University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge is among the leading research and higher education institutions in the world. It offers students a stimulating environment to study, perform research and to transfer the knowledge between sectors, as well as excellent career development opportunities. Besides the highest standard of research and training, the University provides a broad range of transferable skills courses. The UCAM node of NANOTRANS involves both the Physics and Chemistry departments. It represents a strong, interdisciplinary group of researchers. Daan Frenkel is a world-leading expert in computer simulations of soft-matter, who has trained many young researchers, wrote a seminal book on molecular simulations, organized international Molecular Simulation schools, and taught at many summer schools.
CNRS is the largest French research organization covering all major fields of science and encourages collaboration across disciplines in particular with Universities thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs, which bring together its institutes as well as other research institutions and industry. CNRS laboratories (1100 research units, among which 90 % are joint research laboratories with universities or industry) are located throughout France and employ a large body of researchers, engineers, and support staff. CNRS local network is composed of 19 regional offices, ensuring decentralized direct management of laboratories. “Paris B” Regional Delegation, located in the centre of Paris, will handle all administrative issues with regard to this project. The researchers involved in the NANOTRANS are members of LPTMS lab at Université Paris-Sud, PHENIX lab at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and LPS lab at Ecole Normale Supérieure. These are the first three French universities in the Shanghai ranking.
The PHENIX Laboratory (Physical chemistry of electrolytes and interfacial nanosystems) is a joint research unit between CNRS and UPMC (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris).
The LPS laboratory (Physical statistics) is a joint research unit between CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris).
The LPTMS laboratory (Theoretical physics and statistical models) is a joint research unit between CNRS and UPSud (Université Paris Sud, Orsay).
University of Oxford
University of Oxford was ranked first in the UK and joint second in the world in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2013-2014. Oxford is repeatedly ranked in the top ten of universities worldwide in the annual tables compiled by Shanghai Jiaotong University. In 2012-13, total University income was £1.09 Billion (1.31 Billion Euros). Oxford Chemistry is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 full faculty members carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. Oxford Chemistry offers world-class teaching, consistently rated among the best in the UK.
University of Oxford
University of Barcelona
Founded in 1450, The University of Barcelona is ranked within the top few Universities in Spain, in terms of both, the quality of teaching it offers and the productivity and quality of research carried out by its members. It is the only Spanish University to appear on the list of the world’s 200 best Universities (The Times Higher Education Supplement). The UB has 109 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the UB’s 249 research groups as recognized and supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government).
The UB node of NANOTRANS involves both the Physics and Chemistry departments. It represents a strong, interdisciplinary group of researchers.
The group of I. Pagonabarraga develops its research in theoretical and computational non-equilibrium statistical physics and soft matter.
Johannes Gutemberg Universitaet Mainz
The Johannes Gutenberg university of Mainz (JGU) is one of the oldest universities in Germany with degrees in more than ninety subjects. Both Chemistry and Physics were classified as members of the ''Excellence group'' in the most recent European CHE Excellence ranking. The researchers in NANOTRANS are members of the “condensed matter theory” group (KOMET 331) at JGU. The research of this group focuses on computational soft matter physics and statistical mechanics, with emphasis on advanced algorithms.
Freie Universität Berlin
After directing the Chair for Soft Matter at the TU Munich for 7 years, Prof. Roland Netz in May 2011 started a new chair for Computational Physics at the Physics Department of the FU Berlin. The Free University of Berlin is one of the largest Universities in Germany and, based on the Future Concept “The Network University”, belongs to the group of nine Elite Universities in Germany. The Physics Department of the FUB focuses on Biophysics and maintains strong ties and collaborations with the surrounding Max-Planck Institutes and the Helmholtz Center for Energy and Materials.
CORDOUAN TECHNOLOGIES SAS
Based in Pessac FRANCE (33), CORDOUAN TECHNOLOGIES is a start up company specialized in the design, fabrication and industrialization of innovative instruments for physico-chemical characterization (size, charge, shape) of nano-particles and nano-materials for academic research and industrial application (process monitoring, quality control, R&D). Thus thanks to its skills and know how in optoelectronic technologies, optics, light scattering, software and user interface, Cordouan proposes to its customers measurement solutions for granulometry, refractometry, zetametry, electronic microscopy and preparation accessories. Our unique product portfolio is issued from patented and innovative technologies transferred from prestigious research institutes: Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP EN), Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (KIT), Institut Charles Sadron (ICS). Those key partners allow us outsourcing our R&D while benefiting from their expertise and financial support all along the projects.
Cordouan Technologies is also actively involved in collaborative research programs either national (ANR, CIFRE Industrial PhDs) or European (FP7) which allow us to develop and demonstrate the capabilities of our technologies and know how in various applications related to nano-particles.
As a member of the French standardization association (AFNOR) since several years, Cordouan Technologies is also actively involved in standardization activities nationally (AFNOR/X457 Nanotechnologies commission) and internationally (ISO/TC 24/SC 4 & ISO/TC 229).
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UNILEVER Research and Development Vlaardingen B.V
Unilever R&D Vlaardingen designs food, personal care, and household care products by understanding materials/product behaviour and the underlying physics of structuring processes for enabling controlled delivery of functional ingredients and consumer benefits and for enhancing innovation in product development. The research covers topics of soft-condensed matter, self-assembly, colloid and interface science of dispersions (e.g. suspensions, foams, emulsions) and their uses to control product functionality (e.g. stability, appearance, texture). Velikov is an adjunct assistant professor in the Soft Condensed Matter group at the Debye Institute for NanoMaterials Science, Utrecht University, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the College of Engineering, North Carolina State University (USA) and a Program Director of “Molecular Structure of Food” program in NanoNextNL.
Unilever R&D Port Sunlight is the centre for R&D in the home and personal care areas. The site hosts an internationally leading theory and modelling group, of which Patrick Warren is a member.
The University of Vienna is the leading Institute of Higher Education and Research in Austria and one of the leading Universities in Europe. The main task and goal of this university lies in creating and sustaining top-quality research and teaching, which are regarded as one inseparable entity ("research- guided teaching"). A strong focus on research, combining fundamental with application-oriented research, renders this University highly attractive for the sharpest minds. Hosting a large number of ITN’s, ESR-Award Winners, Special Research Networks and Structured Graduate Schools, and featuring an extraordinarily research-oriented, international training character, the University of Vienna is a prime Institution for conducting cutting-edge fundamental research with links to society-relevant applications. The Faculty of Phyiscs of the University of Vienna has a rich tradition of leadership, having been the home of such scientists as Ludwig Boltzmann, Erwin Schrödinger, Lise Meitner, Christian Doppler and Ernst Mach, and today it follows on the tradition of excellence set by its founding fathers.
Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues interdisciplinary research on solving the grand challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy, environment, and information technologies. With its competencies in these areas, work at Jülich focuses on long-term, fundamental and multidisciplinary contributions to science and technology as well as on specific technological applications. With a staff of about 4400, the Forschungszentrum Jülich is one of the largest research institutions in Europe. The research profile of the Forschungszentrum provides system solutions for complex scientific questions by integrating a variety of key disciplines, based on strong core competencies especially in physics, and with strong strategic partnerships and an outstanding scientific infrastructure unrivalled in Europe, such as its supercomputing or non-invasive imaging facilities.