European project NanoFabNet

NanoFabNet- International Hub for sustainable industrial-scale Nanofabrication

Nanotechnology, the science of materials at the molecular or subatomic level, is a key enabling technology (KET) that has great potential for addressing a number of societal challenges across a variety of sectors in Europe. Already at the forefront of innovation, European companies are harnessing the power of nanotechnology to create new consumer products, revolutionise medicine, and even increase agricultural productivity. However, because the physics and chemistry of materials are radically different when reduced to the nanoscale, the use of nanomaterials raises some safety and sustainability concerns, which are yet to be clarified in a Europe-wide regulatory context for major stakeholders.

NanoFabNet aims to address some of these issues and is a two-year project that will create a strong international hub for sustainable nanofabrication. The purpose of the NanoFabNet Hub will be to develop a network to serve not only the EU nanotechnology ecosystem, but global partners as well. The project will target industry, academics, and policy-makers, in order to defragment activities and geopolitical barriers, in order to foster better collaboration.

This platform will be a community-owned, one-stop-shop for all matters and concerns pertaining to sustainable nanofabrication and its successful incorporation into the complex, large-scale, high-value industries. The platform will also bring together governmental and academic laboratories with large industries and SMEs, and thereby offering a coordination space for past, current, and future collaborative nanofabrication projects.

Particular needs addressed and prospective impact in the NanoFabNet project include linking nanofabrication and sustainability resources and making these more accessible to a wider community. This will eventually include skills training and consultancies services. Within the project, partners will create guidelines for standardisation and harmonisation in the nanofabrication fields and will create a roadmap for sustainable nanofabrication. In addition to EU leadership, the project’s executive advisory board (EAB) members consists of members from Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, and the USA.

Role of Steinbeis 2i GmbH

As the lead communication and dissemination partner, S2i will perform following tasks:

  • Be responsible for the NanoFabNet visibility, communication & dissemination strategy
  • Facilitate the marketing, dissemination and exploitation planning and delivery of associated activities
  • Create the brand identity for the NanoFabNet network/association and web-presence
  • Development of an international collaboration & cooperation strategy

Project Duration: 03/2020 - 02/2022

Participating Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, The United States of America.

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 886171.

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