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Smart and small robots for the micro-world (ROBOSEM)

Funded under: FP5-GROWTH


This project summary is one of a series featured in the nanotechnology projects showcase on CORDIS:

Europe has stimulated the R&D in micro- and nanosystems technologies in the past since these technologies form the basis of a new generation of products, techniques and market opportunities. A key problem area is the non-availability of flexible, high-precise nanohandling machinery, especially for the assembly of microsystems.

The project aims to develop a nanohandling station operating in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Microassembly, nanotesting and functional and pharmaco genomics are the main application fields. Benefits are expected for microsystem technology (MST), microassembly, nanotribology, material nano-characterization, microbiology, medicine, pharmaceutics, microelectronics (probing of IC�s), mechanical engineering and high-precision positioning. Within the project, two robot platforms for coarse positioning (semiautonomous and a fixed) will be developed. A modular design of the robots should allow an easy conversion of the desktop station for different applications. Beside the SEM, micro video cameras and tactile-/force microsensors have to be developed and integrated. Two operation modes are to be implemented: telemanipulation using a haptic interface (�virtual reality�) or automatic control.

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