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Nano-scale analysis, prototyping and self-assembly processes


The general goal of this project is to train young researchers in nanotechnology, to go for a technology leap from purely silicon technology to new and more advanced technologies in the future Europe.

A broad interdisciplinary training program in the field of nanotechnology is proposed covering three areas,
1) The improvement of analysis methods for nanotechnology,
2) Prototyping of nano-devices and
3) A novel and future process for nanotechnology, i.e. self-assembly.

The objectives of the training program are:
1: Challenge the limits of high-resolution imaging and explore new types of electron sources.
2: Perform research on new ways to image and understand self-assembly processes.
3: Investigate ways to enhance electron beam lithography and nano-deposition techniques.
4: Research on a new ion source that can produce focused ion beams of any desired atom.
5: Build sensors for bio-molecules from nanotubes and nanowires, using self-assembly and micro-contact printing.
6: Build sensors for bio-molecules using self-assembly of magnetic particles.

It is expected that the proposed training will meet the stringent needs of a modern science and technology training, which will give the trainees a strong basis to start a research career at international top-level. The training will be in Philips Research Labs in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, mounted in the sector Materials and Process Technology. This sector, where all activities of Philips Research on basic physics, chemistry and nano-technology are concentrated, consists of a staff of 130 highly skilled researchers.

The program is embedded in a large structure of successful Philips internal projects related to nanotechnology and a network of national- and international contacts with university groups. The requested 6 trainees will be coached by 10 senior-, or principal scientists at Philips Research and by 6 professors from 4 Dutch universities (Delft, Eindhoven, Leiden and Utrecht).

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