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Tools and Technologies for the Synthesis and Analysis of Nanostructures (TASNANO) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 516865
Funded under: FP6-NMP


Scanning proximity probes (SPP) are uniquely powerful tools for molecular analyses and sensing; they are capable of addressing and manipulating surfaces at the molecular and atomic levels and therein are keys to unlocking the full potential of nanotechnology. Current SPP nanotools are limited to several probes with optical readout and slow processing rates, mostly at the research level. This presently constitutes a severe limitation in the commercial/manufacturing viability of this technology. Through the realization of modular parallel probe arrays with integrated piezoresistive readout and their individual and/or modular nanofunctionalisation, an avalanche of new tools and processes for a wide range of applications including sensing, electronics and the life-sciences industries would be viable.

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