In January 2018, the Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network HYCOAT was launched with the aim to boost Molecular Layer Deposition (MLD) technology in four key European industrial sectors, namely packaging; electronics; batteries and biomedical applications.
As part of the project, a group of young researchers will work at 10 different institutes in 7 European countries. They will be trained to have a deep understanding of all aspects of the MLD coating technology, as well as a broad vision on the application potential of hybrid coatings. The network is led by Ghent University and funded by the European Union in the framework of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks.
HYCOAT aims towards new packaging materials with improved flexibility and stretchability, towards better materials for flexible electronics and thermoelectric devices for conversion of waste heat into electric power, towards safer and better performing batteries for mobile applications and wireless devices, and towards novel biomedical coatings designed for sensing, diagnostics and medicine delivery.
The role of Tyndall, represented by Dr. Michael Nolan, is to lead work on multi-scale modelling of the MLD process to enhance the understanding of the effect of different aspects of the MLD process, including precursor chemistry, surface reactions and structure stability. Tyndall is also the lead for dissemination and communications activities in the project