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Kaunas University of Technology
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  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 229507
  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 316010
  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 810318
    Overall Budget: 2,487,670 EURFunder Contribution: 2,487,670 EUR

    The objective of the IN4ACT project is to implement structural changes at the Kauno Technologijos Universitetas (KTU) School of Economics and Business through the opening of an ERA Chair in “Industry 4.0 Management and Economics” research, to increase research excellence, socio-economic impact, international reputation, and attractiveness to international talented researchers and students. An ERA Chair holder and a team will be recruited to 1/ Implement an ambitious research agenda on the impact of future manufacturing (Industry 4.0) on management practices and economics; 2/ Drive changes at the KTU School of Economics and Business related with research management and human resources, especially to comply with the ERA priorities; 3/ Improve the School's exploitation, dissemination, and communication capacities; 4/ Grow networks and increase links with stakeholders, especially to increase participation in Horizon 2020.

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101159010
    Overall Budget: 599,981 EURFunder Contribution: 599,981 EUR

    We propose a radical new solution to the problem of increasing the efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) based on modifying the light-matter coupling by nanostructures. All previous attempts to increase the efficiency of OLEDs to be competitive with commercial inorganic LEDs have failed. If successful, our new vision for strongly coupled organic light-emitting diodes (SCOLEDs) will bypass the existing technological bottleneck. OLEDs can be fabricated from earth-abundant non-toxic materials using energy-efficient processes, in stark contrast to the present market-leading inorganic LEDs. However, despite their much lower environmental impact, the widespread deployment of OLEDs has been blocked by their limited efficiency. To achieve the required step-change in efficiency, plasmonic nano-particle arrays will be used to enhance the coupling between light and matter within OLEDs. Our objectives are to enhance OLED efficiency to a level competitive with inorganic LEDs, and at the same time to adjust the periodicity, size and shape of the nanoparticles to control the color, polarization and directional distribution of the emitted light. Analytic theory, numerical simulations and nanofabrication will be combined with optical and electronic characterization across an interdisciplinary team with expertise ranging from materials science and electronics to photonics and quantum physics, including world-leading proficiency in nanoparticle arrays and strong light-matter coupling. Our ambitious target is the proof-of-principle demonstration of an OLED with more than 50% external quantum efficiency and tailorable control of the properties of the emitted light. SCOLEDs offer the prospect of a breakthrough technology that will dramatically reduce the environmental impact of LED technology in lighting and display applications, and will widen the palette of OLED applications to new and emerging areas such as electronic vehicles, augmented reality and urban agriculture.

  • Funder: European Commission Project Code: 101113001
    Overall Budget: 1,792,560 EURFunder Contribution: 1,792,560 EUR

    ProBleu will expand and support the Network of European Blue Schools, attract a wide diversity of new members, improve ocean and water literacy across school communities, and contribute to the objectives of the Mission, in particular (1) to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, and (2) to prevent and eliminate pollution. ProBleu recognises that a significant change in environmental education is needed to foster broad societal responsibility towards oceans and waters and to encourage related behavioural change. ProBleu will develop and offer a pool of innovative, practical resources based on methodologies of Open Schooling. Besides several actions to promote, encourage participation in, and increase the diversity of the Network, two resources, currently lacking from the majority of school curricula, are explored in ProBleu: (1) those related to what is collectively known as ‘citizen science’, with work undertaken by educators together with communities to advance science, foster a broad scientific mentality, or encourage democratic engagement, which allows society to deal rationally with complex modern problems, and (2) the interaction with scientists in the field. Collecting and analysing data through citizen science ensures that student activities contribute directly to fostering their ocean and water literacy. Students engaging with the work of scientists (e.g. through direct interaction, or following the work on ocean research cruises) have shown improvements in learning in the past, but this opportunity tends to be limited to relatively few or privileged schools. These resources will be complemented by stimulating the connection between people and the places where they live. By fostering relationships between the school communities and their local waters, ProBleu will assist schools in developing project activities related to the Mission.

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