The Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation (CxI) at the Technical University of Liberec works toward the preparation and application of multifunctional nanoparticles and materials controlled by structure. CxI is finishing the first stage of the widespread-teaming project, the aim of which was to prepare a proposal for the creation of a centre of excellence on the European level. The main project partner is the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC) in Würzburg (Germany).
What is the goal of the project?
The main goal of the NANOMATCON project will be a joint development of multifunctional nanoparticles (MFNP), nanoinks (MFNI) and nanocomposites (MFNC) applicable in the multiscale manufacturing of components and integrated systems of high industrial relevance.
1. Installation of key enabling technologies
Two new strategic nanomaterials technologies will be implemented. Firstly, a fully automated robotics platform will enable high throughput developments and upscaling of colloidal non-aggregated nanoparticulate inks and composites. Secondly, the developed MFNI formulations will be applied in a 3D-laser µm/nm-printing process. The output of this powerful tandem technology will be ‘artificially’ perfectly programmed architectures bringing a broad set of new potential applications, controlled by both the chemical composition and the hierarchical structuring.
2. Creation of a transnational research team
The installation of the strongly multidisciplinary core personnel will be oriented towards hiring experienced researchers on national and European level. As it will be depicted further below, the team for the second project stage is planned to be composed of nearly 30 leading senior and junior researchers who will be integrated in eight working groups to initially ensure the installations of the key equipment and to subsequently prepare, in a close interaction with ISC, the future regional, national and European industrial research activities. PhD students in the corresponding new PhD programme ‘Nanotechnology’ are welcome from September 2016!
3. Industrial activities and new start-up companies
A close CxI/ISC partnership with joint strategic research and development synergies foresees the creation of a strong fundamental and industrial research incubator accessible to third parties (companies and academic sector) in the Czech Republic and abroad in Europe. Several targets will be reached in the area of nanobiomedicine, new age solar technologies, telecommunication and nanotextiles as well as in the eco and bio-security area.
Technical University offers:
For more information on the PhD study programme contact:
Technical University of Liberec
+420 485 353006
Ass.Prof. Petr Tuma
Prof. Lubomir Spanhel