In the NanoHand project a system consisting of micro/nano based subsystems for automatic handling of nanometer sized objects like carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nanowires (NWs) will be developed. The goals of the project are driven by the needs of upcoming semiconductor technology. Two demonstrators will be built, which have a short term (a) as well as a long term (b) perspective: (a) automated decoration of scanning electron microscope (SPM) probes with (i) supertips grown by focused electron beam induced deposition and (ii) CNT-enabled supertips; (b) handling and assembly of CNTs for the construction of nanoelectronic devices.
The cornerstones of the NanoHand project are the many results of the FP5 GROWTH project ROBOSEM (Development of a Smart Nanorobot for Sensor-based Handling in a Scanning Electron Microscope) which was successfully finished in 2005. In this project the technological basis for microrobotics was developed and demonstrated. The goals of NanoHand go far beyond. The new possibilities due to the microrobotic techniques will be demonstrated in two industrially highly relevant applications mentioned above.
The project's consortium gives almost a guarantee for the projects success, it consists of a number of Europe's most experienced research institutes in the filed of microrobotics and nanohandling, the biggest semiconductor company in Europe, and a number of dynamic SMEs in the field of nanotechnology. Moreover, the exploitation of the project results will be done most effectively by the biggest Europe-wide network of SMEs in the field of microsystems technology.
Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
51465 Bergisch Gladbach
20041 Agrate Brianza