EUMINAfab - A European Infrastructure for micro and nano fabrication and characterisation

Conference: Mikro-Nano-Integration - 3. GMM-Workshop
03/03/2011 - 03/04/2011 at Stuttgart, Deutschland

Proceedings: Mikro-Nano-Integration

Pages: 2Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Anson, Susan (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany)
Meyer, Tanja (Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany)

Innovative ideas based on solutions using micro and nano fabrication technologies require access not only to high end equipment but also the essential highly skilled personnel. It is not possible for SME's or even most research departments to justify investment in a comprehensive range of technologies and trained personnel, especially when the need is to try out the feasibility of a new idea or develop a one off tool. EUMINAfab is a European Research Infrastructure which seeks to address these challenges with the principles of open innovation. The consortium of 9 partners offers no fee access, to 35 installations representing over 70 technologies based at leading micro and nano fabrication facilities across Europe. Accompanying the availability of equipment with an investment value of over 200MEuro are 40 technology experts ready to advise from the first concept of a project idea. This article presents some of the technologies available to external users and describes their benefits and possible applications.