The European Marie Curie Research Training Network COSY ran from November 2006 to October 2010.
It comprised 13 research institutions from Spain (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Prof. Dr. Asunción Maria Fernández Camacho; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Prof. Dr. Maria Dolors Baró Mariné), Italy (Universita di Torino, Prof. Marcello Baricco), France (European Synchrotron Facility, Grenoble, Dr. Gavin Vaughan; Grenoble Institute of Technology, Prof. Alain Reza Yavari; Laboratoire de Réactivité et de Chimie des Solides LRCS, Amiens, Dr. Aline Rougier), the United Kingdom (University of Oxford, Prof. John Sykes), Switzerland (EMPA, Dübendorf, Prof. Dr. Andreas Züttel), the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Dr. Bernard Dam;Universiteit Twente, Dr. Geert H.L.A. Brocks) and Germany (Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Dr. Wiebke Lohstroh; Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Dr. Martin Dornheim).
Dr. Klaus Taube (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht) was the last COSY Coordinator. From 2006 to 2008, Prof. Rüdiger Bormann, now President of the University of Bayreuth, Germany, coordinated the network.
The COSY partners were working together with the aim of characterization and optimization of novel light weight hydride composites. The results were the basis for further optimisation of such materials for mobile hydrogen storage applications, e.g. in tanks for emission-free automobiles.
Research topics included the production of metal hydride composites by different methods, their characterization with respect to the relevant application properties, e.g. hydrogen sorption kinetics and thermodynamics, the influence of additives as well as of the microstructure, as well as ab initio calculations of stable and hypothetical structures.
One of the main tasks of COSY was the education of early stage researchers (ESR) and young more experienced researchers (ER) in the field of hydrogen storage materials. Therefore COSY offered ESR and ER positions to young scientists interested in the development of nanocrystalline lightmetal hydride composites. These gave training and research experience for young researchers by giving them the opportunity to spend three years in another country during their PhD thesis or PostDoc time resp. as part of an international high-quality research project. A detailed career development plan incl. exchange programme between the partners was part of the work contract for each position.
A table of the partners of the network with links to more detailed descriptions can be found in Structure and Partners.
Reports on the results of COSY can be found and downloaded in Scientific Work of the Project.