New European Network on Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites

18 June 2004

The European Commission recently approved financing of around €6,6 million for the Network of Excellence ""NANOFUN-POLY"" on “Multifunctional Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposite Materials”.

The Network’s main objective will be to form a European Centre of Excellence in functional and structural polymer-based nanomaterials. It will be run by Prof. Josè M. Kenny from the University of Perugia (Italy), who will coordinate research activities and the spreading and transfer of technology in this important sector of science and materials technology.

The Network of polymer-based materials for nanotechnology consists of 29 universities and research centres of current member states of the European Union (Italy, France, Germany, England, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovenia), the United States, China and Argentina and will be institutionally coordinated by the Italian Consortium for Materials Science and Technology (INSTM).

The new structure has already received endorsement from the most important European industries in the sector of structural polymer-based nanomaterials as well as in the sector of the most innovative applications: advanced electronics and sensors, energy production (photovoltaic, combustible cells), biomedics, aero-space and transport.

The initial project meeting will be held on Friday, 18 June 2004 in Rome in order to kick-start the operative activities.

The opportunities that may arise as a result of this European Centre of Excellence are multiple in terms of the possibility of developing new research and industrial projects, visits by foreign researchers, international conferences, technology transfer and the formation of spin-off companies and new educational activities.

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