CNR is the largest public research organization in Italy.
Within CNR, Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM) carries out interdisciplinary research on the atomic scale physical properties of materials and systems of nanometric size. Within CNR, the Institute of Structure of Matter (ISM) covers the field of synthesis and characterization of materials with innovative technological applications.
Within CNR, the Department of Chemical Science & Materials Technology (DSCTM) is formed by 11 CNR Institutes that carry out both basic and applied research in all fields of the molecular sciences, chemical technologies and material sciences. Among these, the Institute of Science, Technology and Sustainability for Ceramics (ISSMC), the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF), the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) and the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy (ICMATE).
COMMISSARIAT À L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
CEA is a French government-funded research organization involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world. CEA will participate to NFFA-EUROPE PILOT project with the Laboratoire d'Électronique de Technologie de l'Information (CEA-LETI).
CEA-LETI is located in Grenoble in the vicinity of ESRF and ILL. It is one of the major European research centers for applied electronics and nanoelectronics and part of MINATEC® (European center of excellence in micro and nanotechnologies). It is also active member of the "National Network of Large Technological Facilities for Basic Technological Research" and benefits from different platforms within MINATEC® as the Nanocharacterisation platform.
The National Center for Scientific Research is an interdisciplinary public research organisation for fundamental and applied scientific research under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the universities, thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. The CNRS ranks among the leading global research institutions for its excellent research and innovation achievements.
The research covered by CNRS encompasses all field from human sciences to mathematics, biology or engineering. 21 Nobel and 12 field medal laureate are members of laboratories funded by CNRS. It counts 1,144 research laboratories in France and abroad and it hires approximately 33,000 people and has a total budget exceeding 3.3 billion € of which 86.5% are resources dedicated to laboratories.
AGENCIA CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council, is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe, It is an autonomous multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary public research composed of around 110 research institutes in all research areas with a total staff of more than 15000 employees. Three CSIC institutes are involved in this project, the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute of the National Microelectronics Center (IMB-CNM), the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona, (ICMAB), and the Materials Science Institute of Madrid, (ICMM). The two Barcelona institutes are in the UAB Bellaterra Campus, and so, co-located with ALBA synchrotron.
IMB-CNM hosts near 100 researchers, an extra 70 research engineers and technicians. It is arranged in eight different research groups doing technology-intensive science with micro and nanotechnologies dealing with microelectronics and physical, chemical and biomedical micro and nanosystems.
ICMAB deals with research in Advanced Functional Materials with 60 permanent and a total of >200 researchers. Its Strategic Research Program face three social grand-challenges: clean and secure energy, smart and sustainable electronics and smart nanomedicine through mission-oriented research lines.
ICMM hosts more than 400 researchers and is amongst the largest institutes within CSIC. Its research lines cover all aspects of materials science from fundamentals to applications, both from experimental and theoretical approaches.
DESY The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron is one of the world leading accelerator centres for investigating the structure of matter. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.
The DESY campus hosts several large, international and regional collaborations, like the Centre for X-ray and Nano Science (CXNS), the Centre for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB), the Centre for Hybrid Nanostructures (CHYN) and very recently the Center for Data and Computing in Natural Science (CDCS), the Center for Integrated Multiscale Materials Systems (CIMMS) and the Centre for Molecular Water Science (CMWS) all together with the University of Hamburg. Therefore, the DESY site offers ideal prerequisites to be a nucleation centre for developing new emerging ideas on nanoscience.
DESY operates PETRA III, one of the world's brightest storage-ring-based X-ray radiation sources. PETRA III offers scientists outstanding opportunities for experiments with X-rays of exceptionally high brilliance. The DESY NanoLab as part of the CXNS provides on-site methods for nanoscience complementary to the advanced X-ray sources PETRA III, FLASH and X-FEL and is operated by the DESY Research Group X-ray Physics and Nanoscience as a facility for users and for in-house research.
DESY role in NFFA.EU PILOT:
Leader of Correlative Nano Fine Analysis
Contributes to X-Ray Advanced Optic and Nanosafety
El.En. S.p.A. was founded in 1981 and counts nowadays approximately 300 employees. El.En. is the leader of a High-Tech Industrial Group, set up with over 25 companies and operating in optoelectronic field. El.En. main activities include designing, manufacturing (through proprietary technology and a multidisciplinary know-how) and selling laser sources (gas, solid state and liquid state) as well as innovative laser systems for medical and industrial applications. Driven by constant research and development, El.En. is committed to producing advanced laser devices, excellent in terms of performance, cost effectiveness , reliability, respect for the environment and post-sale customer care.
The Group develops, manufactures and sells, on a worldwide scale: medical laser equipment used in dermatology, surgery, aesthetics, otolaryngology, physiotherapy, dentistry, gynaecology; industrial laser systems for applications covering: cutting, welding of metals, marking of wood, plastic, glass, leather and tissues decoration, remote laser processing of different materials and restoration of artworks.
El.En. holds more than 20 patents or pending patents, many of these extended to European countries and/or United States.
El.En role in NFFA.EU PILOT:
Contributes to Bridging academia and industrial research
EPFL The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne is one of two federal technical universities in Switzerland. It has three missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL, in its location on the shores of Lake Geneva, brings together a campus of more than 10,000 people with more than 250 laboratories and research groups.
With 120 nationalities represented on campus and more than 50% of the professors coming from abroad, the School is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan universities. The EPFL School of Engineering (STI) consists of more than 50 laboratories organised within 5 institutes at the intersection of mechanics, electrical engineering, micro-technology, and materials science. Also, EPFL is member and hosting institution of CECAM.
ESRF European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is one of the world's largest synchrotron science centres. Every year, 9000 scientists from 22 partner countries and from around the world travel to Grenoble to use its extremely brilliant X-rays for leading-edge research.
This fundamental and applied research often addresses how to better use resources, develop more sustainable materials or improve our daily lives. The EBS Upgrade Programme 2009-2022 maintains our worldleading role through a continuous quest for higher performance figures, meeting the needs of returning users, and attracting scientists from new disciplines.
ESRF role in NFFA.EU PILOT:
Leader of Nanosafety and Bridging academia and industrial research
Contributes to X-Ray Advanced Optic and Nano Fine Analysis
EXACT LAB SRL
eXactlab srl is an innovative SME providing solutions, training and on-demand services in the High Performance Computing and Data market. We assist our clients in the governmental and private sector in procuring mission-critical HPC systems, maximizing the effectiveness of existing systems, based on their specific HPC requirements.
Founded in 2011 as a spin-off of IOM-CNR institute located in Trieste, Italy, by three researchers with more than ten years of experience in the HPC arena, the company is rapidly growing and it now composed by a team of six professionals, plus a few more consultants. Members of our team have acquired experience in addressing different aspects of scientific computing and data management. Activities ranges from the deployment of computational and data cloud infrastructure to the tuning of scientific software and cloud services.
EXACT LAB role in NFFA.EU PILOT:
Leader of FAIR Data
Contributes to Reasearch Infrastructure Management
FORTH is the largest and most successful Research Institution in Greece (~1500 personnel). In this project FORTH will participate with the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (FORTHIESL), which is a multi-disciplinary scientific laboratory that focuses its research on fundamental and applied issues related to materials science and technology and laser interactions with matter.
FORTH-IESL combines state-of-the-art experimental facilities with a rich spectrum of research activities and scientific expertise that provide an intellectual environment, ideal for fostering new ideas and advancing scientific research. FORTH-IESL possesses large experience in running a research infrastructure. It actively participates to the NFFA-Europe Research Infrastructure and have provided, so far, 411 days of access to 59 Researchers, involved to 39 research projects. Furthermore, the Laser Group of FORTH-IESL operates as a European Laser Research Infrastructure currently in the frame of LASERLAB-Europe, and also participates in the Extreme Laser, ESFRI, Infrastructure (ELI). The Polymer group of FORTHIESL operates as a European Soft Matter Infrastructure (EUSMI), a European facility in soft materials.
FZJForschungszentrum Jülich focuses on use-inspired basic research. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and investigates relations between research areas energy, information, and sustainable bioeconomy. We conduct research to provide comprehensive solutions to the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment, information and brain research. The FZJ aim is to lay the foundation for the key technologies of tomorrow.
With more than 6,100 employees and a unique research infrastructure, Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the major interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association. Scientists have access to state-of-the-art instruments and large-scale facilities at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Some of these are used by teams of scientists from all over the world – experts at Forschungszentrum Jülich provide them with professional advice and support. The FZJ-JCNS institute operates at the FZJ outstation at the MLZ, Garching, several neutron scattering instruments.
CATALAN INSTITUTE OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
ICN2 The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is a non-profit foundation established to pursue excellence in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It is a place where both fundamental and applied research receive strong support, as do efforts to facilitate the adoption and integration of nanotechnologies into society and industry. Basic science is developed primarily via European and national collaborative projects. Application oriented research concentrates in Health, Information and Communication Technologies, Energy, and Environment, and is often carried out together with the industry. Transfer and business development is led by a specialized unit that trains and supports researchers in identifying and preparing for commercialisation opportunities.
ICN2 interacts closely with universities, research centres, technology centres, private sector R&D entities, the scientific community and society at large. The institute's achievements were recognised by the Spanish Government in 2014 with the award of the prestigious Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation, an award that was renewed in 2018. ICN2 is one of the research centers belonging to the CERCA Institution of the Government of Catalonia, and a founding member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). Its Board of Trustees includes the Catalan Government, the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB).
INL The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, is the first, and so far the only, fully international research organization in Europe in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. INL is an international intergovernmental research organization (IGRO) with the mission to perform cutting-edge research and development in interdisciplinary nanotechnology and to function as an innovation integrator in multiple application domains. INL was created under an international legal framework similar to that of other International Research Organizations, such as CERN, EMBL, or ESA, with the aim to become a global center of excellence in applied nanotechnology research.
INL had been established in 2005 by a joint decision of the Governments of Portugal and Spain. Operating since late 2010, following a total investment of 100 M€, INL is part of the Portuguese Road Map of Research Infrastructures (2014-2020). INL is currently financed by member states contributions (40%), competitive funds from H2020 calls and national PT2020 scientific calls (40%) and Industry collaboration and user fees (20%).
The INL infrastructure provides a high-tech research environment for INL staff and users. INL campus extends over an area of 47,000 m2, with 26,000 m2 of buildings. This includes 7,500 m2 of individual and central laboratories, including high-accuracy laboratories, a cleanroom with an area of 1,000 m2, an auditorium and other public areas with 4,800 m2. At the beginning of 2020, there were 368 people of over 40 nationalities working at INL, 312 of them researchers.
JRC The EC Joint Research Centre is a Directorate General of the European commission. The EC JRC is the European's science and knowledge service supporting EU policies within dependent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC mission aims at contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety.
The JRC activity on nano(bio)technology is focusing on the development of new methods, tools and standards needed for supporting the full exploitation of innovative products based on nanotechnology and/or nanomaterials. For this purpose, the JRC set up a Nanobiotechnology Laboratory featuring state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies. A special emphasis lies on the characterisation of nanomaterials, microplastics, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.
KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT is a public non-profit institution bundling the missions of a State University of Baden-Wuerttenberg and of a large-scale research center of the German Helmholtz Association. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, higher education, and innovation. With about 9.300 employees, 24.300 students, and a total annual budget of about 780 million Euro, KIT is one of the largest institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.
In this project, KIT will participate with the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), a central scientific institution and center for data-intensive computing and analysis of large-scale data, with high national and international visibility as well as an innovative and agile IT service provider at KIT, with the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), a one-stop-shop for advanced micro and nano system development and upscaling, and with the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF).
LUND Lund University was founded in 1666 and is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. Lund University is also the home of the national synchrotron facility MAX IV.
The MAX IV laboratory has the highest quality of X-rays available to scientists from academia and industry in the whole world. These X-rays enable the study of materials that we use today and improve them beyond the performance that we know. The national Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy (nCHREM) offers instruments and expertise for imaging, analysis and sample preparation for a wide variety of sample types.
The new ETEM is an Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope that provides unique in situ observations of semiconductor nanowire growth at atomic resolution. Lund Nano Lab (LNL) is an open research facility that is available to both academic research groups, start-up and company users.
The LNL, together with nCHREM, are the most important resource parts of NanoLund consortium, which is the one of the world's first nano-research environments. Our world-class clean room facility is equipped with state-of-the-art semiconductor processing and metrology equipment. We welcome all users to access the equipment for fundamental research and development in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology, microelectronics, life science and quantum technology.
Promoscience is a SME spin-off of SISSA–International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, founded in May 2004 by a team of researchers specialised in exploring the requirements of the scientific community, perfecting new and effective knowledge transmission strategies and developing adapted content management systems. The company develops innovative web-based software for sharing objectives, managing projects and spreading results among the scientific communities. The implementation of effective communication, dissemination & exploitation plans in the framework of cooperative R&D projects at the international level is one of Promoscience’s fields of expertise. Promoscience’s innovative thinking and highly creative design expertise merges with fundamental skills and techniques of science communication to provide original branding strategies to research projects.
PSI is the largest research center for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland, conducting cutting-edge research in three main fields: matter and materials, energy and environment, and human health. PSI runs Switzerland's large scale research facilities (LSFs) for users from the national and international scientific community and is one of the very few locations in the world providing a neutron spallation source (SINQ), a synchrotron (the Swiss light source or SLS), a muon source (SμS), and an X-ray free electron laser (SwissFEL).
TUG is the 2nd largest technical university in Austria, which focuses on five specific fields of expertise: Advanced Materials Science, Human & Biotechnology, Information Communication & Computing, Mobility & Production and Sustainable Systems (bold fields are related to proposal topics). The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry is the participating research institute, which is dedicated towards fundamental and applied aspects of organometallic chemistry. The scope of activities ranges from basic research of organo silicon, tin and phosphorus compounds, design of catalysts towards the applications of inorganic and organometallic oligomers, and polymers in the field of functional materials. The applications range from energy, semiconducters, optics and nanotechnology.
TUM The Technical University of Munich is characterized by a unique profile with its core domains natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and medicine. The institutional strategy is focused on strengthening the excellence of disciplinary core competences in research, teaching and learning, but is also targeted towards the promotion of ground-breaking, interdisciplinary research. TUM is committed toward the major challenges facing society in the 21st century in areas such as energy, climate, and environment, natural resources, health and nutrition, communication and information, mobility and infrastructure.
TUM is regularly among the best national performers in international rankings. For the fifth time in a row, TUM took the first place among the German universities in the renowned QS World University Ranking in 2019 (rank 55 worldwide). TUM is member of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, which was founded in 2006 and brings together six top-class universities (DTU, TU/e, EPFL, L´X, The Technion and TUM). Together they are committed to finding technical solutions which address the major challenges of modern society. During the last two Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development of the EC (FP7 and Horizon 2020),
TUM was and is involved in more than 500 EU research projects and has participated in over 100 ERC grants in total. Currently, TUM is involved in more than 200 Horizon 2020 projects, for more than 75 of which TUM has a coordinating role. That includes 28 ERC Starting Grants, 28 ERC Consolidator Grants, 14 ERC Advanced Grants, 5 ERC Proof of Concept Grants and 1 ERC Synergy Grant. TUM takes part in 35 DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres, of which TUM is the spokesperson in 12.
UAB is one of the major public universities in Spain. It is located in Bellaterra, close to Barcelona city. Currently, the University offers 87 bachelor’s degrees covering a wide range of fields such as humanities and arts, social sciences, health sciences, technology and physical sciences. Furthermore, the UAB offers 133 Master’s degrees, as well as 8 Erasmus Mundus Master's degrees; more than 1,114 PhD dissertations have been elaborated within its doctoral programs. The University has over 37,700 students, almost 3,700 researchers and teaching staff,and it hosts more than 6,000 foreign students. UAB coordinates a strong scientific and technological centre named the UAB Sphere, which comprises all the departments, science and technology services, research centres, institutes, university hospitals that are members of the UAB.
UMIL Università degli Studi di Milano is an Italian State-university and leading research institution active on a wide range of different disciplines from science to humanities, It is the only Italian member among the 23 prestigious Universities of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). With a teaching staff of about 2.200 tenured professors and with almost 60.000 students, the University of Milan is the largest university in Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and internationally-oriented EU regions.
In addition to its excellent level of education, the University of Milan has an established reputation as one of the institutions most strongly committed to basic and applied research in Europe. Research activities are conducted in 33 Departments and 22 Inter-departmental Research Centres, with more than 24.000 scientific publications in the last three years, 222 patent family and 24 active spin-off. 5 scientists from the University that have been ranked as highly cited by the ISI – Institute for Scientific Information (USA). The University’s researchers occupy leading positions in numerous research programmes conducted both at a national and international level.
EU programmes represent a major source of funding for the University of Milan, which has signed 147 grants under the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013), for a total value of € 50.344.153, and more than 120 grants up to December 2019 under the Horizon 2020 Programme, for a total value of more than € 40.000.000. Up to now, UMIL Researchers have been participating in around 40 COST Actions.
UNG The University of Nova Gorica is a young, research-oriented university, comprising seven schools and eleven research units. The university hosts the Laboratory of Quantum Optics (LKO) that was built in 2012, in strong collaboration with Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy), thanks to the CITIUS project, financed by the Italy-Slovenia Cross Border Cooperation Programme. Since 2018, LKO is open to the users of the synchrotron Elettra and of the FERMI VUV free-electron laser in operation at Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste.
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is an international multidisciplinary research centre of excellence, specialized in the synchrotron and Free Electron Laser FEL) radiation and their applications in materials and life sciences. Elettra has built and operates two Synchrotron Radiation sources: the 3rd generation storage ring Elettra, and the seeded FEL source FERMI, and has set up several laboratories that offer complementary techniques to the beamlines, extending their research capabilities. Access to four beamlines is offered throuigh NFFA-Europe: DiProI, ESCAmicroscopy, SISSI, and XAFS.
PRUAB, the UAB Research Park, a linked 3rd party of UAB will be also involved in the project with staff and facilities. PRUAB is a private not-for-profit foundation, established in 2007 as a basic tool for three leading research bodies in the UAB Campus: UAB, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Institute for Agricultural and Food Research &Technology (IRTA) to promote and improve the transfer of knowledge and technology between the University and business. Companies located within the area of the Park and those involved in the University research work, such as spinoff and start-up companies, can also benefit from these services. PRUAB is located within the UAB campus at Bellaterra close to the Alba synchrotron.
PRUAB role in NFFA.EU PILOT:
Contributes to Bridging academia and industrial research
SOLEIL, an acronym for “Optimized Light Source of Intermediate Energy to LURE,” is a research center located on the Plate au de Saclay in Saint Aubin, Essonne. More concretely, it is a particle (electron) accelerator that produces the synchrotron radiation, an extremely powerful light that permits exploration of inert or living matter..
SOLEIL is a source of light endowed with extra ordinary properties, necessary for the scientific community:
high brilliance: 10,000 times brighterthan sunlight
a wide spectral range: frominfrared (a few μeV) to hard X-rays (100 keV)
light polarisation: linear, circular, etc.
It provides new perspectives in the study of matter with a resolution down to millionths of meters and a sensitivity to all types of materials.
SOLEIL covers fundamentalresearch needs in physics, chemistry, material sciences, life sciences (notably in the crystallography of biological macromolecules), earth sciences, and atmospheric sciences. It offers the use of a wide range of spectroscopic methods from infrared to X-rays, and structural methods such as X-ray diffraction and diffusion.
In appliedresearch, SOLEIL can beused in many various fields such as pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, petrochemistry, environment, nuclear energy, and the automobile industry, as well as nanotechnologies, micromechanics and microelectronics, and more...
CELLS/ALBA: CELLS built and manages the ALBA Synchrotron Light Source a 3rd generation Synchrotron Light facility near Barcelona, which has currently eight operational state-of-the-art beamlines, comprising infrared, soft and hard X-rays, which are devoted mainly to biosciences, condensed matter and materials science. Four additional beamlines are currently in construction at different level of progress.
Centro de Investigación Cooperativa en Biomateriales
CIC-biomaGUNE: the Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials-CIC biomaGUNE, located in San Sebastian (Spain), is a non-profit research organization created to promote scientific research and technological innovation at the highest levels in the Basque Country in order to create a new business sector based on biosciences. It is one of the Centres of the CIC network, the largest Basque Country research network on specific strategic areas, having the mission to contribute to the economical and social development of the country through the generation of knowledge and speeding up technological innovation.
EuroNanoLab is a new distributed research infrastructure consisting of over 40 state-of-the-art academic nanofabrication centers across Europe. Its main vision is to accelerate research in the micro- and nanotechnology sector by enabling the transformation of a fragmented landscape of nanofabrication facilities into an integrated knowledge base supporting scientific excellence and providing researchers a fast-track to results.
Twelve members of the Euronanolab consortium participate in the NFFA-Europe activities: CEITEC, IMT, ItFab-CNR IMM, ItFab-CNR NANOTEC, ItFab-FBK, ItFab-POLIFAB, MMI, Renatech-FEMTO, Renatech-IEMN, Renatech-LAAS, Renatech-LTM, and UT.
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias
INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC-MN) is a private, non-for-profit research and development center, with 30 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a micro- and nanofabrication infrastructure (class 10/100 clean room), whose core research activities are in the areas of nanoelectronics, magnetic thin films & nanostructures, thin film MEMS biochips/biosensors and biomedical devices. INESC MN has an extensive involvement in projects at both National and European level and maintains a solid relationship with international companies and research institutions, in a wide geographic area worldwide.
IREC: The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, IREC, is a young research institute participated by the Catalan and Spanish governments, 3 Universities and several private companies from the energy sector. Within IREC, the Advanced Materials for Energy Department is equipped with new laboratories that incorporate state of the art technologies and new equipment for the synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials, the development of energy conversion and storage devices and the evaluation of their performance.
SIAM Platform (University of Namur) expertise in materials characterization relies on its capacity to use and combine various spectroscopies (XPS, ToF-SIMS & IBA). SIAM has several facilities for functionalizing materials and/or synthesizing thin films by plasma treatments and performs fundamental research in materials sciences, surfaces, interfaces and ion/matter interaction. Different kinds of materials and/or samples, coming from materials sciences, life sciences but not only (materials evaluation inside a biological matrix) can be thoroughly analysed.
This research project has received funding from the EU's H2020
framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreements NFFA-Europe (n.
654360 from 1/9/2015 to 28/02/2021) and NFFA-Europe-Pilot (n. 101007417 from 1/03/2021 to 28/02/2026)