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29 june '17

Inframat

Goals: 
  • Integration of large and unique laboratories and equipment necessary for the synthesis and complex characterization of advanced materials and for research and conservation of cultural goods.
  • New quality of scientific research in the field of advanced materials and conservation of cultural goods by combining and concentrating high level expertise (human resources) and modern instrumental techniques (material resources).
  • Open access to distributed infrastructure for scientists from partner institutions and support for complex investigations on synthesis and characteristics of advanced materials and research and conservation of cultural goods.
  • Education and training of highly qualified experts.
  • Integration and cooperation with European research infrastructures and participation in international projects.
 
 
Coordinator of the project: Prof. DSc Vessela Tsakova (Institute of Physical Chemistry "Rostislaw Kaischew” - BAS)
 
Partners: 
  1. Institute of Physical Chemistry "Rostislaw Kaischew” - BAS
  2. Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems “Acad. E. Budevski” - BAS
  3. Institute of Catalysis - BAS
  4. Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry - BAS
  5. Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies "Acad. Jordan Malinowski” – BAS
  6. Institute of Polymers – BAS
  7. University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Laboratory LAMAR
  8. Central Laboratory of Applied Physics – BAS
  9. Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry - BAS
  10. Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski":Faculty of History;Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy;Faculty of Physics.
  11. Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Tracology “Prof. Al. Foll” – BAS
  12. Ethnographic Institute and Museum - BAS
  13. National Institute of Archaeology with Museum - BAS
  14. National Museum of Hystory
  15. National Academy of Arts
 
Duration: 2017 - 2023
 
Co-funding: Ministry of Education and Science (Contract D01-155/28.08.2018)
 
Expected benefits: 
For industry
  • Synthesis and characterization of new advanced materials with applications in industry;
  • Synthesis and testing of new materials for accumulation of ecological fuels and catalysts for their burning;
  • Synthesis of new oxide and polymer materials with application in optoelectronics and laser technique;
  • Development of functional coatings with improved characteristics for machine building.
 
For biomedical applications
  • Isolation and investigation of natural compounds and synthesis of new materials with applications in cosmetics, pharmacy, nutraceutics;
  • Development of new polymers with specific application in medicine and pharmacy;
  • Design and characterization of sensing materials for determination of bioactive compounds involved in the human metabolism;
  • Synthesis of fluorescent markers for nucleic acids and tumor cells;
  • Estimation of stability of free radicals in foods, relevant to the validity of European protocols for dry foods and fruits.
 
For ecology
  • Utilization of industrial wastes for the synthesis of glass ceramic materials;
  • Synthesis of environmentally friendly materials used as catalysts for purification of water and atmosphere and chemosensors for environmental control, e.g. of pesticides in foods;
  • Development of approaches for utilization of sea chemical resources, e.g. for production of inorganic chemicals;
  • Development of methods for extraction of metals from waste raw materials through electroextraction and electrorefining.
 
For conservation of cultural heritage
  • Establishment of an objective basis for strategies for better preservation, for more precise diagnostics and identification of archaeological finds, as well as, for their more effective conservation and restoration;
  • Provision of data for more precise dating and condition checking;
  • Evaluation of the existing materials and techniques for conservation and restoration, as well as, testing of new ones;
  • Studying the correlations between the parameters of the burial conditions in various archaeological sites, the condition of the materials to be discovered and their reaction when taken out in the atmosphere;
  • Formation and furnishing of mobile laboratories equipped with teams of specialists for the inspection, analysis, in situ stabilization and conservation in order to facilitate the work of the archaeologists during excavations.