Annual meeting of the project

University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany (September/27th, 2017).

The TUMOCS Annual Meeting - 2017 was hosted by the Institute for Materials Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Local Project Coordinator: Dr. Vladimir Shvartsman). Representatives of the TUMOCS teams responsible for the work packages WP2-WP5, WP7 and WP8 reported current progress in implementation of the packages and the respective tasks. The obtained results were discussed in respect of development of 2D sensing structures (WP6) in the fourth year of the project. Market opportunities as well as future joint projects and other types of collaboration were also considered. It was pre-scheduled that the TUMOCS Annual Meeting - 2018 will be held in Vilnius and likely to be combined with the 2nd International Workshop on Metastable Perovskite Multiferroics.

High pressure synthesis of metastable multiferroics

Dr. Edmondo Gilioli, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (July/18th, 2017).

Dr. Edmondo Gilioli, a leader of High-Pressure lab and Thin Films lab at the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (IMEM-CNR, Parma, Italy) was invited to University of Aveiro to give a lecture and to discuss possible ways of collaboration in respect of preparation and exploration of new multiferroic materials. In his talk "High-pressure synthesis of metastable multiferroics", Dr. Gilioli overviewed series of multiferroic manganites with perovskite-based structures synthesized at IMEM-CNR using high-pressure/high temperature techniques. Increasing the structural complexity, from conventional perovskite (i.e: AMnO3) to double- (A2BMnO6) and quadruple-perovskite (AMn7O12), the fundamental role of the high pressure synthesis and the effects of the chemical substitution (AMn7O12, where A=Bi, La, Y) on the magneto-electric properties were considered.

International workshop "Sol-gel method: preparation and characterization of nanomaterials"

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (July/6th-7th, 2017).

In project TUMOCS, the sol-gel routes were successfully applied to obtain ultra-homogeneous complex oxide precursors for preparation of both Bi-containing metastable perovskites and layered double hydroxides. The International workshop was organised by the UAVR and VU-2 teams with the main objective to consider new opportunities and challenges. TUMOCS researchers from VU-1, VU-2, UAVR, ILTPE and SMT teams as well as Dr. Antoine Barbier from IRAMIS Saclay Institute of Matter and Radiation, France (Invited Speaker) participated in the workshop.

Application of broad-band dielectric spectroscopy for study of functional materials

Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics of the Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre, Minsk, Belarus (June/13th, 2017).

Researchers (two ERs and four ESRs) of the TUMOCS team from Department of Radiophysics of the Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University (VU-1) were seconded to the Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS of Belarus (SPMRC) in May-June 2017 in order to perform experiments on high-pressure synthesis, phase analysis, crystal structure characterisation, and dielectric measurements of new metastable perovskite compositions.
ERs, Prof. Robertas Grigalaitis and Prof. Maksim Ivanov gave public presentations "Microwave dielectric spectroscopy of ferroelectrics and related materials" and "Dielectric response of the methylammonium lead halide solar cell absorbers", respectively. These talks highlighted flexibility and possibilities of the dielectric spectroscopy, as well as problems and restrictions in various cases.

Meeting of the TUMOCS researchers at ICPYS-LTP

B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of NASU, Kharkov, Ukraine (May/31st, 2017).

The team members from the Beneficiaries (UAVR, VU-1, HZG) and the Partners (ILTPE) of TUMOCS who participated in the VIII International Conference for Professionals and Young Scientists "LOW TEMPERATURE PHYSICS" (ICYS-LTP-2017, Kharkov, Ukraine, May/29th – June/2nd, 2017) used the opportunity to meet and discuss the most recent results and issues of characterisation of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with magnetic properties. The following matters concerning Co-containing LDHs were considered: temperature-induced structural changes via in situ synchrotron diffraction study, peculiarities of the EPR spectra and the absorption spectra, anomalous temperature behaviour of both the paramagnetic Curie temperature and the effective magnetic moment, theoretical description and modelling of the observed phenomena.
The ways to enhance and diversify the non-scientific outreach actions of TUMOCS were discussed as well.

Interfacial superconductivity in AIVBVI semiconductor heterostructures

Dr. O. Yuzephovich, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (November/30th, 2016).

Dr. Olga Yuzephovich, Senior Researcher of the Department of Superconducting and Mesoscopic Structures from the B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of NASU, (Kharkov, Ukraine) presented a review of the integrated study of interfacial superconductivity in the PbTe/PbS, PbTe/PbSe, and PbTe/YbS heterostructures. Superconductivity of these heterostructures is an unusual property because the individual AIVBVI layers are not superconductors. Superconductivity is associated with periodic grid of the misfit dislocations formed at the layers interface.
Both the dimensionality and the period of these superconducting nanostructures can be changed by the variation of the type of semiconductors, the thickness of layers, and their number. Recent investigations suggest a magnetic field induced superconductor-insulator transition.

International Workshop on Metastable Perovskite Multiferroics

Institute of Technical Acoustics, Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of National Academy of Science of Belarus, Vitebsk, Belarus (August/ 3rd-5th, 2016).

Institute of Technical Acoustics hosted the 1st International Workshop on Metastable Perovskite Multiferroics. This forum was organized to present and discuss the most recent results on preparation, optimization and characterization of new promising multiferroics based on high-pressure metastable perovskite phases. The TUMOCS team members from UAVR, UDE, VU, SPMRC and ILTPE attended the workshop. The following topics were concerned:
- Advanced methods of preparation of Bi-based perovskites
- Crystal structures of perovskite phases at ambient pressure and high pressure
- Dielectric response: measurements and modelling
- Features of magnetic behaviour of metastable perovskites.

X-ray and neutron structural research of new materials

Dr. Vasyl Haramus, Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of NASU, Kharkiv, Ukraine (May/25th, 2016).

Dr. Vasyl Haramus, staff scientist at PETRA 3 synchrotron (Hamburg, Germany) from Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht: Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH, Geesthacht, Germany, gave a lecture “X-ray and neutron structural research of new materials at German Engineering Material Science Centre”. Experimental possibilities for determination of structural changes at interface and bulk with opportunities of high brilliance beams of new third-generation synchrotron PETRA 3 have been presented and discussed with participants of TUMOCS from ILTPE.

Seminar-Training on Preparation and Characterisation of LDHs

Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania (May/24th-25th, 2016).

Representatives of the TUMOCS teams that are involved in production of novel layered double hydroxides (LDHs): UAVR, HZG and VU, met at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vilnius to share the experience and discuss the issues and difficulties that occur in preparation and identification of the LDH phases. The following topics were concerned:
- Advantages and drawbacks of the preparation methods used: co-precipitation method versus hydration from the sol-gel-prepared oxide mixture.
- Direct growth of LDHs on metallic substrates.
- Preparation of LDHs containing big trivalent cations: Bi(III), Ce(III), and Nd(III).
- Features of identification of LDH phases using methods of XRD and SEM.
The seminar was attended by professors, researchers, PhD students and master students of the Faculty including those who are not involved directly in implementation of the project TUMOCS.

Advanced neutron diffraction for functional materials

Dr. Pascal Manuel, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (March/30th, 2016).

Dr. Pascal Manuel, Instrument Scientist from STFC-ISIS – Pulsed Neutron and Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Didcot, UK) gave a lecture entitled “Advanced neutron diffraction for functional materials”. In this lecture, he reviewed some recent developments in neutron instrumentation and sample environment which have enabled cutting edge experiments to be performed on functional materials.
After a brief introduction on what makes neutrons unique for studying materials, he proceeded to explain how new instrumentation now routinely allows magnetic structure determination from small powder samples made by high pressure synthesis and even from sub-100nm thick thin films. New developments in high magnetic fields and high pressure cells were also illustrated by the recent neutron diffraction studies of multiferroics.

Sol-gel process for oxide materials

Prof. Aldona Beganskiene, Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics of the Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre, Minsk, Belarus (February/24th, 2016).

Prof. Aldona Beganskiene and Dr. Andrius Stanulis from the Sol-gel Group of the Inorganic Chemistry Department of Vilnius University (Lithuania) visited the Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics of the Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre (Minsk, Belarus) within the framework of the TUMOCS project. The research of Prof. A. Beganskiene is focused on sol-gel process for oxide materials. In her talk entitled “Sol-gel process for oxide materials“, she presented the main concept of sol-gel method, advantages and application for synthesis of oxide nanopowders and other nanomaterials. The sol-gel process is a wet-chemical technique widely used in the fields of materials science and ceramic engineering. Sol-gel synthesis methods are used primarily for the fabrication of materials (typically a metal oxide) starting from a chemical solution which acts as the precursor for an integrated network (as gel) of either discrete particles or network polymers. Sol-get techniques have become very popular recently due to their high chemical homogeneity, low processing temperatures, and the possibility of controlling the size and morphology of particles. The samples of sol-gel methods have been developed by the Sol-gel Group for oxides materials (different garnet structures and doped with lanthanides) and nanomaterials were also presented.

Review meeting of the project

University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (February/23rd, 2016).

As it has been stated at the Grant Agreement preparation stage, the Review Meeting between the beneficiaries, the partner organisations and the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission was organised in 14th month of the project. Delegates of the TUMOCS teams from all the participating organisations, representatives of administration of the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering and the Research Support Office of UAVR, as well as the REA Project Officers met in Aveiro on 23rd of February: 25 participants in all. The Project Coordinator overviewed the project. He presented the general idea, objectives, scientific approaches and the expected results. The 1st-year project results which concern the technical Work Packages (WP1-4) and WP7 – Exchange, Dissemination, Exploitation and Public Engagement were presented by the teams responsible for these activities. The 2016 secondments timetables were discussed and the necessary corrections were approved. The networking/dissemination activities that are to be organised by the TUMOCS teams from VU, SPMRC and UAVR were announced. The Project Officers used the opportunity to talk with the seconded researchers to ensure that the secondments are arranged and paid in accordance with regulations of the H2020 MSCA-RISE programme and to answer any personal questions. In her feedback at the end of the Meeting, the Project Officer of TUMOCS acknowledged that the project is performed successfully. Moreover, she recommended to extend the procedure of the secondment initiation and reporting developed in UAVR to other project of the H2020 MSCA-RISE programme.

ISIS neutron scattering facility

Dr. Oleg Kirichek, Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Kharkov, Ukraine (December/23th, 2015).

Dr. Oleg Kirichek, head of the Sample Environment group of the ISIS facility, visited the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (Ukraine) within the framework of the TUMOCS project. In his talk, aiming to provide an overview of the facility and to make an introduction into the neutron scattering technique, Dr Kirichek underlined the main principles of excessing the facility and the key aspects of the neutron science. The ISIS pulsed neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. ISIS produces beams of neutrons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists who use neutrons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology. Neutron scattering is a unique technique for exploring the structure and dynamics of materials at the nanoscale. The process of neutron scattering is non-destructive and produces results that cannot be achieved by other techniques. Neutrons are used to study the dynamics of chemical reactions at interfaces for chemical and biochemical engineering, food sciences, drug synthesis and molecular biology. Neutrons can probe deep into solid objects such as turbine blades, gas pipelines and welds to give a unique microscopic insight into the strains and stresses that affect the operational lifetimes of these crucial engineering components. Neutron studies of nano-particles, low-dimensional systems and magnetism impact upon next generation computer and IT technology, data storage, sensors and superconducting materials.

LDH based active protection coatings

Dr. Maria Serdechnova, Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics of the Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre Minsk, Belarus (December/18th, 2015).

Dr. Maria Serdechnova, currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Corrosion and Surface Technology of Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, has visited Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in frame of WP1 of the TUMOCS project. The research interests of Dr. Serdechnova are focused on synthesis and functional characterization of LDH based nanocontainers, used for active “smart” anti-corrosion protection. In her talk entitled “LDH based active protective coatings” she demonstrated the recent achievements in the LDH synthesis and application for corrosion protection both in form of powder and films grown directly on the surface of active material. New trends of LDH use (like magnetic properties for specific distribution of LDH in the most corrosion-risked zones) were also presented.

Applications of High-Pressure Methods to the Materials Development and Production

Dr. Oleg Ignatenko, Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (October/21st, 2015).

Dr. Oleg Ignatenko, Deputy Director and Head of the Laboratory of High Pressure Physics and Superhard Materials of the Scientific and Practical Material Research Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus presented a review of the high-pressure techniques that are used in production of materials with unique properties. In particular, high-pressure synthesis is applied in preparation of metastable perovskites – multiferroics that are under study in the TUMOCS project. An impact of high pressure on states and properties of materials was demonstrated by example of structure transformations that occur in the Earth crust and mantle. Transformation of graphite to diamond in kimberlite pipes at a pressure that is 4-5 orders of magnitude higher than the atmospheric pressure is the most known. Diamonds and other superhard materials can be produced in laboratory conditions. Dr. Ignatenko presented the experimental techniques, which are used in the high-pressure syntheses, and compare their advantage and drawbacks. Progress of the Laboratory of High Pressure Physics and Superhard Materials in preparation of materials for productions of machining tools, jewellery and electronic components was shown.

UAVR team in the TUMOCS project: TUneable Multiferroics based on oxygen OCtahedral Structures

Dr. Andrei Salak, Institute of Technical Acoustics Vitebsk, Belarus (October/14th, 2015)

Prof. Mário Ferreira, Dr. João Tedim and Dr. Andrei Salak from the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC) of the University of Aveiro visited the Institute of Technical Acoustics (ITA) of the Scientific and Practical Materials Research Centre of NAS of Belarus in Vitebsk on 14th-15th of October, 2015. Director of the Institute, Prof. Vasili Rubanik introduced the quests to the research staff and demonstrated the equipment and other facilities. At the meeting with the ITA researchers, Dr. Andrei Salak presented the objectives and structure of the project TUMOCS with links to the MSCA-RISE programme. Research facilities of DEMaC and the project results obtained by the UAVR team using those facilities were presented as well. Role of the ITA team in the project and expected results of the collaboration were discussed. The ITA team contributes mainly to sample preparation: they apply a high-power sonication to accelerate the anion-exchange processes in layered double hydroxides. Besides, the sonication is used for mechanoactivation of the powder precursors in order to make lower the high-pressure sintering temperature and obtain more homogeneous and dense ceramics. Participation of the ITA team in TUMOCS has a good potential for extension. In frame of the project, secondments of ESRs and young ERs from ITA to UAR in 2016 were prescheduled.

Kick-off meeting of the project

University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (February/26th-27th, 2015).

Coordinators, key persons and team members from the organisations participating in the project met in the University of Aveiro at the kick-off (starting) meeting. All the involved teams including those that belong to the same organisations sent their delegates to the meeting. Vilnius University was represented by researchers from both the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Chemistry. Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus sent the representatives of the teams from the Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics and from the Institute of Technical Acoustics. Besides, researchers from the group of Cooperative Phenomena in Dielectrics (CPD) of the Physics Centre of the Minho University attended the meeting. Although this organisation is not in the TUMOCS Consortium, the CPD group has a long and successful experience of collaboration with the UAVR team and is interested in participation in the research programme of the project. After introduction to the project (overview of objectives and the project research background) and presentations of the organisations/teams, the administrative and financial aspects of the project followed from the regulations of the MSCA-RISE programme were considered. Plans of technical activities and secondments in 2015 were then discussed and arranged. Group photo: Maksim Ivanov (VU), Luísa Sal (UAVR), Alexandra Vale (UAVR), João Tedim (UAVR), Andrei Salak (UAVR), Mário Ferreira (UAVR), Vladimir Shvartsman (UDE), Elena Fertman (ILTPE), Andrius Stanulis (VU), Vasili Rubanik (SPMRC), Hans-Jörg Isemer (HZG), Aleksandr Shilin (SPMRC), Nico Scharnagl (HZG), Aivaras Kareiva (VU), José Luís Ribeiro (University of Minho), Dmitry Khalyavin (STFC-ISIS), Oleg Ignatenko (SPMRC), Robertas Grigalaitis (VU), Luís Vieira (University of Minho), Dmitry Karpinsky (UAVR), Maria Júlia Ferreira (SMT), Mikhail Zheludkevich (HZG), Diogo Mata (SMT), Augusto Lopes (UAVR), Daniel Vieira (UAVR).


    The TUMOCS Annual Meeting
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
    Essen, Germany (September/ 27th - 28th, 2017)
    The Meeting Agenda
    2nd International Summer School
  • "Multifunctional Smart Coatings and Surfaces"
    University of Aveiro, Portugal (July/ 24th - 28th, 2017)
    The Summer School Website
    International Workshop
  • "Sol-Gel Method: Preparation and Characterization of Nanomaterials"
    University of Aveiro, Portugal (July/ 6th - 7th, 2017)
    The Workshop programme
    International Conference
  • XVIII Congresso da Sociedade Portuguesa dos Materiais
    VIII International Symposium on Materials
    "MATERIAIS 2017"
    University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal (April/ 9th-12th, 2017)
    The Conference website
    7th International Congress & Exhibition
  • Advances in Applied Physics and Materials Science
    "APMAS 2017"
    Oludeniz, Fethiye / Mugla, Turkey (April/ 22nd-26th, 2017)
    The Conference website
    VIII International Conference for Professionals and young Scientists
  • "Low Temperature Physics - ICPYS LTP 2017"
    B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of NAS of Ukraine, Kharkiv, Ukraine (May/ 29th- June/ 2nd, 2017)
    The Conference website