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Directed Colloidal Structure at the Meso-Scale

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641839

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 613 194,36

  • EU contribution

    € 3 613 194,36

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

Objective

Fluid dispersions containing highly elongated colloidal particles form a plethora of ordered, liquid-crystalline states as well as glassy and gel-like disordered states already at very low concentrations. In spite of their remarkable properties, industrial applications of such dispersions have entered the market only relatively recently, in contrast to more conventional low-molecular-weight, liquid-crystalline fluids for which the major practical applications are in opto-electronic device technology, e.g., in displays, optical imaging and smart glass. Important potential applications of colloidal liquid crystals can be found in the manufacturing of high-performance fibres and in fast moving consumer goods, such as foods and home and personal care.
To accelerate their exploitation and market introduction, we seek to push the field in a new, innovative direction where rod-like colloidal particles of a very diverse nature are used to form structures with a well-defined direction: Directed Structure (DiStruc) at the mesoscopic level. Our focus will be on the role of confinement and flow, highly relevant to industrial applications. This will open avenues for a bottom-up, rational design of industrial processes, which is an important step to protect the competitive role of European industries on the global market. At the same time, scientifically novel physical phenomena will be explored protecting the leading role of Europe in the field of soft condensed matter. Importantly, it provides a training ground for the next generation of European researchers, unique in its interdisciplinary scope, covering physics, chemistry, biology, materials and engineering, its depth, creating a mind-set where experiments, theory and computer simulations go hand-in-hand, and its focus on the chain of knowledge from basic to applied research through close industrial involvement.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Address

Wellington Square University Offices
Ox1 2jd Oxford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 819 863,64

Participants (7)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 484 773,84

TEIJIN ARAMID BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

Unilever research and development Vlaardingen BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

ASSOCIATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES RECHERCHES AUPRES DES UNIVERSITES, DES CENTRES DE RECHERCHE ET DES ENTREPRISES D'AQUITAINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

Partners (4)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

Brandeis University

United States

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641839

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 613 194,36

  • EU contribution

    € 3 613 194,36

Coordinated by:

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom