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Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces

Project Reference: 316866
Activity Code: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
Coordinator:Forschungszentrum Jülich


Soft nanotechnology is generally considered as a field that will have a major impact on technological developments in near future. However, the fundamental understanding of the wealth of new structures lacks far behind, despite supporting activity from material science. Such an understanding is indispensable for sustainable growth of this important research domain and its applications. A physics-oriented interdisciplinary education is urgently needed to guide young researchers to the point where they can tackle the relevant fundamental questions. SOMATAI is set up to provide just such training by combining two distinct scientific fields: Soft matter science is a well established interdisciplinary field for the bulk investigation of polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals with response amplitude and time to external stimuli as a function of soft matter structure being of special interest.
The second highly relevant field is interface science, since nano-structured materials contain a huge area of internal interfaces which have an essential impact on material properties. The application of the soft matter approach to interfaces promises new and deeper understanding of interfacial phenomena. Interfaces of a water phase to a solid, liquid or gaseous second phase are of special interest and a focal point of SOMATAI. Such interfaces are highly relevant to products from European industry (food, cosmetics, paints) and processes (washing, coating, water purification). They have an outstanding importance from a scientific point of view due to specific interactions at such interfaces. This carefully planned teaching and research programme in a network of 10 leading academic partners, 1 large scale companies, 2 SMEs, and 4 top-level associated partners from Germany, Taiwan and the USA will ensure that young researchers are given an excellent training in a pioneering research domain of high scientific and technological relevance, where Europe can take a leading position.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2012-10-01
End Date: 2016-09-30
EU Contribution: EUR 3 562 776
Total Costs: EUR 3 562 776
Subprogramme Area: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
Funding Scheme: Networks for Initial Training (Life Sciences)
Administrative Contact Person: Gelinde RIESE (Ms.)


  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgique
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Nederland
  • German University In Cairo, Egypt
  • Leibniz-Institut fur Polymerforschung Dresden Ev, Deutschland
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Nederland
  • Ls Instruments AG, Suisse
  • Max Planck Institut Fur Eisenforschung Gmbh, Deutschland
  • Nizo Food Research Bv, Nederland
  • Foundation For Research And Technology Hellas, Hellas
  • Dsm Innovation Center B.V., Nederland
  • Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives, France