SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research foundation that possesses international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. Our aim is to be a world-leading research institute. SINTEF is an independent, non-commercial organisation. The contract research covers all scientific and technical areas, and ranges from fundamental research through applied research to commercialization of results into new products. The profits of our contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. SINTEF has a close collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and the University of Oslo (UiO). SINTEF Industry (IND), a contract research institute within the SINTEF foundation, offering high competence within materials technology, applied chemistry, and applied biology. The Department of Solar Cell Silicon is heavily involved in, and puts strategic emphasis on, solar cells material research. During the last 10 years it has upgraded the competence and invested in equipment related to solar cells material research. The main solar cell research areas are; production and refining, crystallisation, wafering, characterization, modelling and use of materials in solar cell manufacturing, and reliability and performance of photovoltaic systems under real conditions.

SINTEF Building and Infrastructure (BI), another contact research institute within SINTEF, offers top-level expertise in disciplines covering architecture, building physics, materials science and technology, climate exposure, energy efficiency, energy systems, management, operation and maintenance of buildings, geotechnology, roads, water and other types of infrastructure. Together with NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and

Technology) SINTEF Building and Infrastructure realizes the largest national research program in the building sector, Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) with a total budget of 40 M€. The Department of Architecture, Construction and Building Material soffers expertise in disciplines ranging from architecture and building physics to management, operation and maintenance of buildings, water supply and other infrastructure. The research teams at SINTEF in the field of energy saving technologies and building technology have broad national and international networks, and do also have a considerable experience from both research and innovation projects. This includes the development of new materials, constructions and pilot building projects. SINTEF is the main Norwegian research institute in the field of building technology and energy use in buildings and comprises major partners and customers from the building industry in a strong national team with respect to research and innovation.

An example of an important joint project with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) (, where integration of active elements in the building envelope with e.g. smart windows and high performance thermal insulation materials and solutions are some key fields being investigated. One of the main focus areas of the laboratories at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure is the building envelope with respect to climate exposures, energy efficiency and building physical performance, involving several small, medium and large scale apparatuses and methods, enabling experimental investigations at building material, component and large structure level. An important field within The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings is retrofitting of buildings with respect to thermal performance, energy efficiency and low environmental impact. SINTEF Materials and Chemistry has high competence within materials technology, applied chemistry and mass spectroscopy, applied biology and biochemistry and environmental research. Relevant research interests within the institute include development of novel nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, nanomaterial characterization, nanomedicine, nanotoxicology and environmental fate. SINTEF has a high end analytical infrastructure within materials characterization (TEM, SEM, AFM, TOF-SIMS, zetasizer) and most relevant MS modalities (e.g. FFF/ICP-MS-MS) which will be made available for this activity as required. SINTEF Building and Infrastructure is already cooperating with SINTEF Materials and Chemistry on various topics, among them the development of nanoinsulation materials (NIM), and this collaboration will be further strengthened within this project and its international partners.