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Plant-inspired materials and surfaces

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.

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)

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THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 819 863,64

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 663 066,90

Partners (9)

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BASF SE

VDI TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GMBH

Wikimedia CH

fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Mars Chocolate UK Ltd

Dr. Tillwich GmbH Werner Stehr

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

NOKIA R&D (UK) LIMITED

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722842

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 348 245,60

  • EU contribution

    € 2 348 245,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom