On 4. 12. a working meeting between members of NPD and Co-director A team took place. The program was devoted to the various aspects of the project and its organizational, financial and logistical arrangements. Further, Assoc. prof. Martin Vrňata informed all team members of NPD and Co-director A teams about the results of the kick-off meeting at the Yerevan State University, which was held in November. An important part of the meeting was the discussion about internships for young researchers in each laboratory and about their involvement in the project.
Material research results on the organic thin films for active layers of CWA sensors were presented as poster during MRS Fall Meeting 2014 in Boston, USA.
In November 2014 measurements of properties of new promising active layers based on rare earth phthalocyanines were conducted at Elettra synchrotrone in Trieste, Italy. Composition and electronic properties of GdPc2, PrPc2 and SmPc2 were investigated through XPS measurements at Material Science Beamline. Samples were excited employing synchrotrone soft X-ray radiation (tunable in range 22 – 1000 eV). Emitted electrons were analyzed by hemispherical electron energy analyzer. Accompanying experiments tested properties of graduated active layers based on AgPc and Pd nanoparticles. Measurements were conducted by members of NPD team Přemysl Fitl, Ph.D. and Bc. David Tomeček during the In House Research - Ordinary Maintenance beamtime. At the same time student Bc. David Tomeček was trained in both theoretical principles of XPS and practical execution of this measurement at synchrotrone Elettra.