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Biomineralization: Understanding of basic mechanisms for the design of novel strategies in nanobiotechnology

Objective

Biomineralization is the formation of minerals by living cells and organisms. To understand the processes involved in biomineralization, at the cutting edge between inorganic and organic world, the cooperation between molecular and cell biologists, inorganic chemists, and physical chemists, but also computational scientists is required. The products formed by biomineralization are often composite materials consisting of both mineral and organic components. The ability of organisms to form nanostructured biominerals with high precision and in large copy number under biological and environmentally benign conditions makes the mechanisms underlying biomineral formation extremely interesting for nano(bio)technology, a key technology of the 21st century. In the proposed Marie Curie Initial Training Network, we focus on the formation of biominerals consisting of calcium carbonate or biosilica-glass due to the enormous interest and importance that these biominerals have achieved in the last few years. The successful research on this topic which also includes the future industrial application of the results relies on the coordinated multidisciplinary effort of highly qualified researchers with special skills in different disciplines. There is, in particular, an urgent need for training of young researchers in Europe in this pioneering area of research. The goal of this multidisciplinary network is to understand basic principles of biomineralization (bio-silicification and bio-calcification) in order to develop novel strategies to apply the biological mechanisms in the field of nanotechnology. To achieve this goal, an effective and milestone-oriented joint training and transfer-of-knowledge programme will be established. It is expected that - through training of young researchers in the most advanced techniques to study biomineralization – this network will strengthen the competitiveness of the European Union in this important field of present-day research.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN DER JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAET MAINZ
Address
Langenbeckstrasse 1
55131 Mainz
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 806 429,90
Administrative Contact
Heinz C. Schröder (Prof.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITE DIJON BOURGOGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 248 431,70
Address
Esplanade Erasme Maison De L Universite
21078 Dijon Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Brun (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 203 354,80
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Donatella Spera (Ms.)
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 256 647,60
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gwent Paylor (Mr.)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 184 408,40
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Styliani Martaki (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 199 647,80
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Huub Elstgeest (Mr.)
BIOTECMARIN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 200 059,20
Address
Duesbergweg 6
55099 55099
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Engel (Ms.)
NANO S BIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 84 756,82
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Matis (Mr.)
RUDER BOSKOVIC INSTITUTE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 116 263,78
Address
Bijenicka Cesta 54
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Renato Batel (Prof.)
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heinz C. Schröder (Prof.)