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Posted: December 3, 2008

Special journal issue on nanotechnology in Greece

(Nanowerk News) The latest issue of the International Journal of Nanotechnology (IJNT) introduces you to a collection of original papers representative of the research performed in Greece in the field of nanotechnology.
Research in this field is carried out in several Greek laboratories and covers the areas of Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication technologies, Nanoelectronics, Sensors, Photonics, Phononics, as well as inter-disciplinary combinations of all the above.
Major Micro- and Nanofabrication facilities exist in two different sites, at the Institute of Microelectronics (IMEL) at NCSR Demokritos in Athens which is devoted to Si technology for Electronics, Sensors and MEMs/NEMs and at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers (IESL) in FORTH in Crete, which includes the Microelectronics Group specialising in compound semiconductors growth and devices. IMEL is one of the founding members of the European Institute of Nanoelectronics ‘SINANO’ (established in 2008) and member of the European Nanoelectronics platform ‘ENIAC-AENEAS’. Moreover, laser facilities for micro- and nanofabrication and synthesis exist in Greece at IESL-FORTH.
Thin films and nanostructures are developed in both of the above research Institutes and in different Materials and Chemistry Research Institutes (Institute of Materials Science and Institute of Chemical Sciences at NCSR Demokritos, Institute of Theoretical and Physical, Chemistry at NRC) as well as in different University laboratories in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Ioannina, Xanthi and Heraklion.
Several laboratories are devoted to the characterisation of complex materials, structures and devices and to the theoretical background related to the above disciplines. The field of Photonics enhanced with the aspect of nano-structuring and materials is also a favourable area where several laboratories are actively involved.
A Scientific Society named ‘Micro & Nano’ has been established since 2004 with the initiative of the Director of IMEL. The society today numbers several members – Institutions and 120 independent scientists and its overall objectives are to promote the field of Micro- and Nanotechnology in Greece (materials, technologies, electronic devices, circuits and systems) and to act as a catalyst for the development of the above fields in the country.
Concerning industrial activities in Nanotechnology, they are oriented towards the fields of Microelectronics, sensors, chemical products, and bio-technologies. Microelectronics companies are in general fabless and in their majority are represented by the Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA), established in 2005. Today the Association numbers its members above 30.
Recently, a similar structure of a national platform on Photonics, which is attached to the Photonics21 European platform, promoting the Nano-aspect research and innovation has initiated its activities, representing more than 25 individual research organisations, universities and companies.
International Conferences on Micro & Nano sciences and Technologies have been also established in Greece in the last few years. The Micro&Nano Conference series is held every three years at NCSR Demokritos in Athens-Greece, the last one having been held in the year 2007. A second series of established Conferences is N&N (Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies), held every year at the University of Thessaloniki. In addition, several International Conferences are hosted occasionally in Greece (MNE 2008, IC4N 2008 etc.).
It should be noted that the papers included in this volume represent only part of the research carried out in Greece in the field of Nanotechnology.
Source: Inderscience Publishers