Research Strategy and training program
NANOPOLY combines two core research objectives, (1) the creation of novel stochastic-deterministic hybrid models for polymerisation processes and associated efficient simulation techniques and (2) the design of advanced polymeric materials with improved nanostructural properties. These imply that NANOPOLY’s research approach has to integrate mathematical/software engineering/theoretical expertise with chemical/process engineering/practical expertise. These two objectives are forming the right and left ‘pillars’ of the cooperation scheme (see diagram below). The central ‘Validation’ pillar represents the integrative part of all research activities. Its ‘Benchmarking’ section is the focal experimental and modelling point where the expertises of all partners meet. The research methodology description follows this 3-pillar scheme. The 3-pillar level is then related to the levels of “end use properties” and “process/business”, which are supporting impact aspects.