Kaunas University of Technology

07/03/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/03/2024 00:12

KTU chemists join the prestigious NATO DIANA network

Kaunas University of Technology Faculty of Chemical Technology (KTU CTF) has joined the NATO Defence Technology Accelerator DIANA Test Centre Network. This prestigious partnership allows KTU researchers to test and develop critical defence and security technologies essential for NATO.

The Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) embodies NATO's commitment to fostering the development of cutting-edge defence and security technologies. By promoting collaboration among researchers, startups, businesses, and the manufacturing sector, DIANA strengthens the Alliance's defence and security capabilities.

Advancing dual-purpose technologies

NATO's focus through the DIANA Accelerator is on developing dual-use technologies beneficial for both military and civilian applications. These technologies are crucial for addressing various challenges, such as mitigating the humanitarian impacts of the climate crisis, ensuring food security, and advancing data communications and surveillance systems.

"Our Faculty conducts a wide range of research in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and materials engineering. This broad scope gives us a strong foundation to support both defence and civilian applications," emphasises Vaida Kitrytė-Syrpa, the Dean of KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology.

Current research areas with significant potential include advanced materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology, environmental, and food safety research.

[Link]Dr Vaida Kitrytė-Syrpa, the Dean of Chemical Technology

Mindaugas Bulota, the Head of the KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (KTU NIEC), highlights the University's extensive experience in developing dual-use and defence technologies: "Joining NATO's DIANA network not only underscores our efforts but also opens up more international opportunities for our researchers."

[Link]Mindaugas Bulota, the Head of KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre

KTU has pioneered initiatives like defence-themed hackathons since 2019, bringing together enthusiasts from diverse ecosystems to innovate collaboratively.

As part of the DIANA network of over 200 technology and testing centres across NATO, KTU researchers will now have enhanced opportunities for international collaboration with academic and business partners.

Contributing to NATO's Security Goals

"With the signing of the cooperation agreement, the Faculty of Chemical Technology has become an official NATO DIANA Network Test Centre. This enables us to offer our advanced analytical research base and technology development services within a broader ecosystem," says Tadas Prasauskas, the Faculty's Vice-Dean for Research.

This partnership aligns with the school's long-term goals of sharing expertise and developing competencies in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and materials engineering. The aim is to ensure practical applications of research that meet current and future defence needs.

[Link]Dr Tadas Prasauskas, the Vice-Dean for Research at KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology

A significant objective of NATO DIANA is to commercialise advanced technologies, ensuring that innovative solutions reach both the market and NATO forces.

Highlighting the importance of R&D opportunities, Dean Kitrytė-Syrpa notes that KTU scientists' contributions to the DIANA network will bolster both national and European security: "Joining the NATO DIANA Test Centre Network will expand our international cooperation, provide new funding opportunities, and increase the impact of our research at both the national and European levels."

Vice-Dean Prasauskas adds, "With successful collaboration, KTU CTF will encourage its researchers to participate in DIANA-related projects, ensuring a significant contribution to NATO's defence innovation objectives."

By becoming a part of the NATO DIANA network, KTU solidifies its role as a leader in developing innovative solutions that enhance the security and stability of the Alliance.