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M2 = Method for patterning of nPTMs

An efficient process for the realization of patterned nanoPTM from polycarbonate (PC) film has been developed.

These patterned nPTMs consists of membranes in which a well-defined number of pores are confined to arranged areas of well-controlled shape and size. First results show that samples with porous areas of 10 µm in diameter can be obtained.

Patterned nanoPTMs samples have been realised at the laboratory scale and have been successfully used as templates for the electro-deposition of metals and conducting polymers.

These filled patterned nPTMs allow electric or magnetic measurements on a restricted and known number of nanowires. This is very helpful for the precise definition of the nanowires properties at the nanoscale. The patterned membranes are likely to be of particular value in applications requiring differentiated zones of pores and properties across the membrane for example arrays of sensors.

A patent has been filed concerning this technology which will be further developed within a new project funded under the Framework 5 programme of the EC.

End users are likely to include sensor, display and analytical measurement systems companies.

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