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Smart Core/shell nanorod arrays for artificial skin

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Project "SmartCore" data sheet

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Organization address
city: GRAZ
postcode: 8010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙108 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙108 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-12-01   to  2021-11-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ AT (GRAZ) coordinator 1˙112˙000.00


 Project objective

The replication of the circle of information coming from the environment, to the skin, to an action mediated by the brain, requires a lot of advances in smart technology and materials development. Embedding sensors in smart architectures that record the stimulus from the environment and transform it into action is the objective of artificial skins. At the moment, different sensors have to be implemented in the artificial skin matrix for each stimulus. The goal of this project is to develop a single multi-stimuli responsive material, which would allow a simplification of the artificial skin and enable unprecedented spatial resolution. The material will be comprised of a smart core, responsive to temperature and humidity, and a piezoelectric shell for pressure sensing. The swelling of the smart core upon stimuli will be sensed by the piezoelectric shell and produce a measurable potential. This architecture will be achieved thanks to the use of novel vapor-based technologies for material processing that allow fabrication at the nanoscale. The advantage of using a dry, vapor-based, polymerization for the smart core is that it will be possible to cumulate different functionalities and engineered composition gradients, which are difficult to obtain by conventional synthesis. Nano-structuration of such materials in core-shell site-specific arrays will allow to create a sensing network with spatial resolution down to 1mm and lower. The network will respond to the stimuli coming from the environment and recognize them in terms of location and type of stimuli. The successful execution of the SmartCore project will have a strong impact in the design and production of future structures, with consequences in sensoring, biotechnology and tissue engineering.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Julian Pilz, Martin Tazreiter, Anna Maria Coclite
Universal software for the real-time control of sequential processing techniques
published pages: 63201, ISSN: 0734-2101, DOI: 10.1116/1.5125052
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 37/6 2020-01-27
2019 Julian Pilz, Alberto Perrotta, Günther Leising, Anna Maria Coclite
ZnO Thin Films Grown by Plasma‐Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition: Material Properties Within and Outside the “Atomic Layer Deposition Window”
published pages: 1900256, ISSN: 1862-6300, DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201900256
physica status solidi (a) 2020-01-27
2019 Fabian Muralter, Alberto Perrotta, Oliver Werzer, Anna Maria Coclite
Interlink between Tunable Material Properties and Thermoresponsiveness of Cross-Linked Poly( N -vinylcaprolactam) Thin Films Deposited by Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition
published pages: 6817-6824, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01364
Macromolecules 52/18 2020-01-27
2019 Alberto Perrotta, Richard Berger, Fabian Muralter, Anna Maria Coclite
Mesoporous ZnO thin films obtained from molecular layer deposited “zincones”
published pages: 14178-14188, ISSN: 1477-9226, DOI: 10.1039/c9dt02824b
Dalton Transactions 48/37 2020-01-27
2019 Fabian Muralter, Anna Maria Coclite, Oliver Werzer
Wrinkling of an Enteric Coating Induced by Vapor-Deposited Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogel Thin Films
published pages: 24165-24171, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b07340
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123/39 2020-01-27
2019 Alberto Perrotta, Julian Pilz, Antonella Milella, Anna Maria Coclite
Opto-chemical control through thermal treatment of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited ZnO: An in situ study
published pages: 10-18, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.03.122
Applied Surface Science 483 2020-01-27
2019 Oliver Werzer, Stephan Tumphart, Roman Keimel, Paul Christian, Anna Maria Coclite
Drug release from thin films encapsulated by a temperature-responsive hydrogel
published pages: 1853-1859, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/c8sm02529k
Soft Matter 15/8 2020-01-27
2019 Alberto Perrotta, Julian Pilz, Stefan Pachmajer, Antonella Milella, Anna Maria Coclite
On the transformation of “zincone”-like into porous ZnO thin films from sub-saturated plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition
published pages: 746-759, ISSN: 2190-4286, DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.10.74
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 10 2020-01-27
2018 Fabian Muralter, Alberto Perrotta, Anna Maria Coclite
Thickness-Dependent Swelling Behavior of Vapor-Deposited Smart Polymer Thin Films
published pages: 9692-9699, ISSN: 0024-9297, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02120
Macromolecules 51/23 2020-01-27
2018 Alberto Perrotta, Oliver Werzer, Anna Maria Coclite
Strategies for Drug Encapsulation and Controlled Delivery Based on Vapor-Phase Deposited Thin Films
published pages: 1700639, ISSN: 1438-1656, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201700639
Advanced Engineering Materials 20/3 2020-01-27
2018 Paul Salzmann, Alberto Perrotta, Anna Maria Coclite
Different Response Kinetics to Temperature and Water Vapor of Acrylamide Polymers Obtained by Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition
published pages: 6636-6645, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b18878
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10/7 2020-01-27
2018 Julian Pilz, Alberto Perrotta, Paul Christian, Martin Tazreiter, Roland Resel, Günther Leising, Thomas Griesser, Anna Maria Coclite
Tuning of material properties of ZnO thin films grown by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition at room temperature
published pages: 01A109, ISSN: 0734-2101, DOI: 10.1116/1.5003334
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 36/1 2020-01-27
2017 Martin Tazreiter, Paul Christian, Robert Schennach, Thomas Grießer, Anna Maria Coclite
Simple method for the quantitative analysis of thin copolymer films on substrates by infrared spectroscopy using direct calibration
published pages: 5266-5273, ISSN: 1759-9660, DOI: 10.1039/C7AY01748K
Analytical Methods 9/36 2020-01-27
2018 Paul Christian, Stephan Tumphart, Heike M. A. Ehmann, Hans Riegler, Anna Maria Coclite, Oliver Werzer
Controlling Indomethacin Release through Vapor-Phase Deposited Hydrogel Films by Adjusting the Cross-linker Density
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24238-w
Scientific Reports 8/1 2020-01-27

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