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Nanotechnologies in the industrial age

NanoDesign is a result of the Nano-INNOV plan launched in May 2009 by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and designed to give French industry the means to make the shift to nanotechnologies without changing the ability of scientists to understand the most detailed properties of matter and deduce possible applications from them. It involves a platform for designing, integrating and developing technologies for nano-device-based systems from the architecture to the hardware/software limits.

Conceived to implement the entire line from the design to the industrial construction, NanoDesign will make it possible to develop new nanoelectronic components, integrate them into new electronic circuits and use them in the industrial field.

A socio-economic challenge

The Université Paris-Saclay is at the highest level world-wide in the development of research on nanotechnologies (sensors, energy, nanomedicine, nanobiology).

The possibility of handling matter on the nanometric scale, that is, the scale of the atom or the molecule, opens enormous prospects for applications and new processes (in electronics, for materials, for biotechnologies, etc.), on major societal challenges, from promoting the development of an energy- and raw material-saving society (new technologies of energy, development of resource-conservation processes) to meeting the major challenges of public health (e.g.: emerging diseases or diseases related to the ageing of the population) and environmental challenges.

This research must be enhanced by partnership projects, and also through start-up and patent filing. The creation of a platform for developing and enhancing is intended to meet a very great socio-economic challenge.

The NanoDesign advantages

  • The research potential of the Université Paris-Saclay and its ecosystem: The activities in the nanosciences of the participants on the Campus make this combination one of the foremost research forces in France.
  • The training potential: The creation of a speciality of Master of Nanosciences in September 2010, unique in its field.
  • Pre-existing organisations: Triangle de la Physique and Digiteo, the Ile-de-France C’Nano centre, Nano-INNOV and C2N constitute top-level advantages.
  • An association of industrialists: Thales, III-V Lab, that provide strengthening of the interactions between basic and applied research.



Nanosciences and nanotechnologies may be defined as the combination of studies and processes for manufacturing and handling structures (electronic, chemical, etc.), devices and material systems on the nanometre scale (10-9 m). The nanosciences, present in most fields from the improvement in the performance of materials to nanomedicine, which aim squarely at their target, question our knowledge and our interpretations.

On this scale, the properties differ considerably from those that prevail on a larger scale. Nanotechnologies involve the conception, characterisation, production and application of structures, devices and systems for monitoring shape and size on a nanometric scale.

While allowing for new possibilities, they use disciplines such as optics, biology, mechanics and microtechnology.