Examples of projectsterminated and current development

Development and optimization of nanostructured composite materials for new systems of energy generation and storage

EFRE_Logo EFRE project, Coordination CAN GmbH, Duration: 01/10/2010 – 30/09/2014
Aim of the project is the processing of a technology platform to produce novel, nanostructured composite materials as technological basis for innovative systems in the area of solar and fuel cell development. In close cooperation with existing campus groups of Hamburg fundamentals are created to transfer the basic technology into systems of energy generation and storage. Basis of this development approach is the already existing knowledge in synthesizing and functionalizing applied nanoparticles at CAN GmbH and the University of Hamburg. Goal is to elaborate innovative combinations of various nanoparticles (NPs) or different suitable nanostructures to produce components for novel low-temperature fuel and solar cells of the third generation. To increase the current density for fuel cells the incorporation of catalytic nanoparticles in directed conductor structures has to be achieved. For photovoltaic it is rather a question to improve the optical absorption and the effective charge carrier transportation by directed nanostructures and -networks.

Clinical diagnostics of Diabetes – in Vivo Imaging of Beta cell Receptors by Applied NanoTechnology (VIBRANT)

Funding: EU, Joint project, Coordination CAN GmbH, Duration from 07/2009 to 07/2013
Goal of the project is medical imaging of so-called “beta cells” of the human pancreas. These cells, which regulate blood glucose levels by insulin, are present only in very small quantities and are reduced in the case of diabetes. So far, their quantitative determination in a living organism is not possible. With the newly approved project, a method for the quantitative determination of beta-cell mass has to be developed. This would allow for early diagnosis and improved treatment of this disease of mankind. Motivation for this research project is to compensate the serious health and social consequences for the victims, who suffer on diabetes and not least to minimize the huge economic costs by diabetic late complications, such as blindness, kidney failure and amputations. CAN GmbH coordinates – in collaboration with the Physical Chemistry Department of the University of Hamburg – the international research consortium and the development of the required highly complex nanoparticles as a quantitative tracer for beta cells.