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Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid-bilayers

Objective

SNAL is a multidisciplinary programme specially designed to provide scientific and transferable skill training and career development for early stage researchers and experienced researchers in membrane research. Working in a multidisciplinary network will give the researchers a broad perspective on their research field as well as the basic ability of pursuing a research project from basic sciences to industrial applications. The broad aim is to train a new cohort of researchers with systemic thinking equipped with generic skills in combining experimental studies and computer simulations to prepare them for fruitful careers in academia and industry. One challenge for the project is the design and synthesis of novel biomaterials able to modify membrane properties. This requires deep understanding of the interactions of lipid membranes with nano-objects including functional biomimetic polymers, polymeric micelles, carbon nanotubes and polymer therapeutic complexes/conjugates to enable the intelligent design of novel materials with improved bilayer modifying properties. To achieve this goal we have assembled a highly interdisciplinary team of leading groups all having synergies in their established research interests in the field of lipid bilayer – nano-objects interactions. The project combines computer simulations, chemical synthesis, clinical and industrial expertise, physical and biological experiments. The industry involvement in the project is very high with full participation of Unilever and Biopharma, the companies from different sectors. Complementarity of partner skills provides a logical basis for a collective training programme. The full cycle of the design process, from theoretical models to synthesis and experimental and clinical validation, is of particular importance for training of ESRs and their future career development.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Address

Carrer De Escorxador
43003 Tarragona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 849 407,24

Administrative Contact

Oscar Vidal (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 445 787,76

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 571 763,28

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 513 547,32

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 285 056,64

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 285 056,64

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 444 137,76

BIOPHARMA TECHNOLOGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 125 326,08

UNILEVER U.K. CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 125 326,08

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608184

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2014

  • End date

    31 March 2018

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 645 408,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 645 408,80

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain