General information


Nanotechnology focuses on the design and creation of functional materials, structures, devices and systems by directly controlling matter at the nanometer scale, as well as the exploitation of novel phenomena and properties occurring at this level. The nanometer scale is in general defined as a length scale smaller than 100 nanometers, but the size limit is essentially determined by the length at which the physical and chemical characteristics of the particular system undergoes quantitative and qualitative changes.

Nanotechnology research and development includes the controlled manipulation of nanometer-scaled structures and their integration into larger material components, systems and architectures. Within these larger scale assemblies, the control and construction of their structure and components continue to be at the nano-level. In nanotechnology, it is essential to have direct control of matter either between two nanometer scaled objects or between a micro/macro-scaled object and a nano scaled object.


The multidisciplinarity of nanotechnology

By using nanotechnology, value can be added to existing products, for example by providing new functions or better performances. Potentially, it can also develop revolutionary new concepts and applications.

This lecture series

Nanotechnology is multidisciplinary, and requires expertise from the fields of different applied and natural sciences, like electrical engineering, (applied) physics, chemistry and chemical technology and life sciences. This expertise, however, is solely focusing on the actual scientific part. The use of nanotechnology in products and services requires innovation management skills and knowledge about ethics. This course provides a first introduction in the broad scope of what nanotechnology is about, related innovation processes and ethics. This all will be based on a basics module and three modules covering research themes of MESA+:


Basics (fabrication & characterization)


Early diagnostics of diseases


Storage of renewable energy


Unconventional electronics

The workshop is addressing industrial companies, science organizations, and consultancies interested in nanotechnology as well as graduate and post-graduate students. It is mainly of interest for people with a training in electrical engineering, applied physics, chemical engineering or any other applied science and who are starting to work or are currently working in the field of nanotechnology.

Participants of the 2012 edition

The workshop will be given in a three-day format, consisting of lectures (from both academics and industrialists), lab tours (NanoLab, BioNanoLab, and our SEM characterization lab), and workshops on innovation processes/technology venturing and the societal aspects of nanotechnology.

Upon attending all lectures you will receive a certificate of attendance.