The project MUST (Multi-Level Protection of Materials for Vehicles by Smart Nanocontainers) won the second place in the competition for "Best Research Project 2013"
The projectMUST(Multi-Level Protection of Materials for Vehicles by Smart Nanocontainers)involvingthe Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC)andthe Center for Research inCeramics and Composite Materials(CICECO)of the University ofAveiro(UA)won second placecompetitionfor"bestResearchprojectin 2013."
Based on the idea of self-healing coatings materials, operating at different levels of protection suggested by researcher Mikhail Zheludkevich, MUST is a European project that, among other objectives, aims to develop for the aviation industry smart coatings that heal itself the aircraft fuselage. The coating will be used by one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial aircraft, EADS, AIRBUS owner. However, the technologies developed are not only focused on aeronautical applications as also being developed coatings for automotive and marine industry.
The MUST resulted in the creation of a spin-off of the UA, Smallmatek, a fact that has also contributed to the award.