University of Cambridge is among the leading research and higher education institutions in the world. It offers students a stimulating environment to study, perform research and to transfer the knowledge between sectors, as well as excellent career development opportunities. Besides the highest standard of research and training, the University provides a broad range of transferable skills courses. The UCAM node of NANOPHLOW involves both the Physics and Chemistry departments. It represents a strong, interdisciplinary group of researchers. Daan Frenkel is a world-leading expert in computer simulations of soft-matter, who has trained many young researchers, wrote a seminal book on molecular simulations, organized international Molecular Simulation schools, and taught at many summer schools.

Prof. Daan Frenkel

Prof. Tuomas Knowles

Prof. Jure Dobnikar

Research vision at CNRS: CNRS is the largest French research organization covering all major fields of science and encourages collaboration across disciplines in particular with Universities thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs, which bring together its institutes as well as other research institutions and industry. CNRS laboratories (1100 research units, among which 90 % are joint research laboratories with universities or industry) are located throughout France and employ a large body of researchers, engineers, and support staff. CNRS local network is composed of 19 regional offices, ensuring decentralized direct management of laboratories. 'Paris B' Regional Delegation, located in the centre of Paris, will handle all administrative issues with regard to this project. The researchers involved in the present project are members of 4 joint research units based at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (PHENIX), Ecole Normale Supérieure (LPS and PASTEUR) and Université Paris Sud (LPTMS), the first three French universities in the Shanghai ranking. PHENIX: The PHENIX Laboratory (Physical Chemistry of Electrolytes, Interfacial Nanosystems) is a mixed research unit between Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and CNRS composed of ~45 permanent research/teaching staff. The activities of the Multiscale Experiments and Modelling group covers both experimental and theoretical work on the physical chemistry of systems of technological and environmental interest, including colloidal systems and porous media. LPS: The Laboratoire de Physique Statistique belongs to the Physics Departement of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS). It is a mixed research unit between the ENS and the CNRS composed of ~ 60 permanent staff. The physics departement is devoted to investigations in various field such condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics and quantum physics. One of the key word at the LPS is the interscidiplinarity of the subjects, studied with extreme proficiency thanks to the exceptional scientific environment offered by the ENS site. Fruitful collaborations are routinely worked with the other laboratories of the ENS and notably the Laboratoire Pierre Agrain (LPA) and the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB). PASTEUR: Participants belong to the Pole de Physico-Chimie Théorique (PPCT) of the Laboratoire Pasteur, a mixed research unit in Chemistry between ENS, CNRS and UPMC composed of ~70 permanent research/teaching staff. The entire activity of the PPCT team (7 permanents) aims at simulating and explaining chemical processes occurring on various time and length scales, thermally activated processes, and from the molecular scale to the mesoscopic scale. The research themes cover the dynamics of hydration, the reactivity under confinement in porous media or at interfaces.

LPTMS: The LPTMS (Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques) is a joint Paris-Sud University and CNRS unit. Located on Orsay campus, it is a young theoretical physics laboratory with a permanent staff of 25, markedly oriented towards statistical physics. The research pertains to condensed matter in the broad sense, with a strong pluri-disciplinary orientation in the directions of computer science, information theory, chemistry and biology

Prof. Lydéric Bocquet

Prof. Benjamin Rotenberg

Prof. Emmanuel Trizac

Prof. Marie-Laure Bocquet

Fluidic Analytics is a Cambridge, UK based SME formed in 2013 as a spin-out from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. The company is focused on the commercialization of technologies based on microfluidic approaches to the characterization of proteins and peptides for application as laboratory analytic tools and proteomic diagnostic tools for the development of in vitro diagnostic tests for the early detection of a range of conditions. The Company has raised over £150k in grant funding and is on the verge of concluding a £1.3m Series A equity financing to bring its first products to market in laboratory analytics applications.

Prof. Kyla Grimshaw

Prof. Siddartha Ghose

Founded in 1450, The University of Barcelona is ranked within the top few Universities in Spain, in terms of both, the quality of teaching it offers and the productivity and quality of research carried out by its members. It is the only Spanish University to appear on the list of the world’s 200 best Universities (The Times Higher Education Supplement). The UB has 109 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the UB’s 249 research groups as recognized and supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government).

Prof. Ignacio Pagonabarraga

Prof. Aurora Hernández-Machado

Dr. Carles Calero

Utrecht University is the largest university of The Netherlands. Its Science Faculty includes departments of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and computer science. The research group relevant for this proposal is a part of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and studies a broad range of topics in the area of liquids and soft-matter, often in close collaboration with experimental groups. The group has a strong track record in the study of the equilibrium phase behaviour of colloidal dispersions, not only liquid crystalline states of sterically-stabilised (“hard”) non-spherical colloids but also fluid and crystalline states of charge-stabilized colloids in a screening electrolyte. Both bulk properties (phase diagrams, structure, dynamics) and interfacial phenomena (wetting, adsorption, capillarity, electric double layers) have been studied. During the last few years a transition has been taking place towards the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic analysis and statistical-physics modelling of devices, e.g. charging-discharging cycles in blue-energy devices to harvest renewable energy out of salt gradients and osmotic flow effects in polymer translocation processes through nano-size pores. This involves detailed models of fluid-solid interfaces, e.g. of electrodes in (polarized) water with fluctuating clouds of screening ions, including electrokinetic effects and hydrodynamic flow. Very recently, the group also started to analyse temperature effects in blue-energy devices and the coupling of adsorption and flow in nanochannels. The group is familiar with theories, tools, and methods such as (i) classical (dynamic) density functional theory; (ii) liquid-state theory; (iii) thermodynamics and electrokinetics of supercapacitors; (iv) wetting, adsorption, capillarity, interfacial phenomena; (v) solving (partial differential) equations on grids; (vi) developing numerical algorithms for Monte Carlo simulations.

Prof. René van Roij

SWEETCH Energy is developing a breakthrough technology in the field of salinity gradient power harvesting.

Bruno Mottet