• Accurately mixing oil and water

    Mayonnaise is a typical example in which oil and water are mixed. But oil and water do not mix well. A newly developed chip can create this type of emulsion very accurately, enabling food products to taste creamy while using less fat.

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  • Transmitting and receiving single photons

    By transmitting and detecting single photons it is possible to develop applications within cryptography and medical imaging. The company Single Quantum has developed the equipment for this.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Detecting pneumonia quickly and cheaply
  • Cell membrane on a chip
  • Nine shades of green
  • Label on cancer cell for targeted treatment
  • Regaining control of your bladder
  • Measuring the composition of a gas quickly and cheaply
  • New window on cells

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

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

  • 750

    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

    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

    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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