November 1st is ‘the’ day when first two researchers are leaving their home base in Trencin in order to join training programs at the international partners of FunGlass.
Dr. Zuzana Neščáková will spend the following 12 months at the Institute of Biomaterials of Fridrich-Alexander Universitaet (FAU) in Erlangen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Aldo Boccaccini, Head of the Institute of Biomaterials and supervisor of the present project.
The Institute of Biomaterials provides international leadership in the biomaterials field, including the development of bioactive materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, new compositions of dental materials and a range of novel coatings for biomedical applications. Research in biomaterials is carried out by a broad multidisciplinary team, as well as in partnership with a number of researchers and academics with expertise in cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and medical sciences in Erlangen, Germany and worldwide
Dr. Michal Žitňan will spend his following 15 months of training under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Lothar Wondraczek, the Chair of Glass Chemistry at the Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, University of Jena. Prof. Wondraczek’s work evolves between the development and engineering of inorganic noncrystalline materials on system-scale, and the conception of fundamental tools for designing – on a molecular scale – dedicated macroscopic optical and mechanical properties.
Activities span all areas of experimental glass science with particular focus on the exploration and development of new glass and glass ceramic compositions and surface modification techniques. Of main interest are the optical and mechanical properties of multi-component oxide, oxynitride and oxyhalide materials.
The existing FunGlass centre has a solid research infrastructure and Horizon 2020 funding will help utilizing it at its full potential due to the extension and new know-how obtained by the teaming with leading institutions of glass research in EU involved as project partners, and increase of quality of research staff through the training activities and international cooperation. The project counts with at least 20 research staff members of the new Centre and 30-35 PhD students trained at the partner institutions by 2021.