What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology focuses on materials with a length scale of 1 to 100 nm, where traditional disciplines as physics, chemistry and engineering converge. It is the ability to control the structure of matter on that small scale, that allows us to develop novel materials and products, which will impact a wide range of application areas. Nanotechnology is beyond doubt the technology of the future and is prospected to offer novel solutions to the grand challenges we face today: (green) energy harvesting, information technology, homeland security, clean water, sufficient food production, but also new avenues towards treatment of human diseases, such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, etc.

Saxion is the first University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands with a research group in Nanotechnology. Its activities embody Saxion’s vision of a strong profile in Living Technology.

Nanotechnology education and research

The ambition is to offer the best applied nanotechnology study program in the Netherlands in close collaboration with the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. It aims to attract and deliver high achiever students. The Nanotechnology research group has three main goals:

  • Offer an outstanding interdisciplinary and internationally oriented BSc and MSc study programme.
  • Initiate and execute applied research with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), industry and other societal partners in the field of micro- and nanotechnology.
  • Support start-ups and SMEs with equipment and organization.

In this way, Saxion will meet the growing need for nanotechnology engineers in SMEs, industry and science. The first nanotechnology BSc students graduated from Saxion in 2012.

Nanotechnology service centre

The Nanotechnology research group serves as a meeting point for students, staff, researchers and industry. The department acts as a low-threshold service center, where students and industry can use nanotechnology-specific equipment and can work jointly on advanced research projects. A total project cycle is implemented, from conceptualization through product patent to development. Students of the nanotechnology study program are actively encouraged to contribute.