The research programme of this project is realised by 20 PhD students and their tutors in collaboration with foreign partner institutions: Forschungszenter Jühlich (Germany); Freie Universität, Berlin (Germany); University of Cambridge (UK), TUFTS University (USA); The City College of New York (USA); University of Orleans (France); University of Rennes (France); London Kingston College (UK); University of Trieste (Italy); University of Vigo (Spain); Aalto University (Finland); Institute of Materials Science (IMS) of NCSR “Demokritos” (Greece); Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA); Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, Heraklion (Greece); Tsukuba Research Center for Interdisciplinary Materials Science (TIMS), Ibaraki (Japan); North-Carolina State University (USA).
The project includes the following topics:
a) The modelling of properties of objects in nanoscale (nanoflows, surface diffusion, self-organization of molecules and atoms), by means of diffusion NMR, NMR Imaging, Correlation Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, SAXS, X-ray Diffraction.
b) Studies of chemical and physical properties of nanoparticles by means of optical spectroscopy, electron and tunnelling microscopy and nanoindenter.
c) Studies of properties of nanostructures such as nanoparticles, nanowires and nanotubes, surface nanostructures by means of confocal microscopy, PET Imaging, TEM, NMR, ESR, NMR relaxation and computer simulations.
d) Studies of nanomaterials and nanocomposites i.e. magnetic nanomaterials for spintronic, nanomaterials for medicine, nanomaterials as sensors, polymeric nanomaterials by means of magnetic microscopy, SAXS, WAXS, SQUID AFM, STM, TEM, SNOM, SEM, confocal microscopy, NMR, MRI, ESR, PET.
e) Studies of nanoelectronics and nanomagnetism including molecular electronics, polymeric electronics, by means of ESR Imaging, NMR, AFM, STM, MFM, EELS.
f) Studies of processes existing in nanobiology including cellular sensors, biomembranes, nanocapsules, genetic modifiers by means of NMR, dielectric relaxation, rheology and microscopy.
g) Fabrication of new nanostructures and new nano-devices for drug delivery nanotransporters and for therapy in medicine ; flow cytometry.
h) Lecturing about theory of nanomaterials with focus on Quantum size effects, nanomagnetism photonics and electronic structures