Transparent foils which are conductive and thus use sunlight for generation of energy. Hulls of ships which no longer corrode due to nano coating: nano technology offers numerous surprising solutions for a variety of applications.
The new Helmholtz Group of Academic Talents ‘Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering’ deals intensively with the design and the development of new material for industrial applications. As part of the Geesthacht Institute for Polymer Research, the new group expands the research programme of the GKSS.
The main goal of the group of young academics is to combine the nano technology research of the University in Kiel with the research expertise in polymer sciences of the GKSS Research Centre. The Helmholtz Groups of Young Academics will enable young researchers to conduct independent research in a Helmholtz Research Centre and be linked to a university network at the same time.
The group of young academics is supposed to deal with the design and the development of multi-functional nano materials, e.g. nano wires and other nano structures. Among the possible applications of the new material are anti-fouling-coatings or intelligent materials. These so-called ‘smart materials’ change their colour because of light, humidity or voltage.
The group of six researchers will be funded in equal parts by the Helmholtz Community, the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. The group will have 350,000 Euro per annum at its disposal.
Photo top: Stanislav Gorb
Photos bottom: Jürgen Haacks / Uni Kiel