The involved partner organisations entered the project for specific added value in terms of industrial scaled synthesis of nanocomposite precursors and high throughput designs (hte GmbH (HTE)); new formulations and flow chemistry (BASF SE (BASF)) and physical characterisation of superconducting properties (Turku University (TURKU)). This partnership will offer excellent multidisciplinary doctoral training opportunities for the ESRs in the scalable development of nanocomposite architectures with tuneable properties and will foster a long-term collaboration.
The key objectives of the SCRiPTS group, Sol-gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin films Synthesis, within the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry in the Faculty of Science of Ghent University can be described by 'controlled synthesis and surface chemistry of metal oxide nanoparticles and mesoporous materials' and 'chemical-solution-based coating development'. (Prof. I Van Driessche - Prof. K De Buysser).
Three research themes can be distinguished:
Controlled synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanocrystals
filling the gap between nanocrystals synthesis and their application by studying its surface chemistry
Chemical solution deposition of functional coatings via ink jet printing
With these research themes and equipment facilities, the SCRiPTS group has the intention to provide a broad view to students and researchers in the development of ceramic nanocrystals, mesoporous materials and coatings towards its application. Here, we envisage applications in superconductivity, batteries, catalysis, sensors, etc. with the coorporation of specific companies.
at BASF SE, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at: www.basf.com.
Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH is the industrial partner who produces and customizes HTS wires. Their experience includes chemical solution deposition of all the ceramic and the silver films of a HTS, as well as customization with different shunt geometries. Nanoparticle doped precursor inks developed and stabilized by the other project partners can be coated via a slot die coating process at Deutsche Nanoschicht onto regularly produced buffered substrates in a few meter to several 100 m length and converted into HTS films.
The hte – the high throughput experimentation company – make R&D in the area of catalysis faster and more productive. We enable cost-effective innovations and reduced time to market for new products, thereby allowing our customers in the energy & refining, chemical & petrochemical, and environmental industry to keep ahead of the competition. Our technology and services comprise: R&D Solutions: highly efficient contract research programs at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg, Germany, and Technology Solutions: integrated hardware and software solutions, enabling our customers to establish high throughput workflows in their own laboratories.
Founded in 1999 and located in Heidelberg Germany, we are a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE. The financial capabilities of the BASF group have significantly strengthened our position in the competitive landscape of high throughput experimentation technology and services.
On March 14th 1957 a laboratory for basic research, especially for low temperature atomic physics was established in the University of Turku. On the same occasion the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation donated the University a Collins Helium Liquefier. Accordingly, the new institution was given the name Wihuri Physical Laboratory (WPL). The donation made it possible to start also research of modern solid state physics in the Turku University. Even to day both fields are included in the program of WPL.
Most investigations made at WPL belong to basic research. Still there are regularly a few short term application-oriented projects going on together with inductrial enterprises. The work is often carried out in cooperation with foreign institutes on basis of long standing exchange programmes. A brilliant example of the success of this policy is the observation of two-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensation in hydrogen in 1998 by Prof. Simo Jaakkola and his group in collaboration with researchers at the Russian Research Center, Kurchatov Institute, Moscow. Related work is still continued by the same group. Other fields of current research are semiconductor physics, especially in ultrahigh magnetic fields, in cooperation with the A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg, as well as investigations in magnetism, superconductivity and and nuclear resonance spectroscopy of solids. Presently about ten research projects are in operation.
Along with scientific research WPL is a place for higher education to young physicists aiming at doctor´s degree. The most important tool here is the research group organization supporting close academic contacts between students and their supervisors.
To the Wihuri Foundation must go the credit for making possible many advances in the research facilities and the scientific atmosphere at WPL. The development of physics in the last two decades of last century has been very exciting. Undoubtedly the future will come with many more surprises. The best we can do just now is to get ready to grip with the challenges ahead.