The University of Nova Gorica (UNG) – Leading partner


The University of Nova Gorica (UNG) is a research-oriented, student-friendly university, where knowledge is formed in a harmonious relationship between students and professors, and then shared with the business environment. Its mission involves training students in the field of physics and engineering and promoting of research and development in the field of materials science.

UNG encompasses three laboratories with extensive experience in characterization, processing and modeling technologically interesting materials. UNG expertise includes: characterization of electronic and chemical properties of materials with photoemission spectroscopy, studies of charge carrier transport in semi conductive layers by measuring the time of overflight, morphological characterization using the atomic force microscope and the electronic microscope, and theoretical modeling of advanced functional materials.

Many current and completed projects involving partners from the private sector (e.g. The development of SiC films on glass, industrial partner EIM Capital Partners, San Francisco; The development of highly conductive heat exchangers for use in shallow wells, industrial partner: Corus Inženirji d. o. o.; CITIUS, industrial partner: Kontrolni sistemi d. o. o.) will help make contact with the industry, which is one of the main objectives of the project.


The National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) – Project Partner


Slovenian NMR centre (SLONMR) is a national facility and an organizational unit within the National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) that offers infrastructure and expertise in the field of NMR spectroscopy to scientists and researchers in academic and industrial institutions.

NMR spectroscopy is a method which allows the study of the correlations between the structures of materials of biological or other origins, as well as explores their dynamics and molecular recognition. NMR is thus a key to gaining insight into the biological functions, chemical structure, and interactions of molecules in both the liquid and solids. Therefore it can be used to gain insight into the nature of the fundamental processes which underlie the production and development of different preparations.

The list of current spectrometers at SLONMR includes 800 MHz NMR spectrometer equipped with a state-of-the-art cold probe enabling studies of proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules with high resolution and sensitivity. The two 600 MHz and two 300 MHz spectrometers are specifically equipped with hardware that enables solution and solid state NMR studies.

SLONMR was also appointed as a representative of CERIC-ERIC – a distributed research infrastructure for basic and applied research in the field of materials and biomaterials, which provides users open access at international level.


Primorski tehnološki park d.o.o. (PPT) – Project partner


Primorski tehnološki park (the Primorska Technology Park) provides support in developing business ideas and a stimulative environment for launching and growing start-ups during their introduction to the global market. We are the voice of modern enterpreneurship, a motivator, a facilitator and a provider of a creative entrepreneurial area.

We encourage entrepreneurship among young people, carry out modern training programs in accordance with the Lean methodology (the methodology of lean and agile entrepreneurship) as well as connect entrepreneurs, corporations, educational institutions, researchers, mentors and investors with the aim of building a start-up community on the regional and national level. The primary role and responsibility of the Primorska Technology Park within this project is to organize training activities for participants to learn about using the lean and agile entrepreneurship method.

We help them through various stages of their development and enable them to translate their ideas into products in order to penetrate the (global) market as soon as possible. We help them in shaping their business model and analyzing their business idea.

One of the main challenges in Slovenia is to connect the entrepreneurial programs with researchers and offer them custom programs for the development of managerial and technological competences as well as lean and agile entrepreneurship programs aimed at developing their product and company, thus reducing their risk of failure and improving their success rate in penetrating the (global) market.


Technische Universtät Graz (TUG) – Project partner


TUG is the second largest university of technology in Austria. The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry is a leading participant institute in the project, focusing on fundamental and applied aspects of organometallic chemistry with applications raging from energy, semiconductors and optics to nano technology. TUG also encompasses three other institutes participating in the project.

The Institute for Solid State Physics with a strong background in semiconductors and thin films will provide ellipsometry, FTIR, CVD polymers, EBIC and measurements of reflected x-rays.

The Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nano Analysis focuses on advanced microscopy of materials, devices and biomaterials. Its employees are experts in electron microscopy, micro and nano analysis, and nano fabrication devices. Both TUG scientific partners compliment TUG in its expert role as the leading partner. The strategic link represents the cooperation with WTC South with the technology transfer network encompassing all universities in the Carinthia and Styria region.

WTC South will be responsible for carrying out training regarding transferring technologies and intellectual property rights for partner scientific institutions in Slovenia / Austria and offer them support regarding their industrial connections, networking and field activities.

TUG is the representative of the international European Research Infrastructure Consortium CERIC-ERIC. As the CERIC-ERIC partner laboratory, TUG has notified its SAXS equipment.


Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) – Project partner


PCCL is Austria’s leading center of excellence for cooperative research in polymer engineering and science. In close cooperation with its scientific partners, 100 highly qualified employees are active in the broad field of plastics application ranging from automotive and aeronautics to packaging, solar and photovoltaic technologies.

By combining scientific knowledge and industrial innovation needs, PCCL contributes to the competitiveness of its industrial partners. PCCL covers all aspects of the polymeric materials value chain: from the synthesis and the molecular structure of polymers and additives to process technology, material structure and the performance and functionality of components.

PCCL has gained extensive experience in managing research projects with multiple stakeholders, such as: the coordination of the K1 COMET center for polymer engineering with more than 50 (international) industrial and scientific partners for a total of 7 years (2010-2016) and with a budget of EUR 35 million.

PCCL has been continuously investing in high-quality research infrastructure covering the chemistry of polymers (polymers analytics, eg. HPLC, GPC, GC-MS), the characterization of polymers (eg. DSC, DMA, UV-VIS, IR, NMR, AFM), mechanical testing (static, cyclic, impact, monotonous), polymer processing (the co-extrusion line, mixing, injection molding), and offers knowledge on modeling and simulation.


Montanuniversitat Leoben (MUL) – Project partner


Developing existing and new materials is a classic multidisciplinary task, which is why interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among universities and companies is crucial for the materials science.

MCS promotes networking and exchange of information between companies and research institutions in the field of materials. A relatively small area has a large number of small, medium and large companies from different sectors within the field of materials, such as metals, ceramics, glass, building materials and polymers. Linking these sectors creates a great amount of interdisciplinary solutions suitable for different needs.

MCS has a lot of experience in organizing events connecting companies and R&D institutions, starting projects and promoting activities in the field of materials, and plans to include Austrian companies involved in the field of materials in the future.


Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) – Project partner


SAL is Austria’s newly founded flagship RTO for applied research into electronic-based systems, from components, assemblies and devices incorporating micro­ and nano­electronics to embedded software. Originating from an effort of ECSEL Austria, SAL conducts research right at the technological backbone of digitization, with special excellence foci on Sensor Systems, RF Systems, Power Elec­tronics and System Inte­gra­tion. Re­search is carried out at model, hard­ware and embedded soft­ware levels, in conjunc­tion with a holistic knowl­edge of compre­hen­sive systems inte­gra­tion.

As of July 2019, CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG, one of Austria’s most established non-university research centres for Advanced Sensor Systems and Smart System Integration, will be fully integrated in SAL. The responsible SAL division “Sensor Systems” can thus rely on more than 20 years of experience and a permanent staff of around 60 researchers to cover the entire R&D chain, from proof of concept to prototype development, and the related extensive experience in conducting and managing national and international R&D projects.