Masaryk University (MU) is a public, non-profit educational and research organisation, founded in 1919 as the second Czech university in Brno, South Moravian Region. At present it comprises nine faculties and 2 university institutes with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics, more than 37 000 students and 4500 staff, making it the second largest university in the Czech Republic. The long term aim of Masaryk University is to profile itself as a research university with an internationally respected research programme, distinct profile and research results visible in European context, a university actively involved in international collaboration both on European and global level.

The Central European Institue of Technology (CEITEC) at Masaryk University was established in 2009 as an independent institute focused solely on research. Since 2011, it operates as part of the CEITEC consortium consisting of four leading Brno universities and two research institutes who joined forces in order to establish a supraregional centre of scientific excellence combining life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnologies. CEITEC comprises 7 research programmes (Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies, Advanced Materials, structural Biology, Genomics and Proteomics of Plant Systems, Molecular Medicine, Brain and Mind Research, Molecular Veterinary Medicine) and 10 core facilities (Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization, Structural Analysis Laboratory, Biomolecular Interactions and Crystallization, X-ray Diffraction and Bio-SAXS Core Facility, Nanobiotechnology Core Facility, Josef Dadok National NMR Centre, Cryo-electron Microscopy and Tomography, Proteomics Core Facility, Genomics Core Facility, Multimodal and Functional Imaging Laboratory), with a total of 60 research groups.


The National Research Council (CNR) is a public non-profit governmental research organization. It is the largest public research institution in Italy, and  its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

Institute of Nanotechnology (CNR-NANOTEC), recently established, is a multidisciplinary institute for research and technology development at the nanoscale. The focus of the Institute is the fundamental study and the manipulation of systems on nanometric scale to enable applications in various technologies (ICT, life science, micro-nanoelectronic, sensing, energy). Its primary aim is the design and investigation of nanosystems resulting from either bottom-up (self-assembly and molecular engineering) or top-down (nanofabrication) approaches, for applications in electronics, photonics, energy harvesting, life sciences, nanomedicine, security.

CNR-NANOTEC consists of four research hubs in four locations of Bari, Lecce, Rome and Rende, creating a high synergy for presence and impact at the national level. The mission of the NanoCheM4Nanotec Unit in Bari consists in removing knowledge and technological barriers to the development of multifunctional materials by advancing the study and the development of innovative chemical and plasma processes  for the synthesis, surface functionalization and engineering of materials, nanostructures and devices.
The research activities are focused on the following 4 objectives: 1. Functional Chemistry of Graphene and other Bidimensional materials; 2. Tailoring of Chemical processes and Interface Phenomena in heterojunctions, hybrids and multicomponents systems for photonics, nano- and opto-electronics; 3. Advanced materials for Energy and Environment; 4. Plasmachemistry Processes for health science.


The Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) is a public institution of higher education in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. It offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in business, engineering, law, social sciences and natural sciences. Approximately 20 000 students study at the park campus in the northeast of Linz, with one out of nine students being from abroad. In 2012, the Times Higher Education ranked the JKU at #41 in its list of the top 100 universities under 50 years old. The university is the home of the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, furthermore holds approximately 10 Christian Doppler Labs, some PhD colleges from Austrian Science foundation, and huge cooperative projects with industry.

The TN Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciencesis coordinated by the Center of Surface- and Nanoanalytics, an interdisciplinary physics (analytics) institute, which serves all physics, chemistry, and mechatronics departments by gathering the expensive analytical tools (XPS, TEM, Auger, implantor, spectroscopic ellipsometry, IR, second harmonic and sum frequency, etc.). The state physics institute, which operates a clean room; the biophysics institute; the institute for applied physics; the mechatronics institute with specialization in sensor technology; the institute of stochastics with the focus on the application of stochastic analysis and stochastic numerics in biology and neuroscience; and the mathematical statistics department will bring in their competences into the project.


The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. It aims at “advancing knowledge and brining social, cultural, and economic benefits for society”, by developing scientific information, supporting research training, and contributing to the application and promotion of research results, etc. It also encourages collaboration among scientists from different disciplines.

Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI), established in 1960, is a large scale facility of the CNRS. It is a host laboratory focused at providing high magnetic fields for the excellent research. CNRS-LNCMI is a founding member of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL), LANEF "Lab Alliances on Nanosciences - Energies for the Future”. CNRS- LNCMI aims at development of the high magnetic field science and technology, promoting its accessibility for scientists across the world, and optimizing the development and use of the high field technologies via partnerships with European scientific community. Furthermore, being a public laboratory, it introduces its activity to scholars and students interested in physics and high magnetic fields. High school or higher education student classes are frequently welcome to visit the high magnetic field facilities. The LNCMI covers a big diversity of professions, skills and knowledge, which can attract a wide scope of students, from France and Europe as well.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 692034.
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