| Project of the Month - August 2012

BY-NanoERA - Institutional Development of Applied Nanoelectromagnetics: Belarus in ERA Widening

BY-NanoERA is an EU-funded project supported by the European Commission under the 'International Cooperation' within the 'Capacities' Programme of the FP7. It has resulted from the EC pilot ERA-WIDE initiative aiming to reinforce RTD and cooperation capacities of the leading research centers in the neighborhood countries.
BY-NanoERA is focused on improving RTD and cooperation potential of the Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University (INP BSU) in the area of applied nanoelectromagnetics. This new research discipline comprising the classical electrodynamics of microwaves and present-day concepts of condensed matter physics is covered by the FP7 Theme 4 'Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies – NMP'. INP BSU is the founder and leading research center in Belarus in this area.

More specifically, the research is concentrated in the following areas:
  1. Electromagnetic waves and signal propagation in nano-sized components and integrated nano-structured systems; electromagnetic compatibility problem on the nano scale
  2. Electromagnetic response properties of composite materials with nano inclusions; electromagnetic shielding materials; nanocarbon in electromagnetic applications; nanocarbon based metamaterials
  3. Ionizing radiation shielding materials; boron, boron nitride and chemically modified (doped) carbon nanotube-based composite materials
  4. Heat transfer on nano scale and in nanocomposites exposed to high-frequency fields
  5. Nanocarbon in medical applications; far-infrared and terahertz range thermolysis of cancer cells.

Within the project a set of complementary networking and training activities is foreseen with a strong involvement of already existing and new partners from EU member states and associated countries. Besides, based on research results and their applications in material sciences and medicine, and also taking in consideration the emerging socio-economic needs in Belarus and EU, a strategy of the INP BSU further development will be proposed. All together, the activities will support national RTD in applied nanoelectromagnetics, contribute to young researchers’ career development, intensify information and experience exchange between Belarus and EU teams thus contributing to creation of the European research network in applied nanoelectromagnetics, as far as increase visibility of INP BSU in the European Research Area and its participation in the FP7. Also, the strategy developed for INP BSU will be proposed and disseminated as a model for the integration of the other Belarus teams into the ERA.

Project overview

Project Acronym: BY-NanoERA
Project Reference: 266529
Start Date: 01-11-2010
End Date: 31-10-2013
Duration: 36 months
Project Funding: 380 811 Euro
Contract Type: Support Action
Project Status: Execution
Project website: http://nano.bsu.by

Project partners

  1. Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University (Coordinator), Belarus
  2. Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Scientific and Technical Sphere, Belarus
  3. Belarusian National Technical University, Belarus
  4. Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  5. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  6. Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy
  7. Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

Key achievements for the first 18 months

  • 'Prognosis of Nanoelectromagnetics Development and Practical Implementation' has been developed, key author – Prof. Gregory Slepyan, INP BSU;
  • To improve research capacities of the INP BSU team, the series of research staff exchanges (in total, ar. 13 person/months for 8 researchers) has been carried out from INP BSU to EU partner organizations and vice versa, with a special focus on young researchers and PhD students. Though research as such is not funded by the project, the cooperation with the EU partners and staff exchanges have given a birth to 19 publications in peer-reviewed journals, of which the most important are the following:

    1. A. M. Nemilentsau, M. V. Shuba, G. Ya. Slepyan, P. P. Kuzhir, S. A. Maksimenko, P. N. D’yachkov, A. Lakhtakia, Substitutional doping of carbon nanotubes to control their electromagnetic characteristics, Phys.  Rev. B 82, 235424 (2010) [10 pages];
    2. M. V. Shuba, A. G. Paddubskaya, P. P. Kuzhir, G. Ya. Slepyan, S. A. Maksimenko, V. K. Ksenevich, P. Buka,  D. Seliuta, I. Kasalynas, J. Macutkevic, G. Valusis, C. Thomsen, A. Lakhtakia, Experimental evidence of localized plasmon resonance in composite materials containing single-wall carbon nanotubes, Phys. Rev. B 85, 165435 (2012)  DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.165435;
  • Thanks to the extended collaboration opportunities with the EU provided by BY-NanoERA, the INP BSU has become a partner in the new FP7 project 'Fundamental and Applied Electromagnetics of Nano-Carbons' (FAEMCAR) recommended for financing by the results of the IRSES call 2012 in 'People' Specific Programme. The project consortium comprises several BY-NanoERA partners and some new ones from Belgium, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. The project will kick-start in late 2012; 
  • The central scientific event of the project – International Conference 'Fundamental and Applied NanoElectroMagnetics' – was held on 22-25 May 2012 in Minsk. It has managed to unite over 120 researchers from 19 countries who combined sharing their research experience and ideas with networking. More information about the event, including the proceedings of the Conference;
  • To improve the complementary skills of the INP BSU and other Belarusian R&D organizations 2 trainings have been provided, the first devoted to the issues of getting in the FP7 ('General introduction to FP7 and basic soft skills needed to express your interest', 19-20 May 2011, Minsk), while the second focused on 'Obligations and requirements for a partner in FP7 project' (18 October 2011, Minsk).

Contact

BY-NanoERA Coordinator
Prof. Sergey Maksimenko
INP BSU, BELARUS
E-mail: sergey.maksimenko@gmail.com