The Materials Helix was amongst the first tranche of Helix communities launched by Crowdhelix in early 2013, and is led by Leitat Technological Center, a world-leading material research organisation in Terrassa, Spain.

Nanotechnology and Materials are the essence of any new innovative technology. As such, considering that technologies evolve through a technology readiness pathway, their evolution must integrate the concept of Readiness Level (closely linked with its production scalability) at each step; from unit development to the final application (including, unit integration, sub-system, and operational system) and new nanotechnology and materials must reach a degree of readiness prior to being integrated into components (the integrated unit).

These new components are often likely to require (or substantially benefit from) being tested as more experimental demonstrators at lower readiness levels. In other words, components, devices, systems, and applications are re-designed in light of the new materials, and Readiness Level upgrading activities occur at every stage from basic unit to application.


The Materials Helix provides an Open Innovation platform for experts seeking international collaborators to carry out research and innovation across the following topic areas:

  • Nanomaterials, including additives, encapsulation, photonics, surfaces, & coatings
  • Nanofabrication (including workers’ exposure safety)
  • Graphene
  • Biomaterials including synthetic biology, industrial biotech, & bioinformatics
  • Materials modelling & characterisation
  • Smart materials including catalysis, environmental treatment, energy transport and storage
  • Material from Cradle to Cradle (including Bio-based, Re-use, & Recycling)

Due to the cross-cutting nature of the domain, the Materials Helix is also closely integrated with the activities of several other Helix communities; including Circular Plastics, Manufacturing, Health, & Energy. At the EU level, this integration is reflected in the aggregation of materials-relevant topics into the overarching “Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing” (“NMBP”) Work Programmes Policy.

One of the European Union’s strategic aims for the industrial sector includes the application of Open Innovation and Open Science principles to materials research & innovation, including for upscaling, characterisation, modelling, and safety through Open Test access for companies to seek and try development beyond laboratory scale.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the granting authority. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. This project has received funding from HORIZON Europe Innovation Action Grant under grant agreement No 101092339.

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The future of bio-based packaging - Co-designing a Roadmap to 2030


Mon, Dec 11, 2023 01:00 PM - Mon, Dec 11, 2023 06:00 PM


Organised in collaboration with Preserve and European Bioplastics, this event will be hosted alongside the European Bioplastic Conference taking place on 12/13 th December 2023. Join us for an interactive 2030 Roadmap workshop addressing the EU's packaging waste challenge. Explore the potential of bioplastics, aiming to replace fossil plastic packaging with sustainable alternatives. The PRESERVE project's goal is to develop materials that can replace over 60% of fossil plastic packaging by 2030, reducing CO2 emissions. This event launches the 2030 European Roadmap for sustainable packaging, emphasizing upcycling and renewable production. Outcomes will be shared with EU decision-makers and institutions on the future of biobased packaging policies. Shape the future of sustainable packaging alongside industry leaders and experts.