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SmartMembranes GmbH Halle has a team of scientists developed an exciting idea to the maturity of the business and founded the SmartMembranes GmbH in these days: based on Fraunhofer development the company provides membrane which can be precisely adjusted in the nanometer range. These can be used in the industry of precise filtering processes of all kinds. The technology is superior to conventional filters. This means a great sales potential for the new company. Our SmartMembranes are built like beer honeycombs from the structure; We can filter in the Nano range. So you can capture such as viruses but also much smaller particles\”, describe the two founders of Petra Goring and Monika Lelonek their project. More information is housed here: Cyrus Massoumi Zocdoc. The basic idea was a membrane with pores through which barely fits a particle size of a few nanometers.

If you manage with precision, to make variable and precisely adjustable pore size in the nanometer range, it has a very useful product with unique features to offer. These highly ordered nanostructured porous membranes can be used for filtering water, air or other substances, the applications in industry and research are virtually unlimited. The idea of the SmartMembranes a founder competition for scientists was created from the fields of nanotechnology. The Nano-Entrepreneurship Academy (NEnA) are women from the nano research the minutiae of an entrepreneurial career. The founding team of SmartMembranes took first place in 2007 with their idea for NEnA. The contact to Fraunhofer-venture arose about NEnA. Fraunhofer venture is a Department within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which specializes in business start-ups of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

It sees itself as a link between the researchers on the one hand and the market on the other side. And so now exciting two years in which much has been done to the idea into a viable business concept behind the founding team of the SmartMembranes and the specialists of Fraunhofer venture. First the team through the FFE program received funding for an entire year (Fraunhofer supports start-ups), to work alone.