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CMST COST Action D19
Chemical Functionality Specific to the Nanometer Scale

The main objective of COST Action D19 was to investigate the effect of nano-structural features on chemical properties. There was particular interest in answering questions such as “how are chemical reactivity or selectivity influenced by the size, shape or ordering of the pores or of the particles themselves?” and “how does the ordering of molecules or macromolecules in the pores influence these properties?” Since the provisions of answers to these questions required a wide range of techniques, a fundamental, interdisciplinary approach has been taken. The materials studied are of prime importance and were chosen with respect to the respective chemical functionality/ functionalities together with the corresponding application in question. Action D19 has carried out research on the following topics: * Functionalised nanoparticles and nanostructured materials of transition metal oxides, especially Titanium(IV) oxide and magnetic materials * The physico-chemical processes occurring at the interface of inorganic/polymer nanocomposites. * The stereochemical effects on self-assembly and switching at the nanometre scale * The chemical reactivity of metal oxide nanostructures * Supported semiconductor nanosized catalysts for photo-chemical organic pollutant degradation * The formation and investigation of super-hydrophobic surfaces at nanometre and micrometre scale roughness * Design, preparation and control of nanodevices using light. * The development of new nanostructured functional materials The research of groups from 43 different institutions belonging to 20 countries has been coordinated under Action D19, which has resulted in the publication of a multitude of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals

(Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

General Information*

Chair of the Action:


Vice Chair of the Action:

Dr Marie-Isabelle BARATON (FR)

Science officer of the Action:

Dr Lucia FORZI

Administrative officer of the Action:

Ms Svetlana VOINOVA


Action Fact Sheet

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Final Report

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Last updated: 02 May 2011 top of page