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Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven

Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven

Objective

With progress in nanotechnology, biophysics, and polymer synthesis, colloidal science has reached a new level of importance. A large variety of complex colloids of different shapes, with binding specificity, and variable softness has been synthesized, opening quite exciting ways for engineering materials at the nanoscale. The purpose of COMPLOIDS is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the Physics governing the self-organization and the dynamical behavior of complex colloidal particles in the bulk, under confinement and out of equilibrium. For this purpose, the partners will consider a variety of novel, experimentally accessible colloidal systems that share the common properties of anisotropy, associativity and softness of their constituent particles. A well-coordinated combination of experiment, theory and simulation will explore the fundamental Physics, define similarities and differences between the systems considered and search for common underlying mechanisms of self-organization that are distinct to these complex and highly versatile colloidal systems. The technical objective of COMPLOIDS is to apply the gained knowledge with the goal of engineering novel materials in close collaboration with participating high-technology EU-companies. Young researchers will also profit from COMPLOIDS in a variety of ways. They will be exposed in high-level research working, within a highly connected and interdisciplinary team of researchers and developing state-of-the art tools in the Statistical Physics of Soft Matter. Further, they will attend world-rate graduate programs and courses in the participating academic partners and they will obtain hands-on experience of the industry sector through the participation of industrial partners.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Address

Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 508 442

Administrative Contact

Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (Prof.)

Participants (11)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 673 634

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 869 366

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 246 387

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 360 524

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 322 920

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 424 386

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 397 362

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 415 525

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 309 895

SCHLUMBERGER CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 635

Rhodia Laboratoire du Futur

France

EU Contribution

€ 91 689

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 234810

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 714 765

  • EU contribution

    € 4 714 765

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria