2nd Partner Assembly, Wien, May 2017

The HISENTS 2nd Partner Assembly was held on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of May at TU Wien. 23 attendees participated in the review and overview of the activities of the HISENTS Project.

Each work package leader presented an overview of progress on scientific / technical work packages, including achievements since 1st April 2016 and plans for the next 6 months. Following the work package updates was a tour of the Microfluidics lab at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry.

ENF 2017, Euro Nano Forum, Malta, 21-23 June 2017

The HISENTS team from UNIVLEEDS, along with colleagues from FHG represented the project on an exhibition stand, with the Nanotechnologies Industry Association, at EuroNanoForum 2017. EuroNanoForum 2017 is a European Commission supported Conference that focuses on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies, exploiting its potential for new applications and taking them further from enabling technologies to end products, whilst introducing industry to new innovations for growth opportunities. The project was presented in a specifically designed poster and flyers were distributed.

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The HISENTS Coordination Team and Display in Exhibition, ENF 2017.
HISENTS Exhibition Stand.

6th International Symposium on Food Packaging, Barcelona, Spain, 16-18 November 2016


Peter Šimon of the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Slovak University of Technology gave the talk – Nanotoxicity and the migration of nanoparticles from packaging to food, at the 6th International Symposium on Food Packaging. The talk addressed the advent of nanotechnologies in food packaging as they are mechanically and chemically superior to traditional materials in many ways. However there is little data on the migration of Nanoparticles from the packaging to the food, this talk formed a lecture on how the Nanoparticles from polymer packaging to food could proceed and how the extent could be predicted. The results of this study indicate that this application of nanotechnology may not carry any significant risk of NPs exposure for a consumer.

1st Partner Assembly held in Brussels

HISENTS held its 1st Partner Assembly in Brussels on 28th October, hosted by the Brussels branch of KoWi. The meeting was attended by representatives from all HISENTS partners and the EC Project Officer, Nicolas Segebarth. The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to present the progress achieved so far to Nicolas and also discuss plans going forward. A Work Package meeting was held on the day previous in order to discuss the integration of the biological and technical requirements in more detail.

Top: Andrew Nelson, University of Leeds, talks to HISENTS consortium at 1st Partner Assembly. 2nd down: Nik Kapur, University of Leeds, leads discussions on the integration of microfluidics at Work Package meeting. 3rd down: Victor Puntes, ICN2, gives a summary of the methods they use to analyse nanoparticles. Bottom: HISENTS team photo.



HISENTS announced at 16th International Conference on Organized Molecular Films

HISENTS coordinator Andrew Nelson and researcher Didem Sanver recently attended the 16th International Conference on Organized Molecular Films, where they took the opportunity to update conference attendees on the planned work on the HISENTS project.

The ICOMF16 is the sixteenth international conference devoted to organised molecular films and nanostructures in general, and was held in Helsinki, Finland, 25-29th July 2016. Andrew and Didem presented their recent work on biphenyl insertion into lipid membranes and biomembrane-flavonoid interactions respectively, as well as introducing the HISENTS project. Didem also introduced  the current sensor set-up, which thanks to the HISENTS project the group is now working to commercialise.

Both Andrew and Didem received many questions about their work, making new scientific contacts. Colleagues were very impressed by the HISENTS vision, which provides an excellent platform for engaging in world class science as well as having a robust industrial impact. Several young scientists were keen to come to Leeds to align their work to the project and ways of funding their visits are currently being sought.

The conference was an excellent opportunity to spread word of the project as it was attended by around 170 chemists, physicists, biologists, material scientists, polymer scientists, chemical engineers and other researchers in the field of molecular thin films, nano-objects, nanostructures and bio-inspired systems.

Top: Andrew Nelson prepares to present his talk, including an introduction to HISENTS project. Bottom: Didem Sanver answers questions following her talk.

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Kick Off Meeting

The HISENTS kick off meeting took place on Thursday 19th – Friday 20th May at the Town House Hotel in Manchester, UK. The meeting was attended by representatives from all the partners and provided an opportunity for the whole team to meet each other and start off the collaboration. Plans for the coming 18 months were presented by each of the work package leaders and provided the foundation for in depth discussions. Consideration was given both to the scientific and technological advances that will underpin the project, and how these advances would be translated to produce a new screening tool that fulfils the markets’ requirements.

Top: HISENTS team at Kick-off meeting. Bottom: Consortium meal, continuing the discussions