Improved product functionality

In all kinds of areas, the consumer is accustomed to high-grade products coming onto the market in improved versions at an ever faster rate. This forces the chemical industry in particular, as well as pharmaceutical and personal and home care companies, to work continuously on improving product functionality. TNO develops technologies enabling the properties of substances and materials to be predicted and modified.

Safe design

Sustainability and safety are of key importance in this regard. For example, we have developed the DIAMONDS method to be able to predict the complex toxicology of new and existing substances. This means that businesses wanting to develop new chemicals can establish at an early stage whether the chosen route to the product is the right one. The TNO model combines data from a large number of publically available databases. These include studies, scientific articles, and other sources covering many thousands of substances. The DIAMONDS method maps the relationships between chemical structure and toxicity. The predictions mean that businesses can make the right choices for a safe design at the beginning of the process and thereby cut their development costs and shorten their time to market.

New functionalities

Our knowledge of formulation, particle engineering and encapsulation ends up chiefly in speciality chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumer chemicals. Companies in these fields are constantly looking for new functionalities. These may entail products for personal care, cosmetics, cleaning products, paint, or medicines. TNO advises on matters such as the most practicable method for encapsulating products, looking both at the formulation of the active ingredients and at the production process.

Analysing sustainability

For TNO, innovation with which to strengthen the chemical industry goes hand in hand with the search for sustainability. This means that we not only look at the sustainability of products and production processes but also analyse all the factors involved in a product’s entire life cycle: use of land and water, alternative raw materials, energy consumption, and potential for recycling. We team up with businesses to work on new methods for fully and measurably describing the sustainability performance of products. This enables companies to manage sustainable innovations in the value chain. New developments in biomass and nanotechnology particularly attract our attention in this regard.

News

Better understanding of continuous chemistry performance

26 September 2014
Efficient use of raw materials, better product quality and energy savings: these are important benefits of smart process technology. In recent months TNO has been comparing two continuous reactors in... Read more
News

'Heat battery' offers opportunities for the chemical industry

26 September 2014
The European Union's targets for reducing CO2 emissions need to be taken seriously. Heat storage in the built environment is part of the solution. And it also offers opportunities for the chemical industry,... Read more

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Ir. Peter Wolfs

  • Chemistry
  • Chemicals
  • Formulation
  • Procestechnology
  • Personal & Home Care
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