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Providing a full-service and open-access infrastructure for R&D in nanotechnology

NanoLabNL is the Dutch national facility for nanotechnological research. It has open access and can be used by scientists and businesses. It has 5 locations in the Netherlands: Twente, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen and Amsterdam. It supports scientists at their research and supports businesses at improving or renewing their products/production process and/or developing new products. Finally, it wants to contribute to reinforcing the Netherlands as a knowledge based economy.

Since 2004, NanoLabNL is a valued and valuable national nanotechnology infrastructure. The decision to make use of only a limited number of research laboratories and to make them accessible to all researchers, both public as well as private, has proven extremely effective. NanoLabNL creates, maintains and provides access to a coherent, high-level, state-of-the-art infrastructure for nanotechnology research and innovation in the Netherlands. NanoLabNL brings about coherence in national infrastructure, access, and tariff structure. Alongside the various open innovation initiatives, the Netherlands offers a unique infrastructure which needs to be kept up-to-date.

The NanoLabNL partners and their labs are:



University of Twente

MESA+ NanoLab Twente

TU Delft

Kavli NanoLab Delft

TU Delft

Else Kooi Laboratory

Eindhoven University of Technology


University of Groningen

Zernike NanoLab Groningen


AMOLF NanoLab Amsterdam


TNO NanoLab Delft

Philips Innovation Services*

Philips Innovation Services


*Philips Innovation Services is an associate partner, participating in NanoLabNL with regards to content but not in financial terms.

Together, the eight partners on 5 locations (Twente, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen and Amsterdam) cover most of the country and offer the widest possible spectrum of nanotechnology facilities for researchers in The Netherlands.

The NanoLabNL organisation consists of the board/foundation, the steering committee, the program office and a communication officer. 

NanoLabNL board/foundation
The board of the foundation consists of at least five members: five representatives of the NanoLabNL locations, and a seat for a representative from industry. The foundation's goals are:

  • Realizing the micro and nano research facility ambitions.
  • Facilitating and stimulating of current and future nano-related research.
  • Stimulating the open-access character of the high tech NanoLabs.
  • Connecting with national and international research programs.
  • Increasing external use by companies.

The board of the NanoLabNL-foundation consists of 6 members:

Chairman:             A.J.H.M. Rijnders (University of Twente)


prof.dr. L. Kuipers (Delft University of Technology)
prof.dr. B. Koopmans (Eindhoven University of Technology) B.J. van Wees (University of Groningen)
prof.dr. E. Verhagen (AMOLF)


R.A. Oostenbrink (NanoLabNL) 

Steering committee
In its daily activities NanoLabNL is run by a steering committee. The members of the steering committee are representatives for each of the partners in NanoLabNL. The tasks of the steering committee include:

  • Implementing the infrastructural investment.
  • Carrying out the agreements reached between the parties on access and pricing.
  • Managing a PR-strategy.
  • Ensuring a sound account of the policy and the resources spent on management of NanoLabNL.
  • Optimisation of cooperating with other industrial facilities in The Netherlands.

The Steering committee consists of 8 members:

ir. F.W.A. (Frank) Dirne (Kavli NanoLab Delft)

G.P.M. (Gerard) Roelofs (MESA+ NanoLab Twente)
C.A.H. (Casper) Juffermans (Else Kooi Laboratory, Delft)
dr. H.P.M.M. (Huub) Ambrosius (NanoLab@TU/e)
J.G. (Johan) Holstein (Zernike NanoLab Groningen)
H. (Hans) Zeijlemaker (AMOLF NanoLab Amsterdam)
R.A. (Raoul) Oostenbrink (Secretaris NanoLabNL)
T. (Tamalika) Banerjee (Zernike NanoLab Groningen

Program office
The NanoLabNL programme office is run by the University Twente MESAPLUS Institute. Head of the programme office of NanoLabNL is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Program office members: Raoul Oostenbrink, Gerard Roelofs, Thari Nijhuis, Annerie Heesink, José Effing-Nijhuis, Henk van Wolferen, Marian de Bree

NanoLabNL brochure cover

NanoLabNL has produced a brochure to highlight its capabilities and the capabilities of each location.
You can download it by clicking on the image (file opens in PDF).




NanoLabNL has published several periodicals.The periodical takes a look at what is going on at the various NanoLabNL locations.   

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Volume 3 (October 2014)

You can download it by clicking on the image (file opens in PDF).   


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Volume 2 (August 2013)

You can download it by clicking on the image (file opens in PDF).


Voorpagina krant


Volume 1 (October 2012)

You can download it by clicking on the image (file opens in PDF).


It is also possible to request a copy by mail by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for the NanoLabNL brochure/ periodical.

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