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January 2011 News

Our member base is growing (>400 by now) and we added some new functions.

Coming meeting (20th of January in Brüssels)

If you are not free to attend, please bring in your point of view and use the online discussion forums.

Call for papers EuroNanoForum

Deadline is End of January

Send your contribution as soon as possible.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions/assistance you may need.

ProNano - Promoting technology transfer of nanotechnologies

for researchers, companies and research institutions having results in nano-related R&D projects and who are interested in their commercial exploitation.

Coaching is provided free of charge for selected researchers (funded by the European Commission under FP7, DG RTD 248219) by innovation consultants and venture capital firms. Coaching is focused in the preparation of business plan and their investment readiness for attracting investors for the creation of a spin-off new company, or in the elaboration of mini-business plans for preparing negotiations with potential licensee. Further information are to be found under If you interested in this type of support, please contact the ProNano coordinator Mr. Francisco de Arístegui  

Happy New Year!

Call for Presentations and Posters - EuroNanoForum 2011

The EuroNanoForum is a biannual event of the European Commission hosted within the framework of the Presidency of the European Union since 2003. EuroNanoForum 2011 (ENF 2011) will be the fifth event in this series featured as a prominent event of the Hungarian Presidency on 30 May – 1 June 2011 in Budapest.

For the first time, EuroNanoForum is joining forces with another leading European nanotechnology event, Nanotech Europe, to provide a single meeting point for the whole nanotechnology community. Previous EuroNanoForum and Nanotech Europe events have each attracted 700-1000 participants.

The Lund Declaration of July 2009 specifies the Grand Challenges faced by European society and businesses should be solved by sustainable solutions in several areas such as global warming, tightening supplies of energy, water and food, ageing societies, public health, pandemics and security with the overarching challenge of turning Europe into an eco-efficient economy.

Abstracts are expected to specify potential contributions to solving such grand challenges with nanotechnology.

EuroNanoForum 2011 contributions may address scientific, industrial and/or societal aspects:

  • Science and technology, highlighting world-class research
  • Innovation and business, identifying nanotechnology opportunities and barriers throughout the value chain
  • Society, taking a holistic approach to address societal benefits and risks.

Contributions may be in the form of a presentation or a poster.
Applications for presentations and posters may be submitted until 31 January 2011.

The abstracts will be reviewed by an International Advisory Committee which is composed of representatives of European private and public research and industry.

Award for young researchers

Awards will be offered to the best posters presented by young researchers.
The authors of the selected best posters will be invited to participate at the conference.

More details:

New Website, new tools - NanoCom

This text will inform you about the new website and its functions. We would like to encourage you to update your profile and take benefit of the new networking tools. In the 2nd part of the newsletter the NanCom project is presented. 

The new NANOfutures website also brought a new member area with new functions. Find an overview below.

NANOfutures Working Groups

Every working group (WG) in the community has own discussion forums where members can bring in their topics, share documents and initiate polls. If you are already a member of one or more working groups, you will find the list of your WGs in the left sidebar in the member area. If you want to join a WG or read the forums of other WGs, see the Working Groups link in the community menu (also left sidebar). Click on the title of a WG to get to the WG's page. There you will see a discription of the group and an overview of the latest activities within the group. On the top right there is a menu with links to the discussion forums, the WG member list and to start a discussion or a poll. Please don't hesitate to start a topic or post a comment on existing discussions.

More website tools

Beside the working groups there are pools for documents, presentations, weblinks and nano related events, where you can easily add your files and information. The pools can be found in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. On each of the pages "Documents", "Events" and "Interesting Links" there is a button on the top right to add an item to the appendant pool. The pools consists of community generated content so you are asked to share your information with the other community members.

Find other members and companies

You can see the list of the NANOfutures members under "Members" in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. It is an alphabetical list of all community members. You can reorder it or filter it by different terms and selections (Country, name, company, keywords, SME/not SME). There is a Business and a R&D section where members can choose their member profiles to appear.

It is important to have the member profiles updated to let other community members find you, your company and R&D team. You can edit your profile in the member area under "My Account" -> "Edit Profile".

To use the NANOfutures community tools you need to be logged in to the website. Use the "Member Area" link in the top menu or click here

Get started in the new NANOfutures community! If you need more help on specific functions please see the FAQ at

NanoCom: Lowering Barriers for
Nanotechnology Commercialisation

Project Overview

The NanoCom coordinated action is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 NMP Programme and brings together a strong consortium of sixteen partners from industry and academia with expertise in nanotechnologies from across Europe. 

Figure 1. NanoCom partners.

The project commenced on 1st December 2009 and has a duration of 36 months. It aims to contribute towards bridging the gap between lab based and industrial applications in nanotechnology. This will be achieved by creating a European wide approach with mechanisms for lowering the barriers to commercialisation and spreading open innovation best practice for rapid commercialisation and investment in innovative nanotechnology driven products. 

The NanoCom vision is supported by the following key objectives: 

  1. A critical analysis of barriers for rapid commercialisation of emerging Micro and Nano Technologies that result from many complementary EC, national and industrially funded Research and Development (R&D) projects;
  2. Analysis and promotion of best practices via new nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing specific open innovation methodology and tools and provide roadmapping, policy and investment advice at EU, national and regional levels;
  3. Creation of a commercialisation oriented forum and mechanisms for coordinating the efforts of many complementary R&D projects in ERA;
  4. Training and dissemination in best practices for open innovation and commercialisation of nanotechnology. 

The NanoCom outcomes will target the creation of a new open innovation approach and support environment for overcoming the barriers to the commercialisation of nanotechnology results in Europe. The results of the project will aim to dramatically increase the uptake of nanotechnologies and facilitate the development of a strong and thriving European nano-manufacturing sector providing global innovation leadership in the field. 

Figure 2. The NanoCom Approach 

One aspect of the NanoCom work focuses on the development of a comprehensive training programme and dissemination of best practices. Training courses on rapid commercialisation of nanotechnology results and training factories will be organised. In the Training courses NanoCom will focus on “Financing disruptive technologies”, “Open Innovation”, and “Planning your business”. For the training factories parallel “summer schools” in different European regions are planned, starting in spring 2011. 

In addition to workshops new and alternative media formats for training will be utilised including web-based applications and courses as well as downloadable interactive tools and applications. 

Further results from the NanoCom project and detailed information about the training courses in 2011 will be presented via forthcoming NANOfutures Newsletters and the website.

For further information on any aspect of the project please contact the Project Coordinator Professor Svetan Ratchev,

Visit NANOfutures 2010

The European Commission, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, the Government of Principality of Asturias, the NANOfutures association and PRODINTEC are pleased to announce the Official Launching of the European Initiative "NANOfutures": European Technology Integration and Innovation Platform (ETIP) in Nanotechnology. This event will be held in Gijón (Asturias) on the 15-16th June 2010 (please click on Programme.pdf). This initiative has been included as Official Event of the Spanish EU Presidency.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to extend their knowledge on nanotechnologies, as well as get in contact with top-level European industrialists and world-class researchers in order to learn about nanotechnology, to exchange information, to find new applications for nanotechnology, to open new business opportunities and to increase their awareness on on-going R&D activities in the field.

The event will comprise four main blocks:

  1. Official Launching of the European Initiative "NANOfutures". High representatives from the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation will explain the main objectives of this initiative.
  2. Nanotechnology: state of the art, challenges for innovation, and future potential markets for European companies. Top-level industrialists and world-class researchers from Europe will speak on challenges to bring innovation to the nanotechnology field as well as setting out how to overcome the current market barriers for full implementation of research activities.
  3. Technology Transfer Event: from research to market A special session will be organized where researchers participating in state-of-the-art R&D projects at a European and national level will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with industrialists and vice versa.
  4. Financial investment in nanotechnology (start ups, venture capitalists, business angels, etc). A special session for financial investors, entrepreneurs, start-up and spin-off managers, and researchers will be held.

Who should attend...

  • Industrial companies interested in doing business in nanotechnology
  • Research and Technology Centers and Universities
  • Policy makers
  • Financial investors
  • National Economic Development Agencies

Nanotech Conference - 4th MPA2010 - Portugal, 28-30 July 2010

We are pleased to announce the 4th MPA Meeting (International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Emerging Technologies) to be held in Braga, Portugal during 28-30 July 2010. More details on this nanotech meeting on
MPA 2010 will be the fourth event of the MPA nanotechnology meeting series. The first meeting (MPA-2007) was in 2007 and held at the University of Ulster (Belfast), which officially launched the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to the international community. The second meeting in 2008 (MPA-2008) was held at the University of Cambridge (UK). Third MPA was held in Manchester (UK) where Chemistry Nobel Laureate Professor Sir H. W. Kroto, Florida State University (USA) delivered the plenary lecture on "Mechanisms of NanoScale Self-Assembly".

After its success as MPA-2007, MPA-2008 and MPA-2009, MPA.2010 will continue the aim to attract delegates from academia, industry and research institutes involved with applied research and development. In doing so, the event will provide a platform for academics and industrialists to network, exchange ideas and gain new insights relating to the materials, processing and applications of emerging technologies.

The topics for MPA 2010 include:

1. Commercialisation of Advanced Technologies (Nanotechnology)
2. Surface Technology (Coatings; Thick & Thin Films; Surface Fabrication, Modification & Characterisation)
3. Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
4. Applied Bio-Nanotechnology
5. Carbon Nanotubes/Wires/Rods & their Applications
6. Advanced Nanometrology and Nanomanufacturing Techniques


Plenary lecture – The plenary lecture will be given by a very prominent person. Details about the plenary lecture will follow very soon.

Invited talks – not final list:
1. Ana Bicho, Solarplus S.A. Photovoltaic Technologies, Portugal
2. Auke Talme, AkzoNobel, Netherlands*
3. Brigitte Pecquenard, ICMCB-CNRS, France
4. Donald Haynie, BioLaminex Ltd, USA
5. Elvira Fortunato, CENIMAT-UNL, Portugal
6. Heiko Fietzek, EADS Deutschland GmbH, Germany*
7. Henrique Alves, Embraer, Brazil
8. Higino Correia, University of Minho, Portugal
9. Jose Lagaron, NanoBioMatters Ltd, Spain
10. Jose Rivas Rey, INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory,Portugal
11. Josep Samitier, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC),Spain
12. Luigi Marras,Genefinity S.r.l., Italy
13. Moritz Graf zu Eulenburg, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Germany
14. Paulo Freitas, INESC, INL- International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal
15. Steffen B. Petersen, Aalborg University, Denmark
16. Tatiana Lopez, Nanogap Sub-nanopowder S.A. Spain
17. Vladimir Matolin, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
18. Lorenzo Pastrana, University of Vigo, Spain
19. Bin Zhu, KTH, Sweden
20. Tim Harper, Cientifica Ltd, UK
* to be confirmed

Posters - there will be poster display sessions in between the technical talks. We are looking to give out prizes for the best posters.

Oral contributions - people from academia and those from industry or those doing applied research will be given the opportunity to give short presentations on their most recent work.

Exhibition - companies will have the opportunity to exhibit during this event which will attract people from all over the world.

Short courses - short courses about special topics relating to nanofabrication , nano-characterisation and nano-market applications will be given by experts (eg. Nanofabrication techniques, Bionanosystems, Nano-entrepeneurship, Clean room maintenance, etc.).

Publications - Papers presented at MPA-2010 will be considered for publication in special issues of the following journals:

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN)

Journal of Nano Research (JNanoR)

You can submit your abstracts by sending them to by 15 April 2010