Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.05.2020 to 30.04.2024
EU contribution:
14.176.872,26 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862330.  


Open Innovation Test Bed for nano-enabled Membranes


INNOMEM gathers some of the most recognised Membrane departments (>20) in Europe and acknowledged facilitators of technology transfer, corporate finance, funding and coaching, making available (i) the most promising and breakthrough manufacturing pilots and (ii) advanced characterization techniques and modelling together with (iii) non-technical services through this Test Bed: while relevant improvement metrics can be defined, the potential network of reachable stakeholders counts thousands of businesses on an international scale. Key facts are reported below. Within the scope of INNOMEM, main different types of membrane materials (polymeric, ceramic, metallic and nanocomposite), surface modification, membrane morphology and geometry and applications will be covered, providing for the first time a single entry point for industrial partners, mainly SMEs, aspiring to answer their concerns but with minimum investment costs and reduction of risks associated with technology transfer, while opening-up opportunities for demonstration of innovative nanomembranes in real life industrial problems (TRL7) and thus faster opening the market for these new products. The main KPIs for INNOMEM:

Technical: 20% Membrane productivity improvement, 30% faster verification, >40% CO2 emissions and energy consumption reduction.
Non-Technical: 10 Showcases, >15 Democases, >100 reachable SMEs and > 300 reachable investors.

INNOMEM stems from the consideration that the development of products based on advanced membranes and nanomaterials require access to finance and an optimised business planning, relying on a sound prior analysis of the market, of the economic impacts and capacity of a company. The project aims at developing and organizing a sustainable Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) for nano-enabled membranes for different applications. The OITB will also offer a network of facilities and services through a Single Entry Point (SEP) to companies (inside or outside Europe).


  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain (Coordinator)
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V., Belgium
  • Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
  • Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Aston University, United Kingdom
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH, Germany
  • Idryma Technologias Kai Erevnas, Greece
  • Université de Montpellier, France
  • Universiteit Twente, Netherlands
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • National Center for Scientific Research „Demokritos”, Greece
  • LiqTech International A/S, Denmark
  • PolyMem, France
  • DBI Gas- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Germany
  • FURTHResearch GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Ellinogermaniki Etaireia Diacheirisis Apovliton Kai Perivallontikon Efarmogon Soyk Ellas Epe, Greece
  • Etairia Mataforas Ipsilis Technolognosias Kai Erevnas Notioanatolikis Evropis AE, Greece
  • Systimata Prostasias Perivallontosepe, Greece
  • FilaTech GmbH, Germany
  • Rauschert Kloster Veilsdorf GmbH, Germany
  • CIAOTECH Srl, Italy
  • Evonik Creavis, Germany
  • ENGIE, France
  • Hydrogen Onsite SL, Spain
  • Dutczak Szymon Maria, Poland
  • Tecnalia Ventures S.L., Spain
  • Asociación Española de Normalización, Spain
  • NX Filtration BV, Netherlands