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Plant-inspired materials and surfaces

Objective

Modern polymeric materials and surfaces are a corner-stone of Europe’s economy and research activities. Materials with novel properties are therefore of great interest. Nature provides us with a rich pool of multifunctional materials that can act as concept generators for synthetic materials. The uppermost layer of plant leaves and flower petals, the cuticle, is a smart polymer composite which a variety of functions, ranging from controlled regulation of water permeability, to the formation of structural colour and sticky or non-friction surfaces. The overall aims of PlaMatSu are (1) to address the challenge of creating new functional polymeric materials and surfaces by studying structure formation and function-property relationships in cuticles and (2) to educate the next generation of scientists who have the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge for turning scientific results into innovation.
To reach its aims PlaMatSu will:
- train 9 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at PhD level in a network of multi-disciplinary labs composed of biologists, physicists, and chemists. The expertise of the supervisors includes evolution and plant biology, responsive polymeric materials, polymer chemistry, surface sciences, optical properties of materials and polymer physics.
- provide ESRs with training in technology transfer, innovation, management, writing, interactions with the public, and intellectual property rights via a set of dedicated workshops.
- offer to each ESR secondments in academia, and most importantly, in private companies. Through latter ESRs will be exposed to the research and development environments of top companies in the chemical, food, polymer processing and scientific services industry.
New bio-inspired materials offer great potential for knowledge creation and innovation. After having completed the research and doctoral program proposed by PlaMatSu, ESRs will be ready to embark on a career in academia or industry.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 117 665,62

Participants (3)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 747 649,44
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 663 066,90
Address
Avenue De L Europe 20
1700 Fribourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (9)

BASF SE
Germany
Address
Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67063 Ludwigshafen Am Rhein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VDI TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GMBH
Germany
Address
Vdi-platz 1
40468 Duesseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Wikimedia CH
Switzerland
Address
Rue Voltaire 1
1006 Lausanne
Activity type
Other
fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Address
Klaus-fischer-straße 1
72178 Waldachtal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Mars Chocolate UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
3D Dundee Road
SL1 4LG Slough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr
Germany
Address

Horb Am Neckar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
United States
Address
Butterfield Terrace 70
01003 Amherst
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOKIA R&D (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
90 Long Acre Covent Garden
WC2E 9RZ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)