October, 2019 – The wholly-owned subsidiary of Smart Separations, Smart Separations Portugal Unipessoal, Lda., has received a €1.12 million grant as part of Portugal 2020 / NORTE 2020 to support its research into its ceramic microfilter technology.
On the 22nd October 2019, Smart Separations announced it was awarded the grant in recognition of its continued efforts to create a sustainable and environmentally-friendly microfilter.
It is a microfilter designed to filter out particles between 1 and 100 microns in size, from bacteria to pollen, using a robust ceramic material. The unique manufacturing process allows the membranes to be tailored to a wide array of new systems and it has the potential to dramatically reduce the wastage found with traditional disposable filters.
With extra scrutiny being placed on the global fight to reduce carbon emissions by movements such as the Extinction Rebellion, this technology is more pressing than ever.
The grant will be used to fund the scale up and manufacturing of the microfilter. “We are very excited and proud to announce that we have been awarded a Portugal 2020 / NORTE 2020 grant. Our dream to improve quality of life through innovation moves ever closer,” said Hugo Macedo, CEO of Smart Separations.
“We are very excited and proud to announce that we have been awarded a Portugal 2020 / NORTE 2020 grant. Our dream to improve quality of life through innovation moves ever closer,”Hugo Macedo, CEO of Smart Separations.
Named as a Top 500 Deep Tech Startup Worldwide by Hello Tomorrow in 2018, the Smart Separations’ team has been developing the next generation of microfilters. Making use of innovations in air scrubbing and pore density to change the way we filter blood, water and air for use in air pollution reduction, cancer research and more.
Joana Moscoso, Business Development Manager in Portugal says: ‘As a company we are investing into Portugal and looking forward to bring high quality jobs, innovation and investment into the region.’
‘With all the uncertainty around Brexit, we’re excited to have our manufacturing set up in Portugal. We’re excited that a number of other UK companies have caught wind and are keen to join us.’
Based out of Guildford, Surrey and Braga, Portugal, Smart Separations was founded in 2013 by research scientist Hugo Macedo to develop a new microfiltration platform using its patented ceramic membrane. Now partnered with the University of Surrey, it has grown to a team of 19, all dedicated to improving quality of life through innovation. Its accolades include the Rushlight Clean Environment Award and The Guardian’s Startup of the Year and has previously won grant funding through Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK.
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