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Active Matter: From Fundamental Science to Technological Applications

Objective

During the last decade, active matter has been attracting increasing interest because its study can shed light on far-from- equilibrium physics and provide tantalizing options to perform tasks not easily achievable with other available techniques on the micro- and nanoscale. We are now on the threshold of breakthroughs that will permit us to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental challenges associated with far-from-equilibrium physics (e.g. the physics of living organisms, tissue formation and cancer growth) and to address several key technological challenges of great societal and economic impact (e.g. biomimetic materials, targeted localization, pick-up and transport of nanoscopic cargoes in drug delivery, bioremediation and chemical sensing). However, there are still several open challenges that need to be addressed in order to achieve the full scientific and technological potential of active matter in real-life settings: 1. to develop biocompatible active particles, reducing their footprint by scaling them down towards the nanoscale; 2. to determine their emergent and synergistic behaviors in complex and crowded environments; 3. to engineer self-assembly in dense active and living matter systems. This ETN will provide the necessary infrastructure to train a new generation of physicists in the highly interdisciplinary fields related to active matter. ESRs will master the theoretical, numerical and experimental tools currently employed in the study of active matter, will create new tools for understanding active matter systems, and, through collaboration with companies, will be able to transfer this knowledge to biomedical, bioremediation and sustainability applications. Our ESRs will acquire highly demanded transferable skills increasing their future employability in academia and industry. Extending the reach of this ETN, we will also prepare interdisciplinary and interactive lecturing material to serve as foundation for study programs in active matter.

Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Address

Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 281 982,96

Participants (13)

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 281 276,64

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 281 276,64

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 261 499,68

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 261 499,68

UNIVERSITAT KONSTANZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 252 788,40

BILKENT UNIVERSITESI VAKIF

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 235 248,12

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 235 248,12

FCIENCIAS.ID - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE CIENCIAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 237 720,24

ELVESYS

France

EU Contribution

€ 549 604,08

CHERRY BIOTECH

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

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CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYCORP

United States

TRUSTEES OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

United States

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

United States

Science4you SA

Portugal

Somanautix Ltd

United Kingdom

SWISSLITHO AG

Switzerland

CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH

Germany

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 812780

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 012 080,12

  • EU contribution

    € 4 012 080,12

Coordinated by:

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden