STW Take-off Grant awarded to UT spin-off company Adv. Nanofibers

In January 2015, the STW Take-off Grant, formerly known as the STW Valorisation Grant, has been awarded to the company Adv. Nanofibers, ( on their proposal to commercialize "Ceramic Nanofiber Paper". The company was recently founded by Gerard Cadafalch Gazquez and Behruz Mammadov, and is a spin-off from the Inorganic & Hybrid Nanomaterials group of the MESA+ Institute of the University of Twente.

The focus of the company lies on the development of nanofiber based products. Ceramic nanofiber paper is a light, thin, and fully flexible material. It is fire resistant and chemically inert because it is pure ceramic. The extraordinary combination of a ceramic material - typically hard and brittle compounds - that is as flexible as paper is of interest for a wide range of applications.

The Take-off grant will be used to perform feasibility studies on these newly developed materials and perform market studies.