Creating patterns and structures at this scale (a nanometre is a billionth of a metre) is a delicate task which is only possible with special techniques and methods. Thanks to the NaPa (‘Emerging Nanopatterning Methods’) project, Europe’s capabilities in this exciting new field are now stronger than ever. The project brought together 36 research groups from 12 EU Member States plus Switzerland and Russia. The team, which included some 80 % of Europe’s key players in the field, contained an even mix of scientists from industry, research institutes and universities.
By working together, they created a vibrant, united nanopatterning research community in Europe. In addition to developing new materials and tools for nanopatterning, the project partners filed several patents, published hundreds of articles and founded three spin-off companies. The project partners are continuing to work together to bring their results closer to commercialisation.READ MORE