Delivering the promise of nanotechnology to society for much-awaited products and jobs, hinges critically on manufacturing technology transfer to industrial production. This project introduces novel affordable, efficient and environmentally safe manufacturing of nanocomposite materials, by ultrasonic welding of foils with sandwiched nanoparticles. Research goals thus arise to study and control the material process-structure-properties interactions during nanocomposite fabrication and utilisation, by laboratory analysis, computational simulation and process control of materials for universal industry use. Training of postgraduate students and research experiences for undergraduates will be fostered, by thesis supervision, new curricula with laboratory exposures, and nanomanufacturing seminars and conferences. Outreach will benefit pre-college students and teachers, by nanotechnology modules, demonstrations and laboratory open house; industries by applied projects and student internships; women students by role models; and the public by hands-on exhibits, continuing education and web self-study.
Although based at the University of Cyprus host, this Marie Curie project will be broadly shared across Europe, in collaboration with institutions in EC states and USA, by mutual visits, web/video-conferencing, meetings and student exchanges. The Chair initiatives will be pioneered by Prof. Haris Doumanidis, founding Director of Nanomanufacturing at NSF, Presidential Faculty Fellow of the White House, and ASME/National Academy of Eng. distinguished authority in thermal manufacturing at MIT, Tufts University and industry. This project will transfer his international excellence activities to Europe, and together with key expertise in Cyprus and abroad, will nucleate a signature European network for Nanomanufacturing, establishing global leadership of the ERA and attracting the best investigators and students worldwide to this area.
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