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Freezing Colloids

Objective

The freezing of colloids is an amazingly common phenomenon encountered in many natural and engineering processes such as the freezing of soils, food engineering or cryobiology. It can also be used as a bioinspired, versatile and environmentally-friendly processing route for bioinspired porous materials and composites exhibiting breakthroughs in functional properties. Yet, it is still a puzzling phenomenon with many unexplained features, due to the complexity of the system, the space and time scales at which the process should be investigated and the multidisciplinary approach required to completely apprehend it.
The objective is to progress towards a deep understanding of the freezing of colloids through novel in situ observations approaches and mathematical modelling, to exert a better control on the processing route and achieve the full potential of this novel class of bioinspired materials. Materials will be processed and their structure/properties relationships investigated and optimized.
This project offers a unique integration of approaches, competences and resources in materials science, chemistry, physics, mathematics and technological developments of observation techniques. For materials science only, the versatility of the process and its control could yield potential breakthroughs in numerous key applications of tremendous human, technological, environmental and economical importance such as catalysis, biomaterials or energy production, and open a whole new field of research. Far-reaching implications beyond materials science are expected, both from the developments in mathematics and physics, and from the implications of colloids freezing in many situations and fields of research.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/condensed matter physics/soft matter physics

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-StG_20101014
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant

Host institution

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 390 016,92
Principal investigator
Sylvain Stephane Francois Deville (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 390 016,92
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Principal investigator
Sylvain Stephane Francois Deville (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 79 017,20
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Conway (Dr.)