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Hierarchical Assembly in Controllable Matrices

Hierarchical Assembly in Controllable Matrices

Objective

The mission of HIERARCHY is to train and educate young scientist in the rapidly developing field of nanosciences, in particular hierarchical self-assembly. The training programme educates early stage and experienced researches in many aspects of this highly interdisciplinary field, such as theory, materials chemistry and biochemistry, advanced characterisation techniques, physics and commercial device development. In addition, the training programme will address non-scientific issues, important for the career development of young scientists, e.g. communication and presentation skills, IPR and entrepreneurial skills, ethical issues, language enhancement and cultural awareness. The training takes place on a Network level and also locally at the host institutions. HIERARCHY’s training programme will deliver versatile individuals with a broad scientific knowledge, ready to pursue a successful career in the European industry or academia. The interdisciplinary research training is centralised around the novel concept of hierarchical assembly in controllable matrices. This concept exploits liquid crystalline media as controllable matrices for programmed self-organisation, which goes far beyond the possibilities of currently employed techniques. A liquid crystal matrix in combination with a variety of simultaneously or sequentially applied external stimuli will yield a unique toolbox to build functional macroscopic structures with nanometer control. Leading European laboratories in soft condensed matter and solid state matter will work towards new paradigms in nanosciences. HIERARCHY’s intention towards application of the designed structures, illustrated by the presence of three industrial partners in the consortium, is an important step towards commercialisation of nanosciences in Europe. With Europe’s desire to become the major player in the area of nanosciences, valorisation of developed technology is a key lesson for Europe’s new generation of nanoscientists.
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Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Address

Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 Ez Nijmegen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 107 317

Administrative Contact

Harry Rullmann (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 695 489

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 668 353

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 386 096

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 494 527

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 602 353

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 173 226

BALDER OPTOELEKTRONSKI ELEMENTI INMERILNA TEHNIKA DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 145 580

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 191 948

MERCK CHEMICALS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 184 068

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215851

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2012

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 648 957

  • EU contribution

    € 4 648 957

Coordinated by:

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands