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In Europe, the academic strengths in nanofabrication are still too fragmented: there are at least seventy European university nanofabrication centers of large or medium size, which develop their know-how without any real coordination. Conscious of this dispersion, several European countries (Sweden, France, Norway and the Netherlands) have already created national networks of academic cleanrooms to foster collaboration at the national level. In the Netherlands, NanoLabNL is the national facility for nanotechnology research. Today, with four other countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Czech Republic), these countries have created the EuroNanoLab consortium, which currently includes 26 academic clean rooms, representing a total value of 1.5 billion euros.EuroNanoLab logo





Dramatic changes

Micro and nanostructures have dramatically changed our environment - although we have not really become aware of that - and will change it further in the years to come. Who remembers the first hard disks of a few megabytes that used to cost a fortune? Today, a hard drive of a few terabytes with a million times higher capacity, able to store a huge library or tens of thousands of hours of music, costs only a hundred euros while being hundreds of times faster. Similarly, any person has in his smartphone a computing capacity larger than the capacity of the national supercomputers that were used only thirty years ago. In the field of medicine, nanofluidics makes it possible to perform test of unprecedented precision on blood and other fluids. For instance, researchers from the University of Twente and the VU Medical Research Center Amsterdam (VUmc) are developing an urine test that can detect various types of cancer based on an analysis of DNA fragments.

Whether in the field of science, artificial intelligence or big data, tomorrow’s intelligent systems will be based on breakthrough innovations such as quantum technologies, which will significantly increase the computing capacity of processors, generalize inviolable encrypted communications or create new high-performance sensors. Transistors at the atomic scale that will achieve ultimate degrees of miniaturisation are also under study and in the field of medicine, it is proposed to develop nano-biosystems implanted on people and able to monitor in real time their health condition.

To develop such applications, innovative components that rely nanofabrication technologies of very high level must be designed, fabricated and tested. Such nanotechnologies require high-level clean rooms as well as costly equipment, to enable the fabrication with nanometer precision of tomorrow’s intelligent information processing systems. Given these considerable challenges, the majority of developed countries, particularly the United States and Korea, invest heavily in research on nanofabrication.

Integrating infrastructure

To make better use of the existing investment, EuroNanoLab wants to integrate this academic research infrastructure around a "central hub", which is its orchestra leader. This new infrastructure will therefore be distributed on a European scale but nevertheless able to develop a common strategy and support major European programs such as the Graphene, Human Brain or Quantum Flagships, as well as major European programs. which will undoubtedly emerge later.

Such an organisation will enable distributing the technological developments optimally between the most competent nanofabrication centers, ensuring that each of them benefit from the latest results obtained by the others. NanoLabNL is one of the initiators of this initiative. Bringing together motivated partners, this initiative is intended to extend to all European countries ready to contribute. Bringing together a large part of the community of nanofabrication academic centers, this new infrastructure will also become a privileged interlocutor of technological research organizations (RTO) and their industrial partners, able to transfer more efficiently towards industry the know-how developed by the academic centers.

About NanoLabNL

Since 2003, NanoLabNL is the Netherlands’ national facility for nanotechnology research. NanoLabNL offers the use of its equipment, techniques, and expertise to universities, research institutes, start-up companies, and industry at five different locations in the Netherlands: Twente, Eindhoven, Delft, Groningen and Amsterdam. You can learn more about nanotechnology and NanoLabNL by watching this video on YouTube.

Source: website University Twente



08-05-2017 & 09-05-2017

This year the first European Nanofabrication Research Infrastructure Symposium (ENRIS 2017) will take place on 8-9 May in Trondheim, Norway. This European conference on cleanroom operation, management and user training is organized by the Nordic Nanolab Network in cooperation with EuroNanoLab. The programme comprises presentations and discussions on cleanroom related topics. The  participants are involved in cleanroom management and administration and come from all over Europe. Furthermore, all attendees are invited to participate in the Nordic Nanolab User Meeting 2017 (NNUM 2017), also taking place at NTNU during the succeeding days, 9-10 May.

Read more about ENRIS 2017.




On Thursday 17 August, the Dutch newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, published a letter to its editor from Guus Rijnders, the chair of NanoLabNL and Scientific Director of MESA+ (University of Twente). In his letter, Prof. Rijnders argues that nanotechnology and nanoscience research facilities should receive structural funding. View the letter to the editor on (in Dutch, subscribers only) or read the letter below.

Help the Netherlands to keep its leading position in nanotechnology 

Without structural funding for scientific research facilities, the Netherlands risks losing its leading position in nanotechnology. That would be a pity, as we would also lose our ability to attract existing and new scientific talent.

Nanotechnology is a field with a growing range of applications throughout society, such as mobile phone components, extremely small sensors, and novel materials. We now have the ability to study materials at the smallest possible scales, to change the properties of materials at a fundamental level, and even to create completely new materials with astonishing properties. And yet, we are still only at the threshold of many anticipated breakthroughs. These include such things as the use of minuscule organs grown on a chip to test medications, quantum computers with almost unlimited computing power, data communication using integrated photonics, or breathalyzers to detect diseases. The Netherlands is a world leader in the areas of nanotechnology and nanoscience. This is a huge achievement for a small country like ours.

One of the key factors underpinning this Dutch success story is the establishment of NanoLabNL. This national nanotechnology infrastructure is funded by major national programmes, such as NanoNed and NanoNextNL. Over the years, the Dutch government has invested about half a billion euros in these facilities. These programmes have now come to an end and, regrettably, no new large-scale programmes have been established.

The nanolaboratories of the universities in Groningen, Delft, Eindhoven and Twente cooperate closely within the framework of NanoLabNL. They were recently joined by the AMOLF research institute (formerly the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics). Companies and knowledge institutions can use the state-of-the-art facilities managed by the various NanoLabNL institutes. They also have access to the expertise of the nanoscientists who work there. The establishment of NanoLabNL has created a cohesive national ecosystem in which scientists, knowledge institutions, and companies can cooperate intensively. It spans the entire spectrum of research, from fundamental research to prototype development and testing. This cohesive ecosystem is at the heart of the Netherlands’ pioneering role in nanotechnology and nanoscience, as shown by the recently approved Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Gravitation programmes and Innovation Incentive Scheme, as well as by various European Research Council (ERC) projects. It should be noted that this intensive cooperation is not only useful, it is also vital. This is because it is so expensive to set up laboratories and to equip them with the requisite machines that none of the parties involved can do this alone.

If we are to continue to excel in the nanosciences we will need cutting-edge facilities, and this will require substantial, structural funding. Without such structural funding for scientific infrastructure, the ecosystem we’ve been working on for so long will fall apart, and the Netherlands will risk losing its leading position. This is not just about facilities. There is also a serious risk that – in the wake of these adverse developments – some of our talented nanoscientists would depart for pastures new, and that we would find it increasingly difficult to attract talent. This haemorrhage of talent would be a major blow to the Dutch knowledge economy and to the companies (both start-ups and established businesses) who make frequent use of this key technology and the available expertise. It would be a great pity if we were to give away our well deserved lead. I am now calling on the government to make structural investments in these facilities and to make sure that the Netherlands continues to be a big presence in the world of the extremely tiny. 

Prof. Guus Rijnders, Chair of NanoLabNL 

Source: website MESA+

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banner voucher aanvraag blauwAs of today a voucher for free use of the NanoLabNL facilities can be applied for directly. After several succesful application rounds for free vouchers, the vouchers can now be applied for throughout the year. Parties interested in free use of the NanoLabNL facilities can directly apply for a voucher. A NanoLabNL voucher has a value of 7500 euros and gives the user the right to 50 to 75 hours of independent use of the facilities of the nanotechnology labs (including training) and/or advice about this.

For industrial parties only

The vouchers are intended for industrial parties who have not previously made use of NanoLabNL's facilities. For example, starting and young companies who are busy building up a business around research results.
With the vouchers these companies can easily become acquainted with our research facilities and we stimulate the entrepreneurial activity. Over the past few years, dozens of vouchers have been awarded to companies. In this continuous call, NanoLabNL is making 10 vouchers per year available each of which is worth 7500 euros.

More information:

About NanoLabNL

NanoLabNL is a Dutch national facility for nanotechnology research. Since 2004 we have been offering the use of our facilities and expertise to universities, research institutes, start-ups and industry on 4 locations in the Netherlands: Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen and Twente. Each of the NanoLabNL locations offers a range of basic and expert technologies. Read more about the NanoLabNL facilities.



NanoLabNL gaat de komende jaren flink investeren in het verbeteren van haar onderzoeksfaciliteiten voor nanotechnologie. Deze week werd door de minister van Economische Zaken een financiële impuls toegekend vanuit het Toekomstfondskrediet OnderzoeksFaciliteiten (TOF). Met deze impuls kan het Nederlandse samenwerkingsverband voor open-access cleanroomfaciliteiten de ontwikkeling versterken van proof-of-concepts, demonstrators en kleinschalige productie. De totale investering bedraagt 13,5 miljoen euro, de helft daarvan komt voor rekening van de NanoLabNL-partners, vijftig procent wordt gefinancierd vanuit het Toekomstfondskrediet. Deze investeringen zijn cruciaal voor nanotechnologie onderzoeksactiviteiten, waaronder nieuwe materialen, fotonica, quantum technologie, nanoelektronica en microfluidica.

Onderzoek vertalen naar toepasbare oplossingen

Met de aanvullende investering geeft NanoLabNL de kwaliteit van de onderzoeksfaciliteiten in de komende vier jaar een stevige impuls met als doel de vertaling van onderzoek naar toepassingen te versnellen. Hierdoor blijft Nederland internationaal competitief op het gebied van nanotechnologie onderzoek en innovatie in complex materials, integrated photonics en quantum engineering.
“We hebben met NanoLabNL een uniek en complementair netwerk van onderzoeksfaciliteiten waarmee we internationaal een voorloperspositie hebben verworven. Die positie behouden we door een unieke combinatie van state-of-the-art onderzoek te faciliteren en commercialisatie te blijven stimuleren, door samenwerking met industrie én door toegang te verlenen aan bedrijven. Met deze investering zetten we daar de noodzakelijke stappen in”, aldus prof. dr. ir. A.J.H.M. (Guus) Rijnders, voorzitter van de stichting NanoLabNL.

NanoLabNL investeert in drie proceslijnen, te weten:

• Pilot line for complex materials (MESA+ NanoLab - Universiteit Twente)
Toepassingen waarin complexe (oxide) materialen een rol spelen, vereisen speciale apparatuur. Centraal In deze lijn staat de in Twente ontwikkelde PLD (Pulsed Laser Depositie) techniek. Realisatie van een proceslijn voor integratie van deze materialen op een industriële schaal biedt de mogelijkheid om de hoge kwaliteit te borgen.
• Integrated Photonics (NanoLab@TU/e - TU Eindhoven)
Voor de fabricage van nieuwe generaties Photonic Integrated Circuits is een faciliteit vereist met state-of-the-art equipment voor de processing van Indium Phosfide en gerelateerde III/V halfgeleiders. De oprichting van het Institute for Photonic Integration als onderdeel van het Photon Delta initiatief in Eindhoven zal gaan zorgen voor een extra intern en extern gebruik van NanoLab@TU/e. De Investeringen in apparatuur focust zich op Photonic Integration.
• Next Generation Quantum Device Fabricage (Kavli Nanolab - TU Delft)
Nieuwe generatie quantum devices en de verdere technologische ontwikkelingen van QuTech en externe gebruikers vereisen de beschikbaarheid van state‐of‐the‐art nanofabricage tools. Hiertoe worden steeds verdergaande eisen gesteld aan beheersing van condities op nanoschaal van de fabricageprocessen, zoals bijvoorbeeld beheersing van interfaces, laagdiktes, composities en verontreinigingen. De voorgestelde investering focust zich qua specificaties op nieuwe quantum devices.

Meer informatie

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Over NanoLabNL

Nanotechnologie werkt op een schaal van nanometers, miljoenste millimeters. Onderzoek doen op dit gebied vergt veel van een laboratorium, dat extreem schoon en zo veel mogelijk trillingvrij moet zijn. Via NanoLabNL exploiteren de universiteiten TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en Universiteit Twente, samen met TNO en Philips Innovation Services, de vier Nederlandse laboratoria op het gebied van nanotechnologie. NanoLabNL is opgenomen op de nationale roadmap voor grootschalige onderzoeksfaciliteiten.

Over het Toekomstfondskrediet OnderzoeksFaciliteiten (TOF)

Het Toekomstfondskrediet OnderzoeksFaciliteiten, maakt onderdeel uit van het Toekomstfonds dat in 2014 is opgericht, en is bedoeld voor hoogwaardige onderzoeksfaciliteiten van onderzoeksinstellingen. Met het krediet investeert het Rijk in hoogwaardige faciliteiten voor onderzoek, die van belang zijn voor het ontwikkelen van innovatieve producten en diensten. Het Toekomstfondskrediet werkt met renteloze leningen, die terugbetaald moeten worden. Omdat het Toekomstfondskrediet in onderzoek investeert dat relatief ver van de markt staat, is er een lange termijn voor terugbetaling vastgelegd.


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