ELEvaTE is aimed at advancing the excellence of scientists and researchers in the Electron and Plasma Physics Laboratory (EPPL) of the Faculty of Mathematics Physics and Informatics, Comenius University (EPPL CU). The EPPL studies electron interactions with molecules in different aggregate states to develop novel future technologies, particularly those based on nanoscale molecular engineering. Such research has direct applications in plasma technology and radiotherapy. The overall quality of the Slovakian team is already recognised and evidenced by the number of papers published in high impact international journals and their subsequent large number of citations, the number of invited talks at leading international conferences and the number of conferences/workshops that EPPL and FMPI CU are requested to host.
ELEvaTE (ExceLlence in Electron TEchnologies) is aimed at providing the next step in the development of EPPL and FMPI CU from a national and regional centre of excellence to a European and international centre of excellence. In taking this step it is necessary to address several key issues that are currently restricting such growth.
- A critical appraisal of the necessary infrastructure to develop such a centre of excellence. Infrastructure includes both facilities and staff with particular emphasis on the mentoring and training of staff at all levels (Master/PhD to Professor) .
- Knowledge and adoption of ‘best practice’ in developing a longer term strategic plan which includes attraction of plurality of funding from international agencies (e.g H2020) and other stakeholders including commercial companies.
ELEvaTE addresses these issues by twinning the EPPL and FMPI CU with two leading internationally recognized institutions; The Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck (UIBK) and The Open University, UK (OU). In particular the Institute of Ion Physics at UIBK is recognised as one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of electron and plasma physics while UIBK itself is recognised as an exemplar of a ‘regional’ university that has developed an international profile combining basic research with enterprise.
Strengthen the research potential and promote excellence of the Electron and Plasma Physics Laboratory (EPPL) in the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics Comenius University (FMPI CU) with emphasis on establishing a centre of excellence in the field of electron interactions for future technologies including technology transfer.