Nanotechnology and microsystems technology in North Rhine-Westphalia
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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.

Did you know ...

... that innovative automotive paint coatings developed in NRW are scratch-resistant thanks to the use of nanoparticles?
... that the new cooling system for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 on the ISS was built at RWTH University?
... that scientists from the Forschungszentrum Jülich have developed a new quantum dot microscope?

Quick Facts

25 percent

in nanotechnology
Almost 25 percent of the more than 1,900 actors within nanotechnology in Germany have their headquarters in NRW, far ahead of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.

28 percent

in NRW
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.

170

companies
Around 170 microsystems technology 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

Around 215 research establishments in NRW – including ten 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 more than 40 companies and over 2,200 employees, MST is one of the largest clusters in Europe.

Nanotechnology enterprises in NRW

Aixtron
AMO
FRT
ionTof
nanofocus

Microsystems enterprises in NRW

elmos
micronit

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.

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06.09.2019

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