The last Call for Proposals within the 6th Framework Programme has produced excellent results for CIDETEC-IK4 given that they are to participate in four new projects. Three of these have Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials as common denominators. Two of them are STREP-type projects (MULTIPOL, ILLIBATT) within the third priority Nanotechnology and Nanosciences Call, and the third involves a training network for researchers in the Marie-Curie (THREADMILL) programme. The fourth project is a Co-ordination Action one (CARISMA) that aims to co-ordinate research activity in Europe involving membranes, electrocatalysts, electrodes and other components for high-temperature polymer membrane fuel cells (PEMFC).
The MULTIPOL project is to take on board the design of “Multifunctional polymer materials with designer electrical and optical properties” and is aimed at the design and development of new materials for their application in electronic devices such as electronic paper, magnetopolymer sensors and actuators and solar cells. The project will study a new encapsulation technology called SOLID and the inclusion of nanomaterials such as magnetic nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes in the design of the aforementioned applications. The work of CIDETEC-IK4 in this project is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of new multifunctional nanomaterials.
The second project, ILLIBATT, will involve the design of a new high-specifications lithium battery, using ionic liquids. The work of CIDETEC-IK4 in this project is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of new electrolytes based on polymeric ionic liquids and their application in lithium batteries, in collaboration with CEGASA.
Within the Marie Curie programme, CIDETEC-IK4 will take part in the training network known as THREADMILL. This network is co-ordinated by the prestigious Institute of Nanotechnology of London and aimed at the training of researchers in the fields of Nanomanufacture, Nanomaterials and NANOELECTRONICS. The network covers topics as complex as supramolecular chemistry, nanoscience and photoelectric and electroluminiscent devices. The common thread of this network is the use of molecular conducting nanothreads. The role of CIDETEC-IK4 involves the training of researchers in NANOELECTRONICS.
The CARISMA consortium, made up of a total of 39 members, brings together the experience of bodies who have been working on high-temperature PEMFC - research centres and universities as well as manufacturers of fuel cell components and their end users. CIDETEC-IK4 is taking part in this Co-ordination Activity in those work areas relating to membranes and to high-temperature membrane-electrode assemblies.
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