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The high-tech company ASML, the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) recently announced their intention to establish a new Institute for Nanolithography (INL) at Science Park Amsterdam in autumn 2013. The plans to establish the INL represent ‘a major step in the collaboration between teaching, research and knowledge-intensive companies at Science Park Amsterdam’, according to Paul Doop, vice-president of the Executive Board of the UvA.

The INL is expected to become a key player in global semiconductor research. Its initial research programme will focus on semiconductor lithography, the prime manufacturing technology for making the memory chips and processors used in PCs, smartphones and tablets. The INL will be located at Science Park Amsterdam and will initially be managed by the FOM’s institute for atomic and molecular physics, AMOLF.

Albert Polman, director of AMOLF and professor of Photonic Materials at the UvA’s, Faculty of Science: ‘This new institute will bring high-tech fundamental research to Amsterdam. Within two years we will have about 100 new researchers in a research area of huge technological importance. I think it will also attract a lot of students, who will be able to do high-tech work placements at the new institute.’

Kareljan Schoutens, dean of the Faculty of Science at the UvA, also believes the establishment of the INL will be highly significant for teaching and research in the exact sciences: ‘The INL will be uniquely linked to degree programmes at the joint science faculties of the UvA and VU. This will offer unique opportunities for research traineeships and doctoral research.’