Agia Paraskevi (Athens), Greece
The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, with critical mass in expertise and infrastructure in the fields of Nanotechnology, Energy & Environment, Biosciences, Particle and Nuclear Science, Informatics and Telecommunications. It was found in late 1950s, originally as the Nuclear Center “Demokritos” and ever since conducts world-class basic and applied research, for advancing scientific knowledge and promoting technological development in selected areas of national socio-economic interest.
The Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (INN) is one of the five research institutes of NCSR “Demokritos”. It was established from the merger of the Institutes of Materials Science, Microelectronics and Physical Chemistry, as a result of a national reorganization of research institutions in Greece. INN efficiently organizes and integrates most of the best research and human resources available in Greece to address the innovation challenge and to increase the European competitiveness of the Country in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) such as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics.
The NCSR’D’ Team
The Molecular Thermodynamics and Modelling of Materials Laboratory (MTMML) is part of the INN. Research work in MTMML focuses on the development and implementation of novel hierarchical methods and algorithms for the computer modelling and calculation of advanced material properties at the molecular, mesoscopic and macroscopic levels. Through this work, quantitative links are established between chemical constitution, processing conditions, and physical (thermal, mechanical, rheological, transport, interfacial, optical, dielectric) properties, which are critical for the optimal design of industrial processes and also govern the end-use performance of commercial products. In parallel, the molecular mechanisms underlying structure – property – processing – performance relations are elucidated with the objective of designing new, tailor-made materials.