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NanoPack Final Newsletter: Highlights from the Final Event

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NanoPack Final Newsletter, December 2019

The NanoPack project has officially come to an end. We would like to thank you all for the support over the last 3 years! This newsletter presents the latest news and highlights from the final event of the NanoPack project.

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NanoPack Final Event

The NanoPack final event was held together with the AIPIA World Congress at the Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage, in Amsterdam, on 18-19 November 2019.

Three official sessions were held as a part of the event: a presentation of the key results by the project coordinator prof. Ester Segal, a presentation on safety aspects of applying nanotechnology in manufacturing food packaging by Dr Karin Sorig Hougaard and Ms. Helle Buchardt Boyd and a presentation on translating promising research into sustainable business – a lively debate involving project partners and the audience.


In addition to the three official sessions, the NanoPack project had its booth where delegates could experience augmented reality of the NanoPack technology, see the food items packed in the NanoPack film and learn more about project’s challenges and successes directly from the project’s partners.

In Short: Research results 

The NanoPack project has officially come to an end. During the final event, on 18-19 November 2019 in Amsterdam, the consortium celebrated project findings:

– Inhibited mould growth in bread by at least 3 weeks.
– Increased saleability of fresh cherries by 13 percent.
– Expanded shelf-life of yellow cheese by at least 4 additional days.


To read the newest press release follow the link:

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VIDEO: Presentations and Interviews 

For those who were unable to join the NanoPack final event, a special webinar has been prepared. All three NanoPack sessions mentioned above are now available to watch online. Also interviews with five project partners (Ester Segal, Simon Van Dam, Elisa Valderama García, Koranit Shlosman and Helle Buchardt Boyd) talking about major achievements, challenges and the impact of the project, were recorded.


Stakeholder Survey
In order to gather impressions and understand perceptions of NanoPack technology and active packaging in general, a stakeholder survey has been developed. 

In total, 120 responses were collected across various stakeholders and industries in Europe, 67.5% are from Spain with the remaining from other European countries but also countries outside Europe such as Australia, Japan and USA. 

Most of the respondents come from consumer sectors, followed by researchers and the food manufacturing sector. Other respondents represent the packaging businesses, raw materials providers, logistic, retailer, and food and technology-related sectors (e.g. food safety consultants, food science students, or senior food process).


Although some of the survey participants seem cautious to accept the NanoPack technology, others have positively reacted towards it. The majority of respondents believe that a food packaging should contain an antimicrobial agent to reduce the growth of microorganisms. The greatest concern about NanoPack technology seems to be its safety and quality, as well as how the technology will impact the final cost of the food products. Overall, the participants have expressed understanding regarding the need for alternative or new food packaging and emphasized the consumers’ health and safety as the most important issues to address. Additionally, the NanoPack technology should be able to address the food waste issue and be recyclable. 

Events with the NanoPack presence

NanoPack at K2019

On October 16-23rd Frauhonfer IPA represented NanoPack at K2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany. K2019 is world’s largest trade fair for polymers, materials, processing, equipment, application. An audience of approximately 300.000 was there including consultants, people from industry organisations, publishers and media. Visitors had the chance to meet the team behind the project at the NanoPack booth to see prototypes of the antimicrobial film technology.


NanoPack at the EFFoST 2019 EU Collaboration Corner


During 33rd EFFoST conference, NanoPack was one of the EU funded projects participating in the EU Collaboration corner. NanoPack received a lot of attention as many delegates asked about the safety of food products and the environment when using packaging with nanotubes. Additionally, many were also interested in joining NanoPack for future collaboration both in terms of using the final technology and testing the advance version of the technology.

Scientific Publications 


Four scientific publications based on research results have been published since the beginning of the project.

Krepker et al. (2018)                                                                                                                       
Antimicrobial Carvacrol-Containing Polypropylene Films: Composition, Structure and Function.
Koivisto et al. (2018)                                                                                                                         
Occupational exposure during handling and loading of halloysite nanotubes – A case study of counting nanofibers
Krepker et al. (2018)                                                                                                                         
Antimicrobial LDPE/EVOH Layered Films Containing Carvacrol Fabricated by Multiplication Extrusion. 
Barfod et al. (2020)                                                                                                                           
Increased surface area of halloysite nanotubes due to surface modification predicts lung inflammation and acute phase response after pulmonary exposure in mice. 





This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720815.

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NanoPack Final Newsletter: Highlights from the Final Event