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.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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