Advanced glasses, Composites And Ceramics for High growth Industries Europen Training Network (ETN)

CoACH provides a multidisciplinary training opportunities in the field of high-tech glasses, ceramics and composites based on effective and proven industry-academia cooperation, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovate Training Networks action (MSCA-ITNs). Our scientific goals are to develop advanced knowledge on glass and ceramic based materials and to develop innovative, cost-competitive, and environmentally acceptable materials and processing technologies.

The inter/multi-disciplinary and -sectorial characteristic is guaranteed by the presence of 5 academic partners and 10 companies having top class expertise in glass, ceramic and composite science and technology, modelling, design, characterization and commercialization. Advanced materials fall within the KEY ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES (KETs) and are themselves an emerging supra-disciplinary field. Expertise on these new materials brings competitiveness in the strategic thematic areas of:

  • HEALTH: Innovative glass and composite for biomedical applications, novel glass and composite antibacterial coatings
  • ENERGY: Innovative glass, ceramic and composite materials for energy harvesting/scavenging, solid oxide electrolysis cells and oil, gas and petrochemical industries
  • ICT: New glass fibre sensors embedded in smart coatings for harsh environment
  • ENVIRONMENT: New and low cost glass, ceramic and composite materials from waste

Two research projects are currently running:

  • ESR13: ‘Development and processing of nanostructured materials, including thermoelectric’ to develop processing routes for nanostructured silicide and sulphide thermoelectric materials
  • ESR14: ‘Processing of novel glasses, ceramics and composites by SPS’ to produce new materials including non-equilibrium composites by using the rapid heating/cooling rates and pressures of SPS

Funding: €3.9M

Duration: 2015 - 2018 (4 years)

Project partners: Nanoforce Technology Ltd. (NANOFORCE) UK, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) Italy, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (ERLANGEN) Germany, Université de Rennes 1 (UR1) France, Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD) Italy, Institute of Physics of Materials (IPM) Czech Republic, Element Materials Technology (ELEMENT) UK, Colorobbia Consulting s.r.l. (COLOR) Italy, European Thermodynamics Ltd. (ETL) UK, nLIGHT Corporation (nLIGHT) Finland, SASIL S.p.A. (SASIL) Italy, DIAFIR (DIAFIR) France, IDP s.a.s (IDP) Belgium, Bactiguard AB (BACTIGUARD) Sweden, Sunfire GmbH (SUNFIRE) Germany

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