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E u l a s u r J a n u a ry 2011 # 3

B elo H orizonte , B razil

Repor t First EULASUR Summer School “Properties and Applications of Nanomaterials” Bariloche, Argentina, Oct 3-8 2010

Latest news: First EULASUR Workshop “From Materials to Products” Belo Horizonte, Brazil, April 7th to 10th, 2011

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The ESS will be designed in 2010-2012, the building will take place in 2012-2018 and the operational phase will start in 2018


Summary EULASUR Summer School First EULASUR Summer School “Properties and Applications of Nanomaterials” Bariloche, Argentina, Oct 3-8 2010

EUROPEAN SPALLATION SOURCE and EULASUR The ESS will be designed in 2010-2012, the building will take place in 2012-2018 and the operational phase will start in 2018 and the years thereafter. EULASUR, January 2011 Newsletter issued by: Universidad de la República de Uruguay and Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona Editor: Marta Vendrell (ICMABCSIC) Design: José Antonio Gómez (ICMAB-CSIC)

FIRST EULASUR WORKSHOP “From Materials to Products” First EULASUR Workshop “From Materials to Products” will be held next April 7-10, at Bristol Merit Hotel, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

NANOVALID - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials

KRYSTALIA, an Italian/Indian start-up A dream that becomes real: 300.000 € awarded at Nanochallenge Initiative

EULASUR is a project funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013, under grant agreement nº233467

Covers photos: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

WEB: http://www.icmab.es/eulasur

BRIEF NEWS EULASUR Calendar February… Reporting February is our reporting month. Financial reporting related to first half of the project has to be delivered to the European Commission together with the scientific report.


REPORT

First EULASUR Summer School “Properties and Applications of Nanomaterials”

First EULASUR Summer School “Properties and Applications of Nanomaterials” was held as expected from the 3rd to 8th of October at the Hotel Amancay, Bariloche (Argentina).

particularly the Director of the School who chose the location and was permanently available to solve any small inconveniences that could appear. Altogether, 95 people attended the School, among them students (65), Lecturers, Professors, EULASUR Advisory Board members and other senior staff from project partners, among them 26 came from Europe and 76 from Latin America. During the School 24 conferences were delivered followed by corresponding debates between Professors and students, and 2 poster sessions were held.

The geographic location of this hotel, next to the Nahuel Hapi Lake and at 20Km from the center of the city San Carlos de Bariloche, provided incomparable expectations, a unique view and an ideal working environment. The hotel was a classic mountain hotel, comfortable and cozy, with different rooms for the organization of the conferences, and equipped with WiFi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were based on traditional local dishes. From a general environment point of view, the hotel was a perfect place where all attendees and students could live together and share the Summer School experience. From this point of view local organizer has to be congratulated, 3

At the same time, a EULASUR Governing Council Meeting was held as described in point 6 of this report. Finally, a Workshop organized by Leif-Bloch Rasmussen, Janni Nielsen and Maja Horst from the Copenhagen Business School and Susana Garelik from the ICMAB, was held simultaneously to the Summer School. Divided in 3 different sections “Grounding EULASUR”, “Research Perspectives in Projects” and “Scientific Social Responsibility” this Workshop gathered Professors (while they


REPORT weren’t in the plenary conference room) and other senior staff from partners facilitating them to know each other and to participate together in different exercises to develop common potential projects. To sum up, with the School, Workshop, debates for the development of new projects, and scientific discussions at very different levels, we can state that there was an intense interaction among participants, mainly among the youngest ones, and that time considered was a little short and senior researchers, living together in these nice circumstances, under such comfortable environment during one week, surrounded by such spectacular nature, generated strong personal and group interactions that we expect to be extended and consolidated during the development of EULASUR project. First significant result has been the resulting funding demands for short exchanges of young PhDs in order to motivate and prepare longer period exchanges afterwards. schedule a little tight as only programmed visits could be done and no free time could be fitted in the schedule. This interaction also favored the planning of student exchanges from BRAU to Europe and viceversa. It can be stated that the Summer School and Workshop were a complete success, from a social and scientific-technical point of view. The high number of students, Professors and

The technical and scientific high level of the attendees and Professors has enabled attendees to know the main breakthroughs of the last years in their corresponding specializations. Conferences and lectures covered a balance between the high teaching level and the explanation of the last breakthroughs in each of the subjects presented. Likewise, spirit of conviviality allowed us to explore different possibilities to implement a major integration in the future within certain areas and groups of research, fulfilling then, one of the objectives of EULASUR project. Finally, the parallel Workshop organized by Leif-Bloch Rasmussen, enforced the potential integration of research efforts, trough the realization of some exercises for the preparation of common research projects. These exercises were considered a complete success concerning methodology and evaluation by all the students.

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LATEST NEWS

EUROPEAN SPALLATION SOURCE and EULASUR The vision in understanding and developing interaction in EULASUR is based on the Lisbon Strategy, where Economic growth + Competitive Advantage = Social Cohesion + Sustainable Development This strategy is supported by the EULASUR project. This implies that we work according to the PentaHelix Model for interaction, where citizens, companies, public institutions, NGO’s and universities join work-forces, capital and knowledge in order to create design, innovation and entrepreneurship based on knowledge sharing on materials and nano technology. Part of the work of CBS in EULASUR therefore is to creating interactions between EULASUR and the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund Sweden and a Data Management Centre in Copenhagen.

European Spallation Source - ESS based on: http://ess-scandinavia.eu/document

The ESS will be designed in 2010-2012, the building will take place in 2012-2018 and the operational phase will start in 2018 and the years thereafter. The full operating cycle will be from 2018 to 2075 (in order to secure sustainable development, construction and deconstruction of the site. According to ¨the official site the ESS is based on the idea of materials as the cornerstone of technological advances, where sustainable growth and economic competitiveness goes hand in hand. The ESS states: “The main driving forces are cost, performance, miniaturisation and, increasingly, environmental concerns. Human progress is often defined by the materials developed and used in a specific era – from the prehistoric Bronze Age and Iron Age to the modern Silicon Age. Indeed, today, we live in a multi-materials world, which could equally be described as the Plastic Age or Liquid-Crystal Age – or even the ‘Tetra-Pak’ Age (referring to the well-known Swedish food-packaging system based on composite layered materials). Such

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materials, which are designed for a specific function, are pervasive in daily life, but often go unnoticed. Indeed, many consumer items such as mobile phones, cameras and spectacles contain a wide variety of different sophisticated functional and structural materials that most people are unaware of. A different set of tools is required, and neutron scattering is such a tool; it is unique in that it allows experiments to be undertaken in real, sometimes extreme conditions, while at the same time providing accurate information about processes down to the scale of atoms or molecules. In this brochure, we showcase research across a wide spectrum of science and engineering fields, where neutrons provide unique and often critical insights into materials.” DATA Management Centre in Copenhagen The ESS Data Management & Software Centre will be built in Copenhagen at the Niels Bohr Institute, benefiting from the Copenhagen-based Nordic Data Grid and Danish expertise within high-power computing and software for neutron research.


LATEST NEWS As CBS is involved in design and uptake for the ESS Data Management Centre we will also aim at using this facility to support and develop ICT tools for this task.

Virtual image of the proposed site

ESS-Scandinavia is aiming at showing how a ‘science factory’ such as ESS can translate the huge amount of data that it will produce into benefits for both science and society. Thereby the handling of data can support future generations of advanced materials in order to understand the molecules of life. The facility to handle the data from ESS will be located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just as natural sciences need data management so do social sciences and the humanities in order to visualize and handle the semantics of informational and social connections (informational and social connectivity), see fig. 1. below.

fig. 1

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EULASUR and Neutron Eyes Some of the generative themes that can be identified in both EULASUR and ESS are: • Nano and Neutrons for a sustainable society • Nano and Neutrons for a cooperative and competitive society • Nano and Neutrons for a healthy society • Nano and Neutrons for a creative society • Nano and Neutrons for a knowledge-based society • Nano and Neutrons for a cohesive society It is our aim to support these themes in our effort to join forces with ESS. Thereby we also aim at bringing informational and social connectivity into a broader cultural context (contextual connectivity), so that the data created can support design, innovation and entrepreneurship in the local and regional settings.


LATEST NEWS

First EULASUR Workshop “From Materials to Products” First EULASUR Workshop “From Materials to Products” will be held next April 7-10, at Bristol Merit Hotel, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

This workshop focuses on the path to be followed in order to obtain innovative products from innovative materials, taking into account their behavior, properties, availability, cost of synthesis and manufacturing methods but also issues such as environmental impact, safety and disposal. The workshop will also give special importance to the concept of Innovation: Material-DesignApplication. Other topics of interest would be: Metrology, Durability and Resistance. The purpose of the workshop will be consolidate the interactions between the researchers and other important players in the development of products from research and the development of processes on one hand and public policy issues related to research and

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also start-up companies on the other. It will also consolidate the existing relationships between researchers and companies in Europe and BRAU and/or giving rise and setting up new ones. Furthermore, the activities carried out during these days will be performed in order to build contacts and confidence between the researchers and economic and social actors. Representatives from interested industrial companies and from government agencies will be invited to actively participate in these workshops. Further information and registration at: www.icmab.es/eulasur or www.icmab.es/ews2011


LATEST NEWS

NANOVALID - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials

The European collaborative project NanoValid, in which Veneto Nanotech would participate providing all the partners periodical critical reviews of existing information, collaborating in research activities, coordinating the validation steps for in vitro and in vivo testing methods, and

Canada and United States, will develop and validate new innovative methods for the life cycle impact assessment of engineered nanoparticles, and apply these test methods to industrial case studies. The project concept arises from the fact that the growing development, production and use of engineered nanomaterials and associated products will increase exposure of both humans and ecosystems to these new materials. However, current knowledge is still incomplete and established test methods are as yet inappropriate to reliably assess the extent of exposure and risk of materials at the nano-scale. The project will then try to respond the urgent need to develop methods to overcome the current limitations of existing hazard and risk assessment schemes and to generate the body of reference data needed as the basis for regulative requirements and for

playing a central role in the dissemination end exploitation of results, has just passed all the evaluation thresholds, and has been approved by the European Commission for the negotiation phase. The project, involving more than 30 public and private institutions from Europe, India,

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LATEST NEWS

Krystalia – an Italian/Indian start-up A dream that becomes real: 300.000 ₏ awarded at Nanochallenge Initiative

Since 2005 Nanochallenge rewards the best international startup projects in nanotechnology, uncovering breakthrough nanotechnology applications and attracting the best entrepreneurial talents, in order to give them the actual opportunity to create a startup. Nanochallenge is an international business plan competition organized by Veneto Nanotech, the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology. Veneto Nanotech aims at attracting the best nanotechnology innovations and business ideas in the cluster, offering financial and strategic support to scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs that are ready to start a real company in the north east of Italy (Venetian area). The new entrepreneurs have access to our facilities, labs, instruments and financial network to develop their technologies and products. This helps them speed the development phase and enter the market. Krystalia is the winner of the 6th edition of Nanochallenge competition. The company is the result of a partnership between an Indian company and an Italian group of researchers from Nanofab laboratory of Venice. The 300 thousand Euro award has been assigned for the innovative project that will allow to use diamonds powder for industrial applications. In particular, Krystalia start-up aims to develop a business relating to nano-coated diamonds (NCD), the process for their production and their use in abrasive containing tools, particularly for the stone industry. http://www.nanochallenge.com/

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BRIEF NEWS

EULASUR Midterm Meeting Last Wednesday November 4th 2009, the National University of Lujรกn, Argentina, elected its new authorities under the General Elections that were held in Lujan Headquarters, its Regional Centers and their branches, declaring the formula composed by Dr. Carlos Oreste Cansanello and Hernan Alberto Bacarini, MA, the elected authorities to the posts of Rector and Vice Rector of this institution of Higher Education, assuming the commitment to govern the future of this institution last December 21st in an Inauguration Ceremony with a good turnout of the university community and the entire society as a whole.

Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) UAB is leading and preparing a project proposal that will be presented to the call FP7-People2011-IRSES to perform midterm and long term exchanges between students, Professors, technicians and administrative personnel form the partners involved in this project proposal. This project proposal focuses on the field of Materials Science and Technology and particularly in ceramics and advanced Nanoceramics, intend to promote this exchanges between Europe and Latin American institutions. Thus, several partners belonging to EULASUR, such as ICMAB of CSIC, CBS and UNLu, are participating in this project proposal as well. If this proposal is finally approved, this will suppose an alternative funding scheme to finance EULASUR exchanges and give them a long term dimension.

EULASUR Exchanges EULASUR exchanges Applications are increasing every day, at the moment there are 8 exchanges planned. New programmed exchanges are from CIOp (Argentina) who will send two researchers to VN (Italy) and another one to CNRS (France). All partners are encouraged to enjoy the opportunity of performing at least one exchange. Applications at: www.icmab.es/eulasur

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EULASUR CALENDAR

February 2011 REPORTING ... As mentioned in our last meetings with all partners, February is our reporting month. Financial reporting related to first half of the project has to be delivered to the European Commission together with the scientific report. These reports are essential for the development of the project because they will affect the second payment of the European Commission as well as its assessment of our performance in this first period of the project.

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