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Beilstein-Institut funds joint research project NanoBiC

Construction in tiny dimensions

Frankfurt, Germany | Posted on February 4th, 2010

The effects of high-energy beam on nano components and human cells will be investigated in detail by scientists in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. One goal of the NanoBiC project is to construct - like craftsmen - functional elements on surfaces e.g. transistors, sensors, quantum dots or memory elements according to a building plan. A further aim is to acquire detailed knowledge of the effects of cosmic rays on human cells which is particularly important for manned space missions.

Over the next four years the Beilstein-Institut will fund the co-operation of the University of Frankfurt am Main, the Darmstadt University of Technology, the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) with 3.7 million Euros.

"NanoBiC" stands for "Nano, Bio, Chemistry and Computing" and deals with procedures in molecular dimensions externally stimulated by focused particle beams. The joint research project focuses on the principles that determine the self-organization of matter at the tiniest dimensions after very localized external disturbance. "The driving forces in the development of nanotechnology", the spokesman for the research group Prof. Michael Huth, Institute of Physics, at the University of Frankfurt, describes the fundamental aspects of the research activities, "is the fascination of the very small and the realization that the assembly of even just a few atoms can lead to interesting properties."

One important research aim of NanoBiC is to decompose specifically molecules with electron or ion beams to place precisely residues or to trigger chemical modifications on surfaces. This takes place at magnitudes of about 1 nanometer up to 100 nanometers - as a comparison: the thickness of a human hair is about 100,000 nanometers. In technical applications ultrafine sensors, ultra high density data storage as well as novel micro-magnetic or light-emitting components could be created. An additional goal of NanoBiC is to understand the effects of ion and electron beams on living cells at nanoscale.

Under the Beilstein-Institut funding, grants will be awarded for 20 scientists - both at postgraduate or postdoctoral level - who will work on the project at the participating institutions. The Beilstein-Institut is a non-profit foundation for the advancement of chemical sciences located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. NanoBiC complements the foundation's aim to support the field of nanotechnology. In addition to NanoBiC, the Beilstein-Institut will publish the "Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology" - an online open access journal. Moreover, in May 2010, the international Beilstein Symposium "Functional Nanoscience" will take place in Bozen, Italy.

Further information:
Beilstein-Institut: www.beilstein-institut.de
Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology: www.bjnano.org
GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research GmbH: www.gsi.de
Prof. Michael Huth, Institute of Physics, Goethe University Frankfurt:
www.pi.physik.uni-frankfurt.de/thinfilm/index.html
Darmstadt Technical University: www.tu-darmstadt.de
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS): fias.uni-frankfurt.de/

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About Beilstein-Institut
The Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften (Beilstein Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Sciences) of today is a Foundation established under civil law and located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Beilstein-Institut was founded as a non-profit organisation by the Max Planck Society in 1951. The Foundation employs scientists from various disciplines covering a wide subject range.

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Beilstein-Institut
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