| Project of the Month - April 2012

COMPOSITUM - Hybrid Nanocomposites and their applications

The project aims to establish or reinforce long-term research co-operation through a coordinated joint programme of exchange of researchers for short periods, and in particular strengthening European position in the research activities related to nanosciences, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. It also supports the strategic objective of the PEOPLE programme to make Europe attractive to the best researchers from outside the EU.

Project Data

Project start: 1 February 2009
Project end:  31 January 2013

Scientific area: Marie-Curie Actions
Programme: SP3-People

Project Partners

1. Coordinator: MARIA CURIE-SKLODOWSKA UNIVERSITY LUBLIN,  Poland
2. UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON,  United Kingdom
3. BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS,  Hungary
4. NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS,  Greece
5. INSTITUTE OF SURFACE CHEMISTRY OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE,  Ukraine

Project Describtion

The main research objectives of this 4-years long joint project are

  1. to synthesize and characterise new hybrid composite and functionalised nanomaterials based on oxides, carbons, polymers, natural minerals and spent materials;
  2. to study their interaction with biological objects and environmental systems;
  3. to elucidate the role of interfacial phenomena in these systems;
  4. to study structure-properties relationship of nanocomposites in specific applications;
  5. to evaluate performance of novel nanocomposites in biological media, environmental systems and specific industrial applications.

A large set of new nanomaterials (with commercial potential) was synthesized and characterized under this project. The project results were published in several dozens (~70) of joint papers in international journals and about 120 joint presentations were done at international conferences.

source: COMPOSITUM project

The NASU team has been developing contacts with the EC research teams in terms of reciprocal visits, joint publications and conference presentations for already 10-15 years. However, cooperation was strongly improved under the project with regard to both quantity and quality of achieved results, publications, conference presentations, development and research of novel materials, accessibility of researchers to equipment at host organisations, and familiarization of new methods. Moreover, many young scientists could improve their own skills thanks to long term grants at the Western team institutions.

This project is an excellent base for future cooperation between all teams involved in the project and several new proposals were prepared for future cooperative investigations. Several commercial companies take and will take part in this cooperation..

The COMPOSITUM project was presented as a "Success Story" on the website of the Polish NCP for Research Programs of the European Union .

During first period of project realisation (2009-2011) two conferences were organised:

Programme and Abstract Book covers of the 3 Compositum Conferences

In 2011 two meetings were organised:

Upcoming event

The 4th Compositum Conference will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, from September 11-14, 2012.

Please visit the conference website.

Contact

Project Coordinator
Dr Jadwiga Skubiszewska-Zięba Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (MCSU), Faculty of Chemistry
Address: pl. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3
20-031 Lublin , Poland
Telephone: +48 81 537 5678
E-mail: jskubisz@o2.pl
Web: http://www.umcs.lublin.pl

Ukrainian Partner
Prof. Vladimir M. Gun’ko
Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
17, General Naumov Street
Kyiv 03164, Ukraine
Tel:+44 38044 4229627
Fax:+44 38044 4243567
E-mail: vlad_gunko@ukr.net