ADVANCED MATERIALS INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION
A group of companies with common goals in the field of basic materials research. The mission of this well-established form of collaboration is to continuously listen to the needs of our industrial partners, to enable them to actively influence the direction of our research and to build productive environments and relationships. Our goal is to create a common basis for individual collaboration on company-specific technical problems.
AMIA was founded in 2013 as part of the Copernic grant program whose aim and content is to promote, develop and systematize cooperation between the Technical University of Liberec, scientific research organizations, businesses, and the public sector.
Following the end of the Copernic program in 2014, AMIA continues to grow, improving its technological and research facilities, including its growing membership base, with the aim of becoming the largest Czech university-industry research association.
Why to join:
AMIA members meet once a year. Topics of current research are presented to our partners and those interested in partnership. Tours of the laboratories are also included, in which interested parties learn about the practical side of research and how new instrumentation can be used. Through this section, you have the opportunity to gain information and experience with our scientists, laboratories, instrumentation and research projects. Researchers and department heads also present new basic research topics, including their current status, objectives and timetable. Your selected topics will be given appropriate priority.
Each member has a certain number of votes, which can be divided into new research topics according to interests. In the case of full interest in a research topic by a single company, that topic receives full funding up to the amount of the contribution.
Discounts on contract research
Any company that chooses to become a member of the AMIA project receives a percentage discount on all research conducted under the auspices of CXI at TUL. In the case of full membership, this is a 15% discount on research. This is a 10% discount on research in the case of associate membership.
Research is mainly conducted at the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovations at the Technical University of Liberec. Our institute represents researchers from most of the faculties of TUL, especially the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Textiles and the Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Basic principles of the Association:
Membership in the Association is governed by a contract. The Association may offer one or several levels of membership. Members support the Association through annual monetary contributions to the Association.
The highest body of the Association is the "Council" of representatives of member companies. Depending on the size of the Association, individual executive officers are defined.
Relationship with the University: The Association exists within the organizational structure of the founding university (CXI Institute).
Patent policy: The basic principle is that network members have priority access to patentable results from projects.
- The rights to intellectual property created exclusively by a university employee within the framework of the association's projects belong to the university/CXI. Members of the association receive a non-exclusive royalty-free licence to use these results for their internal R&D use (not for sale).
- The rights to intellectual property created exclusively by an employee of an association member within the framework of association projects shall belong to the respective member. The University/CXI shall receive a non-exclusive royalty-free licence to use these results for its internal R&D use (not for sale).
- The rights to intellectual property jointly created by the staff of the member and the staff of the university shall belong jointly to the respective member and to the university/CXI.
Basic principles of the Association
Confidentiality: the results of projects funded by the Association are confidential within the Association. They cannot be published or provided to other entities without the consent of the members. Appropriate confidentiality agreements are signed when a company joins the Association.
Publication Policy: Research results from supported projects may be published if no member of the Association objects (or wishes to apply for a patent) within 30 days of receiving notification from the investigators of their intention to publish such results. Investigators are obliged to send out such notification in a timely manner.
Presentation of project results: The results of supported projects are presented and discussed once a year at regular meetings of representatives of member companies and investigators. Members will receive a written report of each project.
Approval and management of projects. Principals propose new projects prior to the regular meeting. Individual members will allocate their votes according to their company's interests. The projects with the highest number of votes are co-financed by the Association for the subsequent period. The progress of existing projects is evaluated and corrected, if necessary, twice a year at the regular Association membership meetings.
- Hydrophobic surface treatments
- Atmospheric plasma thin films
- Microfluidics for industrial applications
- Usability of plant resins in environmental applications
- Nanofibrous structures for conjugation in biotechnology and medicine
- Inorganic nanofibers for drug delivery
- 3D-Printing of ceramic materials
- Preparation of nanoalloys using lasers
Examples of topics addressed
- Optoelectronic sorting and evaluation methods
- Risks of nanomaterials
- Composites processing technology
- Functionalisation of nanomaterials
- Functionalization of nanofibers, recycling of fiber and composite materials, nanocomposite materials
- Aerodynamic system optimization, high-speed visualization
- Impact of environmental media on toxicity of nanomaterials
- 3D-printing of thermoplastic material with natural, synthetic fibers