BET-EU in details

BET- EU overview and objectives

Materials science and engineering, implying the design, research and development of new and improved materials, have a strong positive influence on sustainable development and economic prosperity in Europe and elsewhere. In fact, the availability of materials with specific properties and appropriate performance is key for the advancement of most future technologies in a range of different fields, including chemistry, agriculture, aeronautics, construction, electrical engineering, among others. It is estimated that at least 70% of actual technology innovations are directly or indirectly linked to materials and it is forecasted to continue increasing steadily until 2030.

The BET-EU project will promote research, innovation, development and deployment in the fields of advanced functional materials and nanotechnology and will contribute to enhancing the quality of life of millions of people and achieving sustainable economic growth. Most specifically, the BET-EU project targets the field of paper electronics, which forms part of advanced functional materials, and aims to raise the profile of Portuguese research entities (Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias - UNINOVA and Institute for Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication - I3N), in particular aspects that will allow them to occupy an international leading position in this increasingly complex multidisciplinary science and technology field.

Both institutions have in-depth knowledge and long-time expertise in advanced functional materials and are recognised internationally as world pioneer for paper electronics since 2009. The cooperation / twinning with leading research institutions from other European countries (University of Cambridge – UCAM; Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, Branch Materials Diagnostics, - FhG-IKTS, and the Technical Research Centre of Finland - VTT), will promote their further development and boost their impact on both the Portuguese (including regional impact) and the European industrial and academic communities.