Nine Nanotechnology Competence Centers in Germany have established the consortium AGeNT-D (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Nanotechnologie-Kompetenzzentren in Deutschland). The CCNanos are acting nationwide and are located in various regions of Germany. All together they cover the whole range of nanotechnology's research and application areas.
(Site in German) With the forward-looking project ALEGRA (Alternative Werkstoffe für die NanoElektronik: Graphen) Dr. Max Lemme, AMO GmbH was awarded the BMBF-supported NanoFutur prize for young researchers. Graphene is an extremely attractive material candidate to overcome the limitations of conventional Si-based devices and for applications in electronics beyond CMOS.
The aim of the proposed Japanese-German Research Unit 'Advanced spintronic materials and transport phenomena' (ASPIMATT) is to develop the foundations for a future spintronics with the potential to complement and succeed conventional CMOS. The specific approach lies on the development and characterization of new spintronic materials for applications at room temperature and on the study of new spin transport phenomena, in particular lateral spin current phenomena.
New nanostructures, nanodevices, and nanocircuits are the goal of FORNEL. The Research Cooperation conducts research and development on new materials and deposition techniques for ultra-thin layers as well as for nanoimprint, an alternative lithography technique.
CeNTech was created as one of Germany's first centers for nanotechnology. Integrated into the densest network of universities in all over Europe in the German state of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW), CeNTech provides the ideal environment to direct selected ideas and results of nanotechnological research into technical applications.
The mission of CeNS is to promote, coordinate, and bundle interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscience. CeNS consolidates research activities at the nanometer scale from the areas of physics, biophysics, chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. The network promotes the mutual understanding and collaboration between researchers from these different disciplines by joint seminars, workshops, and schools which are organized by CeNS.
chem2biz is a joint initiative by the TechnologieZentrum Ludwigshafen am Rhein GmbH (TZL) and BASF Aktiengesellschaft. Company founders and companies from the chemistry-based sectors of chemistry, nanotechnology, new materials, bio-technology and process and analytical technology can call on a modularly-structured full-service offering during the start-up and growth phases of their business.
(Site in German) Main objective of the Cluster Nanotechnology is the set-up of a competence network in order to support the efficient transfer of the results of latest research and development into the industry. Activities of the Cluster Nanotechnology focus primarily on enterprises with application potential for nanotechnologies with special regard to small and medium-sized enterprises.