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Ultra-versatile Nanoparticle Integration into Organized Nanoclusters

Objective

UNION will develop nanoparticle (NP) assembly techniques, and assembly monitoring technologies to prepare novel hierarchically-ordered nanoparticle clusters (NPCs).
By improving control over the synthesis and assembly of NPs we will produce materials with tailored and predictable properties. Furthermore, by incorporating hierarchical control into the assembly (through the type, size and spatial distribution of the NPs) it will be possible to assess the influence of the hierarchy on properties and develop new functionalities. UNION will investigate how the emergent properties of the assemblies are determined by the architecture of the assembly, the extent of order, and the properties of the component NPs. This will enable tuning of the primary NP properties and the assembly processes to develop significant breakthroughs in nano-devices and next generation complex nanotechnology products.
As the ultimate aim is commercial exploitation of our results, in each stage of the development process we will use application driven, scalable and cost-effective processes, incorporating EHS assessment and roadmap preparation towards future industrial deployment.
UNION will achieve its objectives through a three stage approach.
- Improved NP preparation providing optimised surface chemistry for subsequent assembly
- Novel NPC formation (hierarchical nanoparticle assembly) methods
- Roll-out of NPCs for three application areas

NPC applications will be developed within three core areas corresponding to the different hierarchical structural levels; in suspensions of individual NPCs (biomedical), in supported 2D NPC arrays (optical), and in 3D arrays or nanocomposites (thermoelectric).
Our consortium is comprised of multidisciplinary research groups involving 8 partners with ex-pertise in preparation and application of nano-materials. It includes significant industrial participation with 4 companies with specific knowledge and testing capability for the target application areas.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 791 086,80
Administrative Contact
Dermot Brougham (Dr.)

Participants (8)

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 105 400
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jessica Rodríguez-Fernández (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 300
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rita Viaplana (Dr.)
TERMESZETTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 130 626
Address
Magyar Tudosok Korutja 2
1117 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anita Ritter (Ms.)
CIDETE INGENIEROS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 367 500
Address
Avenida Maritima 68
38530 Candelaria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
German Noriega (Dr.)
NANOVECTOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 361 800
Address
Via Livorno 60
10144 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Gasco (Dr.)
MALVERN PANALYTICAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 398
Address
Grovewood Road Enigma Business Park
WR14 1XZ Malvern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Clarke (Mr.)
THALES
France
EU contribution
€ 330 369
Address
Tour Carpe Diem Place Des Corolles Esplanade Nord
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Sincholle (Dr.)
ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 137 573,20
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Krisztina Szakolczai (Dr.)