Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, National Research Council) is a Italian public organization. Its duty is to support scientific and technological research. Two institutes of CNR are participating in MERMAIDS: the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers (ICTP) and the Institute for Macromolecular Studies (ISMAC).


LEITAT is a Spanish Technological Centre specialized in production technologies. LEITAT develops R&D activities in many areas and supports technological transfer to industrial sectors.

LEITAT provides in MERMAID a mapping and estimation of domestic and industrial laundry effluent microplastic release. It assists in developing innovative textile treatments, detergent additives and washing recommendations to avoid garments’ microplastic removal in laundry processes. LEITAT, among other things, will carry out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis and a socio-economic impact assessment. A Good practices guidelines will be developed for different target audiences.


Plastic Soup Foundation
The Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) wants to call a halt to the increasing plastic contamination of our oceans. The PSF, a NGO located in Amsterdam, contributes by the promotion of: international cooperation, projects by and with leading enterprises, dissemination of good practices for sustainable solutions. In addition, through (social) media and dissemination of independent information, PSF puts pressure on industry and governments to realize change.

Polysistec, SL (Polímeros y Sistemas de Aplicación Técnica) is specialized in chemical products for the textile industry. Polysistec, located north of Barcelona in Spain, is committed with research and development in the field of advanced polymers. Is has expertise in the development of innovative textile auxiliaries.

The most relevant projects and laboratory experiences of Polysistec to MERMAIDS are innovation in micro, macro and nanoemulsion of silicone fluids (polydimethylsiloxanes) with advanced structures and functionalities for the textile and detergency sectors (waterproof and soil release coatings, hydrophilic elastomeric coatings, hydrophilic softeners and innovative surfactants). Another project relevant for MERMAIDS is aiming to identify and elaborate the characteristics of engineered nanoparticles of textile auxiliaries among others products that determine their biological hazard potential.