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Posted: Jan 31, 2013
Nanotechnology in Spain - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) Spain has a burgeoning research and commercial nanotechnology environment. A large network, NanoSpain, promotes the exchange of knowledge between Spanish groups working in different fields related to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience increasing collaboration among universities, research institutions and industry.
The PHANTOMS Foundation, a non-profit organisation, was established on November 26, 2002 in Madrid in order to provide high level management profile to National and European scientific projects such as nanoICT (Nano-scale ICT Devices and Systems – ICT/FP7 Coordination Action), Pico-Inside (Computing Inside a Single Molecule – IST/FP6 Integrated Project) or NanoSpain.
EMFUTUR Technologies is a high quality Nanomaterials supplier, offering nanoparticles, nanopowders, micron powders, and carbon nanotubes in small quantity for researchers and in bulk order for industry groups.
Graphenetech develops and uses top-down processes for graphite exfoliation. This allows the production of nano-graphite and graphene of different kinds, mainly of the so called graphite nanoplatelets. The company's products can be used as a load in polymers, paints and coatings, ink and ceramic or metal composites. Its use can improve mechanical properties, provide thermal and electrical conductivity, help as diffusion barrier or improve flame retardancy.
Advancell is active in nanomedicine. The company has two divisions: Pharma, which focuses its activity on the development of innovative drugs through the search for new applications for already-known molecules, and Services and Reagents, which uses cell-based in vitro methods to predict the efficacy, safety and mechanism of action of developing molecules.
The company's technology is based on the large scale production of nanometric particles known as VLPs (virus like particles). The most advanced application of this technology is the production of viral vector derived vaccines for human and animal health.
Nanoimmunotech is a Spanish company in the Nanobiotechnology sector, founded in August 2009, recognized as EIBT (Technologically Innovative Company) and Spin-off of form the Universities of Vigo and Zaragoza. It is the first European company dedicated to the biological and physico-chemical characterization and functionalization of nanoparticles (conjugation with different molecules such as nucleid acids, enzimes, antibodies, carbohydrates, peptides) and production of specific monoclonal antibodies (on demand).
RAMEM, Spanish SME founded in 1958, has been working in the field of scientific instrumentation for the last 20 years. In the last 10 years they have entered the field of Aerosol and Volatile Detection Technology through their brand IONER, developing proprietary technology. The result of this effort is a complete line of equipment to classify and detect ions, volatiles, nanometric and sub micrometric particles.
The company is specialized in the development of laboratory equipment. Their goal is providing the required instruments or technical support to scientists and engineers for the deposition of coatings, films, colloids and other micro-nano structured materials. Based on the acquired experience, these equipments have been adapted according to the requirements of clients. The fields of application of Nadetech's products and services are diverse: nanotechnology, advanced materials, high performance nanocomposites, surface physics, chemistry, biochemical coatings, monolayer and colloidal research, clean technology, wet deposition and many others.
Nanozar is a company founded by leading scientists from the Spanish CSIC-ICB research institute that focuses on the development of the technologies for the dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in a wide variety of matrix materials. The aim is to to develop Carbon Nanotube composites for a broad range of applications.
Sensofar-Tech, SL is a multi-national spin-off company from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) whose mission is to be successful by producing and commercializing optical metrology tools and providing consultancy within the field of the optical metrology.
Yflow uses electro-hydrodynamic (EHD) micro-fluidic techniques to generate fine and ultrafine electrified coaxial microjets of two immiscible liquids. The control of these remarkable coaxial jets allows to form nanoparticles such as capsules, hollow spheres, hollow fibers and coaxial fibers, which are crucial for a variety of industrial and research applications.
Cognoscible Technologies is a scientific consultancy that uses tools from physics, chemistry and cognitive sciences to achieve fast, profitable and innovative results. The company's tools include Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
Sgenia is an engineering company with activities in design, implementation, integration, testing and pilot series batch manufacturing of advanced materials. It also develops projects, products and process in relation to sensor systems, improvement of materials and CAD/CAE software at nanoscale level.