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Templates for engineered nano-objects for use in microwave, electronic devices and biomedical sensing applications

Objective

NanoTemplates STREPS project will push the Frontiers of Science of a unique range of nano- objects made by further extending nanotechnology developed in two EU RTD projects [NanoPTMS & GMR - BE95-1761 & NanoPTT - G5RD -CT1999-00135]. It will seek a dvantageous property discontinuities arising from the nano-regime and explore these through a range of novel nano-systems to identify promising areas for further development. The project will be underpinned by IPR from previous EC projects employing UCL te chnology based on heavy ion bombardment and track etching of polymers for nano-object fabrication. Fundamental studies of the track etching and patterning processes will be made. Nanoporous substrates (pores down to 10nm), polymeric and metallic nanowires and nanotubes in various forms (Nano-objects), including particulate and embedded within coatings and self-supporting films, will be developed (UCL, Epigem, CNRS). Alternative route to nanoporous arrays will also be investigated by using AFM tip generation of pores (CNRS) in spin-coated films. The characterisation of the nano-objects will be performed and specific properties will be measured. It is intended to screen optical, magnetic and chemical properties. The response of magnetic metallic nanowire array s to high frequency fields will be investigated (Thales, UCL), whilst CRF and Thales will explore the magnetic properties of the nano-structures. Spin dependent phenomena in magnetic nano-objects will be investigated by UCL and CNRS to explore ultimate lim its of magnetoresistive effects and potential long- term applications to quantum computing. UNEW and Epigem will integrate nano-objects in microfluid nanosystems and measure biomedical properties. CRF and Durham will explore nano-objects in the form of li ght sources comprising light emitting polymer diodes (OLED). Confinement effects will be explored to identify benefits for the emission spectrum as well as the light extraction mechanism.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
Place De L'universitè, 1
Louvain-la Neuve
Belgium

Participants (6)

THALES
France
Address
45, Rue De Villiers
Neully-sur-seine
EPIGEM LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
2 Park Lane
Leeds
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3 Rue Michel Ange
Paris
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Italy
Address
Strada Torino N 50
Orbassano, Turin
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Office, Old Elvet
Durham
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Kensington Terrace, 6
Newcastle Upon Tyne