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ECNP S.c.a.r.l. ( is the European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers generated in the framework of the European Network of Excellence Nanofun-poly formed by 26 European universities and research centres (

ECNP is an international organization legally established in Florence on July 14th 2006 as a not-for-profit consortium society with limited liability. Operative locations have been already established in Terni and Alessandria (Italy) and others will be open soon hosted by ECNP partners.

The major aim of ECNP is the coordination and the execution of joint research, training and technology transfer activities in the field of polymer nanotechnologies, including synthesis, processing, characterization, advanced applications and environmental impact. Furthermore, the following general objectives have been established in the ECNP Charter:

  • Promotion of excellence in the technological development in Europe, in the priority sectors of the European Research Area (ERA), particularly with regard to polymer nanotechnologies;
  • Coordination with other ERA participants, within and outside of the European Network of Excellence “NANOFUN-POLY”;

For external users, ECNP represents the access point to a wide network of excellent research organisations active in polymer nanotechnology, advanced polymer materials technologies and related services (databases, technology assessment and transfer, legal and financial assistance, educational programs), collaborations and partnerships in both scientific and technological networks, access to European and extra-European resources and strategic overview and guidelines.

In summary, ECNP, acting as an international organization, is a partner of excellence for industrial and academic projects. The Chairman of the Board of ECNP is Prof. Josè M. Kenny from the University of Perugia (UdR INSTM, Italy) and the Vice-Chairman is Prof. Jean-Francois Gerard from UMR CNRS 5627 Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères, Laboratoire des Matériaux Macromoléculaires, INSA (Lyon, France).

Curriculum Vitae of the key person

Prof. Josè M. Kenny, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , coordinator of the European Network of Excellence Nanofun-Polyis Director of the Materials Science and Technology Laboratory of the University of Perugia (Italy) and is full professor of Materials Science and Technology. After 25 years of academic career in European and American Universities he has specific experience and worldwide recognized expertise on the processing of polymers, composites and nanocomposites confirmed by 6 books edited, more than 200 publications in scientific journals and books and 2 Italian patents. Kenny has been President of SAMPE Europe (Society for the Advanced of Materials and Process Engineering (2000-2001) and has organized several International Conferences including the last 5 SAMPE Europe Conferences hosted by JEC Composite Show in Paris. He is also in the Editorial Board of the Journal for Advanced Materials. Prof. Kenny is currently coordinating several Italian and European projects and is the Coordinator of the recently created European PhD and Master Programs on Materials Nanotechnologies. The main research activities of the group chaired by Prof. Kenny are related to the processing-structure-properties relationships of polymers, polymeric composites, metallic materials and surface treatments.