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Innovative technology for a better world

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Applied R & D

Our definition of Micro- and Nanotechnology:
Micro- and nanotechnology (MNT) is a collective term for key enabling technologies expected to impact significantly on future economic development, quality of life and ecological challenges for the society.

Microtechnology includes device technologies such as those used for MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems) and MOEMS (micro-opto-electro-mechanical-systems), microsystems engineering and micro-machining technologies, micro-sensors and actuators, micro-fluidics, micro-robotics, and related techniques, e.g. for bio chips, chemical and gas sensing based on microsystems.

Nanotechnology requires the ability to work at atomic and molecular level and to combine different scientific disciplines to create structures with fundamentally new organisation, properties or processes, which can be used to create new devices or can be integrated to improve functionality of macro-systems. (“Bottom-up”) Nanotechnology includes also an extension of microtechnology into nanoscale dimensions. (”There is a lot of room at the bottom”)*

* Nobel laureate 1965 (Physics) Richard Feynman, lecture in 1959



Focused R&D fields for NCE Micro- and Nanotechnology

We focus our R&D activities towards fields identified in the cluster by the industrial partners and HBV (Buskerud and Vestfold University College) as promising fields for future industrial innovations, mainly as potential future fields for the existing industrial partners either as an expansion of their present technologies, but also as possible new business activities. In addition, we perform a smaller part of our R&D in promising fields for unborn industries within the cluster.

Examples of focused R&D fields are:

  • Silicon microsystems (Pressure sensors, accelerometers, energy harvesters)
  • Optical microsystems and displays
  • BioMEMS (Disposable diagnosis chips)
  • MNT Packaging Technology (3 D) Our focused R&D activities can also be shown graphically as a hierarchical structure starting with basic technologies and expanding upwards towards applications.

Our R&D activities are organised as research projects with dedicated project teams, each with specific project plans based upon scope of work and allocated funding, and progress of work is monitored both technically and financially by the NCE MNT staff. 


For more information, please consult our R&D Coordinator, professor Per Øhlckers:
Direct Call: 0047 3303771

Cell Phone: 0047 95903989