NANOTRANS consortium comprises academic and private partners spanning seven EU countries. We have identified the ITN program as an ideal framework to create a collaborative research platform for training young nanoscientists with suitable scientific profiles and a specific range of skills who will be able to deal with the fundamental and technological challenges of the future. NANOTRANS will provide a rigorous, balanced, and timely supra-disciplinary training program delivered by Europe’s (and world’s) leading scientists in the field. Moreover, we will provide a unique opportunity to move between industry and academia, which is crucial to foster inter-sectorial exchange of individuals and ideas. The scientific objective of the proposal is to understand the transport of fluids and colloids at the nanoscale. This is one of the core problems of technological development whose key demands are downscaling the applications and controlling the non-equilibrium dynamics (e.g. design of “smart” nanomaterials, nanofluidics, “lab on a chip” devices, energy production and storage, drug delivery...). For this specific focus, multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial approaches that are inherently a part of soft matter research are crucial. The experimental and theoretical methods are presently at a stage where exploration of key processes is viable and our research program promises fundamental and applied breakthroughs. We will establish long-term collaborations structuring the EU research environment and bridging the gap between academic and industrial research. The impact of NANOTRANS will be broad. The overwhelming goal is to train young researchers with unique profiles, who will work across sectors and might become future leaders in the emerging and rapidly growing fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our research and their future careers should have an impact on some of the core challenges of modern society: energy production and storage, novel disease treatment strategies and sustainable development. Investing in research in the emerging field of soft matter at the nanoscale is determinant for Europe’s position as the world-leading academic and technological power.
Transport of soft matter at the nanoscale
The NANOTRANS school «Transport of soft matter at the nanoscale» will take place Schloss Waldthausen near Mainz, Germany from June 26 to 30, 2017. Training will include courses on hydrodynamics, nanofluidics, electrokinetic phenomena, polymers, biomedical applications... as well as an experimental tutorial at the Johannes Gutenberg University. It will also offer the students a good opportunity for networking and exchange. This NANOTRANS event will also be open to a larger audience as a joint event with CECAM and TRR146 (see https://www.cecam.org/workshop-1504.html for more details).
15 PHD positions in Nanotrans Training Network
NANOTRANS (Transport of Soft Matter at the Nanoscale) is a new Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network, involving ten universities and research organizations, as well as two industrial companies across Europe. The scientific objective of NANOTRANS is to obtain a fundamental understanding of the transport of fluids and colloids at the nanoscale. We will use multiscale modelling approaches and state of the art experimental techniques to address a broad range of topics in nanofluidics, phoretic flow, electrokinetics, liquid crystal and polymer flow.
Fifteen "Early Stage Researcher" (ESR) positions are available, spread across all academic and industrial partners, covering experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to this problem. An ESR position is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for postgraduate research and usually includes studies towards a doctoral degree (PhD). NANOTRANS provides an excellent opportunity for scientific and personal development, with regular training courses at different locations throughout Europe including academic and industrial topics, and the chance to meet and discuss problems with leading scientists in the field including several international visiting scientists.
The Boltzmann Medal for 2016 will be awarded to Daan Frenkel and Yves Pomeau.
The Boltzmann Award was instituted by the Commission on Statistical Physics of the IUPAP to honor outstanding achievements in Statistical Physics. It is presented by the Commission at the STATPHYS meeting and is awared in 2016 to Daan Frenkel and Yves Pomeau. The ceremony will take place in Lyon on July 20th.
The citation for Daan Frenkel (Cambridge node of NANOTRANS) reads: "for his seminal contributions to the Statistical Mechanics understanding of the kinetics, self-assembly and phase behaviour of complex macro-molecular, colloidal and biomolecular systems through highly innovative simulation methodologies."
Madhavi Krishnan received the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize 2016
Madhavi Krishnan, NANOTRANS associate partner from the University of Zürich, received the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize 2016.
This prize of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry is awarded to a young physical chemist under 40 in memory of Max Bodenstein, Fritz Haber and Walther Nernst.
Daan Frenkel elected to National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences announced on May 3. the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Professor Daan Frenkel, from the Cambridge node of NANOTRANS, has been elected as a foreign members.