The Nan Ed Project
The Nan ED Project - Electron Nanocrystallography, is an Innovative Training Network, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, project funded by EU (grant agreement n. 956099) aimed to train a new generation of electron crystallographers thereby paving the way for future development and establishment of the method more broadly in the academic community and within the industry.
Electron crystallography is a way of looking into the structure of matter exploiting electron scattering in a transmission electron microscope. Its main strength relies on the strong character of electron matter interaction, which allows detectable diffraction signals on crystal having size of few nanometers. Collecting this signal in 3D and determining the atomic positions in nanocrystals of any kind, minerals, inorganic, hybrid, organic, pharmaceutical and macromolecular is the final goal of NanED.
Nan ED will operate on the forefront of current research and thus go far beyond standard classroom teaching. To achieve this purpose, it builds its strength on the participation of prominent European scientists belonging to academic institutions from seven European countries, who pioneered the development of electron diffraction methods for structural crystallography.
This interdisciplinary group is further enriched by the contributions from an equally diversified mix of business partners including small and multi-national corporates which add another two countries to the list.