UNION will develop nanoparticle (NP) assembly techniques, and assembly monitoring technologies to prepare novel hierarchically-ordered nanoparticle clusters (NPCs), with unique emergent properties and scale targeted towards selected application areas.
By improving control over the synthesis and assembly of NPs UNION will produce materials with tailored and predictable properties. Furthermore, by incorporating hierarchical control into the assembly it will be possible to assess the influence of the hierarchy on properties and develop new functionalities. UNION will investigate how the emergent properties of the assemblies are determined by the architecture of the assembly, the extent of order, and the properties of the component NPs. This will enable tuning of the primary NP properties and the assembly processes to develop significant breakthroughs in nano-devices and next generation complex nanotechnology products.
"We had an excellent idea and good partners, but no roadmap to a cohesive proposal and severe time pressure, accelopment showed us the way."
Dr Dermot Brougham, Dublin City University, IE