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Public Funded Projects

 

National:

"Development of biomedical and environmental sustainability applications based on nanoporous alloys: from novel biodegradable implants to advanced micro-robotic platforms (ENV-BIO-PORAL), MAT2014-57960-C3-1-R"

European:

"Smart Electrodeposited Alloys for environmentally sustainable applications: from advanced protective coatings to micro/nano-robotic platforms"

"Development of Sustainable Interrelations between Education, Research and Innovation at WBC Universities in Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials where Innovation Means Business"

"Merging nanoporous materials with energy-efficient spintronics" (SPIN-PORICS) - Consolidator Grant 2014, funded by the European Research Council

   
Private R&D Contracts
 

"Development of biomedical and environmental sustainability applications based on nanoporous alloys: from novel biodegradable implants to advanced micro-robotic platforms (ENV-BIO-PORAL), MAT2014-57960-C3-1-R"

ENV-BIO-PORAL is a highly inter-disciplinary project which has the primary goal of developing cutting-edge biomedical and environmental applications based on the sustainable utilization of non-toxic porous alloys, free or with minimum amounts of precious metals and/or scarce rare earths. The project, coordinated by Prof. Sort and Dr. Pellicer, integrates research activities from three different groups: the Metallic Surfaces Unit at IK4-CIDETEC, San Sebastián; the Cellular Biology Unit at the Departament of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology (UAB); and the Gnm3 group at the Physics Department (UAB). The Project encompasses the synthesis and in-depth characterization of the structure and physico-chemical properties of: (i) new types of biodegradable implants, where porosity aims at tuning the degradation rates; (ii) wirelessly actuated magnetic micro-robotic platforms for drug delivery, where porosity will allow high amounts of transported drugs; (iii) hybrid magnetic/catalytic micro-robotic platforms, with a high surface area-to-volume ratio, to degrade organic pollutants from water. The project will explore new types of alloys (mainly based on Fe), with tunable structure, morphology and geometry, to meet specific technological demands. ENV-BIO-PORAL aims to integrate technological progress with the current environmental and sustainability concerns, which is one of the major “Societal Challenges” listed in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Several disciplines (Physics, Electrochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Biology and Robotics) converge together in this proposal to provide a holistic approach to accomplish the Project’s goals. Efforts will be also made to bridge the fundamental research activities of the Project to the industrial sector

 
     
     
 

“Smart Electrodeposited Alloys for environmentally sustainable applications: from advanced protective coatings to micro/nano-robotic platforms” (SELECTA)

SELECTA is a highly inter-disciplinary initiative which has the primary goal of training young researchers in the field of smart electrodeposited metallic alloys suitable for environmental / sustainable development applications. The Network encompasses the fabrication and in-depth characterization of: (i) innovative protective coatings, (ii) resilient micro/nano-electromechanical systems, and (iii) wirelessly actuated micro/nano-robotic platforms for cuttingedge environmental applications. The project will explore new types of electrodeposited alloys (based on Fe, Cu or Al; free from hazardous and scarce raw elements), with tunable structure (amorphous, nanocrystalline), morphology (dense, nanoporous) and geometry (films, micropillars, nanowires), to meet specific technological demands (high wear/corrosion resistance, superior magnetic properties or hydrophobicity).SELECTA aims to integrate technological progress with environmental sustainability concerns, which is one of the major “Societal Challenges” listed in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Several disciplines (Physics, Electrochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Biology and Robotics) converge together to provide a holistic approach to accomplish the SELECTA goals. The project brings together 10 Beneficiaries and 7 Partner Organizations (including 5 private companies), belonging to 10 EU Member States (plus Switzerland and Serbia). Special efforts will be devoted to bridge fundamental science with commercialisation of the research outcome. The complementarities among partners will render a high-level, multi-faceted educational programme. World-class research will be combined with unique training opportunities in soft skills, such as career planning, dissemination, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship or management. The Network aims to provide highly-qualified specialists able to face future professional challenges in either Academia or Industry in an independent manner.

     
       

Development of Sustainable Interrelations between Education, Research and Innovation at WBC Universities in Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials where Innovation Means Business” (TEMPUS)

The wider objective of WIMB Project is to achieve higher education modernisation in partner countries (PC) like Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, by developing sustainable interrelations of the knowledge triangle (Education, Research and Innovation), in the fields of Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials. The Project aims to promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in accordance with Europe 2020 strategy. The project will meet the needs of different target groups like universities, RTD institutions, students, non-university teachers, small and medium enterprise companies (SMEs), research and investment communities.

       
     
 

"Merging nanoporous materials with energy-efficient spintronics" (SPIN-PORICS)

This Project aims to integrate engineered nanoporous materials into novel energy-efficient spintronic applications. Magnetic storage and magneto-electronic devices are conventionally controlled by means of magnetic fields (via electromagnetic induction) or using spin-polarized electric currents (spin-transfer torque). Both principles involve significant energy loss by heat dissipation (Joule effect). The replacement of electric current with electric field would drastically reduce the overall power consumption. Strain-mediated magneto-electric coupling in piezoelectric-magnetostrictive bilayers might appear a proper strategy to achieve this goal. However, this approach is not suitable in spintronics because of the clamping effects with the substrate, need of epitaxial interfaces and risk of fatigue-induced mechanical failure. The exciting possibility to control ferromagnetism of metals and semiconductors directly with electric field (without strain) has been recently reported, but most significant effects occur below 300 K and only in ultra-thin films or nanoparticles. This Project tackles the development of a new type of nanocomposite material, comprising an electrically conducting or semiconducting nanoporous layer filled with a suitable dielectric material, where the magnetic properties of the metal/semiconductor will be largely tuned at room temperature (RT) by simply applying a voltage, via electric charge accumulation. The porous layer will consist of specific alloys (Cu-Ni or Fe-Rh) or oxide diluted magnetic semiconductors, where surface magnetic properties have been recently reported to be sensitive to electric field at RT. Based on these new materials, three technological applications are envisaged: electrically-assisted magnetic recording, voltage-driven switching of magnetic random-access memories and spin field-effect transistors. The obtained results are likely to open new paradigms in the field of spintronics and could be of high economic transcendence.

 

     
     
 

Private R&D Contracts

“Fabrication of oxide nanoparticles for hybrid luminiscent (HyLED) devices” (contract with CETEMMSA)