Universität Basel - Basel


At the University of Basel, nanosciences are summarized in the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI). Its research covers a wide spectrum of nanoscience research base from nanobiology to molecular electronics.

Basel At the Universität Basel the nanosciences and their representative research groups were combined into the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) in 2001. The strategic guidance of the SNI lies with the Swiss National Science Foundation and the university authorities. The research topics of the SNI are established with the Institutes for Physics and Chemistry and the Biozentrum Basel. They consist of six modules and cover a broad spectrum in nanoscientific fundamental research, from nanobiology up to and including molecular electronics. For its commercial implementation, the SNI and the Kanton Aargau established the Argovia-Netzwerk Programm in 2006. It is funded by the Kanton Aargau, and supports market-oriented application research in conjunction with regionally based industrial companies. The city of Basel supports this cooperation with active economic funding: i-net BASEL Nano organizes, among other things, the information exchange between science and business and is committed to the initiation of cooperative projects www.nanoscience.ch

Franche-Comté Electronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique - Sciences et Technologies - Besançon | Belfort | Montbéliard


Distributed over three sites on the FEMTO-ST campus, six thematically linked research areas have been established: micro-and nanotechnologies, with their references to electronics, materials science and biomedicine are the key activities.

Besançon | Belfort | Montbéliard The Université de Franche Compté and the Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard have supported the research organization FEMTO-ST (Franche-Comté Electronique Mécanique Thermique et Optique - Sciences et Technologies) since 2004. Since 2006 FEMTO-ST belongs to the French > Association Instituts Carnot. Comparable to the institutes of the Fraunhofer Society, the combined research institutions of the Carnot-group are primarily involved with application oriented industry-related research. Six areas of research are linked together thematically over three locations of the FEMTO-ST Campus. Micro and nanotechniques with their references to electronics, material science and biomedicine form the main fields of activity here. FEMTO-ST is a partner in the French RTB (Recherche Technologique de Base) network in which laboratory infrastructures are made available for enterprises (such as clean rooms, complex or costly experimental facilities) and are operated in the form of "joint labs" www.femto.st.fr

Technische Universität Darmstadt - Darmstadt


The thematic activities of the departments of materials science, chemistry, physics, biology and electrical engineering are summarized in the research area Nanomaterials at the TU Darmstadt. In the working groups involved, nanostructured materials are synthesized, characterized and their functional properties are tested.

Darmstadt The Technische Universität Darmstadt has focused its research on nanomaterials since 2008. Summarized in this program are the theme-orientated activities of the research areas in material sciences, chemistry, physics, biology and electrical engineering. Nanostructured materials are synthesized, characterized and their functional properties are examined within the participating research groups. These include nanoparticles, nanowires, nanorods, and nanotubes in terms of their potential application in the development of fuel cells, the production of surface coatings and corrosion protection or the development of electronic components www.fspnano.tu-darmstadt.de

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Large-Scale Research Sector - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


In the research program nano- and micro-systems of the large-scale research sector of the KIT, work groups from 14 institutes do their research. The program forms a technology pool to enable basic research and to develop economically relevant applications.

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen Teams from 14 institutes are active in the nano- and micro-systems research program of the research and development area of the Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (www.nmp.kit.edu).
The program constitutes a technology pool to conduct basic research and to develop economically relevant applications. In the context of this program, the Institute of Nanotechnologie (INT) is involved with the electrical, magnetic, mechanical and visual qualities of nanomaterials (www.int.kit.edu). One goal is the transfer of inorganic nano-materials into printable inks for example. This will make it possible to print electrical conductor tracks and components on flexible substrata in a time and cost efficient manner. Other application-oriented fields of work within the INT involve the storage of hydrogen with the help of nanomaterials for vehicle power plants, or with the development of anti-reflection layers to eliminate the reflective properties of special glass types. The INT maintains the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) together with its partner institutes at the research center. This research service offers enterprises and research partners access to laboratory infrastructures for the production and characterization of nano and microstructures. The KNMF offers domestic and international enterprises and research institutions access options with different rights and obligations for users, ranging from free of charge use against scientific evaluation to use against full cost reimbursement www.knmf.kit.edu

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern - Kaiserslautern


The Nano + Bio Center at the University of Kaiserslautern is run as a service providing institution for close to application projects in research and technology. Interested companies can use the laboratory facilities from the faculties Physics and Biology.

Kaiserslautern Technische Universität Kaiserslautern opened the Center for Nanostructure Biology and Biomolecular Technology (Nano + Bio Center) in 2003. It is run as an application service facility for research and technology projects. The laboratory equipment of the physics and biology department is also available for enterprises that want to take advantage of research and development services in the manufacture of micro and nano structures, or in the characterization of organic materials www.nbc.uni-kl.de

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology : Academic Sector - Karlsruhe


The Center for Functional Nanostructures comprises about 50 working groups covering their research activities with a thematically broad spectrum, ranging from the nano-photonics over nano-electronics to nano-biology.

Karlsruhe In 2001, several teams from the former TH-Karlsruhe and the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH now merged to form a center for functional nanostructures. This includes nearly 50 groups that cover a broad spectrum of topics within their research activities. From nanophotonics and nanoelectronics to nanobiology. The center operates a service laboratory (NSL) which is available to its own working groups as well as interested enterprises for the purpose of contract research (www.cfn.uni-karlsruhe.de). Also connected to the center are the Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (www.ksop.de) which opened in 2006, as well as the BioInterfaces International Graduate School BIF-IGS, which launched together with the University of Heidelberg in 2009 Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (www.ksop.de) BioInterfaces International Graduate School BIF-IGS (www.biointerfaces-gradschool.de)

Hochschule Mannheim: Competence center for tribiology - Mannheim


The Competence Center Tribology at the University of Mannheim assays lubricants and additives, develops surface coatings and analyzes the friction and wear characteristics of material combinations.

Mannheim The Hochschule Mannheim has maintained a competence center for tribiology at its faculty for mechanical engineering since 1993. The competence center embraces a wide range of application-oriented research and development tasks. These include the study of lubricants (oils, greases, solids) and additives (especially extreme-pressure, anti-wear, anti-oxidation), the friction and wear behavior analysis of material combinations (metals, plastics, ceramics, composites) for maintenance storage or the examination and development of surface layers (thin films and sliding lacquers (anti-friction coatings). Research projects with references to nanotechnology are involved with the development of optimized tribological surfaces or the generation and characterization of nanoscale surface layers to reduce friction and wear. The competence center in Mannheim is regarded as one of the world's best equipped institutions in the field of tribological model and component testing. It has more than 30 different types of testing machines to examine the friction and wear behavior of materials, coatings and / or lubricants under a wide variety of collective stress spectrums, as well as the chemical and physical properties of lubricants. With this in mind, the competence center also serves as a research and development service provider, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises www.tri.hs-mannheim.de

Université Paul Verlaine - Metz


The Université Paul Verlaine ranks with their faculties "Mathématiques, informatique, mécanique", "Sciences fondamentales et appliquées" and the "Institut universitaire de technologie" to the great technical and scientific research universities in France.

Metz The Université Paul Verlaine with its faculties MIM (Mathématiques, informatique, mécanique), SciFA (Sciences fondamentales et appliquées) as well as the Institut universitaire de technologie (IUT)belongs to the larger technical scientific research universities in France (www.univ-metz.fr). In 2006, the Georgia Tech Lorraine Campus was formed in Metz under a strategic alliance between the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (www.georgiatech-metz.fr) . This is a research and development community for the field of nanostructured materials and their application as "smart materials" in optoelectronic semiconductor technology for telecommunications, automotive and aerospace industries. The campus is supported by "France Telecom" and the "Thalesgroup" from an enterprise perspective. MATERIALIA , a "pôles de compétitivité" for nano and composite materials, is also coordinated from Metz. MATERIALIA promotes and intensifies cooperation projects between industry and research, aimed at markets with strong potential for growth. MATERIALIA focuses on the sectors of energy, aeronautics, automotive and medical business www.materialia.fr

Université de Haute-Alsace - Colmar | Mulhouse


The Université de Haute-Alsace is located at sites in Mulhouse and Colmar and there it has established the "Pôle Chimie, Physique et Matériaux" and "Pôle Sciences Pour l'Ingénieur" as focal points.

Colmar | Mulhouse The Université de Haute-Alsace is located at sites in Mulhouse and Colmar, establishing two scientific technical research focal points (Pôle Chimie, Physique et Matériaux; Pôle Sciences Pour l' Ingénieur). These in turn are subdivided in the form of research institutes with diverse research areas and disciplines. The Institut des Science des Matériaux in Mulhouse conducts research in the fields of surface physics, or the interaction of nanostructured materials with biological interfaces, for example.The work at this institute is based on applications in the automotive and aerospace industry, up to and including the textile industry, biomedicine or cosmetics www.uha.fr

Université de Strasbourg - Strasbourg


Currently, the Université de Strasbourg maintains in its section "Sciences et technologies" more than thirty institutions. Instrumental in materials science are the "Institut de Physique et Matériaux chemistry", the "Laboratoire d'Ingénierie pour les Hautes Technologies, the polymer" and the "Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse".

Strasbourg Currently, the Université de Strasbourg (UDS) maintains in its section 'Sciences et Technologies' over thirty institutions. Leading in materials science are the "Institut de Physique et Matériaux chemistry" (IPCM), the "Laboratoire d'Ingénierie pour les Hautes Technologies, the polymer" (LIPHT), and the "Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse" (LMSPC). In addition, the University of Strasbourg has three technical institutes (IUT Robert Schuman, IUT Louis Pasteur, IUT Haguenau), and research laboratories in the biomedical faculties. A total of twenty laboratories and technical institutes of the Universities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse have joined forces in 2004 to a Pole matériaux et d'Alsac NanoScience (PMNs) (www.pmnalsace.fr). This is a network of research partners, representing a wide range of topics relating to nanomaterials and nano-systems work. Part of the network is also the Strasbourg Faculty of Medicine with research skills involved in the field of medical implants. For activities in the field of technology transfer and the initiation of research collaborations with companies, the University of Strasbourg also maintains a separate unit, which operates as a service provider for science and business (Service de valorisation de la recherche) www.servalor.fr

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ETH Zürich - Zürich


Since 2006, the ETH Zurich maintains a "Micro and Nano Science Platform" (MNSP) where research and development activities are brought together and coordinated in these fields at the two ETH locations > Center < and> Hönggerberg<.

Zürich Since 2006, the ETH Zürich maintains a Micro and Nano Science Platform (MNSP) (MNSP) on which the research and development activities in these fields are consolidated and coordinated at the ETH sites in >Zentrum< and >Hönggerberg<. Nine of the 15 faculties operate at the ETH under the institutional roof of the MNSP with their specific technical expertise in architecture, molecular life and material sciences, up to mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. Within the network, 40 research groups commit themselves, working on almost 300 base- or application-oriented project plans. The MNSP has a platform management, which operates in the areas of innovation management and product development. In this case, the MNSP functions as a contact for industry enterprises and strives for cooperative relations with enterprises at all stages of the development supply chain (material properties, functions, prototypes, products). These can be supported by measuring and analysis services, or by leasing of laboratory rooms over the MNSP. In addition, the MNSP promotes entrepreneurial developments for the ETH Zurich, and can now count 11 successful spin-offs www.micronano.ethz.ch

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