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Functional relevance of nanoestructure in safe by design ceramics properties

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Competitive project
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90.750,00 €
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diseño seguro, functional properties, lead-free piezoceramics, nanomateriales, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanopartículas, piezocerámicas sin plomo, propiedades funcionales, safe-by design
The present project tries to go one step ahead towards the fundamental research about design of functional nanostructures on materials with industrial
relevance. In previous projects, the working group of this subproject gained experience and knowledge in fundamental aspect about microstructureproperty
relationship in functional ceramics with interest in microelectronic devices. Nowadays, nanotechnology opens possibilities to a wide number of
new applications, given the singularity of the materials properties in the nanoscale. However, the insurability of nanotechnology is essentially linked with
its commercial viability and long term sustainability. In industrial applications, the potential exposure of humans and the environment to nanoparticles is
inevitable, well in the nanostructures processing or in the recycling process of bulk nanostructured materials. The solution of the harmful collateral effect
of nanotechnology must be addressed by using new safe by design nanostructure bulk materials to avoid or minimize the harmful future impact and to
strengthen the enormous benefit that nanomaterials could contribute to the society.
The aim of this subproject is to pursuit a quality fundamental research to effectively afford the design of new nanostructured materials that are
environmentally friendly, safe recycling and not constituting a potential risk to human health. First goal is to ensure that the nanoparticles remain stable
during the material life cycle, and that they do not contain harmful elements for the environment and health. Second goal is to address new functionalities
based on the nanostructure materials. In order to get these objectives, new processing routes and technologies will be investigated in correlation with the
understanding of the functional properties. Bulk nanostructured materials are chosen in this subproject to afford generalized applications with industrial
relevance. Specifically, the subproject will concentrate on ferroic materials with perovskite-type structures, addressed to their integration into microelectromechanical
devices for energy harvesting applications as well as for microactuators.
The subproject represents an extension of current research areas of research groups (UPC/UB) that forming this proposal. As a consequence, the
working group gathers both the expertise and the technical equipment to undertake the endeavors. New materials will be obtained by using a wide
variety of synthesis and processing methods: sol-gel, hydrothermal, solid-state reaction, mechanosynthesis, conventional and advanced sintering (hot
pressing and SPS). In addition, a large array of characterization techniques, from the conventional microstuctural characterization to advanced
techniques of functional characterization, will be employed.
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
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Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia
Funding subprogram
Subprograma Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento
Funding call
Excelencia: Proyectos I+D
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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