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Soft Matter Composites - An approach to nanoscale functional materials

Soft Matter Composites - An approach to nanoscale functional materials

Objective

The proposed network of excellence aims to establish a knowledge base for an intelligent design of functional andnanoscale soft matter composites. It will do so in overcoming the present 2 fold fragmentation of this extremely important field for the development of new materials at the interface of non-living and living matter where the delicate self-organizing principles of polymeric, amphiphilic and colloidal matter are ubiquitous. At present the field is fragmented along the disciplinary lines of theoretical and experimental physics, computer simulation, chemistry and applied biology. On the other hand we are witnessing another fragmentation following the material structures themselves in terms of polymers, colloids, surfactants, membranes and biopolymers. The overriding concern ofSoftComp is to overcome this 2-fold fragmentation in the creation of a virtual interdisciplinary research centre dealing jointly with the manifold of soft matter materials. This unleashes a range of exciting and intelligently designed hybrid materials and structures. The network unites the very best European research groups from the traditionally separated soft matter fields. It furthermore connects these academic groups with a sizeable fraction of Europe's most important industry dealing with such materials. All participants have already a track record in collaboration between disciplines ensuring the success of Soft Comp. By working on both materials and disciplinary axes of fragmentation, the leading researchers represented by Soft Comp will create an integrated team that is enabled to activate the European potential in soft matter composite materials and to disseminate excellence in extensive training and knowledge transfer schemes.'

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Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Address

Leo-Brandt-Str.
52428 Juelich

Germany

Administrative Contact

Dieter RICHTER (Professor)

Participants (29)

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A. MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY

Poland

BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

DANMARK TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK)

Denmark

DOW BENELUX B.V.

Netherlands

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET CHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE PARIS

France

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

Greece

GEORG-AUGUST UNIVERSITÄT GÖTTINGEN, STIFTUNG DES ÖFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

HEINRICH-HEINE UNIVERSITÄT DÜSSELDORF

Germany

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

INSTITUT CURIE

France

JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITÄT

Germany

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

RHODIA OPERATIONS

France

RHODIA S.A.

France

SCHLUMBERGER CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

UNILEVER UK CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAÍS VASCO / EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

UNIVERSIDADE DE VIGO

Spain

UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÀ DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

WEIZMANN LNSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502235

  • Start date

    1 June 2004

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 200 000

  • EU contribution

    € 6 200 000

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Germany