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The basis for many nowadays technologies is the synthesis and application of new materials. Characteristic examples are high performance materials, semiconductors of the next generation, high-temperature ceramic superconductors, molecular magnets, fullerenes and clusters, new products of the supramolecular chemistry nanostructured materials and bulk amorphous alloys. At the LHTM there are in principle new ways to vary the atomic structure, the chemical composition and/or the size of a solid:

 Novel syntheses for preparing materials far from the thermodynamic equilibrium.

 Nanostructured fractals and clusters mixed on an atomistically fine length scale by mechanical alloying.

 Short-time processing under extreme temperature and pressure conditions.

LHTM includes experts from physics and materials science from experimental, theoretical and computational solid state physics, crystallography, chemistry of solids, nanoengineering and from shock wave physics.

The staff of the LHTM is made up of professors from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Science Department of the University of Patras, Greece and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany.

We also invite university teachers and scientists from foreign countries to spend sabbaticals as guest professors, guest scientists and/or post doctorals, as well as short-term visiting scientists performing research on new materials and related technologies in Patras.

The LHTM has not only as its aims the Theory, Modelling, Constitution, Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of New High Tech Materials, but also the establishment of high performance technology transfer in the industry.

The main topics are:

 Nanostructured, Amorphous and Quasicrystalline Materials.

 Magnetic materials and high-Tc superconductors.

 Materials far from the thermodynamic equilibrium for new technological applications.

 Non-linear phenomena and interactions of X – ray and laser radiation with the matter.

 Characterization of materials and related physical phenomena.

 Theoretical investigations of nanosystems, nanostructures and nanomaschines (e.g. quantum dots).

Patras, the host city of the University, is the third largest city of Greece with a population of about 250000. Located 200 km west of Athens, it is the capital of the Achaia prefecture and the administrative, cultural and commercial center of Peloponnese . The city has a history of more than four thousand years, long before the times of the Trojan wars.

The University is built on one of Europe’s most attractive campuses. It covers an area of about 3 km2. Situated 7 km east of Patras on a marvelous hillside location of unrivaled beauty, between the lofty Mt. Panahaiko and the sea, it offers a splendid view of the medieval castle of Rion, the western opening of the Corinthian Gulf and the rocky mountains beyond. Nowadays, about 17000 undergraduate and 1500 graduate students are taught at the University of Patras.

The LHTM can operate as a catalyst in order to initiate productive cooperation with industries through technology transfer and to lead new companies into suitable areas of modern technologies.


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