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Bio-inspired Assembly Process for Micro- and Nano- Products (GOLEM) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 33211
Funded under: FP6-NMP


The main objective of the project is to use an approach based on bio-inspired bonds to assemble parts at the micro- and nano- scales. The so-called grand challenge of the project is to assemble a thousand mesoscale parts of at least two different types, on the same substrate or together, using bio-inspired bonds.
This report ends the first year of GOLEM. Globally, the project is well on track and we have fulfilled most of our objectives and for some of them well beyond our initial expectations.
First bonds strength measurements have been successfully completed by the team involved in workpackage 1. Specific protocols have been developed and will be used to further functionalized mesoscale parts. So far, we have not yet succeeded in a full-surface attachment (i.e. a bonded area comparable to the size of meso-scale parts) but all the testing procedures and protocols are now in place for a testing campaign in the coming weeks. We expect important results on that front soon as we are currently behind schedule (we were initially planning to have first results at the end of the first year). This delay is mainly due to the difficulties to recruit appropriate personnel to work on this topic. This problem has been solved recently and the team working on this workpackage is now complete.

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