European consortium on nanomaterials

Authors

  • Dr. Joydeep Dutta,

    1. Laboratoire de Technologie des Poudres Département des Matériaux Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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    • Joydeep Dutta was awarded his Ph.D. by Calcutta University in 1990 and has been at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology for the last four years. He is working on nanostructured materials, notably non-oxide particle synthesis and nanocomposites. He has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals and books.

  • Prof. Heinrich Hofmann,

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    1. Laboratoire de Technologie des Poudres Département des Matériaux Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
    • Laboratoire de Technologie des Poudres Département des Matériaux Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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    • Heinrich Hofmann received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the Technical University of Berlin in 1983 for a study in the area of powder metallurgy carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Materials Science, in the Laboratory for Powder Metallurgy. After an additional two-year stay at the MPI, he joined the R&D center of Alusuisse-Lonza, where he developed different methods for the production of oxide and non-oxide ceramic powders. At the same time he started research in the area of nanostructure materials. Since 1993, he has been professor for powder technology at the Materials Science Department of the Siwss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials and their application in new systems.

  • Prof. Günter Schmid

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    1. Institut für Anorganische Chemie Universität GH Essen Universitätsstrasse 5–7, D-45117 Essen (Germany)
    • Institut für Anorganische Chemie Universität GH Essen Universitätsstrasse 5–7, D-45117 Essen (Germany)
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    • Günter Schmid studied chemistry at the University of Munich and habilitated at the University of Marburg in 1970. Since 1977 he has held the chair for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Essen. He has published around 250 papers and books. His main research fields are the synthesis and investigation of ligand-stabilized metal clusters and colloids, the exploration of novel routes to element nitrides, and the study of boron—nitrogen compounds as complex ligands.


Abstract

The European Consortium on Nanomaterials, which was founded earlier this year, brings together research groups from academia and industry from ten European countries with the aim of promoting the development of nanonstructured materials. The main objectives of the consortium and its working groups are outlined, the common features of nanomaterials are discussed, and the factors that need to be controlled in order to be able to tailor the properties of the materials are sketched. See the following Essay for details of another activity connected with nanomaterials.

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