyes in industrial scale.
  • Development of specifications for dyeing with liquid dyes.

The project has totally met its objectives and based on outcomes the participants the successful have filled on the 25th of January 2007 for a patent (PV 2007-61), Applicants: University Pardubice, Loufakis Chemicals S.A., Clotefi S.A.

The consortium was:

Coordinator: LOUFAKIS CHEMICALS (Greece)

Partners:

  • CLOTEFI (Greece)
  • University Pardubice (Czech Republic)
Development of novel technology tri-polymer emulsions and micro-emulsions to be used in eco-coatings as well as the development of special emulsions to be used in textile printings. Funded by the GSRT under the programme EPAN, 2004-2007  

The project’s main objective was the development of tri-polymer emulsions and micro-emulsions to be used in ecological paints, varnishes and as construction additives without the employment of organic solvents that are environmentally hazardous.

To meet the objectives polymerisation process of the monomeric systems: a) Vinyl Acetate (VAM) – Butyl Acrylate – Veova, b) Vinyl Acetate (VAM) – Dibutyl Maleate – Veova was studied. The kinetics of the polymerization processes of the aforementioned systems was studied by using gravimetric methods and Gas Chromatography.

The performance of the produced polymers in paints –varnishes was checked and the most promising recipes were tested in a larger scale in the pilot – plant. The products was tested under real conditions in collaboration with selected customers of the LOUFAKIS CHEMICALS SA. The outcome of the project was the production of new improved environmental-friendly polymeric emulsions (VILUMIN 30, VILUMIN 30M, etc) for flexible coating with low VOC.

FRESH - Optimisation of cotton fabric processing for a flame retardant finish. Funded under the FP5/ CRAFT (Co Number: G1ST-CT-2002-50270) 1/3/2003 – 28/2/2005  

Flame-retardant finish processing makes the cotton fabrics harder, with a high bending stiffness, while the fabric handle deteriorates. In frame of the proposed project the participating SMEs, which activate in cotton fabric processing, will investigate the development of new sequences of mechanical and chemical treatments, to improve the affectivity of flame retardant, the stability against hostile washing conditions, and the handle of cotton flame retardant fabrics. The envisaged project is aiming to: Quantify the stiffness of the flame retardant cotton fabrics, Investigate the effect of the flame retardant finishing on the mechanical properties of the fabrics, Investigate the effect of different mechanical and chemical softening treatments on the handle of the treated fabrics, Investigate the flame retardant resistance to various detergents and washing conditions, and Optimise the finishing treatments to achieve an acceptable handle for cotton apparel fabrics.

Application of Poly-AluminumChloride (PACl ) inwater treatment of potable and industrial water. PAVE-1999 (2000-2001)  

This project was a continuance of the previous one and aimed at studying the use of PACl produced by LOUFAKIS CHEMICALS as coagulant in the water treatment process under real conditions. The effectiveness of PACl in comparison to other commonly used coagulants was tested on water samples taken from Aliakmonas river and the potable water of the Sidirokastro Municipality. The research led to the determination of the optimum way of PACL application (formulations, conditions) in order to maximize the product’s efficiency. The comparative studies showed that the efficiency of PACL produced by LOUFAKIS CHEMICALS is analogous to that of the competitive products and under certain circumstances performs even better

Research for the development of chemical flocculants and decolours which are employed in liquid waste treatment units. PAVE-1996  

The project aimed at the development and optimization organic and inorganic flocculants and decolourant substances in liquid waste treatment units. The project involved two phases. The first phase involved experimental research for the development and characterization of the substances in a laboratory scale while during the second phase the development of a pilot plant took place for the parameterization of the production process in a semi-industrial scale. The scope is to check the efficiency of the project under real conditions.