Upcoming: SYNERGY Webinar “Fostering Science-Based Entrepreneurship and Internationalization”’

Join Synergy EU Project for an insightful webinar on “Fostering Science-Based Entrepreneurship and Internationalization”!

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming virtual event, which will take place on Thursday, 22nd June, from 14:30-16:00 WEST. This insightful webinar will be hosted by Francisco Gama Rocha, Senior International Consultant at SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação. With his extensive expertise in innovation strategy and business development, Francisco will share valuable insights on leveraging science-based entrepreneurship and internationalization.

While there are no specific participation requirements, we kindly request that you register prior to the event to secure your spot. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with like-minded professionals.

Register now at: https://bit.ly/3MH5ME4

SYNERGY – Opportunities for Secondments – 2023

In the frame of the Synergy EU Project project (H2020-WIDESPREAD-2020-5), several opportunities for secondments are being promoted in four renowned European Research Institutes (Fraunhofer IKTS – Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme, POLITO – Politecnico di TorinoTyndall National Institute – University College Cork, and VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland).

Each Institute is proposing different themes, directed at Masters Students, PhD Students and Post-Doc Students in Materials Sciences and Engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Energy Systems and Energy Power Control from the PT-Cluster (CEMOP-UNINOVA and associated lab I3N).

Deadline and submission: The call is open from 30-Jan-2023 to 10-Feb-2023. The applications must be sent by email to dgaspar@uninova.pt.

Find out more information concerning the proposed themes and how to get involved here!

Upcoming: Summer School “Materials for energy transition”

SYNERGY in collaboration with Sociedade Portuguesa de Materiais, Ordem dos Engenheiros, and with the support of INL, LNEG and DGEG, is organizing the summer school “Materials for energy transition”, to be held in Lisboa, Portugal, from 7th to 9th September 2022.

The on-site summer school will focus on the relevant matters related to the energetic transition and the role of materials science. Some topics to be addressed are hydrogen and renewable gases, photovoltaics, and energy storage. The target audience are MSc and PhD students and we encourage them to submit an abstract for poster presentation. There will be 20 slots for the students to present their work in fields related to the summer school topics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Portuguese and international personalities if the field of energy transition

More information and registration at https://spmateriais.pt/site/materials-for-energy-transition/

Upcoming: Workshop “Climate Neutrality by 2050: the future of energy storage”

SYNERGY is organizing on 19th July the workshop “Climate Neutrality by 2050: the future of energy storage” as a satellite event of the Junior Euromat 2022, to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, from 19th to 22th July 2022.

The on-site workshop will be an excellent opportunity for networking and will have the contribution of speakers from the SYNERGY consortium, such as Prof. Federico Bella from Politecnico di Torino and Dr. Andre Clausner from Fraunhofer IKTS. We will have another two invited speakers coming from outside the SYNERGY consortium: Dr. João Gomes (CENTI) and Dr. Reza Younesi (Uppsala University).

Full programme can be found at https://junioreuromat.org/programme/

Registration can be done at https://junioreuromat.org/registration/

Join us in Coimbra on the 19th of July from 2 pm to 5.30 pm

VTT’s battery team is present in the #PRINSE22 7th PrintoCent Industry Seminar!

SYNERGY partner VTT participated in the 7th PrintoCent Industry Seminar and gave an insightful introduction to sustainable batteries in the roundtable discussions.

PRINSE’22 covered topics from printed intelligence to system-level reliable, sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for Future Products.

The inspiring international event hosted 300 participants around the world, while offered an excellent setting for networking and matchmaking in Oulu, Finland.

For more information about the event click here.

Watch the video with some highlights of battery manufacturing: https://bit.ly/3mGqWFM

Printed electronics reaching accuracy of one micrometre by VTT

SYNERGY partner VTT has just released an amazing video on “How to go on submicron level in printed electronics”.

It was demonstrated that printing of sub-micron lines and μm-scale alignment accuracy can be achieved with VTT’s unique reverse offset printing system. This µm-level printing accuracy will be a game changer for R&D in printed and flexible electronics by allowing to target the most challenging applications such as radio-frequency circuits and will eventually lead to the miniaturization of printed electronics for reduced environmental footprint.

Please check our short video on high-resolution printing at VTT: https://lnkd.in/ehFb9SRT

Sustainable battery development at VTT

SYNERGY partner VTT has just released an amazing video on ” Sustainable battery development”.

VTTs development environment for battery cell manufacturing offers possibility for fabrication of electrodes and solid electrolytes through various printing and coating capabilities in roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet processes. Further, we have facilities for coin cell and pouch cell assembly under argon atmosphere as well as for electrical and structural characterization. Our research focuses on next generation solid state batteries and sustainable energy storage concepts based on safe and abundant materials.

Please check our short video on Battery assembly: https://youtu.be/FmYx1PJqgHY

Rodrigo Martins is the winner of the 1st edition of the NOVA-Altice Research Award

Professor Rodrigo Martins, SYNERGY Coordinator, Professor at FCT|NOVA and Director of CEMOP-UNINOVA, is the first winner of the NOVA-Altice Research Award.

This recognition celebrates the work that Professor Martins has developed throughout his career and the impact of his research in the field of electronics.

Created in 2021, following a partnership between NOVA and Altice Labs, this award aims to acknowledge and recognise the merit of Professors/Researchers of NOVA from all areas of knowledge, at any stage of their career, and whose work has stood out nationally and internationally for its level of excellence and impact.

For more information click here.

Pedro Barquinha wins second ERC Grant

Pedro Barquinha, Associate Professor at the Department of Material Science and Researcher at Cenimat, NOVA School of Science and Technology, SYNERGY coordinating institution (FCT|NOVA), has just been awarded a Proof-of-Concept grant from the European Research Council (ERC), the most reputable institution for granting funds for scientific and technological research in Europe.

With a grant worth €150,000 for each researcher and covering a variety of fields and research issues, this funding is part of the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

Pedro Barquinha was one of the two Portuguese researchers to receive this funding, with the project “FLETRAD: Flexible and transparent platform based on oxide transistors for detection and readout of ionizing radiation”, which aims to develop a detection platform completely flexible and transparent radiation.

Ionizing radiation poses well-known health risks but, if used in a controlled manner, can serve as the basis of relevant applications ranging from health to civil security. Whether it is the proper control of the dose received by patients in medical treatments or workers in hazardous radiation environments, or even for high resolution imaging devices – proper quantification of radiation doses is required.

FLETRAD, therefore, proposes the development of a platform that detects radiation in a completely flexible and transparent way, opening doors to an innovative market opportunity. This project employs the patented idea of oxide transistors as detectors of direct ionization radiation as well as the knowledge gained in the TREND project (ERC Starting Grant) focused on miniaturized oxide electronics using sustainable materials and processes.

This year’s edition of the Proof-of-Concept grants included two competitions, with the winners of the first round already being announced in February, with FCT NOVA researchers Elvira Fortunato and Cecília Roque being distinguished. With the grant now awarded to Pedro Barquinha, the School thus accumulates 12 ERC grants, reinforcing its leadership position in the number of grants awarded to its researchers.

The 55 projects now selected for the fellowships include researchers from the Netherlands (10), UK (7), Italy (6), Germany (5), Israel (5), Spain (4), France (5), Austria (3), Czech Republic (2), Finland (2), Portugal (2), Belgium (1), Turkey (1), Sweden (1), Romania (1) and Norway (1).