The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the necessity to strengthen Europe’s industrial base, enhance its resilience and flexibility. It was critical to address key societal challenges like sustainability and inclusiveness to be able to compete globally, but also to protect our citizens, deliver services and products of the highest quality, and preserve our values and socio-economic model.


The innovative self-disinfectant antimicrobial nanocoatings generated by RELIANCE will clearly contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Sustainable synthesis of bio-based nanocoatings especially effective against a range of pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Neisseria meningitidis, Penicillium funiculosum, Paecilomycesvariotii, Gliocladium virens and Chaetomium globosum, as well as SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1

  • Minimized risk of spreading infections from harmful pathogens, arising from everyday human activities

  • Create a healthier living and work environment and offer holistic solutions to people with health issues

  • Improve citizen’s health and enhance the EU’s reputation as a public health best practice region


The specific scientific, economic/technological and societal impact of RELIANCE is as follows:

Scientific: A breakthrough innovation in material science and modelling, increasing the scientific multidomain knowledge, allowing for new design procedures to obtain antimicrobial nanocoatings with specific response and doses in accordance with the area of application.

Economic: Boost sustainable research, development and innovation in the EU on nanotechnologies including nanoparticles and nanocoatings. The developed high efficiency nanocoatings will have large economic potential in a wide range of sectors. An estimated market of 270 M€ is foreseen for 2025 only by 1% replacement with AM bioactives and AM coating new formulations an estimated market of.

Societal: A more resilient society ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Lower exposure to harmful chemicals and improved health of EU citizens.

Environmental: Reduced emissions of heavy metals and persistent chemicals in waste waters resulting in lesser toxicity and bioaccumulation.

Regulatory: Confirming Europe’s leading role in passing regulations that are subsequently adapted world-wide, opening opportunities to early adopter European businesses in antimicrobial additives and nanoparticles to export globally. 

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