Funzionano AS develops hybrid nanoparticles or chemical “building blocks” which can be tailored to improve material properties like flame retardancy, hydrophobicity and gas barrier efficiency. FunzioNano® is a generic technology platform developed through research at SINTEF over a period of 13 years (2002-2015), during which MEuro 10 have been spent on FunzioNano® product R&D. This R&D work was financed through projects supported by The Research Council of Norway, EU’s Framework Programmes, Innovation Norway, the industry, and others.
Funzionano AS was founded in 2015 to commercialise the technology developed at SINTEF, and the company is now developing, producing, and marketing functional nanotechnology-based hybrid polymers (POSS) with proven, customised material-enhancing properties. Funzionano AS is located at Herøya in Porsgrunn, with a core team consisting of highly skilled chemists.
The technology platform is protected by a series of patents and possesses a full seven different patent families. The goal of Funzionano AS is to develop innovative, environment-friendly technologies that can help drive sustainable growth. The patented technology has also been used by the paint company Jotun in the Drygolin Extreme paint products, which led to reduced use of solvents and improved paint properties.
Funzionano AS is participating in many projects financed by The Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway, Horizon 2020, POLNOR and others, cooperating with project partners and customers in Europe, Asia, and other continents. SINTEF is an important project partner.