September 5th, 2012
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA). It anticipates and complements the activities of the EU Framework Programmes, constituting a “bridge” towards the scientific communities of emerging countries. It also increases the mobility of researchers across Europe and fosters the establishment of scientific excellence by organising and direct funding of meetings, training sessions, workshops and conferences.
Epoka University had a successful application to join the COST Action titled ‘Electrospun nano-fibres for bio inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications’ (MPNS COST Action MP1206). This project has in total 45 partners, where EPOKA University is participating as a Near Neighbour Country. During this project, the university members will share and gain experience and knowledge on the applications of nanofibers in the biomedical and technical fields as well as health, societal and environmental issues. This COST Action will end in May 2017.
Electrospinning, an electro-hydrodynamic process is a versatile and promising platform technology for the production of electrospun nanofibrous materials consisting of diverse polymers and polymer composites. Electrospun nanofibres are unique with respect to their high surface to volume ratio, high fibre interconnectivity and nano-scale interstitial spaces and are therefore of considerable interest in applications where highly porous structures or structures with a high surface area are desirable (e.g. biomedicine, composite materials, tissue engineering, drug delivery systems, regenerative medicine, biosensors, textile industry etc..). Electrospun nanofibres can also play an important role in the food area, which could include separation operations, enzyme immobilization, encapsulation of food bioactive compounds and microorganisms, fabrication of sensor devices, and in active an sensor devices, and in active and intelligent food packaging applications. Other emerging uses have been proposed for energy applications (e.g. batteries, fuel cells, photovoltaic devices) and for various other electronics and optoelectronics uses. The electrospinning topic is therefore very important and timely and presents numerous opportunities to contribute towards solving pressing global challenges relating to human health, water quality, food safety, the environment and energy issues.
The representative for this COST Action is Dr. Albana Halili, the Head of Projects Coordination and Advisory Office. She has experience on electrospun nano-fibers and their implementation in biological systems especially as biomaterials for tissue engineering applications and drug delivery systems. Her work is published in prestigious journals and presented in conferences and has been awarded in several occasions.
COST Action MP1206 has a life span of four years, and will end in May 2017.
For more information about COST Programme, please visit: http://www.cost.eu/
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