Technical University of Lodz

www.p.lodz.pl/en/
Lodz, Poland

Lodz University of Technology was created in 1945 and has developed into one of the biggest technical universities in Poland. Originally located in an old factory building, today covering nearly 200,000 sq. meters in over 70 separate buildings, the majority of them situated in the main University area. Approximately 21,000 students are currently studying at the University. The educational and scientific tasks of the University are carried out by about 3,000 staff members. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2015

Artificial lighting is a global and growing industry. New forms of efficient solid state lighting (SSL) in particular are rapidly gaining a market share. New OLED technologies (Organic Light Emitting Diode) can revolutionise this industry as they have done in displays because of their potential flexible structure, infinite tailoring of their properties, efficiency and high colour quality. Industrial forecasts predict that the OLED lighting market will grow from $200 million in 2015 to $1.7 billion by 2020. In order to fully benefit from this huge market potential, Europe`s academia and industry are eager to develop new technologies and recruit highly qualified staff. The high demand for OLED SSL lighting however will place drastic demands on the use of very expensive and rare iridium. EXCILIGHT aims to explore exciplex emitters and thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in OLEDs that will enable us to replace Ir complexes whilst retaining ultrahigh efficiency and giving many new possibilities to simplify OLED design, helping to reduce costs and increase yields of production. Our network will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the development and application of exciplex and TADF emitters, who can apply their expertise directly in future positions. EXCILIGHT is characterised by an innovative multidisciplinary approach, based on i) a combination of synthesis, physical characterisation and development of devices with the lighting industry, ii) an appropriate balance between research and transferable skills training, and iii) a strong contribution from the private sector, including leading industry and SMEs, through mentoring, courses and secondments. EXCILIGHT will positively impact the employability of its ESRs in the OLED industry through scientific and industrial training at the local and network level. With this approach we aim to train a new generation of scientists at the same time as integrating this exciting new technology into industry.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-26-2014 | Award Amount: 3.96M | Year: 2015

Sound of Vision (Vision restoration through sound and haptics) will design, implement and validate an original non-invasive hardware and software system to assist visually impaired people by creating and conveying an auditory representation of the surrounding environment. This representation will be created, updated and delivered to a blind person continuously and in real time. This system will help visually impaired people in any kind of environment (indoor/outdoor), without the need for predefined tags/sensors located in the surroundings. The process of assisting visually impaired people proposed by Sound of Vision consists of a series of repetitive steps. The first step uses hardware and software for generating a 3D representation of the surrounding environment. In the second step, objects are identified within the 3D model and the information is then transformed into 3D sound and haptics sources. In the last step, all the 3D sound and haptics sources are combined and conveyed to the user, using specialized wearable hardware and algorithms. A functional prototype will be developed, followed by experimental validations and subsequent improvements, according to the feedback provided by visually impaired people, training specialists and neurologists. The product thus obtained will be sold as a hardware and software system, as well as some training courses that will help blind people use the system. The consortium has the necessary complementary competences to design and develop the proposed system, to test the prototype, establish training protocols and also to commercialize the system as an intuitive and accessible final product. Sound of Vision is a concept that goes beyond the state of the art of the visual sensory substitution systems, having the potential to become an affordable commercial product that will actually help blind people. This system can have an impressive social impact, improving the lifestyle of blind people, and also of their families and friends, on which they would otherwise depend. Free keywords (updated): Visual impairments; brain-computer interface (BCI); Neuroplasticity; Psychophysics; audio/video processing; wearable assistive devices; sonification; sound localization; haptic space perception.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-12a-2014 | Award Amount: 6.20M | Year: 2015

The goal of INREP is to develop and deploy valid and robust alternatives to indium (In) based transparent conductive electrode materials as electrodes. In-based materials, mainly ITO, are technologically entrenched in the commercial manufacture of components like LEDs (both organic and inorganic), solar cells, touchscreens, so replacing them with In-free transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) will require holistic approach. The INREP philosophy is to meet this challenge by addressing the whole value chain via an application focused research programme aiming at developing tailor made solutions for each targeted application. This programme will produce a complete evaluation of the relevant properties of the proposed TCOs, including the impact of deposition technique, and by doing so, devise optimum processes for their application in selected, high value application areas. The selected application areas are organic and inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells and touchscreens. The physical properties of interest are the transparency, electrical conductivity, work function, texture, and chemical and thermal stability. To reach its overall goal, INREP brings together industrial and academic experts in TCOs, the technology and processes for their deposition and their applications in a concerted research programme that will result in the creation of TCOs and deposition technologies with the optimum opto-electrical properties suitable for the economic and safe manufacture of the specified photonic or opto-electronic components. The approach will include life cycle assessments of the environmental impact of the developed TCO materials and of their formation technologies over the entire period from application in manufacturing, throughcomponent operation into waste management.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: INNOSUP-1-2015 | Award Amount: 3.77M | Year: 2016

SUPERBIO focuses on the biobased economy. This emerging economy relies on the use of biomass (e.g. plants, waste) as renewable raw material for the production of new or existing products. The technologies used are a combination of biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry and processing technology. The cluster coordinating SUPERBIO (GBEV) has already more than 3 years experience in building new biobased economy value chains at regional level and is active in European projects aimed at supporting SMEs to bring innovations to the market. The consortium consists of three cluster organisations specialised in the biobased economy from regions with synergetic smart specialisations, 4 highly skilled and experienced SME intermediates considered as important opinion makers in the biobased economy and 2 cross-sectorial SMEs regarded as specialists in their respective activities. The biobased economy goes along at least 19 different industrial sectors. The project aims at constructing and validating new value chains providing the SMEs in the new value chains the tools to convince investors to contribute to building new emerging industries or to generate improved processes or products. SUPERBIO will create a comprehensive open collaboration space based on the combined network of all partners, an idea validation procedure and a complementary innovation support program. Specifically, we expect to identify 10 validated value chains. With an average of 3 SMEs per value chain, this would result in providing support to about 30 SMEs or 10 SME groups. Our approach ensures the validation of sustainable and commercially viable value chains. The output of this project will lead to the implementation of new value chains, the production of drop-in chemicals and products the production of new chemicals and products with improved features and can lead to investments in dedicated industrial production sites.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-09-2016 | Award Amount: 6.23M | Year: 2017

Optogenerapy proposes a new interferon- (IFN-) drug delivery system to revolutionize Multiple Sclerosis treatment. The aim is to develop and validate a new bio-electronic cell based implant device to be implanted subcutaneously providing controlled drug release during at least 6 months. The cell confinement within a chamber sealed by a porous membrane allows the device to be easily implanted or removed. At the same time, this membrane acts to prevent immune rejection and offers long-term safety in drug release while overcoming the adverse effects of current cellular therapies. Wireless powered optogenetics light controlling the cellular response of genetically engineered cells is used to control the production of IFN-. Replacing standard intravenous IFN- delivery by subcutaneous delivery prevents short and long term side effects and efficiency-losses related to drug peaks and discontinuation, while saving non-adherence costs. It is a low-cost system enabling large scale manufacturing and reduction of time to market up to 30% compared to other cell therapies, combining: - Polymeric biomaterials with strong optical, biocompatibility and barrier requirements, to build the cell chamber and to encapsulate the optoelectronics. - Optoelectronics miniaturization, autonomy and optical performance. - Optimal cellular engineering design, enhanced by computer modelling, for stability and performance of the synthetic optogenetic gene pathway over long-term implantation. - Micro moulding enabling optoelectronics and membrane embedding for safety and minimal invasiveness. The innovation potential is so huge that a proof-of-concept was listed by Scientist Magazine as one of the 2014s big advances in science. In our top-class consortium, industrial pull meets technological push, ensuring that the preclinically validated prototype obtained at the end responds to market demands. BOSTON SCIENTIFIC, worldwide leader in neuromodulation active implants, has clear exploitation plans and high market penetration potential. 4 research intensive SMEs: TWO, GENEXPLAIN, NEOS and ULTRASION bring specific competences while increasing their own competitiveness.


Bujacz A.,Technical University of Lodz
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography | Year: 2012

Serum albumin first appeared in early vertebrates and is present in the plasma of all mammals. Its canonical structure supported by a conserved set of disulfide bridges is maintained in all mammalian serum albumins and any changes in sequence are highly correlated with evolution of the species. Previous structural investigations of mammalian serum albumins have only concentrated on human serum albumin (HSA), most likely as a consequence of crystallization and diffraction difficulties. Here, the crystal structures of serum albumins isolated from bovine, equine and leporine blood plasma are reported. The structure of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was determined at 2.47 Å resolution, two crystal structures of equine serum albumin (ESA) were determined at resolutions of 2.32 and 2.04 Å, and that of leporine serum albumin (LSA) was determined at 2.27 Å resolution. These structures were compared in detail with the structure of HSA. The ligand-binding pockets in BSA, ESA and LSA revealed different amino-acid compositions and conformations in comparison to HSA in some cases; however, much more significant differences were observed on the surface of the molecules. BSA, which is one of the most extensively utilized proteins in laboratory practice and is used as an HSA substitute in many experiments, exhibits only 75.8% identity compared with HSA. The higher resolution crystal structure of ESA highlights the binding properties of this protein because it includes several bound compounds from the crystallization solution that provide additional structural information about potential ligand-binding pockets. © 2012 International Union of Crystallography Printed in Singapore - All Rights Reserved.


Patent
Technical University of Lodz | Date: 2016-10-12

A parallel machine comprising operational cells forming nodes of a face centered (FCC) lattice, characterized in that it comprises: a series of panels (P1-P3) with electronic logical circuits (1,1 - 3,3); wherein each logical circuit is configured to emulate a plurality of operational cells (OC) and the logical circuits (1,1 - 3,3) are physically connected with each other by input/output lines (_(IN)LIN/_(OU)LIN) such that they form nodes of a square lattice; wherein the FCC lattice comprises circuits arranged such that each circuit having index (i,j,k) is communicatively connected with 18 neighboring circuits, wherein indices (i,j) indicate location of a circuit on a panel and (k) indicates a panel; wherein the circuit having index (i,j,k) is connected directly only with circuits having indices (i-1,j,k); (i,j+1,k); (i+1,j,k); (i,j-1,k); (i,j,k-1) and (i,j,k+1) (directly-connected circuits); and wherein the circuit having index (i,j,k) is configured to communicate with circuits having indices (i-1,j-1,k), (i-1,j+1,k), (i+1,j+1,k); (i+1,j-1,k); (i-1,j,k-1); (i,j+1,k-1); (i+1,j,k-1); (i,j-1,k-1); (i-1,j,k+1); (i,j+1,k+1); (i+1,j,k+1) and (i - ,j-1,k+1) (indirectly-connected circuits) via the directly-connected circuits.


Patent
Technical University of Lodz | Date: 2016-10-12

A system of electronic modules having a redundant configuration, the modules being connected to form a structure of a semi-infinite three dimensional torus, the system comprising primary pairs of electronic modules (1, ..., N) connected to neighboring primary pairs to form a semi-infinite series, wherein each primary pair of electronic modules is connected to a corresponding computer (C_(1), ..., C_(N/2)), the computer (C_(1), ..., C_(N/2)) being connected to a corresponding memory (M_(1), ..., M_(N/2)), wherein the memories (M_(1), ..., M_(N/2)) of the primary pairs of electronic modules (1, ..., N) are connected to the central computer (CC). The primary pairs of electronic modules (1, ..., N) are arranged on the circumference of a circle; the system further comprises a first additional pair of electronic modules (A, B) which is arranged on the circumference of the circle between the primary pairs of electronic modules (1, ..., N), which is connected to a corresponding computer (C_(AB)) connected to a corresponding memory (M_(AB)); wherein all pairs of modules (1, ..., N, A, B) are connected to the neighboring pairs of modules by signal lines, to which they are connected via connectors (Z_(1)-Z_(4)), wherein the connectors are active for the primary pairs of modules (1, ..., N) and inactive for the additional pair of modules (A, B); and wherein the central computer (CC) is connected to the central memory (CM).


A parallel machine comprising operational cells assigned as nodes of a face centered (FCC) lattice. It comprises: a series of panels (P1-P3) with electronic logical circuits (1-30); wherein each logical circuit is configured to emulate a plurality of operational cells (OC); and wherein the logical circuits (1-30) are physically interconnected with each other such that they form face- and edge-centered square lattices; wherein the topologies of the square lattices are present in planes (p1-p3) oriented in three different directions.


Patent
Technical University of Lodz | Date: 2016-10-12

A panel comprising electronic circuits connected with each other by connectors. The connected electronic circuits (1a-36a; 1b-36b) form a topology comprising two pseudo-infinite two-dimensional square lattices (S_(a), S_(b)) each comprising M*N circuits. The electronic circuits (1a-36a; 1b-36b) are arranged on the panel as a matrix of groups (G_(1,1); ...; G) of circuits, the matrix having the number of rows q=N/2 and the number of columns p=M/2, wherein each group (G_(1,1); ...; G) comprises 4 circuits of the first lattice (S_(a)) and 4 circuits of the second lattice (S_(b)).

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