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York chemist awarded £480K for soft materials research

Posted on 28 June 2012

Professor Dave Smith has been awarded €575,000 (ca. £480 K) as part of the €4.1 M Euro EU-funded network SMART-NET (Soft Materials Advanced Research and Training Network).

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Over the next four years, this network will support the training of 12 PhD students across a network of six universities from the UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy, and 3 postdoctoral researchers based in partner companies and government agencies.  SMART-NET lies at the interface of chemistry, physics and biology and deals with the science of self-assembled molecular soft materials.  Soft matter such as gels is of great importance in applications such as the cosmetics and food industries, and is increasingly being used in high-value technologies.  SMART-NET focuses on developing conceptually new approaches to the next generation of self-assembling multi-component, multi-functional 'smart' soft matter systems and applying them in biomedicine and energy-related technologies.  The network integrates interdisciplinary scientists with expertise stretching from molecular design, self-assembly and nanofabrication to biomedicine, multi-scale modelling and photophysics, in order to provide a high-level research and training environment.  Potential PhD students based in the EU, who have not previously worked or studied in the UK for longer than one year, should contact Dave Smith for further information.