Seven international research projects in the field of innovative materials research

29 March 2017

Seven projects involving Dutch research groups have been awarded a grant in the context of the cofund call for research proposals by the European cooperation programme M-ERA.NET. The project topics are hydrogen, photo-electrochemical interfaces, bio-inspired ink, 2D organized systems, oxide electronics, perovskite photovoltaic technology and metal alloys.

In the call, researchers could submit proposals for cross-disciplinary projects in the field of materials research with a chemical, physical and/or technological angle. A total of 46 proposals have been awarded grants in this M-ERA.NET call; Dutch researchers are involved in 7 of these projects. The Dutch budget requested for these seven projects is 1.7 million euros, 1.5 million euros of which is NWO funding; the other funds will come from the EU budget.

The projects with one or more Dutch partners are:

Rational design of highly effective photocatalysts with atomic-level control – RATOCAT
Dutch partner: Prof. dr. ir. J.R. van Ommen (TUD)
Using the sun’s energy to generate hydrogen from water is probably the cleanest and most sustain able source of fuel that we can envisage. Unfortunately, catalysts that do this are currently too expensive to be commercially viable. The RATOCAT project aims to develop improved photocatalyst materials, along with the processes for their production.

Multiscale Modeling and Design of Photo-Electrochemical Interfaces – MuMo4PEC
Dutch partners: Dr. A. Bieberle-Hütter (DIFFER), Prof. dr. T.J.H. Vlugt (TUD)
We propose an innovative, multi-scale modeling and simulation approach in order to investigate photo-electrochemical (PEC) interfaces. This will pave the way towards targeted design and fabrication of PEC interfaces with advanced properties and performance.

Biogenic Inks combining marine collagen and ionic-doped calcium phosphates for bone tissue engineering – BiogenInk
Dutch partner: Dr. R. Osinga (WUR)
BiogenInk aims the development of bioinspired and bioresorbable inks for additive manufacturing, composed of marine collagen and ionic-doped calcium phosphates, as building blocks for the production of advanced scaffolds towards bone regeneration, promoting innovation in the health sector, mainly on orthopaedic therapies.

Atomic Layer Deposition For tailored bottom-top growth of MAX and MXene films - ALD4MAX
Dutch partner: Dr. ir. V. Ocelik, Prof. dr. J.Th.M. de Hosson (RuG)
ALD4MAX will tackle the deposition of MAX phases and MXenes by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). MAX phases are ternary carbides and nitrides with specific stoichiometry and layered structure which show very interesting properties. MXenes are 2D systems equivalent to graphene which result from the elimination of the element ‘A’ from the MAX phase.

Engineering of silicon-oxide interface using the pulsed-laser deposition technique – SIOX
Dutch partner: Prof. dr. ir. G. Koster (UT)
SIOX aims to exploit the rich functionalities of oxides and their heterostructures, which show great promise within the emerging field of oxide electronics. For their implementation, epitaxial integration of oxides with silicon platforms using industrially appropriate technology is urgently needed, and its development represents the main goal of SIOX.

Transparent Perovskite Solar Cell – CLEARPV
Dutch partner: Dr. Y. Galagan (TNO) 
We are proposing to develop large-area semi-transparent 6 inch durable perovskite photovoltaic modules with power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%. The program considers the materials and processing aspects of the new perovskite PV technology aiming for an energy efficient process approach of low temperature.

High entropy alloys with predictable mechanical properties by computational modelling - HEAMODELL
Dutch partner: Prof. dr. M. Sluiter (TUD)
High entropy alloys (HEA) are recently developed metallic materials, composed of five or more principal elements, which potentially combine high mechanical strength, ductility, and oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. The complexity of HEA represents a serious challenge for industrial implementation. The HEAMODELL project is aimed at facilitating application through determining optimal compositions and production methods. To this end a multiscale thermodynamic and kinetic approach will be coupled with an experimental approach.

Meer informatie is te vinden op de M-ERA.NET website.

Source: NWO