A group of young researchers will work at 10 different institutes in 7 European countries. They will be trained to have a deep understanding of all aspects of the MLD coating technology, as well as a broad vision on the application potential of hybrid coatings. The network is led by Ghent University and funded by the European Union in the framework of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks.
The project aims to advance the development of new packaging materials with improved flexibility and stretchability, better materials for flexible electronics and thermoelectric devices for conversion of waste heat into electric power, safer and better performing batteries for mobile applications and wireless devices, and novel biomedical coatings designed for sensing, diagnostics and medicine delivery.
The key objective of HYCOAT is to create a group of exceptionally well-trained young researchers who have a deep understanding of all aspects of MLD technology, as well as broad vision on the application potential of hybrid coatings. Therefore, via training-through-research projects and training events, the consortium aims to
•Objective 1: establish novel MLD deposition chemistries and process schemes,
•Objective 2: enable fabrication of hybrid thin films with tailor-made and novel properties,
•Objective 3: gain a deep understanding of the molecular mechanisms during MLD processes, and to
•Objective 4: develop dedicated, industrially scalable reactor concepts for MLD-type processes.
Role of Ghent University
Ghent University coordinates the project, and will focus on the development and in situ characterization of novel MLD processes.