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Network of excellence: to overcome the fragmentation of European research in multifunctional thin films

Objective

It is well-known that European research in many of its areas, is fragmented to a high degree and, as a consequence is not cost-efficient. This is specifically true for complex multidisciplinary areas such as nano-composites. One of the research areas where fragmentation has the most serious adverse affects is research related to understanding of nano-materials phenomena for multifunctional thin films with a wide range of industrial applications. For example, research in nano-crystalline films and, in particular, hard and super-hard nano-films is vital for many important applications such as for European tool manufacturing industries. As a result, the high quality research work cannot be attained by each particular group due to impregnable hurdles caused by a lacking adequate infrastructure.

EXCELL is designed to become a key instrument to overcome the fragmentation of the European research in the field of studies of surface properties of nano-composites and in thin multifunctional films with wide applications in numerous European industrial sectors. EXCELL aims at a deep restructuring of European research in this particular area via establishing a durable integration (planned to be way beyond the duration of the Project) in order to stimulate innovative research and development, standardisation and the promotion of the industrial uptake of the breakthrough technologies. Although EXCELL is built by a minimal number of participants (it combines 14 European institutions), it represents the European excellence in nano-films research and applications. EXCELL is a focused project as all the partners are fully committed to the durable and long lasting integration and restructuring of their research capacities without which the whole research area will become flagging regardless the efforts spent by each particular institution. EXCELL requires the EC funding only for a limited period of time as its ultimate goal to operate on its own.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

COCKERILL SAMBRE ARCELOR
Address
14 Quai D'ougnee
Ougree
Belgium

Participants (16)

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
Nottingham
MOSCOW STATE INSTITUTE OF STEEL AND ALLOYS
Russia
Address
Leninsky Prospect 4
Moscow
INSTITUTE OF SPECTROSCOPY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
Russia
SH SISTEMI S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Parini 9/A
Osimo
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
Haifa
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Address
Senckenberganlage 31
Frankfurt Am Main
KEMIAI KUTATOKOZPONT - MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA
Hungary
Address
Pusztaszeri Ut 59-67
Budapest
ASSOCIAZIONE PICCOLE E MEDIE IMPRESE DELLE PROVINCE DI ANCONA E MACERATA
Italy
Address
Via T. Edison N. 1
Osimo
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTER AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
Muenchen
VIRTUAL INSTITUTE ON NANO-FILMS
Belgium
Address
Boulevard D'avroy 280
Liege
EUROGROUP CONSULTING S.A.
Belgium
Address
Boulevard De La Cambre 33
Bruxelles
INNO-TSD
France
Address
Place Joseph Bermond Ophira 1
Sophia Antipolis
UNIVERSITÀ POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma, 22
Ancona
UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue F.d. Roosevelt 50
Bruxelles