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European and Chinese Platform for Nano Handling, Assembly and Manufacturing

Final Report Summary - ECNANOMAN (European and Chinese Platform for Nano Handling, Assembly and Manufacturing)

The project “European and Chinese Platform for Nano Handling, Assembly and Manufacturing (ECNANOMAN)” focuses researcher exchange between the four partners in EU and five partners in China. During the three years of the project, a total of 30 man months of researcher visits were conducted. The results are reported in 7 scientific publications, 4 patents and numerous meetings, conferences and workshops.

The research collaboration was focused on the staff exchange between the partners of EU and China, and on the development of new nano handling, assembly and manufacturing technologies. It meets the objectives and requirements of the Marie Curie Action: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES), by setting up multiple bridges between European and Chinese institutions.

The ultimate goal of ECNANOMAN is to establish a long-term research cooperation platform between Europe and China in an emerging field with promising applications in many areas such as nanomedicine, environmental science, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nanomanufacturing. The synergistic approach made by ECNANOMAN will keep the consortium's leading position in the world for potential major scientific and technological breakthroughs.

Achievements
- Interferometric optical tweezers has been studied and a system of optical tweezers has been developed for manipulation and handling of micro and nano particles. The formation of multi-beam laser interference patterns (array of lines and dots) have been investigated for potential applications of handling of an array of micro and nano particles in micro and nano assembly.

- A hybrid robotic nano manipulation system has been designed and developed. Based on the system, some cell tests have been done.

- A dual-tip nano imaging and manipulation system has been designed and developed.