• Cheaper solar cells due to nanotechnology

    Making solar cells cheaper by making them thinner. That is what Frank Lenzmann from ECN is trying to achieve. With the help of smart technology you need less silicon to produce a solar cell that is at least as efficient.

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  • Contact lenses as a springboard to more

    A patented coating that prevents contactlenses from becoming dirty and enabling people to wear their lenses for longer without getting irritated eyes. The start-up company LipoCoat offers a relatively cheap way of preventing eye problems.

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  • Drop of blood reveals heart infarct

    A heart infarct can be diagnosed with the Minicare-system with a simple finger prick, within just a few minutes. This year Philips will launch a new system that is faster, simpler and more cost-effective than the current laboratory tests.

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  • New window on cells

    A new technology is developed that enables to follow living cells, including the movements of aggressive breast cancer tumour cells. By using a chip it is possible to image previously unexplorered properties of cells.

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  • Nanoparticles to order

    Produce very clean, identical nanoparticles for efficient catalysts or for miniature electronics – all in single step. VSParticle, a young start-up from Delft University of Technology can do just that. Future clients range from scientific researchers to chip and printer manufacturers.

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  • Measuring the composition of a gas quickly and cheaply

    A Ukrainian orders natural gas from a Russian supplier. However, will he receive the type of gas he has paid for? To analyse the composition of the gas quickly and cheaply, the Dutch company Qmicro is launching a handy device.

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This is NanoNextNL

NanoNextNL is a Dutch consortium of 130 companies, universities, knowledge institutes
and university medical centres, aimed at research into micro and nanotechnology.

  • 130
    Partners

    NanoNextNL's partners are companies, universities, knowledge institutes and university medical centres, all using micro and nanotechnology to create new solutions.

  • 750
    Researchers

    Nanotechnology experts from academia and industry collaborate to develop new technology for innovative solutions and together train over 200 highly skilled young scientists.

  • 251 million
    Finance

    The total budget of NanoNextNL is 251 million euros: half of which is contributed by the 130 partners, the other half by the Government of the Netherlands.

  • 2016 2010
    Timeframe

    NanoNextNL will contribute to solutions for major societal questions such as keeping an ageing society healthy and keeping our environment liveable in a changing climate.

The Programme

NanoNextNL is the Dutch national research and technology programme for micro and nano technology. The Programme consists of 10 themes and the Valorisation Programme. There are three different types of themes: general themes, application themes and risk analysis and technology assessment. Click on one the icons on the right to learn more about about a NanoNextNL theme or the Valorisation Programme.

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