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NMR relaxometry for biomedicine and advanced materials

Objective

Field-cycling relaxometry experienced a tremendous boost during the last decade. It represents an ease and versatile tool to monitor structure and dynamics in a wide range of time scales, from picoseconds to milliseconds, providing information of great importance for understanding the properties of biological systems and improving materials and drugs. Despite the numerous, emerging possibilities of applications, theoretical approaches for the analysis of the relaxometry data are often controversial and, for some systems, accurate models have not been identified. The FC-RELAX project aims at developing the theoretical knowledge of the field dependent relaxation processes taking advantage of the joint effort of some of the main European actors in the field, and at exploiting all potentialities of field-cycling relaxometry for different biomedical applications and for the characterization of advanced materials. The objectives are the improvement of efficacy and safety of MRI contrast agents and paramagnetic nanosystems for theranostics, the exploitation of relaxometry for cancer diagnosis and for the development of partially crystalline materials, and of ionic liquids for their use as electrolytes in energy storage devices. The program is based on high-level multidisciplinary and multisectoral training, and on a consortium of tight and complementary experimental scientists and theoreticians. FC-RELAX comprises 10 academic partners and 3 companies from 8 European countries, and will train 10 researchers who will benefit by extensive interactions between academic and industrial partners, endowed with state-of-the art scientific and technical expertise and infrastructures. The industrial partners include the only company in the world producing field-cycling relaxometers, a European company leader in the research and production of MRI contrast agents, and a scientific oriented technology company on the world market of magnetic resonance instrumentation.

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
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€ 259 437,60
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Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Italy

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Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
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Participants (9)

UNIWERSYTET WARMINSKO MAZURSKI W OLSZTYNIE
Poland
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€ 226 512,00
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Ul. Oczapowskiego 2
10 719 Olsztyn

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Makroregion północny Warmińsko-mazurskie Olsztyński
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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UNIVERSITE DE MONS
Belgium
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€ 262 620,00
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Place Du Parc 20
7000 Mons

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Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Mons
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INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
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€ 243 403,20
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Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa

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Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
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UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
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€ 260 539,20
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Universitatsplatz 1
18055 Rostock

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE
France
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€ 282 693,60
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45, Rue D'ulm
75230 Paris Cedex 05

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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STELAR SRL
Italy
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€ 259 437,60
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Via Enrico Fermi 4
27035 Mede

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Pavia
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BRACCO IMAGING SPA
Italy
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€ 259 437,60
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Via Egidio Folli 50
20134 Milano

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
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RESONANCE SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
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€ 260 539,20
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Seestrasse 28
73230 Kirchheim Unter Teck

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Esslingen
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LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
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€ 286 488,00
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Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta

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Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Etelä-Karjala
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Partners (3)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
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Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila

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Sud Abruzzo L’Aquila
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CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO RISONANZE MAGNETICHE DI METALLO PROTEINE
Italy
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Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Firenze

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Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
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UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
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King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen

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North Eastern Scotland Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
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