1st Training Workshop

  • Responsive systems and trigger mechanisms
(Responsive hard and soft matter materials, macro and microgels, responsive surfaces, effects of pH, temperature, and light)
  • Scanning probe, NMR and surface analytical techniques
(Scanning probe methods (AFM imaging, force measurements, friction measurements and probing local material properties), Reflectometry, Ellipsometry, DPI, QCM-D, Neutron reflection, X‑ray reflectometr
  • Surface forces and friction
(Double layer forces, van der Waals forces, steric foces, relation between surface forces and friction, molecular mechanisms of friction, load controlled and adhesion controlled friction)
  • Rheology
(Viscosity, Newtonian behavior, shear thinning, shear thickening, storage and loss moduli, gel point, viscoelasticity, effect of flow on structures (Rheo-SALS), Complex fluids)

2nd Training Workshop

  • Scattering techniques
(Static and dynamic light scattering, SANS, SAXS)
  • Modern surface sensitive spectroscopic methods
(Focus on Total Internal Reflection Raman and Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy, introduction to more familiar techniques such as ATR-FTIR)

3rd Training Workshop

  • Macromolecule synthesis, characterization and self-assembly
(Radical polymerization, emulsion and precipitation polymerization, ATRP, RAFT, click chemistry, SEC, MS, asymmetric flow field-flow fractionation, micelles, intermicellar structures, core-shell particles, temperature effect, cloud point)
  • Simulations
(Lattice mean-field calculations, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations)

4th Training Workshop

  • Application of nanotechnology in biomedical research and medicine
(Luminescent materials, Role of nanomaterials in cell therapy and tissue engineering, blood brain barrier penetrating nanomaterials, diagnostics and therapy using nanocarriers and markers, nanochips, lab on the chip technologies)
  • Innovation in the personal care industry
(Introduction to consumer research, Introduction to formulation of colloidal systems with personal care applications, Lab to plant scale up, Introduction to shaving science)


YEAR I. Personal Career and Project Management
i) Time Management: Organization of the different components of a PhD project: Practical skills, tools and techniques to manage your time. The training introduces a set of techniques and a wide scope of activities, including planning, allocating, setting goals, delegation, analysis of time spent, monitoring, organizing, scheduling and prioritizing tasks.
ii) Conflict Management: Dealing with conflicts that may arise during PhD training with supervisors and colleagues: Skills for resolving interpersonal conflict through effective interpersonal negotiation will be acquired. The course introduces actions that cause workplace conflicts. Actions to minimize conflicts, ways how people deal with conflicts, how to manage conflicts within you and how to manage with others will be discussed.

iii) Research Project Management: Managing PhD projects. Setting up projects. Important tools: requirement engineering, work break down, resource planning
YEAR II. Dissemination and Communication
i) English Scientific Writing: How to write a good publication in English? Style and structure of sentences, specific vocabularies, resources to use for self-editing. Style differences among countries and scientific fields.
ii) Planning your publications: Scientific writing for papers and doctoral thesis. What is a good publication? How is this measured? How to write a good publication? Original and review papers; structure, style, presentation. Figures and tables. Journal styles and tips how to survive the peer review process. Writing a PhD thesis: What are the goals? Structure, style, presentation, etc. Things to consider before defence and surviving defence.
iii) Communication with public, media and policy makers: How to communicate scientific results to media, educate the public, contact key stake holders and lobby at policy makers.
iv) Ethics: Research ethics. What constitutes plagiarism, Selective presentation of data, Representation / misrepresentation of data (e.g. is it OK to smooth data? Remove 'errant' data points?), Appropriate credit on publications, Confidentiality of manuscripts / proposals seen as a referee, Appropriate and inappropriate citation practices, Honesty in references, How to handle conflicts of interest.

YEAR III. Personal Career and Project Management
i) Self-Marketing: What is self-marketing? Why is it important? How is it done? Developing personal career brand, as well as key-self marketing techniques to get hired and promoted. How to review, define build your personal brand.
ii) Grant Writing and Management: How to win, contract and execute EU FP7 and other research projects. Intellectual property and Commercialization.

III.) Principles of Intellectual Property Rights and Comparison Between Europe / USA / Asia. IP management in science laboratories and SMEs, with special emphasis on tech transfer in EU countries.
iV) Exploitation Strategy Seminar. Defining clear and convincing exploitation strategy. Developing a clear implementation plan to launch and commercialize new products. Searching patent literature, IP awareness and patent writing (Course given by YKI). The students will be introduced to one modern patent search engine and carry out a search related to the topic of their project. They will also gain understanding on how to read and write a patent

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 290251
This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 290251

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