Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance
As an application-oriented service provider the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has recognized the signs of the times. By the foundation of the alliance nanotechnology almost all aspects of nanotechnology can be analyzed in cooperation with customers in order to develop new products and system solutions.
This begins with molecular modeling of nanostructures as a precondition for a specific material development, via chemical and physical methods to produce thin films, particles, fibers, and nanocomposites, process technology for nanomaterials to the point of production technology as well as testing of lifetime and reliability of nanosystems. Moreover, offers in nanoanalytics and assessment of trends in nanotechnology as cross section topic are added.
It is the aim of these activities to give all chances to the realistic development potential of the nanotechnology for application and realization, far from illusions and exaggerated hopes, and to offer Research & Development for the entire value-added chain of nanotechnological products.
Economical orientation is the guideline of the Fraunhofer alliance' acting; it is observed in project-related cooperations with the industrial economy as well as in the foundation of new enterprises. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is currently engaged in six businesses, the prime business segment of which is nanotechnology.
A special platform to exchange experience and for the cooperation of research and economy are the competence centers "nanotechnology" founded by the federal ministry for education and research (BMBF). Many of the Fraunhofer institutes involved participate in these centers. In the case of the competence center "ultrathin films" the Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik ISW has the lead management.
Since 2015 a close cooperation exists between the Fraunhofer Cluster Nanoanalysis from Dresden and this Nanotechnology Alliance.
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