In Europe and world-wide, the partner organisations of EMMI supporting the FAME Master and the IDS-FunMat doctoral school are focusing on smart nano-materials, in emerging field drawing inspiration from nature and the living world.

Nano-materials science is at the heart of a whole range of new devices and processes in fields as varied as micro- and nano-technology, telecommunications, healthcare, energy and the environmental sciences.

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Breakthroughs, culminating in new smart functions in new materials, will lead to further device miniaturisation, reduced use of raw materials, and will promote more energy efficiency.

The structure, organisation and properties obtained in such materials depend on the chemical nature of their components and the synergy between them.