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?|
- More than 200 enterprises, including more than 50 major companies, in NRW operate explicitly in the field of nanotechnology. Many of these are world market leaders.
- Regional hotspots have emerged in Aachen, Dortmund, Cologne/Bonn, Münster and the Ruhr metropolitan region
- 28 percent Germany's microsystems enterprises and research establishments are based in NRW.
- Around 190 institutes at more than 30 locations in NRW are conducting research into nanotechnology.
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
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North Rhine-Westphalia at a Glance
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