2015 November

Materials for the technology of tomorrow

Monday, 2nd November 2015General science information

The NOMAD European Center of Excellence is set to simplify the search for new materials and previously unknown properties of materials

New technological developments are practically always based on better, and often enough completely new, materials. This applies to the next generation of smartphones, fuel-efficient cars or powerful batteries for electric vehicles, as well as to catalysts for the production of methane or liquid fuels and high-performance solar cells. Thanks to the NOMAD (Novel Materials Discovery) European Center of Excellence, which officially commences work on the 1 November 2015, it should become easier to track down suitable materials for such disparate applications. Headed by Matthias Scheffler, Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, a team of scientists from eight research facilities and four high performance computer centers across the whole of Europe have joined forces. The Center of Excellence will be supported with five million euros over the next three years as part of the EU Horizon 2020 research framework program. Read more…