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The structure of the work plan reflects internal logic of the RP-DEMATEN and of the work to be done in order to achieve the objectives of the proposed project and fully benefit from it. A detailed work plan is broken down into six work packages (WPs), which follow the logical phases of the implementation of the project, and include consortium management and assessment of progress and results. Since the planned activities are directly aimed at strengthening partnerships among centres of excellence established in the EU’s convergence region, the Member States and the Western Balkan the RP-DEMATEN will start with the Kick off meeting, preparation of training & mobility plan and web site installation. Thus, already in the first year exchange of PhD students and senior scientists are planned, which will contribute to closer collaboration among the centres concerned. The next steps in work plan are hiring of young researcher and purchasing new equipment at DEMATEN (FTUNS), as the main objective of the proposed project is improving the research capacities of DEMATEN (FTUNS) in the field of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The first training school “Microstructure and Fracture-Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials” will be held at the end of the first project year and enabled specialised training of young researchers. Study visits of young scientists and training for PhD students and/or post-doctoral researchers in EU research institutions will continue in the second year with high intensity, as these are the most important methods for their personal development, and consequently development of the research institutions in general. In addition, the first workshop “Processing of nanostructured materials”, the second training school “Characterization of nanostructured materials”, and the main conference “Nanostructured ceramics and nanocomposites – Challenges and perspectives” will be organised in the second project year and represent very important events for knowledge dissemination as well as education of scientists (especially young researchers) about recent development in nanotechnology, nanometrology and improved reliability of measurement and analysis at the nano-level. The main conference and the training school will be held on the end of the second project year, simultaneously with the 8ht Students’ Meeting, SM-2009, “Processing and application of ceramics”, well known traditional forum for young researchers. The development of innovative synthesis methods and processing, as well as the integration of prepared ceramic and nanocomposite materials into novel technologies, obtained with the proposed activities, will be presented at the second Workshop “Properties and application of nanostructured ceramics and nanocomposites” at the end of the third project year. All of the mentioned activities are aimed at providing stimulative and inspiring climate for scientific activities within DEMATEN (FTUNS), not only for experienced searchers, but also more importantly, for young generation of researchers thus preventing “brain-drain”.


The activities in the project RP-DEMATEN are split up into 6 (six) Work Packages (WP). Work objectives are:

WP1 - Mobility and training

  • training of young scientists (Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers) from the Centres in the WBC (FTUNS, Novi Sad) and the EU’s convergence region (IMRSAS-Kosice and DCPBUT-Brno) through study visits;
  • increase of mobility of young, but also senior scientists and organizing of a high cooperative research work by using research capacities in different centres of excellence established in the EU’s convergence region, the Member States and the WBC;
  • exchange of know-how and experience between the researchers from the EU research institutions and the WBC centre;
  • hosting scientists from abroad for training and/or research activities will increase cooperation and facilitate networking among the partners in the project.

WP2 - Dissemination of information

The objective of this WP is dissemination of information during the lifetime of the project and afterwards, important for a successful realization of all established tasks. To set up and maintain the project web site as an internet accessible information system that forms communication and dissemination platform for the project members and all professionals and general public. To prepare flyers about the activities related to the project, obtained results and reinforced capacities of DEMATEN-FTUNS laboratories. To prepare written dissemination materials (pamphlets), which will accompanies the serial of popular lecture about nanostructured materials and nanotechnology organized in secondary schools or at public meetings and national/international students’ workshops.

WP3 - Strengthening the human potential

Hiring of young researchers within DEMATEN at FTUNS will reinforced human potential and provide stimulative climate for creative scientific activities, in the field of nanostructured materials and nanotechnology. Hiring of the experienced researcher (see Appendix -1) and the experienced senior scientist from IMCASCR (for three months) will not only reinforce the WBC centre, but will also help in training of young scientists at DEMATEN (FTUNS-Novi Sad).

WP4 - Upgrading research capacities

Upgrading and renewal of S&T research equipment. Purchasing and installation of Malver Zetasizer Nano ZS, with Multi-purpose titration and GPC. Improving quality of research with the system (nanoparticle size analyser using dynamic light scattering technique) enabling measurement of size, molecular weight and zeta potential of dispersed particles and molecules in solution (size range 0.6 – 6.000 nm, size range for zeta potential 5 – 10.000 nm and range for molecular weight 103 – 107 Daltons). Training of young scientists. Involving the installed equipment in a high cooperative research work on the same scientific problem by researchers from different centres of excellence established in the EU’s convergence region, the Member States and the WBC.

WP5 - Workshops and Training schools

  • Organization of the Training School “Microstructure and Fracture-Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials”, which will be held in Kosice, September 2008.
  • Organization of the first Workshop “Processing of Nanostructured Ceramics and Nanocomposites”, which will be held in Brno, Martz/April 2009.
  • Organization of main conference of the project RP-DEMATEN “Nanostructured Ceramics and Nanocomposites - Challenges and Perspective”, which will be held in Novi Sad, November/December 2009.
  • Organization of the Training School “Characterization of Nanostructured Materials”, which will be held in Novi Sad, November/December 2009.
  • Organization of the Second Workshop “Properties and Application of Nanostructured Ceramics and Nanocomposites”, which will be held in Athens, October/November 2010.

WP6 - Project management

The objective of this WP is to ensure the basic management infrastructure for the project, which will enable undisturbed functioning of all tasks on the time and within the planned budget.