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Flemish Institute for Technological Research
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    Funder: EC Project Code: 796320
    Overall Budget: 160,800 EURFunder Contribution: 160,800 EUR
    Partners: VITO

    Memory storage is a defining component of modern computing. It is a key issue because it determines system costs and power consumption. The ability to increase memory storage relies on the discovery, understanding, and improvement of new memory-storage materials. Recently, a third fundamental state for magnetism was experimentally realized in a novel class of matter: the spin-liquid state, after finding a way to synthesize herbertsmithite which is now prospected as a promising memory-storage material. Hydrothermal methods to grow herbertsmithite are available, but they have low production rates and yields and focus on the production of macroscopic crystals, while it is known that nano-scale dimensioned particles do have superior or different properties. Using heterogeneous (electro)catalytic routes, the main problems of the thermal synthesis can be solved. Gas-diffusion electrocrystallization (GDEx) is a new electrochemical process developed at the host organization. It is a rapid one-pot reaction crystallization process, electrochemically steered at the three-phase junction of a porous gas-diffusion cathode. The main objective of this project is to develop, optimize and validate the GDEx technology for the bottom-up synthesis of micro and nano-scaled Zn4-xCux(OH)6Cl2 particles. The project aims to obtain single-phase (pure) herbertsmithite and its polymorphs via GDEx, understanding the mechanism of formation. The project also aims to obtain these materials as solid particles, colloidal dispersions, and thin films, all with preciselly-controlled properties which can result in tailored magnetic functionalities that may result in revolutionized memory storage possibilities. Furthermore, it is aimed to obtain these particles in gram-quantities per day and at least 70% yield, obesides pening the way to a greener synthesis route, operating at mild conditions and reducing the need for hazardous reagents.

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    Funder: EC Project Code: 101023205
    Overall Budget: 178,320 EURFunder Contribution: 178,320 EUR
    Partners: VITO

    The goal of MS4PLASTIC project is to open up new frontiers in the sample pre-treatment and pre-concentration protocols, as well as characterization of low µm-range microplastics and nanoplastics (1nm-20µm) in edible fish and shellfish samples by new, cutting edge methods being ICP-mass spectrometry operated in (i) single-event mode for the ultra-fast monitoring of transient signals and (ii) smart hyphenation strategies, combined with size-based fractionation techniques, such as size exclusion chromatography and field flow fractionation, as well as pyrolysis–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. The achievement of these goals requires a multidisciplinary and complementary approach including analytical chemistry, instrumental methods, and nanometrology – all of which are part of the research conducted at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium, who will readily engage all its resources and mobilize its international partnerships. This fellowship will focus on a wide range of transferable and scientific skills and involve carefully planned dissemination, exploitation and communication activities that will reinforce the fellow, the host institution, the scientific community, regulatory agencies, industry, and public worldwide. Importantly, this project will provide fellow the interdisciplinary expertise and allow her to be in a strategic position of maturity to design, lead and deliver high-impact future research projects; and be recognized as a leading expert for academic and non-academic sector.