New nano materials

This action aims at strengthening the Euregional knowledge infrastructure around new organic nanomaterials and materials engineering through a coordinated transfer of knowledge between knowledge centers and companies. Participating transnational and transregional research groups have complementary knowledge and expertise of specific nanomaterials, namely:

  • (Semi-) conducting small molecules,
  • nanoparticles
  • polymers.

Nanomaterials are materials with dimensions in nanometers (one nanometer = 10-9 m), with material properties that can be adjusted as desired by material engineering. There is a growing industry demand for new organic (semi-) conducting nanomaterials with specific optical and electrical properties for the development of smart coatings, (bio-) sensors, electrical circuits, displays and solar cells.

The major motivation for the use of nanomaterials is twofold. A first advantage is that there are almost unlimited possibilities to develop specific properties by making structural changes. A second advantage is that the required amount of feedstock for the production of such applications can be significantly reduced; the applications are usually lighter and cheaper. The reduced material usage is also a key asset in terms of sustainable development. An example is the planned development of thin film organic solar cells to obtain renewable energy on a large scale and at low cost. Such activities can provide enormous economic and environmental benefits to the Euroregion.

In the context of exploitation and industrialization of these new nanomaterials, these actions also pay particular attention to ways of synthesis processes to optimize and to scale for easier transfer to firms (= parallel synthesis processes).