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19 december 2018

Approved FOM programme


Number i38.
High Tech Materials call (HTM)
Executive organisational unit BUW
Programme management Individual project leaders
Duration 2014-2018
Cost estimate
M€ 1.9

The objective
At the initiative of the Top team of the Top Sector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM), the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and Technology Foundation STW, both part of NWO, in collaboration with the foundation Materials innovation institute (M2i) are organising five High Tech Materials (HTM) calls, with the aim of giving a boost to scientific materials research in the Netherlands.

Background, relevance and implementation
All projects focus on the development of new scientific insights and/or technology and address the priority areas of the High Tech Materials roadmap, by focusing on different application categories highlighting a number of new material developments that are relevant for industry and society:

  • Hybrids and composites : improved toughness, impact, fatigue and corrosion behaviour, short curing times and minimum shrinkage, improved resins and resin injection techniques, 3D compo­sites to further increase design freedom, automated fibre placement and steering, visco-elasticity of elastomer-based nanocomposites, improved mechanical properties at high temperatures, joining, inspection and repair methods, and recycling (green production).
  • Advanced metals : blast furnace technology, extraction of raw materials from waste streams and products, CO2 capture and storage technology, waste heat recovery, ultra low CO2 steelmaking, high-performance aluminum, magnesium and titanium technology, laser additive manufacturing of metals, Electron Beam Direct Manufacturing, advanced joining and forming, recycling of rare earth metals from waste and end-of-life products, processing of high temperature materials, and safety aspects of metals.
  • Multifunctional textiles : further development of advanced production technologies, including plasma and laser treatment, pick and place robotics and inkjet technology, MEMS and conductive polymers.
  • Surface and interface engineering : coating, cladding and thin film techniques, direct laser treat­ment (e.g. 3D micromachining) or the implantation of nanoparticles. A high tech application can be found in EUV multilayer optics.
  • Nanosized and nanostructured materials: new materials-specific theories for atomic and molecular interface physics and nanophysics, control over functional nanoparticle solids and graphene-based electronics. Other examples include nanostructured materials for nanocatalysis and photo­catalysis, plasmonics for PV, graded thin films for SSL, phase change materials and battery/thermo­electric energy management.
  • Smart materials: On different length scales (nano, micro, meso, macro) all kind of smart functiona­lities can be added to materials to create special properties. Examples are drug delivery on demand, selective measure and sensor techniques in the personal healthcare domain (e.g. lab-on-a-chip tech­nology), photonic sensor materials for process control and monitoring of ageing, self-healing and debond-on-command materials, flexible foils for electronic devices like OLED and PV, next genera­tion organic PV, printable electronics and switchable optical materials.
  • Soft materials: understanding and engineering behaviour at large scales from the organisation of the building blocks at much smaller scales. Physics of colloidal dispersions in external fields, physics of granular matter, innovative physics for oil and gas, and biomaterials/bio-related materials.

The final evaluation of the projects will consist of a self-evaluation initiated by the project leaders and is foreseen in 2018.