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International Cooperation


Associates of the ITS SASA have established intensive cooperation with numerous eminent scientists and institutions worldwide. Within this, the policy of the Institute is to form mutual research programs within which it instigates staying and exchange of its associates in foreign laboratories in order to gain international experience. Especially successful formal and informal cooperation exists with the number of institutions in USA, Japan, European Union, Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia and others. The largest part of international research projects in the Institute are compatible with FP6 and FP7 and some of the programs are included in various levels of cooperation.

The Institute is one of the foundations of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering (www.iiss.sanu.ac.rs). Numerous activities in more then 35 years long history of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering helped to make the research done in the Institute become recognized worldwide. From today’s point of view, this long-lasting activity, especially during Cold War period of world separation, played enormous role in gathering the most famous scientists of West and East working in the field of sintering, long before globalization of nowadays. Almost 40 years of publishing the Science of Sintering journal, the official journal of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering, resulted in its inclusion in the SCI list of journals.

The Institute is the forming initiator and the hinge of the Yugoslav Materials Research Society (www.mrs-serbia.org.rs) that gathers the most eminent researchers and institutions in the field of materials science and engineering in the country, which organized, until now, eight Conferences (in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006). Proceedings from these Conferences were published by Trans Tech Publications, Zurich, Switzerland in the Mat. Sci. Forum edition (Vol.214, 282-283, 351, 413, 453-454, 494, 518 and 555). Thus, we succeeded in collecting the largest part of national potential and achieved in the last four years to publish the Proceedings containing around 90 papers, of which 35-40% international or in cooperation with colleagues from abroad, with the aim to increase that number to 50%. Significant international contacts were established at these Conferences, even in the times of our greatest isolation, which contributed in realizing numerous official and unofficial collaborations that in several cases grew into joint research projects. We attracted many of our renown scientists from Diaspora, which first alone and then with their associates and colleagues accepted these Conferences as their forum in which they presented their latest research and learnt about the news in the national science. In cooperation with the Yugoslav Materials Research Society, the Institute also organized five Young Researchers Seminars in the Materials Science and Engineering, traditionally held at the end of December of each year in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Main goal of the seminar is to gather young researchers (less than 35 years old) working in this field and give them opportunity to present their latest research and results in front of their colleagues, mentors and project managers, as well as to get to now each other better and to practice through oral presentations for the conferences with larger number of experienced participants. Selected papers from the seminar are published in well known national journals. These seminars resulted as the extension from the action of awarding the best PhD and MSc theses defended between two conferences, as well as the best oral and poster presentations given at the conference by young researchers. This action started in 1999 from the desire to stimulate and inspire new generation of researchers working in our community, as well as to continue strong ties with the youth that already left the country.

International institutions that our Institute cooperates with are: “Jo˛ef Stefan” Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, ICTIMA-CRN, Padua, Italy, Frantscevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science NASU, Kiev, Ukraine, Swiss Fed.Inst.Techn., Lausanne, Switzerland, Rutgers University, New York, USA, Japan Fine Ceramics Center, Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, University “St Ciril and Methodius”, Skopje, FRY of Macedonia, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, RAS, Chernogolovka, Russia, Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry, Novosibirsk, Russia, FCQI, Autonomous University of the Morelos State, Cuernavaca, Mexico, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling, Technical University Aachen, Germany, NTUA National Technical University Athens, Greece, ITU Istanbul Technical University, Metallurgical & Materials Eng. Dept., Istanbul, Turkey, Umicore, Belgium, NASCATEC Nanoscale GmbH, Kassel, Germany, RBI, Instrumentation and Measure, Meylan, France, THÜRINGEN innovativ GmbH, Innovation Relay Centre Stuttgart-Erfurt-Zürich, Erfurt, Germany, Oxford University, Department of Materials Science, UK.

Official international cooperation:

  • NEDO project “Wettability of solid by liquid at high temperature” (2001-2004)
  • Bilateral cooperation Slovenia-Serbia and Montenegro, project no. 23 titled "Synthesis, Characterization and Application of Nanostructured Materials”, realized by ITS SASA and Institute “Jo˛ef Stefan”, Ljubljana (2004-2005)
  • Scientific cooperation of SASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences, project "Research in Structure and Properties of Nanocrystalline Materials", realized by SASA, ITS SASA and the Institute for the Problems in Chemical Physics of RAS (2003-2005)
  • Based on the cooperation agreement between SASA and Frantscevich Institute for Problems of Materials Science NASU, Kiev, Ukraine, the contract in the field of advanced materials development was signed, where one of the participants is ITS SASA.
  • Project COST 539 "Electroceramics from nanopowders produced by innovative methods" (ELENA), (2005-2008)
  • Bilateral cooperation with Germany on the project no. MOE/R60 "Ultraschallspruhsynthese von katalytisch wirksamen Nanopartikeln aus Cu und Pt/ZnO", realized by ITS SASA and the University in Achen, Germany, and supported by the International Biro of the German Ministry of Education and Research-BMBF (2005).
  • Project INCOMAT – "Creating international cooperation teams of excellence in the field of emerging biomaterial surface research", in cooperation between 15 European institutes and universities, is coordinated by THÜRINGEN innovativ GmbH, Innovation Relay Centre Stuttgart-Erfurt-Zürich, Erfurt, Germany. The project’s duration will be two years, from March 1st, 2007, until March 1st, 2009. (INCOMAT leaflet, PDF 51 Kb)
  • Cooperation project with Austria CIR-CE Innovation Project ‘MagnetoPIM – Herstellung von komplexen, weich- und hartmagnetischen Bauteilen mittels PIM’, (2007-2010).
  • Bilateral cooperation with Slovenia 2008-2009. godinu, Designing of Functional Materials on Molecular and Nano Levels“, with the Jo˛ef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Project FAPERJ Brazil: «MECANISMO DE FORMAĒAO DE NANOMATERIAIS 1D DE TITANATOS SINTETIZADOS ATRAVÉS DE TRATAMENTO HIDROTÉRMICO DE AREIAS MINERAIS BRASILEIRA», implemented within the framework of the Cultural, Education and Scientific Agreement between Faculdades CatOlicas (Brasil) and the Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA.
  • Progect of the regional government of Madrid, Spain (ACT 679/2009, February 19) Durability and Conservation of Geomaterials in the Built Heritage (GEOMATERIALES), led by Dr.Rafael Fort Gonzalez (Institute of Economic Geology, CSIC-UCM).
  • Project jointly implemented with JWRI, Osaka Univerzitet, (2010–), Hybrid functional nanomaterials, in accordance wiith the Agreement on Academic&Technical Cooperation between Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA and Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI), Osaka University, Japan;
  • Project Synthesis and characterization of one (1D)- and three-dimensional (3D) nanoscaled functional materials through aerosol routes, in collaboration with the Department of Materials and Materials Engineering of the Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain (2010-).
  • Project COST Action MP0904 (2010-): Single- and multiphase ferroics and multiferroics with restricted geometries (SIMUFER) – WG2 Single-phase multiferroics; coordinators: Paula Vilarinho, Brian Rodriguez.
  • Bilateral project within the framework of the scientific and technological collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Slovenia in 2012-2013, Nanostructural Designing of Multifunctional and Sintered Functionally Gradient Electreic and Bilogoical Materials, in collaboration with the Jo˛ef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Bilateral project within the framework of the scientific and technological collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Slovenia in 2012-2013, High-Energy Orthosilicate Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries, in collaboration with the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Bilateral project within the framework of the scientific and technological collaboration between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Slovenia in 2012-2013, An Automatic Device for the In Situ Water Treatment with Photoelectrochemical and Electrochemical Disinfectsnt Generators, in collaboration with the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Maribor.
  • COST (Chemistry and Molecular Sciences and Technologies (CMST Action TD1004) - Theragnostics Imaging and Therapy: An Action to Develop Novel Nanosized Systems for Imaging-Guided Drug Delivery- MC Chair Prof. Silvio AIME (IT); Participant from Serbia: Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA; MC Member: Dr Magdalena Stevanovię, https://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/cmst/Actions/TD1004?management; Duration: 2011 - 2015 (48 months)

Projects submitted for evaluation:

  • FP7 Collaborative project, Small or medium scale focused research project (NMP.2012.1.4-2), “Nanoporous Sensors for Detection of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Water”, evaluation in progress;
  • FP7 Combination of Collaborative projects and Coordination and Support Action (CP-CSA), (INFRA-2012-1.1.3.), “Archeological Network Structure”, evaluation in progress.
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