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Strengthening and expert knowledge accumulation and dissemination through high quality research on self-assembled polymeric nanotubes (POLYTUBE)

English title Strengthening and expert knowledge accumulation and dissemination through high quality research on self-assembled polymeric nanotubes (POLYTUBE)
Applicant Meier Wolfgang
Number 110726
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Physikalische Chemie Departement Chemie Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Material Sciences
Start/End 01.10.2005 - 30.09.2008
Approved amount 72'000.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Material Sciences
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

Keywords (3)

Controlled polymerization; Self-assembly; Hollow polymeric nanotubes

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The progress in polymer science has a significant contribution in providing a basis to develop important research areas such as nanotechnology, biosensors and biomimetics, new medicines and agrochemicals, etc.

The objectives of this project are:

i) to establish cooperation and exchange of knowledge between research teams from the University of Basel and the Institute of Polymers - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in the fields of controlled copolymer synthesis, nanosciences and nanotechnology;

ii) to systematize the existing and to contribute to the development of new knowledge for preparation of hollow polymeric nanotubes and their application in the practice

iii) to provide improved training of the staff by organizing exchange visits of both senior and junior researchers;

iv) to disseminate the accumulated knowledge among the partners. The main goal is enrichment of expert knowledge by performing a high quality research focused on preparation of novel polymer-based nanotubular formulations and strengthening the competitiveness of partners in the field. The research activities are oriented to synthesis of various block copolymers with designed composition including blocks of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), polyisoprene (PI), poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (Pt-BA), poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), polyglycidol (PG), etc., and investigations of possibilities to obtain copolymers that self-assemble into high aspect ratio core-shell micelles or nanotubes. The combination of different polymers will allow preparation of original nanomaterials with versatile properties, e.g., stimuli responsive, bearing functional groups on the periphery and/or in the interior. These materials could find application in such important areas like (bio)nanotechnology, biomedicine, nanoelectronics, etc. The project will have a great impact upon gaining scientific excellence in the field of the newest developments in material science, e.g., nanoscience and nanotechnology. Training of young professionals in leading research centres such as the University of Basel will provide possibilities for accumulation of expert knowledge and improvement of professional skills and their ultimate application in practice. Improving the research quality and upgrading the research facilities will lead to a long lasting reinforcement of the research potential of Bulgarian partner providing the basis for drawing novel strategies and priorities for further developments according to the socio-economic needs of the country and the European Community. It will open new prospects for speeding up the transition process of Bulgarian partner and its integration to European research family.
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