Nanotechnology and microsystems technology in North Rhine-Westphalia
Nanotechnology and microsystems technology unite various scientific disciplines and are expected to play a pivotal role in the 21st century. The strong research infrastructure and the close links between science and industry in NRW have speeded up the pace of innovation. North Rhine-Westphalian nano/microtechnology enterprises profit from the dynamism of this market and ensure that the state occupies a leading position in these crossover technologies within Germany and throughout Europe.
|... that innovative automotive paint coatings developed in NRW are scratch-resistant thanks to the use of nanoparticles?|
- Almost 25 percent of the approx. 2,200 actors within nanotechnology in Germany have their headquarters in NRW, far ahead of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg
- 28 percent of all German actors are to be found in NRW, placing the state in a leading position nationwide with regard to microsystems technology
- Around 170 companies, including 130 small and medium-sized enterprises, nearly 100 university institutes and approx. 20 other research institutes are based here.
Broad-based research infrastructure NRW
More than 220 research establishments in NRW – including nine Fraunhofer Institutes and three Max Planck Institutes – are engaged in nanotechnology research. In addition, NRW is home to two further centers of excellence: the NanoBioAnalytics Center in Münster (NBZ) and the NanoEnergyTechnologyCenter (NETZ) at Duisburg-Essen University. Europe's first interdisciplinary center for applied nanotechnology, CeNTech, is located in Münster. A major focus of microsystems research is the MST Cluster in Dortmund. With 24 companies and more than 1,700 employees, MST is one of the largest clusters in Europe.
Nanotechnology enterprises in NRW
Microsystems enterprises in NRW
|Bartels Mikrotechnik||Boehringer Ingelheim microParts||ELMOS||LIMO||Micronit|
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North Rhine-Westphalia at a Glance
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