Synergetic competencies in nanomaterials –
Fraunhofer ISC and Technical University of Liberec join forces to establish a Center of Excellence
The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation (Technical University of Liberec) join forces to establish a Center of Excellence. With the Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2018 the partners agree on common objectives: with their powerful synergetic competencies in the field of nanomaterials and technologies they enhance their research capabilities and extend their network in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
Bases of the cooperation are the teaming project NANOMATCON (Multifunctional Nanoparticles and Materials Controlled by Structure), funded within the European program Horizon 2020 and some applied projects with Czech industrial partners. The next steps are proposals to claim for national and European fundings, giving budget to establish the center with the required infrastructure, an efficient management structure and to determine opportunities for commercial exploitation.
In order to speed up the establishing of the center the partners propose that collaborations and exchanges will be initiated in fields of common expertise and interest. The institutes involved will set up a digital data space to exchange know-how and research results.
In the future, the center develops nanomaterials for biotechnology, medicine and telecommunications systems as well as energy generation and storage. For this purpose high end technologies like digitally linked automated material labs and 3D processes are used. The “Materials 4.0” – nanoparticles, nanocoatings, multi-layers of nanostructured materials resulting in bio-, photonic and electronic functionalities, nanospiders, and nanofibers – are used in the most advanced applications.
To boost the long-term partnership the Fraunhofer ISC and the Technical University of Liberec will be present at the “Czech-German Day of Applied Science” in Prague, where successful ways of cross-border cooperation in R&D and technology transfer will be presented and discussed.