During the General Assembly of the European Institute of Nanoelectronics Sinano (www.sinano.eu) held in Athens on the 5th of April, following the EUROSOI-ULIS International Conference, Dr Androula Nassiopoulou, Director of Research at INN, NCSR Demokritos, has been re-elected at the position of Chairperson of the General Assembly for a second three-years mandate. The Europeanm Institute … Continued
G. Kordas is the recipient of the FP7 project entitled “A Novel Nanocontainer drug carrier for targeted treatment of prostate cancer”, “Nanotherapy” approved by ERC and started on February 1, 2009. The project carried out in SOL-GEL laboratory of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at NCSR Demokritos. During this project targeted polymeric delivery systems synthesized inducing specific drug release by exploiting the local physicochemical cancer cell characteristics. The results included in 20 papers of Kordas group and supported further by ERC by funding a second program ERC named “proof of concept”. The study focused on new therapeutic approaches against breast, prostate and cervical cancer improving the quality of patient life and tumor efficacy treatment.
Based on this significant results Commissioner k. MOEDAS in his opening speech mentioned exclusively in only one work, home and said “especially for the sol gel work European taxpayers should be proud of the way they spent their money.” Perhaps he knew and Portuguese.
“LOVEFOOD” FP7-Project, in which NCSR “Demokritos” is a partner, was included in EU’s Edition “Achievements of FP7: Examples that Make us Proud”
The LOVEFOOD project, coordinated by FORTH (Prof. E. Gizeli, Dept. of Biology, Univ. Crete, and IMBB-FORTH) and realized in collaboration with NCSR “Demokritos” (Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology) and five more European partners, was selected by the Informal Council of European Research and Innovation Ministers (held in Amsterdam on 29/1/2016) and presented in a printed Edition entitled “Achievements of FP7: Examples that make us proud”. The EU projects included in this Edition demonstrate the added value of research and innovation for the economy at European, national, and regional level.
The project in which, in addition to FORTH and NCSR “Demokritos” from Greece, five other European partners (Institute Pasteur, Curie Institute, and SENSeOR, from France, Jobst Technologies from Germany, and Univ. of Pardubice from Czech Republic) collaborate combines novel results from the bio-nanotechnology and microfluidics fields with state-of-the-art methods of DNA detection. It targets foodborne bacteria (Salmonella) detection in dairy products, but it is envisioned to find applications in other fields such as clinical diagnostics and environmental monitoring.
The role of NCSR “Demokritos” in the project was the design, fabrication (using state-of-the-art micro/nano engineering), and validation of several microfluidics modules, accommodating bacteria capture and lysis, DNA purification and amplification, all gathered on a credit-card size Lab-on-Chip platform (figure below). As a result of this work, two patent applications were filed, and several articles were published in high impact international journals.
The plasma Nanotechnology – Lab on Chip group of INN is a partner of the H2020-ICT KET Innovation Action entitled LoveFood2Market. The project is a continuation of project (LOVE-FOOD 2012-2016) towards TRL 6, and it targets the development and commercialization of a new diagnostic system for pathogen detection in food samples. Drs Evangelos Gogolides, Angeliki Tserepi, Vasilios Constantoudis and Stavros Chatzandroulis from INN and Drs Dimitrios Mastellos, Sotirios Kakabakos and Panagiota Petrou from INRASTES participate in the project, which is coordinated by Dr. Electra Gizeli from the University of Crete-FORTH. 3 Companies (from Germany, France, Greece), and 2 more academic / research partners (from France and Czech republic) participate in the project.
Dr. Dimoulas of INN/NCSRD has been appointed 2015 “Chair of Excellence” corresponding to a professorship position at the Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. Dr. Dimoulas will receive a generous grant covering the salaries, including one PhD and two MSc students, as well as lab running costs and equipment to develop 2D metal dichalcogenide materials (http://grenoble-lanef.fr/spip.php?article158#nb1)
The program, starting in 2016, will run for three years and will focus on the MBE growth of the 2D materials, the structural characterization with atomic resolution at the ESRF synchrotron facilities and the electrical evaluation of 2D semiconductor devices. The Grenoble laboratory alliances LANEF (http://www.grenoble-lanef.fr/ ) and in particular the Institut Nanosciences & Cryogénie (INAC) and the Institut Néel support the project making their facilities available for materials growth and characterization with the aim to have a mid-term impact on the 2D Factory initiative of CEA-LETI.
We expect that the Chair of Excellence program will establish sustainable collaboration between LANEF laboratories and our Epitaxy and Surface Science Laboratory at INN/NCSRD and will strenthen existing collaborations with scientific/technological Institutions and industry in the Grenoble area, with the aim to promote joint initiatives in the nanoelectronics domain.
The group of Dr. D. Niarchos, in charge of the Program of INN Permanent Magnets, Advanced Materials for Magnetic Recording and Thermoelectric Materials, is the “Greek partner” in the project H2020 – MSCA-RISE-2015 INAPEM: International Network on Advanced high energy Permanent Magnets, coordinated by the Institute Fundation BCMaterials: Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures (Spain). It brings together seven partners from EU universities and America, such as the Technical Univesrity of Damstard (Germany), University of Pais Vasco (Spain); Amen Technologies (Greece), University of Delaware (USA) and the University del Valle (Colombia). The duration is 3 years, the total budget is 570,000 € and the budget for INN is 94500 €. Starting date is January 1st 2016.
For more information click on https://www.inapem.eu
The group of Dr. D. Niarchos, in charge of the INN program Permanent Magnets, Advanced Materials for Magnetic Recording and Thermoelectric Materials, is the “Greek partner” in the project of H2020-NMP23-2015 NOVAMAG: Novel Materials by Design for substituting Critical Raw Materials, coordinated by the Fundation BCMaterials: Basque Centre for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures (Spain). The program involves 15 partners from EU Universities from countries such as Sweden (1), Austria (1), Spain (2), Germany (3) Greece (1), France (2) Israel (1) Italy (2) and outside EU from Japan (1) America (1). The proposal is the largest European effort to discover new magnetic phase based alloys with fewer rare earths (critical raw materials), with enormous applications in electric cars, wind turbines with the participation of major companies such Vacuumsmeltze, FIAT. The duration is three years, the total budget of 5,562,372 €, and the budget for INN is 504,625 €.
Staring date is 1st of April 2016.
Dr. Ekonomou’s group is the Greek partner of the H2020 entitled “Maximizing the EU shale gas potential by minimizing its environmental footprint (ShaleXenvironmenT)”. Prof. Alberto Striolo, University College London is the coordinator of the project.
For more information click http://shalexenvironment.org/.
The group of Dr. Chatgilialoglu is the Greek partner of the ClickGene project that won the H2020 competition for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN networks.
The subject of the project is: Click Chemistry for Future Gene Therapies to Benefit Citizens, Researchers and Industry.
For more information see: www.clickgene.eu
The National Road-map for Research Infrastructures, which is the basis for the formation of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures was completed.(ESFRI-ROADMAP). The INN participates within INNOVATION.EL as a coordinator (see page 59).