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August 30, 2017
The Nanoworld Is Designed and Observed In and Nearby Barcelona Synchrotron Park
NFFA stands for Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis. It is a new scientific infrastructure distributed across Europe created last year that offers researchers and companies a free access to a wide range of tools to perform growth, nano-lithography, nano-characterization, theory and simulation and fine-analysis with synchrotron, FEL and neutron radiation sources.

This network gathers 15 centers from 8 different countries and the UAB campus, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park strategic partner, is one of them. More specifically, the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona and ALBA synchrotron are involved in the NFFA initiative. The program is coordinated in Barcelona by the UAB research park (PRUAB) and ICN2.

A year and a half on, up to 165 proposals were received. These proposals came from 28 countries, mostly from Europe but including as well 5 Third Countries (India, Russia, USA, Japan and Chile). Of all the applications, 103 have been accepted and have been assigned the most appropriate installation for the development of their project, always from a country other than that of their research group (10% of the proposals were closely linked to industrial users). Of these 103 projects, 10 have used the facilities of the research centers of the UAB campus.

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