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Efficient Thermal Analysis of Materials requires the co-operation of several academic disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Geology, Pharmaceuticals, etc, while at the same time being a largely practical pursuit, asking for highly focused-on skills. The considerable variation in depth of learners’ analytical/instrumental skills at a steadily increasing extent on thermal analysis techniques used on Material Science demands a regularly updated environment of continuous learning. Facing problems is a research question, but to a great extent it relies upon expertise, gained when working in similar situations.


The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is a state institution established in 1925. Its structure, its range of activities and its size make it the largest and most complex institution of higher education in the country. More than 95,000 students study in the University’s 42 schools and the teaching and research staff number is approximately 3,000. AUTh has decided to run lifelong learning programmes, aiming to meet the increasing needs and demands of the Greek society for instruction, training, and specialization.

The Department of Physics has nearly 800 students and 111 staff members and is perfectly appropriate for coordinating a project dealing with ‘Bologna tools’ since it has extended expertise in multilateral co-operation and Erasmus mobility schemes, and is bearing close connections to the Greek labour market.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) is bringing its expertise on thermal characterisation of materials; kinetics of thermal degradation of polymers; thermal properties and thermo-oxidative stability of nanomaterials.

The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. The University is a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. Despite its brief history, the University of Cyprus has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of Cypriot society.
The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is active and experienced on:
• Research on thermoelectric materials and emphasis on thermal analysis techniques.
• Teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses on Materials Characterization techniques including Thermal Analysis.
• Facilities on thermal analysis with emphasis on thermal conductivity measurements with various methods.
The Powder Technology Laboratory, established in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, is involved in research activities on the field of Materials Science and Engineering and include:
-Materials Synthesis: The preparation of materials have been developed based on various synthetic techniques such as solid-state reactions, synthesis from melt, flame reactions, mechanical alloying synthesis
-Materials Processing: Processing of materials based on ball milling and hot-press sintering is currently carried out. Such techniques can offer main advantages such as enhanced mechanical properties, mass production and variety in shapes and are applied in a variety of materials including semiconductors as well as metals.
-Materials Characterization: In-house materials characterization is routinely carried out using techniques such as Powder X-rays Diffraction, Thermal Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscope, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy etc. The equipment is available through the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UCY.
-Materials Properties: Measurements of thermoelectric properties including Seebeck coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivity can be carried out in the temperature range of RT-800oC. Such setup is used to study materials that are of interest for various applications such as thermoelectrics and electronics.
The Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and the second largest University in Europe, greatly able to manage its outstanding numbers: 111.000 enrolled students, 8.000 of them coming from outside Italy and 1.000 incoming and outgoing exchange students each year, 11 faculties which cover any kind of scientific and social area with their 63 departments, more than 4.700 professors and researchers and 4.300 administrative and technical staff.
Sapienza offers a vast array of courses: around 260 degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level, 80 PhD courses, one to two year long lasting professional courses and Specialization Schools, Master degree programmes entirely taught in English (including a full 6-year long lasting degree in Medicine and Surgery), plus many English-taught single courses in various disciplines.
Committed to the importance of the internationalization of education and training, to the expertise and know-how sharing, to the collaboration in institutional and capacity building,
The Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STUBA) involves 7 faculties: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology and Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies. STU is the most representative body in Slovakia in the field of research and application of all branches of technology. The University is capable to solve the most complex projects of basic and applied research. STU has a wide scientific cooperation with the partners all over the world and the laboratories take part in many national and international scientific projects.

Laboratory of thermal analysis and calorimetry at the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology is equipped with 4 DSC calorimeters and 1 TG/DTA(DSC) simultaneous thermal analyzer. Staff of the laboratory provides (i) lectures for MSc and PhD students on Chemical Thermodynamics, Thermal Analysis and Degradation and Stabilization of Materials; (ii) laboratory exercises on Thermal Analysis; (iii) laboratory exercises and seminar on Physical Chemistry for Bc students. Within the research, the laboratory deals with the physical chemistry of materials, mainly with the thermal and thermooxidative degradation of materials, predictions of material lifetime, thermoanalytical kinetics, characterization of materials and modeling the processes occurring in condensed phase.

The University of Milan (UMIL), established in 1924, is a public multidisciplinary teaching and research institution, which is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. It is one the largest universities in Italy with approximately 65,000 enrolled students, and a leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity. The University of Milan is the highest ranked Italian university according to the 2007 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS) that include the “Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Laboratory” equipped with ten (10) different calorimetric instrumentations in order to cover the research field of “biological systems physical chemistry” at molecular, nano-mesoscopic and macroscopic level.