Project nº: 7679

Project Reference: UID/CTM/50011/2013 (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007679)

Title:   CICECO–Aveiro Institute of Materials


Start date: 01-01-2015

End Date: 31-12-2018


Amount involved:

Total investment: 7.565.531,99€

Support FEDER:      6.430.702,19€                       

Support OE:           1.134.829,80€                         


Project Location: Aveiro, Portugal



Research activities aim to accomplished the following aims:

- Develop novel nano- and micro-structured materials, and innovative synthesis and processing methods, leading to the foundation of basic scientific knowledge on structure-property (electrical, magnetic, optical, catalytic and biological) relationships. Much attention is devoted to organic-inorganic hybrids, functional and multifunctional materials, ferroic ceramics and nanostructures of different dimensionality (0-3 D).

- Develop and apply computational models to structure research, materials properties prediction and design, and to assist the interpretation of experimental data.

- Design devices for green photonics (information and communication technology), viz., solid-state lighting, photovoltaic conversion, optical communications and sensing. Examples include: luminescent solar concentrators of different geometries (planar, cylindrical and triangular) and lengths made of plastic-optical substrates (including fibres) coated or filled with Ln - or dye-doped hybrids, ratiometric thermometers based on Ln -doped thin films or nanoparticles for sensing in microoptics, microelectronics and bioimaging and UV-direct laser writing integrated active and passive optic components fabricated using organic-inorganic hybrids (e.g., waveguides, filters, splitters, interferometers and externally-actuated devices for polarization control).

- Develop new material´s concepts based on composites and modified surfaces of ceramics, molten salts and polymers for energy conversion and storage applications, including solar cells, fuel cells, electrolisers, capacitors, heat/cold storage, magnetocaloric and thermoelectric conversion, and related oxygen and carbon dioxide gas separation for oxy-fuel and CO2-lean processes.

- Develop electric and magnetic systems for high and low frequency applications.

- Develop active multi-functional coatings, thin films and carbon nanostructures to increase added value and to widen the industrial application range of various materials and multi-material assemblies with enhanced corrosion resistance, mechanical/thermal properties and detection/sensing and actuating capabilities.

- Develop the biorefinery concept, applied to biomass resources, spanning from agroforest resources to algae and animal and fish residues, generating the scientific and technological knowledge to create processes of fractionation and of chemical, thermochemical and/or biotechnological transformation of biomass into chemicals, fuels and nanomaterials, at the laboratory, pilot and industrial scale.

- Create the scientific and technological knowledge for the valorisation, at the laboratory, pilot and industrial scale, of industrial and electronic wastes, and the development of urban mining approaches to recycle metals, rare earths, ceramic or cement-based materials, while minimizing the life-cycle impact of these products.

- Develop osteoinductive biomaterials, new composite scaffolds, and biodegradable polymers for regenerative medicine.

- Apply biomimetic and nano/micro-technology approaches to soft biomaterials and surfaces to develop biomedical devices with improved structural and multi-functional properties, or in the engineering of microenvironments to control cell behaviour and organization, to be exploited clinically in advanced therapies or in drug screening.

- Develop nanoparticles for optical and magnetic hyperthermia, drug delivery, imaging, photodriven and environmental applications.

- Develop analytical tools for assessing biomaterial´s biotoxicity and interactions with living organisms, materials (including nanomaterials) as environmental hazards and disease diagnosis.


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