Our aim

We intend to create a new Department of Plant Nanotechnology by attracting highly skilled researchers and leverage the Institute’s capacity to compete with other Centres of Excellence through better internationalisation and higher capacity to attract funding, while maximising the effect of the ERA culture, fostering structural changes and advancing the scientific excellence of the IPG PAS by implementing the NANOPLANT project. The major research objective of this department is to unlock the potential of phytonanotechnology in agricultural, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, while addressing the impact of nanomaterials on plants. To the best of our knowledge, no such department is available across the globe.

The NANOPLANT project will:

1. upgrade human potential through training at advanced foreign laboratories and mastering new techniques,
2. boost the scientific excellence through transfer of knowledge,
3. build capacity for the improved success rate of the IPG PAS in Horizon 2020,
4. enhance international cooperation and networking,
5. increase the Institute’s visibility world-wide,
6. engage regional, national and international stakeholders,
7. secure competitive EU funding.

Plant nanotechnology

Plant nanotechnology (phytonanotechnology) is a new area of research just emerging at the interphase of plants and nanomaterials (NNs). The newly created Department of Plant Nanotechnology at the IPG PAS will combine various disciplines of plant nanotechnology and reinforce the research potential through employment of excellent scientists and by strenghtening international co-operation with leading European researchers and laboratories. 
Our ambition is to further upgrade our Institute and make it an attractive destination for foreign researchers, both immediately and also beyond the ERA Chair projects completion.