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Date:9/1/2009

This release is available in German.

EUMINAfab offers open access to machines and know-how in micro- and nanotechnologies for users from science and industry. Today, this European infrastructure facility coordinated by KIT is starting operation: Ten leading institutions from research and industry in eight EU member states make available a total of 36 high-tech installations along with the corresponding scientific and technological expertise. Users are given cost-free access, provided that they agree to a publication of research results.

Micro- and nanotechnologies, two complementary disciplines of miniaturization in science and engineering, allow for novel materials, effects, and functionalities. Hence, they are assigned a key role in innovations in many areas. EUMINAfab, the first European virtual scientific infrastructure facility for micro- and nanofabrication and characterisation, opens up new pathways for researchers and developers to study and process a variety of functional materials. Users of EUMINAfab have access to 36 high-technology installations at ten institutions in eight European countries, the investment volume of which amounts to more than 200 million Euros. In addition, the respective scientific expertise is offered. Today, on September 1, 2009, the first announcement starts for the submission proposals for user access under www.euminafab.eu.

EUMINAfab is coordinated by the KIT NANOMICRO: Science, Technology, Systems Program. "Based on our extensive portfolio of miniaturization technologies, users are offered specific micro- and nanotechnological solutions for their problems and development projects. This will be of particular benefit to both industrial competition and science", explains EUMINAfab project coordinator Matthias Kautt.

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Contact: Dr. Susan Anson
susan.anson@nanomikro.fzk.de
49-724-782-8103
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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