2013 - 2015

Core Technology

Atomic Quantum Clusters, Conductive Nanomaterials

Industry of application

Advanced Materials





The objective of Nano Natural Stone was to carry out an industrial research project that allows obtaining a validation of generic technology capable of incorporating nanotechnological applications novelties on Galician natural stones for various applications, among which includes the improvement of the thermal conductivity of stones and photocatalytic treatments. The stones of greatest importance and tradition in the Galician industry: granite and slate and  on the project there were intended to apply coatings able to adhere to those stones. These coatings would be loaded with nanoparticles that provide new properties to stone supports. It was therefore intended to investigate new methods to incorporate cutting-edge technology, as it is nanotechnology and laser treatments, to a traditional material such as natural stone that improve its intrinsic properties. The research in nanomaterials would deepen the methodology of preparation of nanomaterials and in the optimization of their morphology. It was looking to get more manufacturing efficient and controlled nanomaterials, specifically nanofibers and M-M (Metal Molecules or ACQs). In addition, a validation methodology would be developed to verify the validity of the nanomaterials obtained from the developed techniques.

The results of the project were very positive, both for the consortium and for NANOGAP in particular, that managed to successfully incorporate relevant products of the company, such as nanofibers and M-M, into resins for later incorporation into natural stone surfaces. After the characterization of the materials developed, it was verified how the properties of interest of the nanomaterials were maintained on the surface treated.

Funding info

This project has received funding from the FEDER INNTERCONECTA 2013 call, co-financed by the European Union through FEDER funds, under grant agreement ITC-20133046.

Consortium members