The objective of NANOHOST project is the unlocking and developing of the research potential of the carbon-nanostructures laboratory (CNSLab), in the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute (TPCI) at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), in Athens, Greece. The scientific goal of NANOHOST is the experimental and theoretical investigation of a number of functionalized carbon nanostructures, and in particular nanohorns, selected according to their properties and expected technological applicability for energy conversion systems. In the NANOHOST project, a substantial reinforcement of CNSLab is proposed in terms of i) recruitment of experienced researchers, including possible repatriation of nationals, ii) exchange of know-how and experience through research visits between staff of CNSLab and that of prominent collaborating teams as well as by interaction with other scientists in the context of conferences and meetings, iii) acquisition/upgrade of research equipment, which will enable CNSLab to remain at the forefront of this very competitive area internationally and iv) strengthening of the status of CNSLab, nationally and internationally, through the organization of an international conference, through the promotion and exchange of ideas and knowledge as well as knowledge sharing by other dissemination activities. Such activities will include a website creation and operation and publications as well as participation in international conferences and workshops, popularization activities and public lectures. Thus, the NANOHOST project will enable CNSLab to remain a leader, internationally, in the area of carbon-based nanostructured materials. Furthermore, it will aid CNSLab in the effort to form a kernel in the currently developing scheme of a National Roadmap of Research Infrastructure, which is complementary to the European Road Map for Research Infrastructure as proposed by the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI).
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