Can food wastes be used to drive our future automobiles?

25 Apr, 2017

Arunima Nayak


Carbon black is used as a predominant filler and constitutes approximately 32% of the rubber tires. It plays a key role in improving properties important to tire manufacturing and tire performance, i.e. to improve durability and strength for longer lifetime and improved performance. Carbon Black distributes and absorbs stress applied to a rubber component and […]


The uberification of manufacturing

19 Apr, 2017

Gianluca Belotti


Whether you’re looking for something to eat for dinner, a ride to the airport, or an accommodation for your holidays, probably there’s an app in your mobile phone that fits your case. That’s the basis of the on-demand economy: satisfying an instantaneous need through a specific solution  delivered in mobility or at your place. The […]


Artificial meat production – theory or practice?

04 Apr, 2017

Edurne Gaston


Experts have been debating about the possibility of creating artificial meat for many years. Now it´s happening. Jumping from theory to practice, though, implies several health and ethics considerations that should not be ignored. The facts. Following the creation of artificial meatballs last year, the San Francisco-based Memphis Meats startup have now announced the world’s […]


Food waste valorisation: new horizons for a more sustainable society

28 Mar, 2017

Arunima Nayak


  The processing of agro-food has increased considerably during the last 25 years mainly on account of feeding the rising population. The result is the simultaneous generation of food processing wastes.  A statistical study done by Baiano [1] reveals that about 26% of food wastes are generated from the drinks industry, followed by the dairy […]


Quality by coincidence or by design? Data mining for quality control

16 Mar, 2017



By David F.Nettleton (Ph.D.) and Elodie Bugnicourt (Ph.D.) Quality by coincidence? This is unlikely. Quality is much more likely to be the result of the right combination of a diversity of processes, raw materials, and external parameters. In fact, any quality control manager would know that for complex products, whatever the number and type of […]


MyToolBox continues on good track after one year of project development

15 Mar, 2017



MyToolBox project consortium celebrated the Year 1 Project Steering Commitee meeting, beginning of March, in IRIS facilities (Castelldefels, Barcelona). During 2 days  35 attendees representing the majority of MyToolBox project partners, including our Chinese partners from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences: Prof. Liu Yang, Prof Jinquan Wang and Dr. Peilong Yang and Hans van […]


Low cost, green absorbents and their role in wastewater treatment

14 Feb, 2017

Arunima Nayak


The reclamation for recycled water has fast gained into prominence mainly on account of the demand for fresh water and rising health concerns on the adverse effect of increasing pollutant contamination. The adsorption technology is considered ideal in the treatment of wastewaters on account of its non-specificity towards the pollutant irrespective of their diverse nature. […]


Industry 4.0 − the catalyst for our so needed EU growth?

07 Feb, 2017



By Elodie Bugnicourt (Ph.D.) and David F. Nettleton (Ph.D.) The world has gone through 3 well re-known industrial revolutions linked respectively to steam machine appearance in the 19th century, mass production at the beginning of the last century culminating with the Ford model for work division, the use of electronics to programme manufacturing machines in […]


Industry 4.0 – Opportunities and Challenges of Cyber-Physical System

31 Jan, 2017



By David F. Nettleton (Ph.D.) and Elodie Bugnicourt (Ph.D.) Industry 4.0 refers to an industrial revolution based on cyber-physical systems, in order to evolve towards “smart factories” which have a modular structure, and in which cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes by creating a virtual copy of the physical world thus facilitating decentralized decision making. Also, […]


Mapping out research and predicting future innovation!

05 Dec, 2016



By Elodie Bugnicourt (Ph.D.) and David F. Nettleton (Ph.D.) In our last blog post, we saw how the data mining of past research studies can be used to define emerging scientific areas and shape certain funding policies. Let’s focus now on how it can help in identifying future innovations. Based on 43 million of scientific […]