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MINATEC Nanolab™

01-10-2013

MINATEC launches turnkey lab service worldwide

MINATEC recently introduced a new turnkey laboratory service—the only one of its kind in the world—inspired by the CIME Nanotech joint lab between Grenoble Institute of Technology and Joseph Fourier University. This service, called Nanolab™, is intended for governments wishing to spur technological innovation in their countries. Experts from the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), CIME Nanotech, and Grenoble-based engineering firm 40-30 work with government agencies to set up their own state-of-the-art training and research centers—in just 24 months.

MINATEC came up with the idea for Nanolab after noticing that some countries often have trouble setting up their own micro and nanotechnology labs, despite the financial backing of international organizations. This is usually due to a lack of the necessary skills, poor operational or investment planning, or the failure to properly account for local constraints.

Grenoble-trained technicians

Under Nanolab™, a team of Grenoble experts works with local government agencies or universities to identify their research lab needs, determine the appropriate size and equipment for their lab, train lab staff, and maintain the facility and its processes. The team may remain on site for six months after the lab opens to help scientists develop the lab's first demonstrators.

Before a new lab goes live, its technicians spend three to four months in Grenoble to learn best practices at MINATEC and 40-30 and lay the groundwork for future collaboration.

In the two months since Nanolab was introduced, it has already garnered keen interest from around ten countries, including Tunisia, Brazil, and Peru. The ultimate goal is to create a global network of MINATEC-certified R&D centers that leverage student and researcher exchange programs to share knowledge and best practices.