| Project of the Month - August 2013

BELERA – Reinforcing carbon nanotubes and photonics research cooperation between the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics and the European Research Area

BELERA is a Support Action project aimed at stimulating cooperation between Belarus and Europe in the field of nano science. Consequently, BELERA aims to develop cooperation in carbon nanotubes and photonics that are relevant to the research priorities identified in the FP7 ICT Work Programme.
The consortium is composed of the following top organisations: Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-InESS), Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPVLC) and Innoveo Consulting.

Overview of the partners involved in BELERA, © BELERA project Overview of the partners involved in BELERA

Project overview

  • Project acronym: BELERA

  • Project full title: Reinforcing carbon nanotubes and photonics research cooperation between the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR) and the European Research Area

  • Project number: 295043

  • Type of funding scheme: International Cooperation Support Action (SA) under FP7 programme

  • Target groups: National ICT stakeholders, National and EU Carbon nanotubes and photonics organisations and companies

  • Start: 01/01/2012

  • Duration: 24 months

  • Website: http://belera.org/

Research priorities

SEM image of the structured arrays of CNT columns on the Si substrate (sizes in µm), © BELERA project SEM image of the structured arrays of CNT columns on the Si substrate (sizes in µm)

The research priorities include the following:
  • Magnetic properties of carbon nanotubes: investigate  the  magnetic  properties  of thermally and chemically stable, strongly anisotropic ferromagnetic iron-made nanoparticles filled in aligned and dense CNT prepared by the injection method
  • Emission properties of carbon nanotube based cold cathodes:
    evaluate innovative prototype samples of CNT based cold cathodes for potential high power and multi-beam applications
  • Nanostructured materials for novel photonic devices:
    Theoretical investigation of self-ordering nanostructured inorganic materials for the development of photonic devices; Experimental investigation of nanostructured inorganic materials

Results so far

BELERA kick off meeting in Minsk, © BELERA projectBELERA kick off meeting in Minsk 

We are proud to announce several significant achievements thanks to our motivated consortium partners. The knowledge exchange, via joint research experiments and publications has been successful since the beginning of the BELERA project.

The team has published two promotion guides: one of Belarusian research groups in the field of nano science, one of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics; and two project newsletters. These publications can be found on our project website.

BSUIR and CNRS-InESS collaboration resulted in a joint publication only after 6 months of the project, which has been published in the Journal of Applied Physics in July, 2012. See the publication "Microwave absorption in nanocomposite material of magnetically functionalized carbon nanotubes" here.

UPVLC's publication of the BELERA project has been published in the Optics Letters peer reviewed journal: "Real-time observation of antigen–antibody association using a low-cost biosensing system based on photonic band gap structures", and in the SPIE newsletter for the International Society for Optical Engineering.

A workshop was organized by BSUIR and CNRS-InESS during the 16-18 October, 2012 in Belarus, devoted to 'Magnetic properties of carbon nanotubes' and involved three scientists from CNRS-InESS (France).

BSUIR organised an international conference on nanoelectronics and nanophotonics. The NanoMeeting 2013 event took place in Minsk (Belarus) during the 28-31 of May 2013. More information: http://www.nanomeeting.org/ 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Labunov, BSUIR
Project coordinator
labunov@bsuir.by
http://www.bsuir.by/ 

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