It is said that a good goal is like a challenging exercise – it forces us to push our boundaries. Over the past ten years, CENIDE has gone from strength to strength. Our goal for the future is to continue growing our main areas of research and create even closer interdisciplinary ties between them. The two-day CENIDE research workshop in March 2016 is an excellent opportunity for us to do that. We are also playing a significant part in the “Materials Chain” main research area of the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR).

We set out to take the findings of basic research and develop them into novel applications through interdisciplinary work within CENIDE and in cooperation with partners in industry. For example, we are interested in how highly specialized functional nanomaterials can be fabricated on an industry-relevant scale with maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. This is the topic leading experts from science and industry will discuss during a two-day symposium in January 2016 on the Duisburg campus. They will look at current research findings from the outgoing EU consortium project BUONAPART-E and from Research Unit 2284, which is coordinated by CENIDE members. 

Anyone who has not yet had an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of research at the Nano Energy Technology Center should save a date in 2016: at the end of September, we will once again be opening several laboratories to the interested public during the WissensNacht Ruhr. A number of our scientists are also scheduled to take part in the analytica trade fair in spring and the Nano-Conference in winter 2016. The 3rd RUHR Symposium in the fall of 2016 is another event that will again attract respected experts from science and industry.