“We are truly excited to have received such a large and important research grant in the field of electronic plants,” says Eleni Stavrinidou, coordinator of the project, which is planned to start in September this year.
It is hoped that the project will make major contributions not only within urban development but also within forestry and agriculture. In addition to researchers at LiU’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Campus Norrköping, researchers at several other institutions are participating. These include the Umeå Plant Science Center, Sweden, the University of Bari, Italy and two institutes in France: the Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux and the Université Paris Diderot. These collaborators contribute knowledge and expertise within, for example, chemistry, materials science, photosynthetic bacteria, plant biology and ecology.
The project has been awarded more than EUR 3.3 million for three years from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-Open). This programme supports visionary research to create future technology, and only 2% of applications are awarded grants. This is the first project at LiU to be awarded funds within the FET-Open programme.
Translation: George Farrants