Nanotrans Network

NANOTRANS consortium comprises academic and private partners spanning seven EU countries. We have identified the ITN program as an ideal framework to create a collaborative research platform for training young nanoscientists with suitable scientific profiles and a specific range of skills who will be able to deal with the fundamental and technological challenges of the future. NANOTRANS will provide a rigorous, balanced, and timely supra-disciplinary training program delivered by Europe’s (and world’s) leading scientists in the field. Moreover, we will provide a unique opportunity to move between industry and academia, which is crucial to foster inter-sectorial exchange of individuals and ideas. The scientific objective of the proposal is to understand the transport of fluids and colloids at the nanoscale. This is one of the core problems of technological development whose key demands are downscaling the applications and controlling the non-equilibrium dynamics (e.g. design of “smart” nanomaterials, nanofluidics, “lab on a chip” devices, energy production and storage, drug delivery...). For this specific focus, multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial approaches that are inherently a part of soft matter research are crucial. The experimental and theoretical methods are presently at a stage where exploration of key processes is viable and our research program promises fundamental and applied breakthroughs. We will establish long-term collaborations structuring the EU research environment and bridging the gap between academic and industrial research. The impact of NANOTRANS will be broad. The overwhelming goal is to train young researchers with unique profiles, who will work across sectors and might become future leaders in the emerging and rapidly growing fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our research and their future careers should have an impact on some of the core challenges of modern society: energy production and storage, novel disease treatment strategies and sustainable development. Investing in research in the emerging field of soft matter at the nanoscale is determinant for Europe’s position as the world-leading academic and technological power.

Upcoming events

Training session and midterm meeting, Paris

training 12/03/2018

Upcoming training session for NanoTrans ESRs on March 13th-15th, in Paris. In the following two days, general midterm meeting with ESRs, PIs and Project Manager.

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Recent news

The 2017 Silver Medal of CNRS awarded to Lydéric Bocquet

people 17/12/2017

Lydéric Bocquet, from the CNRS node of NANOTRANS, was awarded the 2017 Silver Medal of CNRS by the Institute of Physics. The CNRS Silver Medal honors researchers who are only at the beginning of their rise to fame, but who are already recognized nationally and internationally for the originality, quality, and importance of their work.


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Marco Balabajew Rev. Sci. Inst. (2017) paper selected as Editor’s Pick

people 08/12/2017

The article "Contact-free calibration of an asymmetric multi-layer interferometer for the surface force balance" was selected as Editor's Pick of the Review of Scientic Instruments.



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Cohen Lectures of the Northwestern University to Daan Frenkel

people 16/10/2017

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering will be hosting the Jerome B. Cohen Distinguished Lecture presented by Daan Frenkel 1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Cambridge.



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Transport of soft matter at the nanoscale

training 26/06/2017

The NANOTRANS school «Transport of soft matter at the nanoscale» will take place Schloss Waldthausen near Mainz, Germany from June 26 to 30, 2017. Training will include courses on hydrodynamics, nanofluidics, electrokinetic phenomena, polymers, biomedical applications... as well as an experimental tutorial at the Johannes Gutenberg University. It will also offer the students a good opportunity for networking and exchange. This NANOTRANS event will also be open to a larger audience as a joint event with CECAM and TRR146 (see for more details).

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