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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

NFFA-Europe: Europe's largest network of nanoscience infrastructures

The NFFA-Europe project brings together 20 research centres, laboratories and universities that pioneer research in this field, among them those that make up the Barcelona Nanocluster Bellaterra BNC-b: UAB, PRUAB, IMB-CNM, ICMAB and ICN2.

The NFFA-Europe European project will coordinate the activity of major nanomaterials-related European facilities. The project brings together twenty research centers, laboratories and leading research universities in this field, including those that are part of Barcelona Bellaterra Nanocluster BNC-b, as the ICN2.

Over the last ten years, Europe has invested some ten billion euros in nanoscience and nanotechnology laboratories all over the continent. Now, in order to optimise resources and stimulate collaborative research, the European Commission has approved the NFFA-Europe project, which aims to integrate these laboratories' capacities in nanoscience within the first global infrastructure for research in nanoscience.

The NFFA-Europe project brings together 20 institutions that pioneer research in this field, among them being synchrotrons, research centres and universities in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom, Austria, Slovenia and Spain. The aim is to integrate their infrastructures and laboratories and make them available to a large number of researchers in various disciplines so that they can develop high-impact, innovative research projects. In this way the project seeks to create synergies to offer the best facilities for conducting research into the nanoscale properties of materials, both to academics and to companies.

It is expected that during the project, which will last four years and have a budget of 10 million euros, around 1,000 users will benefit from its facilities and 350 research projects will be conducted there. The project partners will also jointly undertake research projects to develop new methods and to extend this potential to industry.

In Catalonia, six nanoscience and nanotechnology institutions are taking part in this project, among them being the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB CSIC), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), the UAB Research Park (PRUAB), the Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the ALBA Synchrotron. They all belong to the Barcelona Nanocluster Bellaterra BNC-b.

For further information: UAB http://www.uab.cat/web/newsroom/news-detail/birth-of-europe-s-largest-network-of-nanoscience-infrastructures-1345668003610.html?noticiaid=1345694542484