Multilayer packaging involves the use of multiple materials to form the structure of a package. Nowadays, there are no strategies to treat multilayer films in closed-loop primary recycling schemes; moreover, these post-consumer waste streams are contaminated with food and other impurities, making their cleaning a challenge. In this context, Reflex developed a graphene based adhesive film that enables delamination separation of the different layers and their recycling in a circular economy. In addition, this film prevents oxygen permeability and creates an excellent gas barrier against food spoilage, by leading to the reduction of the number of layers and packaging weight. Reflex’s technology is intended for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical packaging applications; Reflex prevents gas penetration and deterioration of the packaged product, by guaranteeing its quality and prolonging its 'shelf life'.
Investing in Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) ranging from 3 to 5 requires a careful assessment of the potential of the technology and the team. Due to the low maturity of these projects, these projects require a de-risking process to be carried out directly at the University and Research Center. Eureka! TT S.r.l. is the Italian limited responsibility company fully owned by “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer that acts on behalf of the Fund, in providing financial resources to the pre-company, Proof-of-Concept (“POC”) projects, as well as in monitoring the advancement and the results of such investments.
The resources provided by Eureka! are given to the University and Research Center, in order to develop the technology, increase TRL and support the team of the “to-be entrepreneurs” in proving their ideas are sustainable. Successful projects will be then span-out into new start-ups. Eureka! TT can effectively bridge the gap between the need for a market-driven test and a University-like environment.