The focus of the Strategic Research Orientation (SRO) Nanolink is on the fabrication of nanoscale structures that combine molecular precision on large-areas made by potentially low manufacturing costs. Application areas that we are aiming for are to be found in advanced information technologies such as molecular electronics (moletronic), data storage (nanoBIT) and computers. Such nanotechnologies lie beyond the reach of classical TOP-DOWN lithography and engineering techniques (such as lithography and thin film processing).
Therefore new BOTTOM-UP (directed) self-assembly strategies using chemical and/or biological molecules have to be explored and subsequently implemented. Traditionally these techniques come from different 'worlds' with completely different backgrounds and approaches (Electrical engineering, applied physics and chemical technology).
Besides performing advanced studies in materials nanopatterning methods, one additional objective is to form a communication and collaboration link between members from the various disciplines.
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