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PhD school sparks closer cooperation

PhD school cooperation brings research institutions to set up joint innovation activities and nano conference.

From 27th to 31st of August, 2016 the 18th annual international conference-school "Advanced Materials and Technologies" was held in Palanga, Lithuania. Researchers from Mads Clausen Institute are part of a joint PhD school between Kaunas University of Technology and SDU and contributed this time to identify areas of joint PhD research collaborations. This brought about new and closer ties between MCI and Kaunas University of Technology.

Joint innovation and new nano conference
Following the conference, the MCI team met the vice-rector research at KTU, Prof. Asta Pundzienė, to agree on further innovation-oriented joint activities, entrepreneurial and research activities and also on the joint organization of a conference on nanotechnology in 2017, ’Nanotechnology and Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region 2017’ (NIMBS 2017) next year in Kaunas. Besides KTU in Lithuania and SDU in Denmark, the NINa (Norddeutsche Initiative Nanotechnologie) network Germany will also be a conference organizer. The rectorate from KTU will visit SDU in the autumn to continue discussions about joint activities.

Overwhelming interest
That the joint PhD school has brought about closer cooperation between MCI and KTU is not surprising. With more than 100 students and young researchers to attend the conference-school from Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, the interest in the research event has been overwhelming. At the PhD school, all researchers had the opportunity to present their posters and participate in the contest of the best poster presentation, where eight awards were handed out for the most outstanding presentations.

The school was intended for young scientists and PhD students interested in materials science and condensed matter physics. This year, 16 lectures were given by 15 lecturers from Belarus, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and United Kingdom. Topics were related to functional materials and coatings physics, development, technology and application; optical biosensors; plasma polymerization for bioapplications; magnetic tunnel junctions; terahertz imaging systems; surface characterization systems using XPS; optical techniques for investigation of carrier dynamics; electron beam lithography; nanofabrication with focused ion beams.

For further information, please contact Head of Institute Horst-Günter Rubahn on ph. 6550 1190 or via e-mail

Photo: Prof Tamulevicius (right), KTU, and Prof Rubahn, MCI/SDU, handing over the awards.

Editing was completed: 06.09.2016