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Bio-inspired assembly process for Micro- and Nano- Products

Objective

While our knowledge on synthesizing nanostructures at the molecular level is progressing at a fast pace since the remarkable achievement of buckyballs and carbon nanotubes, our current understanding on how to interface and assemble parts from different materials is still limited. The GOLEM concept is to propose an approach based on bio-inspired events to assemble parts at the micro-/nano- scale. The objective is to mimic methods used by nature to interface organic and non-organic material (for example abalone shellfish provide a template for the crystallization of calcite into hard shell) and also, molecular recognition properties like antibodies/antigens, proteins receptors/ligands interaction or DNA hybridisation to uniquely define mating pairs between nano-objects to assemble.

The assembly process in itself is assisted or partially assisted by way of swarm micro-robots, fluidic systems (to direct a flow of parts) or through laser-trapping techniques. The GOLEM science and technology objectives are:
- To understand and investigate the bio-inspired bindings suitable for non-organic materials.
- To characterize the assembly process at the micro-/nano- scale (geometry, bonding forces, repeatability, etc.) using dedicated tools.
- To develop too ls and methods to selectively functionalised surfaces on which bio-molecules are attached to.
- To implement a demonstration of assembled device using bio-inspired bonds. GOLEM will contribute at exploring the frontiers of knowledge by a systematic investigation of bio-inspired events as a "smart-glue" to bond non-organic material.

GOLEM will also support long-term innovation by providing specifically developed micro-robotic instruments and methods to investigate nano- and micro- assembly that will be made to the European Research Community.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-NMP-TI-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Address
Den Dolech 2
Eindhoven
Netherlands

Participants (10)

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
Address
Zikova 4
Praha 6
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)
France
Address
Bâtiment Le Ponant D - 25 Rue Leblanc
Paris
DELONG INSTRUMENTS AS
Czechia
Address
Bulharska 48
Brno
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Sti-lsro, Station 9
Lausanne
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Serco House 16 Bartley Wood - Business Park Bartley Way
Hook - Hampshire
OCTAX MICROSCIENCE GMBH
Germany
Address
Hohe Strasse 700, Gebaeude 5A
Herborn
QUINTENZ HYBRIDTECHNIK
Germany
Address
Eichenstrasse 15
Neuried
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS VI
France
Address
4 Place Jussieu
Paris