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Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces

Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces

Objective

Soft nanotechnology is generally considered as a field that will have a major impact on technological developments in near future. However, the fundamental understanding of the wealth of new structures lacks far behind, despite supporting activity from material science. Such an understanding is indispensable for sustainable growth of this important research domain and its applications. A physics-oriented interdisciplinary education is urgently needed to guide young researchers to the point where they can tackle the relevant fundamental questions. SOMATAI is set up to provide just such training by combining two distinct scientific fields: Soft matter science is a well established interdisciplinary field for the bulk investigation of polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals with response amplitude and time to external stimuli as a function of soft matter structure being of special interest. The second highly relevant field is interface science, since nano-structured materials contain a huge area of internal interfaces which have an essential impact on material properties. The application of the soft matter approach to interfaces promises new and deeper understanding of interfacial phenomena. Interfaces of a water phase to a solid, liquid or gaseous second phase are of special interest and a focal point of SOMATAI. Such interfaces are highly relevant to products from European industry (food, cosmetics, paints) and processes (washing, coating, water purification). They have an outstanding importance from a scientific point of view due to specific interactions at such interfaces. This carefully planned teaching and research programme in a network of 10 leading academic partners, 1 large scale companies, 2 SMEs, and 4 top-level associated partners from Germany, Taiwan and the USA will ensure that young researchers are given an excellent training in a pioneering research domain of high scientific and technological relevance, where Europe can take a leading position.

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Address

Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 586 706,84

Administrative Contact

Gelinde Riese (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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DSM Innovation Center B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 861,46

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 255 948,66

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 444 137,76

GERMAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 157 490,52

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 068,88

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 76 780

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 255 948,66

LS INSTRUMENTS AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 213 622,87

MAX PLANCK INSTITUT FUR EISENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 238 568,88

NIZO FOOD RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 861,46

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 861,46

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 861,46

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 164 057,96

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 316866

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 562 776,87

  • EU contribution

    € 3 562 776,87

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany