Centre of Research Excellence
Nanotechnology and Functional Materials Centre was established with the aim of increasing the research quality, capacity and potential as well as to improve the integration of the Faculty within the European Research Area. The conditions for an intensive development of international and regional cooperation and inclusion of the Faculty in the European Research Area (ERA) have been met through networking with international scientific and research organizations. In 2014, the Centre was accredited as the Centre of Research Excellence.
The Centre has been recognized as such by the European Commission and thus, funded for three years with EUR 1.3 million through the project NANOTECH FTM Reinforcing of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials Centre. Today, this Centre is implementing contemporary and competitive research in the field of nanotechnology and functional materials.
This Centre consists of groups dealing with ceramics, polymers and composite materials. More than 15 researchers and professors work in it today, as well as 20 PhD students engaged in contemporary study areas such as materials for biomedicine, pharmacy and biotechnology, materials applied for environmental protection, renewable energy resources (photovoltaic cells) and photocatalysis, nanocomposite coatings, fibre-optic systems etc.
We should also mention collaboration of the Centre with the following international partner institutions:
- European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers ECNP, Florence, Italy
- University of Perugia, Perugia, Campus Terni, Italy
- CNRS Institut De Physique Et De Chimie De Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
- University of Agriculture, Athens, Greece
- National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania
- Riga Technical University/Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Riga, Latvia
- University of Franche Comte, Besançon, France
- Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, Paris, France
- MaHyTec Ltd., Dole, France
- University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany