Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A €22, 5 Million funding allocated to a research project in Czech Republic
Products made from polymer materials are everywhere in everyday life, and particularly well-suited for scientific research since they have a very important innovation potential.
The city of Prague saw therefore the necessity to establish a research centre exclusively dedicated to polymer materials, namely the 'Centre of Polymer Materials and Technologies Otto Wichterle'.
The 'Centre of Polymer Materials and Technologies Otto Wichterle', which benefitted from an EU investment of around € 2.5 million, opened its doors in October 2011. Otto Wichterle was a Czech scientist who fifty years ago invented soft contact lenses, which are made of a polymer substance and are still utilised by hundreds of millions of people all over the world.
The 'Centre of Polymer Materials and Technologies Otto Wichterle' focuses on basic research in the field of polymer materials, but it also deals with practical application of research outcomes. It consists of five new laboratories on 950 m² of space, dealing with different aspects of polymer research like for example the development of technologies for recycling polymer materials from the automotive sector, the modification of waste starch for biodegraded plastic substances, which is useable in the sector of agriculture, or the improvement of plastic parts of joint replacements for the sector of medical research.
The positive results achieved by the 'Centre for Polymer Materials and Technologies Otto Wichterle' are already becoming apparent: new scientific devices have been purchased and five new jobs will be created shortly. The Centre also provides professional development and training for young researchers not only from the Czech Republic but from other European countries as well.
Source : Inforegio-Newsroom
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