NANOHUB is an innovative start-up born in 2018 from the experience of the founding members and the proficiency of other enterprises – today integral part of the societal structure – with the aim of developing solutions based on the employment of innovative nanomaterial for the energy efficiency and the environments’ quality, for people’s wellness and the food products’ protection and conservation.
These solutions are mainly implemented in the following applications fields:
LIGHTING AND AIR QUALITY – The first registered patent filed from the company “ACLL”(Air Clean LED Lighting) is the Photocatalytic Lamp one – a lighting system which allows to improve the indoor air quality, together with satisfying to all those lighting and light quality requirements. Continuous research and studies on the improvement of indoor air quality led to the development of new solutions and new devices for sanitizing indoor air quality in closed environments of different contexts, such as social, business, and different technical ones.
PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW SYSTEMS – The strategic partnerships model established with leading companies from different sectors, enabled Nano hub to offer the market efficient and effective solutions. During 2019 a system for the reduction and control of ethylene in the storage environments of fruit and vegetables was developed to increase the products’ shelf-life and reduce the use of cold rooms. The system helped in obtaining important savings both in the transportation and in the energetic coasts of the products as well as in reducing the loss of products. The solution has already been adopted by some supermarket chains.
THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID19 – In the medical emergency given from the diffusion of Covid-19, research was concentrated on the realization of a new filter/ filtering system composed of a metal mesh photocatalytic reactor on which a tungsten trioxide based (WO3) photocatalyst has been placed, and of a fabric filter, which improves the filter effectiveness on bacterial and viral load.
This new patented filter was tested on the SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for Covid-19) by the Viral Pathogenesis and Biosecurity Unit of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. The test proved the effectiveness of the virus deactivation: In only 10 minutes the infective SARS-CoV-2 viral load was deactivated by 98%; in 20 minutes by over 99.8%. In 30 minutes, the virus was completely deactivated.
MAJOR APPLICATIONS AND PRODUCTS DEVELOPED BY NANOHUB:
Numerous are the areas of benefit: hospitals, medical offices, elderly housing, domestic spaces, schools, offices, shops, large retailers, industrial and productive plants, and all the transport sector (trucks/trains/planes).
The collaboration with Universities, internal research and development activities on photocatalysts and on innovative materials, the partnerships established with different industries, the partners’ competences and the organizational and corporate structure enable NANOHUB to promote a continuous development model for innovative solutions and to reach relevant economic and financial targets.