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Volumetric Scanning Microwave Microscopy Analytical and Research Tool for Nanotechnology

Objective

This project will produce a new tool, the Volumetric Scanning Microwave Microscope (VSMM), for non-destructive 3D nanoscale structural characterisation. Full development of this new tool will take place ready for commercial exploitation within the project duration. The consortium, comprising three SMEs, a Large Company, an RTD Performer and two Research Institutions, will develop and commercialise the VSMM.
The VSMM will probe the local reflection and transmission microwave spectroscopy of key materials properties, measuring complex permittivity, conductivity, resistivity, and magnetic response, and hence structural and chemical material constitution with 3D nanoscale resolution. Workpackages will address the technical development of the tool and demonstrate its ability to characterise the 3D structure in situ at the nanoscale with application to relevant real life systems including nanoparticle drug uptake in biological cells, domain structure in ferroelectric devices and trap mechanisms in solar cells. Integrated into this process is ease of use through dedicated work-flows and intuitive real time visualisation for results optimisation and processing. Methods for calibration and provision of traceability are incorporated into the project from the start: this will ensure that VSMM measurements will be quantitatively meaningful and optimised for accuracy and will ensure the most efficient route to commercialisation and uptake of the VSMM.
The project aims to produce significant impact for European SMEs, they will benefit both from the market for SPM probe tips and ancillary equipment (e.g. calibration kits) for the VSMM and as end-users. Finally, the fact that the VSMM will utilise SPM cantilever-probe technology will ensure that it is readily compatible with a full range of other SPM-based tools – opening up its future role in integrated multi-physical materials characterisation at the nanoscale.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SME-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

THE BIO NANO CENTRE LIMITED LBG
Address
Euston Road 338
NW1 3BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 793 992
Administrative Contact
Paolo Actis (Dr.)

Participants (7)

MICROWAVE CHARACTERIZATION CENTER
France
EU contribution
€ 343 400
Address
10 Rue Hubble Batiment 7 Parc De La Haute Borne
59262 Sainghin En Melantois
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Vellas (Dr.)
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES OSTERREICH GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 369 850
Address
Mooslackengasse 17
1190 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ferry Kienberger (Dr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 307 461
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Lees (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 382 579
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Romolo Marcelli (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE BIOENGINYERIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 411 720
Address
Carrer Baldiri Reixac Planta 2A 10-12
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Gomila (Dr.)
NANOWORLD SERVICES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 411 531
Address
Schottkystrasse 10
91058 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Sulzbach (Mr.)
KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 79 400
Address
Europaplatz 2/1/2
1150 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ferry Kienberger (Dr.)