NanoFabNet is an international hub for sustainable nanofabrication whose structure, business model, detailed strategies and action plans are designed, agreed and carried by its partners. NanoFabNet’s upcoming virtual collaboration space, NanoFabNet Hub, will be a self-sustained platform that aids international stakeholders in accessing expert knowledge about ethical, safe, and sustainable nanofabrication.
The NanoFabNet Hub will be the product of two-and-a-half years’ collaborative work efforts from several European and international partners. It will be the virtual platform that will be hosted on NanoFabNet’s website and serve as an important tool for nanotechnology professionals and entities.
The NanoFabNet Hub stands for:
The hub will contain an open structure, whose elements have been developed, agreed and validated in a stakeholder-driven approach. A registered NanoFabNet secretariat at its centre will provide an accountable, approachable executive that secures its economic sustainability.
The NanoFabNet Hub will be a one-stop-shop for all matters and concerns pertaining to sustainable nanofabrication and its successful incorporation into the complex, large-scale high-value industries by bringing together governmental and academic laboratories with large industries and SMEs, and thereby offering a coordination space for past, current and future collaborative nanofabrication projects (incl. both EU-funded projects and initiatives, as well as public-to-public partnerships (P2Ps) and public-private-partnerships (PPPs)).
It will be responsible for the implementation of a long-term business plan and the provision of validation services, trainings and consultations, while collaborative and cooperative activities between actors of the wider international nanofabrication community, will be fostered within the open architecture of the hub and may be supported by membership organisation, if necessary.
The official online launch of the NanoFabNet Hub will occur in 2022.
Within the realm of nanofabrication, several major challenges exist that are inhibiting progress in this field:
NanoFabNet partners will rise to the challenge to address these issues in the following ways:
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NanoFabNet will increase the number of downstream clients and collaboration partners by at least 20% over two years. It will also demonstrate at least five use-cases on nanofabrication building blocks into downstream technologies, applying the concepts, implementation roadmaps and action plans developed with its partners.
To build its community, NanoFabNet anticipates its hub will have at least 200 confirmed subscriptions from various stakeholders (i.e. government and academic laboratories, large industries, SMEs, sustainability organisations, NGOs, govern. representatives). The group will also develop and publish five individual strategies, implementation roadmaps and/or action/development plans, which are combined into a single NanoFabNet 5-Years Strategy and an EU 2030 Strategic Plan for Nanofabrication.
Part of the NanoFabNet offerings include a listing of at least 100 past and current projects on the NanoFabNet database. It will also catalyse the establishment of at least 20 new cross-project collaborations, which can be traced back to their connection through the NanoFabNet community.
NanoFabNet aims to have at least 20 US-based nanofabrication stakeholders subscribed to the NanoFabNet Hub. The group aims to also provide invited representation from the NanoFabNet Hub to at least five nanofabrication-related events in the US, with at least one of those in collaboration with the NNI Signature Initiative of Sustainable Nanomanufacturing.
By far, one of the most impactful measures to eliminate barriers, will be the establishment of the NanoFabNet database: the database aims to act as a ‘digital twin’ of the NanoFabNet stakeholder community. The group’s dynamic ‘NanoFabNet Strategy & Implementation Roadmap on Infrastructures, Knowledge & Skills Development’* will also be an important guide and a central defining element of the NanoFabNet Hub.
Furthermore, NanoFabNet will created added value through the integration of nanofabrication into the wider sustainable, high-tech industries. Guided by the ‘NanoFabNet Strategy & Implementation Plan for Sustainability in Nanofabrication’ this high-impact strategy aims to identify concepts and benchmarks of sustainability that must be met by the nanofabrication stakeholders, as well as derive a list of novel, ‘soft’ indicators of sustainability that are ambitious and ‘exploratory’ in nature.