SUMMARY

It is a time of rapid advance in the development of nanotechnologies that can organize materials at the nanoscale and tailor their properties. This offers major possibilities in virtually all sectors of EU technical activity. The project involves original and industrially relevant research that will be undertaken in collaborative projects between universities and industry. The programme will include industrial secondments together with comprehensive technical and complementary skills training. A network of 6 companies, 5 universities, 3 research institutes from 5 EU countries has been set up to carry out the integrated research and training programme. The network will train early stage researchers (ESRs) in the disciplines needed to understand nanotechnology and the complementary skills to enhance their career progression. All recruits employed in the programme will be ESRs and the partners will provide experienced researchers from their own staff without charge to the European Commission.

A unique characteristic of nanomaterials is that they can be applied in virtually every industrial sector in the EU: from artificial hips to aero engines. The synthesis and processing methods range widely, there are many advanced methods for the characterization of nanostructure, as well as computational modelling techniques for the simulation of nanomaterials and their processing. The research and training programme was, therefore, designed to be broad enough to expose the researchers to the principal activities in nanomaterials and yet be sufficiently coherent to enable teamwork throughout the network and stimulate synergy.  The Manano project hence includes research topics that are linked to one another but yet cover different areas of activity in the general field of nanotechnology.

The research has three fundamental, interlinking themes from which the individual projects are developed. These are green energy-generating materials, organization and characterization of nanostructure, and lightweight and longer-life materials. Within these themes, new results are being obtained in nanomaterials for organic electronics, lithium ion batteries, solar cells, high-performance polymers, ultra-light aerogels for transportation and an innovative technique for 3D characterization at the nano-scale. The network will educate a new generation of researchers in the disciplines needed to understand nanotechnology and the complementary skills to enhance their career progression.

 

 

 

 

 

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