Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TU Graz receive ERC grant to develop smart artificial skin using CVD and ALD

Nanowerk News Reports: Skin is one of the main human sensory organs. Through our skin we feel humidity, temperature and pressure – sensory impressions which are passed on to our brains as signals. The technological imitation of a system such as human skin and its information processing presents an enormous challenge to the technology of intelligent materials. 


Anna Maria Coclite’s research area is in materials science; she is the first woman at all to receive an ERC Grant at TU Graz (Nanowerk)

This challenge is being met by chemist Anna Maria Coclite from the Institute of Solid State Physics at TU Graz, who is receiving a grant from the European Research Council to the amount of 1.5m euros for her research project to develop smart artificial skin.

To develop this hybrid material Coclite uses the initiated chemical vapor deposition method (iCVD), which was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Coclite combines this with the atomic layer deposition method (ALD). The development of the iCVD method, which Coclite brought from the USA to TU Graz and which is in use only in four universities in Europe, enables the necessary material manipulations to be carried out on the nanoscale.