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Mineral Surface Science for Nanotechnology

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 20828

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

Objective

Scientists from the MISSION research group, who are all active researchers from the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics and the Interface Analysis Centre at the University of Bristol, propose to train 17 Early Stage Researchers for a total of 288 man months. The programme is aimed at 3rd cycle doctoral level training. Added bonus to the action is that seven EST fellows will gain a PhD during the training period, and approximately 10 visiting fellows will gain training for 3-6 months in our research group over the span of four years.

The research focus will be on understanding reaction mechanisms and structures of organic and biogenic molecules on mineral surfaces. We will use the wide range of analytical techniques available in Bristol: surface tit ration and potentiometry; film deposition; AFM; XPS; Raman spectroscopy; XRD; SEM/EDX; TEM; and SIMS in addition to new developments in ultra high speed AFM and non-contact AFM. Together this will give the EST researchers specific scientific and technological competencies in nanoscale surface research.

This programme, with an emphasis on transnational and intersectoral mobility, will have two outcomes:
(1) a broadening of the research base in basic nanoscience in line with EU priorities; and
(2) the training of a body of young scientists uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of working in nanoscience.

The research team is multidisciplinary and their training will produce scientists skilled in a number of techniques and familiar with the MISSION core disciplines. Alongside day-to-day supervision, the EST fellows will also learn a wide range of transferable and complementary skills including seminar and poster presentations, writing concise scientific English, web page design, video conferencing, conference organization, undergraduate (1st and 2nd cycle) teaching, entrepreneurship and management training.

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Project information

Grant agreement ID: 20828

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom