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Directed Colloidal Structure at the Meso-Scale

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.

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
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€ 819 863,64
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Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom

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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
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FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
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Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Düren
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Research Organisations
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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
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€ 510 748,56
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Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven

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Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 525 751,20
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
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€ 484 773,84
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N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio

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Ηράκλειο Κρήτη Νησιά Αιγαίου
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TEIJIN ARAMID BV
Netherlands
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€ 255 374,28
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Velperweg 76
6824 BM Arnhem

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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UNILEVER INNOVATION CENTRE WAGENINGEN BV
Netherlands
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€ 255 374,28
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Bronland 14
6708 WH Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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CENTRE TECHNOLOGIQUE NOUVELLE-AQUITAINE COMPOSITES & MATERIAUX AVANCES
France
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€ 262 875,60
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Batiment Cheminnov Enscbp Av Pey Berland 16
33600 Pessac

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Nouvelle-Aquitaine Aquitaine Gironde
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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
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Brandeis University
United States
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South Street 415
02454-9110 Waltham, Ma

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
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Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
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SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE SA
Switzerland
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Avenue Nestle 55
1800 Vevey

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
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