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NanoEngineering Research Initiative
Nano from lab to app

What is NERI?

The NanoEngineering Research Initiative (NERI) is a platform for long-term collaboration of industry and academia to jointly turn nanoscience into industrially relevant applications.

Why turning nano into applications?

Within nanoscience, great advances have been made in understanding basic phenomena at the small scale. Techniques are explored to fabricate nanomaterials, nanodevices and nano-sized material structures and patterns. However, this is proven mostly at a laboratory scale. In order to harvest the benefits of nanoscience and contribute to societal challenges in health, energy and sustainability, “nano” still needs to make the migration from the lab to industry and real applications.

Moving nano from lab to app

Moving nano from lab to app requires a new knowledge and technology foundation that allows the development and engineering of repeatable and reliable relevant functions and applications at an industrially relevant scale. This challenge requires cooperative efforts from both industry and academia.


NERI is an initiative of the TU Delft Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME).

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) carries out research and provides education in the field of high-tech systems and scientific instrumentation. Its research aims to solve fundamental questions in engineering science to advance the performance of precision systems and devices as well as their design and engineering. The PME department focuses on making the most of the opportunities provided by micro and nanoscience. PME has a track record in two interrelated research areas:

  • The conceptualisation, exploration and demonstration of systems and tools needed to push the limits of precision and size.
  • The definition and implementation of advanced computational design and material/device modelling strategies.

Examples of PME’s research include ultra-precise motion control, sub-nm metrology, energy efficient mechanisms at micro and macro-scale, functionalised silicon probe tips for picoliter droplet dispensing, graphene growth and stretching using a micro-fabricated tensile tester, computational design methods for thermal topology optimisation and the mechanics of nanostructure sensor systems.

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