Description of the organisation
The Izmir Institute of technology (IZTECH) is a state university that places emphasis on research, graduate and undergraduate education in fields relevant to science, technology and on interdisciplinary studies.
Undergraduate departments consist of:
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- City and Regional Planning
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
The principle of programme development at the Institute foregrounds strong undergraduate programmes in the fundamental sciences and interdisciplinary concentration on the postgraduate level.
Interdisciplinary programmes consist of:
- Energy Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Material Science
- Material Science and Engineering
- Engineering Management
The Chemical Engineering Department at IZTECH was established in October 1996. The research areas in the Department range from energy technologies, reaction engineering, catalyst preparation, biochemical engineering to organic and inorganic membrane preparation. The Department has 17 faculty members and 33 graduate students and researchers. Analytical devices such as UV/Vs spectrometer, FTIR, gas chromatograph, thermal analysis instruments, micro-calorimeter, ICP, IR, HPLC as well as gas permeation and dead-end ultrafiltration unit are avalaible in the department.
Contribution to the project
IZTECH has long-time experience in preparation, functionalisation and characterisation of antifouling polymeric membranes in the fiels of drug delivery, biomedical applications and food packaging. Therefore, IZTECH will provide invaluable expertise to the project by preparing antimicrobial agents made of Ag+/TiO2 and Ag+/TiO2/POM composites (together with the Institute for Membrane Technology) that will be incorporated into the newly developed membranes in order to increase their antifouling characteristics (WP5).
Furthermore, IZTECH has experience in preparation and immobilization of chitosan nanoparticles as well as modification of polymeric membranes via layer-by-layer (LBL) technique for improved antifouling characteristics.
Besides the technical collaboration, IZETCH will also organise the final conference (WP9) in Turkey, which can be seen as "junction" between Europe and the MENA countries, not only geographically but also culturally.