NanoHand, Europe’s biggest research project on micro robots is coordinated by OFFIS and involves 12 European partners consisting of 4 renowned research institutes, 7 very innovative small and medium seized enterprises and Europes biggest semiconductor company. The project is partially funded by the European Commission, DG INFSO, and is an Integrated Project running in the 6th Framework Program aiming at the development of microrobotic systems (consisting of micro/nano based subsystems) for automated handling of nanometer sized objects like carbon nanotubes (CNT) or nanowires (NW). Up to now the carbon nanotubes are an important model- nanostructure since their properties are well researched, but can be manipulated only on a single basis. Hence, solving the problem of handling carbon nanotubes efficiently and in an automated way may be generalised to the vast number of other nanowires and related objects. NanoHand will provide industrial technology to handle single nano-objects thus providing tools for the industrial production of new nano-enabled ICT products and services.
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