Home > News > How Will Nanotech Fare in Europe?
September 20th, 2007
How Will Nanotech Fare in Europe?
At 23 years old and as a part-time bass guitarist in a rock band, Bregt Verreet seems an unlikely pioneer, in science at least. But today he is among the first graduates from the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology programme, a joint master's degree offered by several leading European institutions. The programme is one of several that have cropped up across Europe to train scientists in this specialized, transdisciplinary field.
"Nanotechnology is an incredibly interesting and broad field," says Verreet, who is now pursuing a Ph.D., working on organic solar cells at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, where he also earned his master's degree. "It undoubtedly has a great future and not only helps us to understand the world at this intriguing dimension but also enables us to control, modify, and optimise it for specific applications."
Indeed, nanotechnology has garnered the attention and support of leaders, politicians, and scientists around the world. Projections are rosy: According to a 2006 report by Lux Research in New York City, the industry will directly employ more than 30,000 "white-coat" nanotech developers by the end of 2008. An additional 2 million blue-collar jobs in areas such as manufacturing will follow within a decade. In Europe, the European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme will contribute about €600 million per year to nanotechnology research until 2013, with an additional, similar amount being provided by individual countries. That gives Europe a larger yearly spend on nanotechnology than the United States or Japan.
Secretary Vilsack Announces Partnership to Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial from Wood December 11th, 2013
Cutting Away at the NRC's Research Capability December 6th, 2013
Project aims to mass-produce 'nanopetals' for sensors, batteries October 22nd, 2013
Governor Cuomo Announces 'Nano Utica' $1.5 Billion Public-Private Investment That Will Make the Mohawk Valley New York's Next Major Hub of Nanotech Research October 12th, 2013
Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory: Findings bolster theory that quantum fluctuations drive strange electronic phenomena January 30th, 2015
Nanoscale Mirrored Cavities Amplify, Connect Quantum Memories: Advance could lead to quantum computing and the secure transfer of information over long-distance fiber optic networks January 28th, 2015
Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film January 28th, 2015
'Bulletproof' battery: Kevlar membrane for safer, thinner lithium rechargeables January 28th, 2015
Rice's Naomi Halas to direct Smalley Institute: Optics pioneer will lead Rice's multidisciplinary science institute January 15th, 2015
SUNY Board Appoints Dr. Alain Kaloyeros as Founding President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute January 13th, 2015
CNSE's Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center Successfully Recertifies as ISO 9001:2008 January 12th, 2015
SUNY Poly Now Accepting Applications to the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Fall 2015: Full Scholarships Available to Incoming CNSE Students January 7th, 2015
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability: The method can change a material's electronic band gap by up to 200 percent January 31st, 2015
DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect: An accessible new way to study molecular interactions could lower cost and time associated with discovering new drugs January 30th, 2015
Crystal light: New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power: University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new solar cell and LED applications January 30th, 2015
Iranian Scientists Use MOFs to Eliminate Dye Pollutants January 29th, 2015