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.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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