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Visit 7: Nanomaterials towards applications

The Materials Research and Technology (MRT) department of the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology translates cutting-edge materials research into applicable technology. Discover its key skills in the fields of nano-characterisation, nano-composite materials, nano-medicine, piezo-electrics materials and ink-jet printing.

The visit will highlight the following topics:

  • Nano-characterisation: The characterisation of nanomaterials helps us understand the macroscopic properties of a material by observing its structure and composition at the nanoscale. During the visit, the team will demonstrate the capabilities of a wide range of techniques by means of concrete examples performed on organic and inorganic materials as well as on biological samples.
  • Smart nano-composite materials with tuneable optical properties: The tuning of electrical and optical properties of nano-composite coatings have a high potential to pave the way towards future sensing, chromic and thermal management applications. In this context, strongly correlated electron systems yield materials with high sensitivity to small external stimuli such as temperature, pressure and electric fields. The MRT’s undergoing studies target the development of innovative thin films for which the properties can be tailored by the presence of embedded nanostructures.
  • Nano-medicine: The MRT’s research group Nano-Enabled Medicine and Cosmetics (NEMC) will conduct translational research of nano-structured devices and interfaces towards nano-enabled medicine and cosmeceutical technologies. The R&D activities are geared towards the design and engineering of nano-structured materials to address the emerging needs of personalised and regenerative medicine as well as minimally invasive and highly sensitive disease screening. Further activities include miniaturised and portable health monitoring, cosmetic health care and novel implants.
  • Piezo-electric, pyro-electric and electro-caloric materials: Polar oxides facilitate a wide range of devices, such as piezoelectric sensors and actuators, pyroelectric thermal sensors, tunable supercapacitors or non-linear optical elements. Devising new applications based on the structure-property-relationship of polar oxides is the major task of the MRT’s research group on Multifunctional Ferroic Materials (MFM.
  • Ink-jet printing of functional materials: The LIST starts developing the processing of functional oxides by inkjet printing. This versatile technique allows for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. It drastically reduces the number of technological steps needed to fabricate a device. The goal of the MFM research group is to apply their profound knowledge on piezoelectric, pyroelectric and electrocaloric materials to develop know-how and IP on inkjet printing manufactured devices.

Read more: MRT website