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Lubricant impregnated slippery surfaces

Lubricant impregnated slippery surfaces

Objective

LubISS, Lubricant Impregnated Slippery Surfaces, is the first European Training Network with the main objectives of designing, characterizing, and modelling low adhesive easy-to-clean surfaces for anti-icing and anti-fouling. In a coordinated effort among 9 world-class academic institutions and industrial partners from 6 European countries (Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland), advanced lubricant impregnated surfaces will be developed. Drawing upon the distinguished expertise within the consortium, textured surfaces impregnated with a lubricating liquid or gel will be designed and fabricated through modern experimental preparation, multi-scale characterization methods, and high power simulation tools. With these broad capabilities, the LubISS network offers a unique training platform for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a multidisciplinary research endeavor of great technological, industrial and environmental importance. The recently introduced concept of lubricant impregnated surfaces is a promising approach to reduce the adhesion of ice as well as biofilm-forming bacteria-to-surfaces. To achieve societal impact, understanding the intimate relationships between the impregnating lubricant, the surface topography, and the adhesion of ice, bacteria, or other biofouling microorganisms is critical. The general aim of this ITN is two-fold: 1) to establish a fundamental understanding between these relationships through academic and industrial collaborations in physics, chemistry, biomedicine, materials science and engineering, and 2) to educate and train young researchers in this vital area of technology. The LubISS network will investigate many aspects of lubricant impregnated surfaces, including the optimization of the lubricant stability under static and dynamic flow conditions, methods for replenishing the lubricant for long-term applications, and benchmarking against state-of-the-art surfaces.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Address

Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

Participants (9)

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DECHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DEPARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

DTNW OFFENTLICHE PRUFSTELLE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

MILLIDYNE OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 269 145,36

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

Partners (2)

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EVONIK RESOURCE EFFICIENCY GMBH

Molecular Machines & Industries GmbH

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722497

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 901 820,76

  • EU contribution

    € 3 901 820,76

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany