Material development plays an important role in improving the quality of life. It provides technological advancement in all areas of society, in domestic living environment and in industry, in transport, food, healthcare and information processing. The development of materials also enables the use and exploitation of harmless, ecological and renewable sources and thus forms the basis for the sustainable development of the whole society. Ceramics is one of the main areas of materials that faces extremely rapid development in many new areas, such as, for example, nanomaterials, biomaterials and materials with special optical properties. In Slovenia, modern inorganic materials at the research level are an important place and their achievements rank high on a global scale. Numerous research groups develop materials with different functional properties and connect each other through the use of analytical infrastructure and the use of common technologies. In addition, there are many companies in Slovenia that produce inorganic materials, components with different functional properties. These range from electronics, energy to engineering materials and represent an important production program of Slovenia, which covers in particular numerous niche product lines.
We have set the following four goals:
- Link knowledge and competencies of stakeholders within enabling technology and thus establish an effective platform.
- Define common research and development strategies in the development and implementation of various modern materials technologies.
- Identify new breakthrough technologies.
- Link knowledge and competences with the remaining enabling technologies and the vertical chains of other SRIP values.
The measures will follow these goals, the main purpose of which is the development and implementation of modern technologies for materials with a larger number of stakeholders. We will identify and encourage the creation of joint capacities for more demanding and integrated technologies, which will enable greater competitiveness of stakeholders on the domestic, European and global markets.
On the basis of SRIP activities we have, together with the remaining actors, identified the following two focal areas, which are crucial for the further development of many stakeholders:
- Placement of pilot lines with a level of technological readiness (TRL) of 5 – 7, intended for the preparation of technologically advanced materials,
- Setting up a clean room.
Both areas provide a technological breakthrough on many topical topics related to the development and production of new materials for electronics, photonics, energy, sensors and engineering applications. They also facilitate the integration of stakeholders into scientific (joint scientific publications and research projects) and the commercial field.
The results of the development activities will be used primarily within the framework of the vertical value chain of the New materials and also within the other vertical value chains within the SRIP ToP, in particular in the following:
- Robotic systems and components,
- Advanced sensors,
- New materials.
The interest in the content cooperation in other SRIPs is also shown, in particular:
- SRIP Networks for the transition to a circular economy,
- SRIP Smart cities and communities,
- SRIP Smart buildings and home with a wood chain,
- SRIP Materials as final products.
dr. MATJAŽ SPREITZER
ADVANCED MATERIALS DEPARTMENT – K9
JOŽEF STEFAN INSTITUTE
Jamova ulica 39
+386 1 477 37 05