Work Packages

MULTIMAT is organised around 5 scientific work packages, 2 supportive work packages (WPs) and 13 ESR projects that are highly integrated.

WP No Work Package Title Institute WP Lead
WP1 Building Block Design Stockholm Uni. Prof. Lennart Bergström
WP2 Directing Colloidal Assembly TU/e Prof. Nico Sommerdijk
WP3 Properties & Function TU/e Prof. Nico Sommerdijk
WP4 Multiscale Modelling Utrecht Uni. Prof. Marjolein Dijkstra
WP5 In-situ Visualization Institute für Neue Materialien Prof. Niels de Jonge
WP6 Management, dissemination and exploitation TU/e Prof. Nico Sommerdijk
WP7 Training activities TU/e Prof. Nico Sommerdijk

WP1 – Building Block Design – Stockholm University

Objectives: To understand the formation of mesostructured materials from the assembly of building blocks with dimensions from 5-5000 nm, through variation of their size, shape, and surface chemistry, and through the application of external forces.

Description: WP1 will generate silica, (bio)polymer and hybrid building blocks with different controllable sizes, morphologies and surface chemistries and study the effects of these different aspects on their self-assembly behavior, with particular attention to the need for monodispersity. The formation and assembly of these building blocks will be directed by information from modeling (WP3) and in situ characterization (WP4).

WP2 – Directing Colloidal Assembly – Eindhoven University of Technology Objectives: to understand and explore the colloidal assembly of silica, (bio)polymer and hybrid building blocks.

Description: Colloidal assembly will be directed through templating and the application of external forces. New building blocks will be obtained from WP1. The experiments will be guided by input from materials characterization (WP3), modeling (WP4) and in-situ analysis (WP5).

WP3 – Properties & Function – Eindhoven University of Technology Objectives: To realize and test mechanically robust porous silica based materials with emergent properties for different applications and to develop structure-property relations to guide their design.

Description: Mechanical, thermoconductive and surface properties of the obtained materials will be analyzed and structure property relations will be established. Materials will be obtained from WP1 and WP2. With input from in-situ analysis (WP3) and modeling (WP4) the surface properties will be coupled to the building blocks and assembly methods used. Modeling (WP4) will help to relate mechanical properties to the structures obtained.

WP4 – Multiscale Modeling – Utrecht University Objectives: To obtain via multiscale modeling a better fundamental understanding of the assembly of macromolecules into anisotropic building blocks, and the subsequent assembly of these components into larger structures, and to predict and control the materials properties on the basis of that understanding.

Description: Modeling will be used to obtain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of multiscale assembly, both at the level of building block formation and at the level of mesostructure formation including the development of mechanical properties. These simulations will be refined using detailed information on the structure of the building blocks and their self-assembling properties (WP1 & WP2) and data from liquid cell imaging of the formation process (WP5). The ultimate goal is to redesign materials, assembly methods, and synthesis of building blocks in order to obtain mesostructures with the desired functionalities and properties.

WP5 – In-situ Visualization – Institute fur Neue Materialien Objectives: Development and application of Liquid Phase-EM (LP-EM) for dynamic multiscale analysis of molecular and colloidal self-assembly

Description: The development and implementation of liquid phase EM will be pursued to analyze in situ the formation and self-organization of colloidal building blocks. The direct visualization of these processes will provide information that can be used to optimize modeling (WP4) and the design of the building blocks at the molecular level (WP1) as well as at the mesoscale (WP2). To expand the scope of experiments that can be visualized with LP-EM methods and technology will be developed.

WP6 – Management, Dissemination and Exploitation – Eindhoven University of Technology Objectives: Ensure smooth management and optimize the impact of the MULTIMAT project through effective exploitation and dissemination

Description Project management. As part of this WP, all meetings of the MT and SB and the quarterly WP meetings will be coordinated, organized, chaired and documented. This will include continuous monitoring of the progress of the project and communication with the European Commission. Project dissemination. A detailed dissemination plan will be developed early on in the project in close collaboration with all ESRs, which will be updated regularly. This plan ensures timely and efficient communication throughout the project. This will include the development of the MULTIMAT website, coordination of joint review papers and the MULTIMAT special issue. Project exploitation. A detailed exploitation plan will be developed in close collaboration with the industrial partners and all ESRs. This plan ensures effective exploitation of project outcomes.

WP7 – Training Activites – Eindhoven University of Technology Objectives: Ensure timely and effective coordination of training activities

Description: Recruitment of ESRs, development and updating of individual ESR personal training and Career Development plans, and planning and coordination of all training activities.