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Plant-inspired materials and surfaces

Objective

Modern polymeric materials and surfaces are a corner-stone of Europe’s economy and research activities. Materials with novel properties are therefore of great interest. Nature provides us with a rich pool of multifunctional materials that can act as concept generators for synthetic materials. The uppermost layer of plant leaves and flower petals, the cuticle, is a smart polymer composite which a variety of functions, ranging from controlled regulation of water permeability, to the formation of structural colour and sticky or non-friction surfaces. The overall aims of PlaMatSu are (1) to address the challenge of creating new functional polymeric materials and surfaces by studying structure formation and function-property relationships in cuticles and (2) to educate the next generation of scientists who have the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge for turning scientific results into innovation.
To reach its aims PlaMatSu will:
- train 9 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at PhD level in a network of multi-disciplinary labs composed of biologists, physicists, and chemists. The expertise of the supervisors includes evolution and plant biology, responsive polymeric materials, polymer chemistry, surface sciences, optical properties of materials and polymer physics.
- provide ESRs with training in technology transfer, innovation, management, writing, interactions with the public, and intellectual property rights via a set of dedicated workshops.
- offer to each ESR secondments in academia, and most importantly, in private companies. Through latter ESRs will be exposed to the research and development environments of top companies in the chemical, food, polymer processing and scientific services industry.
New bio-inspired materials offer great potential for knowledge creation and innovation. After having completed the research and doctoral program proposed by PlaMatSu, ESRs will be ready to embark on a career in academia or industry.

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UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
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€ 117 665,62
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Richmond Street 16
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West Central Scotland Glasgow City
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THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
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Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge

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East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
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ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
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€ 747 649,44
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Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
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€ 663 066,90
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Avenue De L Europe 20
1700 Fribourg

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Fribourg / Freiburg
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BASF SE
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Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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VDI TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GMBH
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Vdi-platz 1
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Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Wikimedia CH
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Rue Voltaire 1
1006 Lausanne

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
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fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG
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Klaus-fischer-straße 1
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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Freudenstadt
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Mars Chocolate UK Ltd
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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Berkshire
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Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr
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Horb Am Neckar

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
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Helmholtzstrasse 10
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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
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Butterfield Terrace 70
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NOKIA R&D (UK) LIMITED
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90 Long Acre Covent Garden
WC2E 9RZ London

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London Inner London — West Westminster
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