|Coordinatore||CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
|Nazionalità Coordinatore||Italy [IT]|
|Totale costo||2˙268˙316 €|
|EC contributo||1˙800˙000 €|
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research infrastructures
|Anno di inizio||2008|
|Periodo (anno-mese-giorno)||2008-06-01 - 2011-01-31|
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
OESTERREICHISCHE AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN
address: DR. IGNAZ SEIPEL-PLATZ 2
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
|CH (VILLIGEN PSI)||participant||0.00|
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
address: Polaris House North Star Avenue
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'We intend to study the feasibility of an European cluster of nanoscience facilities, which will consist of 3-6 Centres closely attached to a number of selected Large Scale Facilities located within Europe (synchrotron radiation sources, neutron scattering sources, high power lasers including free electron lasers and high performance computing, etc). This cluster of nanoscience facilities will enable users to conduct fine analysis experiments and modelling at the nanoscale by offering access to state-of-the-art synthesis, nanofabrication and analysis to a wide research community. Hence, by providing innovative cutting edge preparation and characterization technologies to European scientists, this delocalized institution will raise the standards of nanoscience experiments in the European Research Area and allow full exploitation of the affiliated Large Scale Facilities. The NFFA design study will develop the Emerging Proposals, named NANOSCIENCE, in synergy with the ESFRI roadmap 2006. NFFA is a structuring project for the ERA that requires to be started with support by the EC under FP7, in order to reach the maturity to be validated as a potential RI by ESFRI. The NFFA Centres for users will share a common technical platform for advanced nanofabrication and characterization of nanostructures, complemented by specialised methods for synthesis of materials, specific analysis, computational methods of simulation, according to a coordinated science plan. The NFFA design study will analyse the full spectrum of Research infrastructures relevant for nanoscience that are currently in operation OR in the preparatory phase of FP7.'
Europe has an impressive track record when it comes to nanoscience research, but it has faced challenges translating basic research and development (R&D) into industrial applications. An EU-backed project is helping large-scale facilities (LSFs) to pool their resources for the benefit of the sector.
Nanoscience is widely expected to herald a new age of progress, addressing many of the challenges facing society, including sustainable development, energy production and saving, as well as novel medicines.
Europe is a global powerhouse when it comes to nanoscience and produces world-class research in the field. However, although the EU conducts ground-breaking fundamental research in the field, employing its unique LSFs and translating this R&D into concrete industrial applications has, to date, proved somewhat elusive.
The EU-funded 'Nanoscience foundries and fine analysis' (NFFA) project brings together five leading European nanoscience facilities to tackle this complex challenge jointly. The project has conducted a design study to test the feasibility of a new kind of user infrastructure comprising a cluster of up to six foundry centres. The aim of this cluster is to carry out integrated nanoscience research, provide European researchers with access to state-of-the-art facilities, and improve sample definition and characterisation for advanced experiments.
NFFA partners came up with a blueprint for clustering these infrastructures to maximise their value. The project will function as a distributed facility with a single science programme and access point. The integrated centres will provide facilities for the performance of simulations, synthesis of materials, nanofabrication, atomic precision manufacturing, surface and bulk analysis, and atomic-resolution microscopy.
NFFA has attracted great interest among the managers of large-scale facilities as well as policymakers, and the partners are now investigating complementary follow-up activities.
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