NANOConVEX CIG is a relevant step forward to reach the market defined during a very successful COST Action, Nanouptake.

Nanouptake – Overcoming Barriers to Nanofluids Market Uptake (COST Action CA15119) aimed to create a Europe-wide network of leading R+D+i institutions, and of key industries, to develop and foster the use of nanofluids as advanced heat transfer/thermal storage materials to increase the efficiency of heat exchange and storage systems.

The main objective of the NANOConVEX CIG is adapting nanofluids to specific heat transfer processes, so that the combination of both can bring solutions that are more efficient to a wide range of industries where these processes play a key role. The main outcomes will be practical guidelines, specifically oriented for the industry, for the safe and efficient use of nanofluids as heat carrier in convective heat exchangers, including also a specific case study. In combination with the business plan to be developed, interesting results in terms of marketable applications in the field of heat exchangers are expected.


Nanofluids are a novelty strategy enhancing convective heat transfer. The innovation brought to the field of heat exchange by nanofluids is the tunability of the heat carrier according to the specific needs of a customer. The following specific innovations and advances of nanofluids go beyond the current state of the art of design of forced-convection heat exchangers.


Customers’ needs are integrated

Customers’ needs are integrated right from the launch of the tailored heat exchangers design.

Development of heat transfer device

Development of heat transfer device is seen in conjunction with process specific heat carrier.

Complete packet of guidelines

Complete packet of guidelines best practice recommendations for the new product line of convective heat exchangers operated with nanofluids. This includes rules for thermal design, pressure drop, environmental, health and safety considerations and numerical representation.


The CIG aims to make nanofluids available to a large number of European companies acting in the field of heat transfer in its broadest industrial meaning. The application of nanofluids advances the state of the art in the sense that highly flexible and efficient heat transfer devices become available to deliver tailored solutions for e.g. heat recovery and battery cooling. That in turn contributes to the transition to a competitive low carbon economy of Europe by 2050.