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Proceedings Nanofair 2014

The Nanofair 2014 - 10th International Nanotechnology Symposium “New ideas for industry“ took part on July 1 - 3, 2014, in the International Congress Center Dresden.

The abstract booklet and presentation slides from the conference can be dowloaded as PDF file. Furthermore, a printed version of the abstract booklet can be ordered (as far as available). Please use the order form.

Nanofair 2012

Dresden, June 12 - 13, 2012, International Congress Center

Proceedings

Dresden, June 12 - 13, 2012, International Congress Center

Nanofair 2012

The presentations, manuscripts and poster from the conference can be dowloaded as PDF file. Furthermore you will get the abstract in the printed version. Please use the order form.

Nanofair 2010

Dresden, July 6 - 7, 2010, International Congress Center

Exhibition room at Nanofair 2010 in the International Congress Center
© Photo Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Exhibition room at Nanofair 2010 in the International Congress Center

Awarding of the VDI-Young Researcher Prize Nanotechnology to Noël Wilck by Dr. Andreas Leson
© Photo Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Awarding of the VDI-Young Researcher Prize Nanotechnology to Noël Wilck by Dr. Andreas Leson

For the Nanofair 2010 you can order a CD containing the proceedings as PDF files (in English)

Nanofair 2009

Nanofair career forum: Attentive listeners during the technical presentations.
© Photo Fraunhofer IWS Dresden

Nanofair career forum: Attentive listeners during the technical presentations.

Nanofair 2009 again was a great success. Scientists as well as researchers from industry gathered in Dresden to participate the conference in the International Congress Center, within splitting distance to the noted places and historic spots of the city of Dresden.

The conference was opened by a plenary talk of Peter Grünberg, nobel laureate of 2007 in physics, who gave an impressive overview on the actual developments in the field of magnetism in thin layered structures. Other invited speakers included Dirk Stenkamp, board member of Carl Zeiss SMT AG, who spoke about imaging and structuring in the Nano-World, as well as Yoshio Bando of the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba Japan and Hidekazu Tanaka, ISIR Osaka University. Their talks as well as the others were lively discussed during the coffee breaks. The evening of the first day ended in the famous City Museum of Dresden. On invitation of the City of Dresden participants could relax, enjoy a nice buffet and tour the exposition.

In addition to the conference program itself Nanofair 2009 again offered an interesting supporting program for the participants. The “Nanofair Career Forum” just the day before the conference offered students the opportunity to find out about career options in the solar industry and to discuss with leading CEO´s and managers active in this business.

During the day following the conference participants had the possibility to take part in a workshop on “Commercializing Future Technologies for Energy and Energy Efficiency” at the premises of Fraunhofer IWS. The workshop also included a special session on 1:1 Meetings in order to initiate international cooperation. Tours to leading photovoltaic companies completed the much acclaimed workshop. Most participants expressed their intention to come back to the next conference as well as to the workshop.

Nanofair 2008

We are very pleased by receiving such impressive responses from participants of Nanofair 2008:

"INPHAZE, a small instruments manufacturing company from Sydney, Australia, came to Dresden, to NanoFair 2008 in March this year. We can honestly say that for both of us it was one of the best Conferences we have ever attended, in Australia or overseas. Dresden is a great city and we had a particulary pleasant time staying right near the Frauenkirche at the Steigenberger Hotel. Indeed, on one of the nights we attended an organ concert at the Frauenkirche and that was a most special evening. Another evening was spent on a conference outing to the Panometer and that was one of the best conference receptions ever. But let us not forget the conference program! It was varied, with excellent high-level presentations and a real pleasure to have English as the official Conference language. We look forward to participating to NanoFair 2009, both in the Conference program and the industry exhibition."

Dr. Ditta Bartels, Managing Director, INPHAZE

Prof Hans Coster, Biophysics and Bioengineering, University of Sydney, and Chief Scientist, INPHAZE

Nanofair 2006

New Ideas for Industry From Nanotechnology Symposium

In 2006, the "Nanofair" once again brought together representatives of science and economy. According to the Federal Ministry of Research, as many as about 600 companies in Germany are already dealing with the development, application and marketing of nanotechnological products. It is estimated that the global market potential of such products will reach about one billion (1012) Euro by the year 2015.

On November 21 and 22, 2006, both during the lecture programme comprising about 50 talks given in two parallel series, and in the accompanying technical exhibition, researchers and scientists presented the most recent findings for innovative products and procedures, for example: How to produce textile fibres on the nanoscale, or how to develop environment-friendly and cost-effective drive systems using nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles as a storage medium for hydrogen. Symposium participants from 20 nations were given a warm welcome by Lord Mayor Heinz Fenrich at the Karlsruhe Congress Centre on Tuesday morning.

The main topics of the Nanofair 2006 included nanomaterials, functional fibres and textiles, energy, optics, process technology, Life Science, surfaces, electronics as well as measurement and characterisation.

Nanofair 2005

Nanotechnology experts from all over the world met in Dresden for the Nanofair 2005, an international nanotechnology symposium initiated and organised by the cities of Dresden, Karlsruhe and Strasbourg as well as the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI). The symposium was held from November 29 – 30, 2005. Roughly 280 participants from all over the world, a third of them being industry representatives, convened in the newly opened International Congress Center of Dresden, located very close to the famous historic center of the city.

As in the preceding meetings Nanofair 2005 laid special emphasis on the co-operation between research institutions and companies. This is essential if one wants to fully exploit the potential of this rapidly growing technology. The importance of a close link between fundamental science and industrial applications was reflected in the fact that again the German Federal Minister for Education and Research Mrs Edelgard Bulmahn as well as the French Minister for Education and Research Mr Francois Goulard both took over the patronage of Nanofair 2005.

Oral presentations were given by internationally renowned speakers. The contributions were clustered into the topics electronics, materials, surfaces, optics, life sciences and automotive applications. The talks were generally of excellent quality and lively discussed directly after the talk or later on during the coffee breaks. Themes such as e. g. thermomechanical data storage, single-atom transistors, nanoscaled oxides or specific nanoparticles for clinical applications showed the broad range of topics which were addressed during the conference. Latest research results were also presented in an extensive poster-show. In addition some companies as well as networks and the cities of Dresden and Karlsruhe participated in an accompanying technical exhibition.

In addition Nanofair 2005 offered an interesting supporting program open for the participants. Delegations from Canada and Ukraine met directly before or after the conference in especially arranged seminars. The main purpose of these meetings was to present the latest research results and to discuss opportunities for international co-operation. In addition the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) hosted a meeting “nano-careerforum” dedicated to students and young researchers in the field of nanotechnology. About 100 students from all over Europe came together to listen to high-ranking experts from industry, who gave hints and advice for a career in industry.

Dresden is well known for its famous buildings of baroque style. So it was quite natural that a splendid conference diner took place in Schloss Albrechtsberg, a famous palace on the bank of the river Elbe. All participants enjoyed the great view on the city and stimulating discussions in a relaxed atmosphere lasted long this evening.

The success of Nanofair demands a continuation. Therefore Nanofair 2006 will again take place in Karlsruhe from November 21 to 22, 2006. Preparations are already in progress.

Nanofair 2003

For the second time already, nanotechnology experts from all over the world met for Nanofair, the joint nanotechnology symposium of the cities of Dresden, Karlsruhe and Strasbourg and the VDI, which was held this time in Dresden from Nov. 20 – 21, 2003. About 300 participants from 15 countries, a third of them being industry representatives, discussed new applications in the fields of electronics, optics, materials, automotive and life sciences. 80 exhibitors presented their projects in the accompanying technical exhibition.

Nanofair aims to bring together scientists and representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises for a discussion on the current level of nanotechnology and its further development. It is essential to start co-operations between research institutions and companies in order to benefit from the full potential of this rapidly growing technology.

Recognised experts representing for ex. the companies Infineon Technologies and AMD, had accepted to present papers at the symposium and they reported on the newest trends and developments in microelectronics which in many sectors have already turned into nanoelectronics. Life sciences are another sector where the application of nanotechnology methods is increasingly to be found. Biochips serving to detect specific molecules are one of the examples that were much discussed at Nanofair, just as biocompatible coatings improving the compatibility of implants.

Recognised experts representing for ex. the companies Infineon Technologies and AMD, had accepted to present papers at the symposium and they reported on the newest trends and developments in microelectronics which in many sectors have already turned into nanoelectronics. Life sciences are another sector where the application of nanotechnology methods is increasingly to be found. Biochips serving to detect specific molecules are one of the examples that were much discussed at Nanofair, just as biocompatible coatings improving the compatibility of implants.

Nanoporous polymer films for high-grade antireflecting coatings, nanolayers for new solar cells and for highly-brilliant OLED displays, nanoclusters allowing silicon based light emission in optical systems of the next generation: these are just a few of the applications of nanotechnology in the field of optics that were presented.

Co-organisers of Nanofair are the Economic Development Departments of the three cities, the nanotechnology centres of competence "Ultrathin Functional Films" Dresden and Nanomat Karlsruhe, the three cities’ universities and the “VDI-Kompetenzfeld Nanotechnologie”. As to the French side, the event is supported by ADIRA (Association de Développement du Bas-Rhin) and the universities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse.

In her opening speech the Federal Minister for Research, Edelgard Bulmahn, who, together with her French colleague Claudie Haigneré, assumed the patronage of the event, therefore explicitly welcomed the initiative taken by the three cities and the nanotechnology centres of competence to organise this joint international nanotechnology symposium.

She called Dresden an "excellent example of successful innovation policy" and said, "By giving specific support to innovation it has been possible to create in Dresden one of Europe’s most progressive technology regions. The field of nanoelectronics shows the leverage effect generated by the new technologies on the economy as a whole."

After her welcome speech at Nanofair she attended an event fitting the occasion: the laying of the foundation stone for AMD’s 300 mm-Fab-X in Dresden where structure sizes ranging from 65 nanometres to 32 nanometres are to be produced.

The pre-conference programme offered a variety of workshops, among others with partners from Korea and Italy, for ex. the 2nd German-Korean Workshop "Nanostructured Materials" or the workshop on "Cleaning in Nanocoating Technology".

The evening reception held at the “Transparent Factory” of the Volkswagen AG provided an opportunity for the guests to have an informal talk while enjoying piano music and a glass of wine. They also took pleasure in having a close look at the assembly of the Phaeton and in testing the conveniences of the VW luxury car.

Preparations for Nanofair 2004 are already in full swing. It will take place in Karlsruhe from November 23 - 24.

Nanofair 2002

175 participants from 14 countries gathered on 25th -26th November in Strasbourg for “NanoFair® 2002“. The aim of the conference, which was accompanied with an exhibition and poster presentation, was to bring together researchers and representatives of industry and medium sized businesses in order to support application orientated cooperation and to develop the exploitation of the economic potential of the rapidly growing nanotechnology.

This first symposium in the series was organised by the network of competence for materials of nanotechnology (NanoMat) with headquarters at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK), the Dresden based competence network for ultrathin functional layers, the VDI and the Agencies for Economic Development of the cities Karlsruhe and Dresden. Further support was from the “Association de développement du Bas-Rhin“ and the Universities of Strasbourg and Mulhouse.

The main focus of the event lay in the 18 lectures which spanned the current status of research, the possibilities already apparent and applications in use. It was a priority at NanoFair® to introduce small and medium sized enterprises to the wide variety of applications of nanotechnology some of which are available now and many more can be expected in the future.

The theme of current and future applications wove like a red thread through the event: from the current use of superhard carbon layers for raser blades to prospective novel storage media on the basis of molecular switches.

Dr. Ralf Anselmann of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, reported on applications in the area of life science. Cosmetic products based on nanoparticles make wrinkles on skin invisible. They fill the folds and so reduce the reflection of light, they must also however correspond to the natural reflection and colour of the skin. This is achieved by the use of silicon particles which are coated with titanium dioxide and iron oxide. Conventional silicon pigments would be visible by the human eye as a white film. Nanoparticles of silica or zinc oxide are an effective ingredient of sun creams.

Degussa AG works closely in its research projects with universities. Dr. Andreas Gutsch gave an overview of the many and varied methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials. These have a wide range of applications from paper coating for brilliant inkjet-printouts to tumour treatments.

In the exhibition Dr. Stefan Walheim (FZK, Institute for Nanotechnology) presented, on the NanoMat Stand, an anti-reflection coating for synthetic and glass surfaces which by the simplest of hand made processes reduces the reflection off surfaces by a factor of eight. A process for the future low cost but highly useful which could be developed for use for example in solar cell technology.

After its successful launch NanoFair® will now take place annually. This year it will take place 23rd -24th November in the Karlsruhe Congress Centre.