Final Meeting 

The final PROTECT meeting was held on 26th of July, 2021 on-line. Despite the difficulties caused by the COVID pandemic, the hard work and efforts of the partners made PROTECT a great success. Thank you all for the fruitful collaboration. We hope to work again together in future projects.

48M PROTECT Meeting 

PROTECT 48 months meeting was held on 9th of February on-line. During the last six months, despite of the difficulties caused by the pandemic, all partners have worked arduously to produce and characterise several antimicrobial nano-enabled end products. The project is advancing towards its final stage. Hopefully, we will meet in person at the final PROTECT meeting in July!

42M PROTECT Meeting 

The 42 months meeting of Protect consortium was held on 30th of June online due to the current outbreak situation. During this meeting, every partner presented the progress made for the reported period and important decisions were taken for the next six months to ensure the accomplishment of the assigned tasks. Hopefully, we will meet again all together, face to face, at the final project meeting!

PROTECT in the Innovation Radar – highlighting excellent innovations 

From the consortium of PROTECT, we are thrilled to announce that the innovations developed in the project have been recognized by the European Commission’s Innovation Radar. The Innovation Radar is a EC initiative created with the purpose of identifying  high-potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in EU-funded research and innovation projects. The Innovation Radar platform not only gathers the information and data about innovative potential of ongoing projects funded by EU, but also provides guidance to the researchers and innovators to maximize the market potential of their innovations.

The following categories reflecting different levels of maturity of the innovations have been identified for PROTECT developments:

  • Innovation Title: Organic antimicrobial and anti-biofilm nanoparticles
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Exploring’
  • Key Innovators: Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (UPC)
  • Innovation Title: Inorganic antimicrobial and anti-biofilm nanoparticles
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Exploring’
  • Key Innovators: Bar Ilan University (BIU), Centitvc – Centro De Nanotecnologia E Materiais Tecnicos Funcionais E Inteligentes Associacao (CENTI), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • Innovation Title: Novel antimicrobial textiles
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Tech Ready’
  • Key Innovators: Klopman International Srl (KLO), Maroco, Lda (MAR), Tessitura Pertile Srl (PER)
  • Innovation Title: Novel coating technologies of NPs to produce “ready-to-use” surface nano-structured products
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Exploring’
  • Key Innovators: Cedrat Technologies SA (CEDRAT), Centitvc – Centro De Nanotecnologia E Materiais Tecnicos Funcionais E Inteligentes Associacao (CENTI)
  • Innovation Title: Novel technologies for real time monitoring of materials to ensure reproducibility and quality
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Exploring’
  • Key Innovators: I.C.O.N.E., INDATECH SAS (INDA)
  • Innovation Title: Smart optical sensor for controlling nanoparticle coated fabrics and membrane
  • Market Maturity of the Innovation: ‘Tech Ready’
  • Key Innovators: Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

 ConnectEM la Innovació, Terrassa, Spain, 25th June, 2020

On 25th of June, UPC presented PROTECT in “ConnectEM la Innovació” – a workshop with local authorities and healthcare stakeholders, identifying synergies between academia, hospitals and policy makers in healthcare oriented initiatives.



36M PROTECT Meeting, 27th and 28th January 2020 

PROTECT consortium 36 months meeting took place in the fantastic city of Guimarães (Portugal), hosted by the partners CENTI and MAROCO Ltd. In this meeting, the accomplishments of PROTECT were presented to the representatives of the European Commission.

  • Visit to R2R Spray Coating Pilot at Maroco LTD  during the 36M meeting

On 28th of January, the consortium visited Maroco Ltd. facilities, where the R2R spray coating pilot is installed. The partners and the Project Technical Assistant (PTA) nominated by the EC Project Officer,   could see the fully automated machine equipped with an online monitoring PBI system.


2nd Medical and Health Textiles Day at Technical University of Catalunya, 13th, December, 2019

Protect was presented by the coordinator, Dr. Tzanko Tzanov, in the 2nd Medical and Health Textiles exhibition at Technical University of Catalunya in front of 60 attendees from industry and academia.



Batch US based pilot at Degania

Roll to-Roll Ultrasound Pilot coating trials at Klopman

On-line push broom imaging of nanoparticle coatings on the sonochemical R2R machine

Roll-to-Roll ultrasound Pilot coating trials at Maroco (Maroco Ltd.)

30M PROTECT Meeting, 16th and 17th June 2019

PROTECT consortium 30 months meeting took place in the enjoyable city of Catania (Italy), hosted by the partner Fonte Nova. It was a productive encounter to discuss our achievements for the last months and plan the next steps in the PROTECT progress. Looking forward for the next PROTECT meeting in Portugal.



The 4th edition of Nanoinnovation Conference and Exhibition took place in Rome (Italy) from 11th to 14th June 2019, PROTECT project was presented by the partner CNR-ISTET with an oral presentation and a poster



ROTECT project was presented at the 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition held in Orlando (USA) from 31st March to 4th April 2019, The partner UPC attended the event and delivered three oral and one poster presentations.

PROTECT BROCHURE is available here.



PROTECT TEAM IN JERUSALEM – Afterwards the consortium 24 months meeting, the PROTECT team enjoyed an exciting trip to Jerusalem (Israel).



24M PROTECT Meeting –  15th and 16th January 2019

PROTECT consortium 24 months meeting took place in Tel Aviv (Israel), hosted by the four Israeli partners: Bar Ilan University, Degania Slicone Ltd., NSC Nano Sono Cooperation and OSM DAN Ltd.

Pilot Laboratories Network (PLN) 

 PROTECT established the Pilot Laboratories Network (PLN) to enable industrial end-users to select the most appropriate technology for their manufacturing facilities and target cost vs. performance of their products. The services to be provided are: coating technologies developed within the project, physic-chemical characterization of the products, nano-safety tests and training seminars related to the novel in situ monitoring of processes and products. More details in the brochure.


ECOFIRA is the international trade fair for environmental solutions and energies, the meeting point where companies and public bodies present the latest advances in efficient environmental management. The 16th edition ECOFIRA2018 was held in Valencia (Spain) on November 6-8, 2018, PROTECT project was presented at the exhibition stand displayed by the partner AITEX.


Home Textiles Premium2018

HOME TEXTILES PREMIUM by TEXTILHOGAR is the only Spanish trade fair 100% in the home textiles sector. The 5th edition was held from 12th to 14th September 2018, at “La Caja Mágica” in Madrid (Spain), attracting more than 3.000 visitors, 84 exhibitors, and 200 buyers from 33 different markets, (TEXTILHOGAR2018 gallery). PROTECT project was presented by the partner AITEX.


Creating Synergies2018 

 PROTECT project was presented at the 6th R&D&i Congress “Creating Synergies” held in Alcoy (Spain) on July 4-5, 2018, ( More than 60 experts from different universities and research centres participated in this event, organised by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in order to exchange results and knowledge on R&D&i projects. PROTECT project was presented by the partner AITEX with a poster.




PROTECT project was presented at the INDustrial TECHnologies 2018 Exhibition held in Vienna (Austria) on October 29-31, 2018. The conference was attended by around 1300 participants from more than 30 countries in Europe and across the globe. At this meeting, PROTECT project, represented by the coordinator UPC, had the opportunity to meet, exchange information and strengthen collaborations with experts from industry, academia and policy, (

LCIC2018, 29-31, August, 2018, Berlin (Germany)  

PROTECT project was presented at the 1st Life Cycle Innovation Conference   ( An oral presentation has been given within the session “Addressing the Social Dimension of Sustainability” by the partner Project HUB-360.


ETPN2018,  28-30, May, 2018,  Berlin (Germany)

PROTECT project was presented at the 13th annual event of the European Technology Platform on Nanomedicine . The event brought together the strongest partners of European nanomedicine and healthtech communities to discover, network, design new projects and discuss about the industrial expansion of nano medicine, (

18M PROTECT Meeting ,  5th and 6th June 2018, Limerick (Ireland)

PROTECT consortium 18 months meeting, hosted by the partner University of Limerick.



018 in Parma (Italy) with outstanding numbers: 110 000 meter square, 53 000 visitors, 2 260 exhibiting companies. The theme of the event was “The excellence of technology applied to industry”. This year PROTECT was presented at MECSPE with an exhibition stand displayed by the partner Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya as well as the PROTECT Project seminar organised in the frame of the Workshop on Nanotechnology and New Materials Square, coordinated by the partner Project HUB-360. These initiatives have raised strong interest among the stakeholders from different industrial sectors: cosmetic, water treatment, textiles, mattresses, rubber and foams producers, etc. The PROTECT Project seminar included 7 oral presentations from the consortium aimed at providing to visitors information on the project scope and the latest updates of the pilots.

12M PROTECT Meeting, 6th – 7th January, 2018  

PROTECT consortium 12 months meeting took place in Valencia (Spain), hosted by the partner AITEX.



6M PROTECT Meeting, 15th June 2017

On  PROTECT consortium 6 months meeting took place in Turin (Italy), hosted by the partner Tessitura Pertile S.R.L.


AMiCI, Tallinn, Estonia, on 16th – 17th November 2017

PROTECT project was presented by the coordinator Prof. Tzanko Tzanov during the workshop of the COST Action CA15114 AMiCI . AMiCI stands for Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious disease, This COST action aimes to evaluate the impact of AMC in healthcare.


The European Pilot Production Network intends to boost the European competitiveness through the exploitation of the existing European pilot line production facilities across Europe in the area of nanotechnology and advanced material technologies. This project was funded under H2020 scheme CSA – Coordination and support action, pretending to address the gap between technology and manufacturing, PROTECT project is part of this network with active participation in relevant activities. Nano-safety responsible partners of Pilot projects is a group which is part of the WG Safe by design and Industrial Innovation of the NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) and part of the EPPN. PROTECT is represented in this group by Dr. Paride Mantecca and Dr. Massimo Perucca.

EuroNanoForum2017, June 21-23, 2017 in Valletta, Malta

The 8th European Conference on Nanotechnology. EuroNanoForum aims to strengthen the competitiveness of European manufacturing industries through nano and advanced materials technologies and open innovation, Nanotechnology, being the main topic of the EuroNanoForum, is one of the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) of the Horizon2020’s (H2020) Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies pillar, offering potential for major breakthroughs in a wide range of materials, technologies and applications. PROTECT was represented in this event by the coordinator Prof. Tzanko Tzanov (pitch).