Our project STAR “SAFE, TRANSPARENT, ACTIVE AND RELIABLE MINERAL BASED SUNSCREEN INGREDIENT TECHNOLOGY” has been awarded the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase I grant.
Within the 3rd call of 2016 of SME Instrument, 1938 projects from 40 different countries applied for the grant. Only 189 SMEs form 24 countries managed to get the grant. STAR project is one of the 16 projects in the field of nano technology. STAR projects abstract is as follows:
Due to the depletion of ozone layer more harmful rays from sun are passing from this barrier. This leads a dramatic increase in the skin cancer incidence rate. The most widely accepted solution to overcome this health problem is to use sunscreen products. However, many of the sunscreens have some serious disadvantages and have difficulties to cover all the necessary protection needed for humankind. STAR project aims to commercialise a novel and ideal ingredient for sunscreens by utilising the patented technology MicNo® owned by Entekno Materials This new ingredient possesses the potential to solve the disadvantages while covering all the new protective aspects of an “ideal” sunscreen.
MicNo® ZnO particles are designed, platelet shaped micron particles which have a thickness of several nanometers. MicNo® ZnO’s unique particle morphology offers i) up to 50% reduction in raw materials usage to achieve the same broad UV protection; ii) mitigated health concerns related with nano particles; iii) transparent and smooth products without any leftovers and whitening; iv) an active ingredient that can be used to enhance sensorial properties of sunscreens, v) no or less amount of dispersing agent in formulations vi) chance to be different from other producers.