Deliverables

WP1 - Management
D1.1 - Internal test of NFFA-Europe Website
This deliverable describes the results achieved within task 1.5 “Communication”, and is also connected to the dissemination purposes of the project (WP11). The work done aimed at setting up the main information and functionalities of the website as a Single Entry Point (SEP) to find out about the project and access the offer of tools made available through NFFA-Europe research infrastructure.
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WP1 - Management
D1.2 - Implementation of the online two-step proposal submission
This deliverable is part of the results achieved within task 1.4, “Set-up and usage of a transnational Access structure”. Specifically, it relates to the integration of an electronic presubmission advice and submission procedure into a Single Entry Portal, as well as the development of an electronic form for users’ proposal.
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D1.3 - Setup and implementation of the TA and evaluation procedures
NFFA-Europe offers to European and Third Country1 scientists from both academia and industry the possibility to carry out comprehensive projects for multidisciplinary research at the nanoscale. Activities are performed in six different types of Installations: - Lithography and nano-patterning (Litho) - Growth and synthesis (Growth) - Theory and Simulation (Theory) - Structural and Morphological nano-characterisation (SM Charact.) - Electronic and Chemical nano-characterisation (EC Charact.) - Magnetic, Optical and Electric nano-characterisation (ME Charact.) Each Installation includes laboratories located in different NFFA-EU sites; furthermore, when needed, limited2 access to co-located Large-Scale Facilities for Fine Analysis is offered as part of the access to Litho, or SM, EC or ME nano-characterisation. NFFA-Europe proposals necessarily include access to more than one type of Installation (e.g. Litho and Growth, Growth and Theory, SM Charact. and EC Charact., etc.) and cannot be limited to Fine Analysis only. Whenever possible access will be granted in a single NFFA-Europe site for all research steps. Access to more than one site for a given proposal will be considered only when technically or scientifically justified.
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WP6 - JRA1 – Research on In-Operando and high throughput methods
D6.1 - Prototype of Fast SPM module for STM experiments
Time-resolution is one of the main limitations for Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) investigations of surface processes under in-operando conditions. In the past, this problem was overcome by designing specific fast microscopes, where the resonance frequencies of the scanners were pushed above the desired scanning frequency. Starting from a concept and an early prototype previously developed by CNR and TUM, we designed, assembled and tested an add-on module that can be added to commercial Scanning Tunnelling Microscopes (STM) to increase their time resolution to video-rate and above.
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WP6 - JRA1 – Research on In-Operando and high throughput methods
D6.2 - Test of prototype of multifunctional environmental cells
Understanding the function of materials in reactive environments is a crucial issue to advancing several of the world’s most pressing energy needs, specifically in the areas of catalysis, energy conversion and energy storage. In most of the cases, much of the current knowledge has been obtained under conditions that largely deviate from those of practical. A relevant example is represented by heterogeneous catalysis, where the traditional surface science approach has provided fundamental knowledge on the behaviour of catalytic systems under (ultra)high vacuum conditions though changes in the reaction mechanisms and structures of their active phase relevant for industrial applications display at ambient pressure conditions.
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WP7 - JRA2 – Research on High Precision Manufacturing
D7.1 - Investigation of optimum NIL stamp fabrication method to copy sub-10 nm BCP features
We studied different approaches in fabrication of nanoimprint stamps with ultra-high resolution in the 10 nm range and compared their performance. As the main method of nanoimprint replication we used a combined thermal and UV-imprint process with optimum conditions and materials to demonstrate ≈20 nm pattern transfer to silicon oxide substrate. Negative master stamps are preferred as they require a single replication step to make intermediate polymer stamp (IPS). Electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching have a decisive role to produce a master stamp with sufficiently sharp shapes required for sub-10 nm resolution during the replication of the IPS. A reliable pattern transfer into a hard substrate depends critically on thickness of the residual layer after nanoimprint.
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WP7 - JRA2 – Research on High Precision Manufacturing
D7.3 - Fabrication of sub-10 nm metal structures by line multiplication based on atomic layer deposition
Fabricating nanostructures with small lateral sizes and high aspect ratio is one of the key challenges, for instance, in developing highly resolving diffractive X-ray optics. While conventional lithography approaches break down below 20 nm feature size, growth processes can achieve extreme precision which reaches sometimes down to the atomic level. This approach enabled to produce diffractive Xray lenses (Fresnel zone plates) with down to 12 nm line width.
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WP7 - JRA2 – Research on High Precision Manufacturing
D7.7 - Test of 3D hierarchical scaffold with and without liposome membranes
Microfluidic systems for handling/sensing chemical and biological samples could improve their performance through the employment of materials with selected functionalities in specific regions of the device. Among these, mesoporous materials feature ordered tailored structures with uniform pore sizes, highly accessible surface areas and large pore volumes, making them an attractive support for functionalization and catalysis. The ordered mesopores are an ideal host for functional organic molecules or nanoparticles and patterning them would allow the design of devices for different types of advanced applications, like DNA nanoarrays. Patterning of such films to obtain circuits or dot arrays can be reached by coupling the bottom-up route with top-down processing such as lithography. In this way, hierarchically structured materials can be obtained in which organization resides on multiple length scales: porosity (typically 2–10 nm), film thickness (200–500 nm), and pattern size (1 - 500 μm).
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WP8 - JRA3 – Research on e-infrastructure for data and information management
D8.1 - Design of Trusted authentication source for NFFA-EUROPE services
This document presents the guideline of the design of Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) for NFFA-EUROPE community. This AAI will allow NFFA-EUROPE scientific users to access NFFA services through a simplified approach. Such services include the NFFA portal where proposal are submitted, access to all the physically distributed repositories at different facilities and finally global access to the Information and Data Repository Platform (IDRP) that is presented in the twin Deliverable 8.2: “Design of the finalized repository architecture”.
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WP8 - JRA3 – Research on e-infrastructure for data and information management
D8.2 - Design of the finalized repository architecture
This deliverable presents the finalized architecture of the NFFA Information and Data Repository platform (IDRP). The goal of the IDRP is to allow the user to cover the full research data lifecycle. Therefore, the IDRP has to provide, on one hand, generic data services that allow to manage data and metadata, as well as to search, retrieve, share and publish measurements. On the other hand, the IDRP must provide access to specific European wide distributed data archives that hold the actual data and must support various scientific sub-domains using numerous data and metadata formats. This document presents the overall architecture consisting of multiple components accessible via a well-defined interface. It also presents several standard use cases covered by the architecture, the components involved and the expected side effects for the IDRP, for a facility and a data archive holding data assets. During the design phase of the architecture it was always ensured that its influence on external infrastructures and workflows, e.g. on facilities or data archives, was as low as possible. This will lower the barriers for integrating existing infrastructures, at least on a generic level, and will offer the potential to expand in future.
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WP8 - JRA3 – Research on e-infrastructure for data and information management
D8.3 - Internal Test of the Information System
This deliverable presents all the procedures and actions tested to provide a shared authentication mechanism across NFFA facilities.
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WP8 - JRA3 – Research on e-infrastructure for data and information management
D8.4 - First Testbed Available
This deliverable reports a short description of the first NFFA Information and Data Repository Platform (IDRP) prototype developed by KIT [1], in collaboration with CNR-IOM [2] and Promoscience srl [3], and deployed on CNR-IOM OpenStack cloud infrastructure [4]. The prototype implements what is described in detail in D8.2 deliverable “Design of the finalized architecture” [5].
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WP9 - JRA4 - Research on Time-resolved ultrafast probes on nanosystems
D9.1 - Pump-probe setup with tunable pump beam
To understand the physics of nanomaterials and nanosystems is cornerstone for contemporary Science and Technology. To this end, the macroscopic properties of materials can be traced down to their structural and electronic properties at the nanoscopic level. Knowledge of the electronic and lattice dynamics sets the basis for efficient modelling of the material in time and highlights properties useful for promoting technological applications. The time-resolved differential pump probe technique, with use of ultrafast laser sources, is ideal for such studies. By monitoring the differential transmissivity / reflectivity of nanosystems we provide insight into their ultrafast optical, optoelectronic and structural-phononic response. Deliverable 9.1 refers to building a pump-probe workstations for VIS near-VIS, near-IR and THz spectroscopy of nanosystems that will be readily available to NFFA-Europe users.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.1 - NFFA-Europe corporate slide & poster presentations
This deliverable describes the results achieved within task 11.2 ”Building NFFA-Europe branding”, and it includes, besides the outputs mentioned in the Deliverable title, also the logo, the project booklet, three versions of project posters, deliverable and the related communication guidelines, published on the following website available to project partners: https://app.frontify.com/d/GafVzXOij5wm/nffa-europe-style-guide
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.2 - Draft metadata standard for nanoscience data
This document contains the NFFA Deliverable D11.2 “Draft metadata standard for nanoscience data” due in M6. It describes the approach, the relevant information management practices, standards and recommendations taken into account, as well as empirical research done by NFFA JRA3 for the purpose of metadata design, and then suggests a draft recommendation for NFFA metadata model. Having a common and well-defined metadata model is essential for human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interoperability in NFFA. Such a model will support the development of Information and Data management Repository Platform (IDRP) and will contribute to structured business analysis across the project. In return, the model will get further inputs from the continuing IT architecture design and business analysis. In addition to the NA activities, the deliverable has been discussed and validated through a number of conference calls and electronic communication in JRA3, as well as in the course of a dedicated face-to-face meeting in Abingdon, UK, in February 2016. The metadata model here proposed will be further validated, updated and detailed through the NFFA project activities within and beyond JRA3. It will be then finalised in D11.14 “Final metadata standard for nanoscience data” in M30. Approach
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.3 - First Annual report on NFFA-EUROPE dissemination activities
The dissemination activities of the NFFA-Europe project are crucial in the early stage of any Infrastructure EU project, as it has the important task to explain the NFFA-Europe offer to the scientific community. This communication activity consists of many different actions and, with the exception of the dissemination programme, all others have to be considered very succesfull.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.4 - First Report on the NFFA-EUROPE schools
This document reports on the 1st NFFA-Europe Summer School , and points out its main goal, the organisational structure, and the list of speakers and attendees of. It is also reported an assessment of the school made by the participants which can be specially useful in view of the organisation of the 2nd NFFA-Europe school programmed in the 3rd year of the NFFA-Europe project.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.5 - First Report on the industry and business development networking meetings
A strong scientific knowledge base is one of Europe’s traditional key assets, and it has allowed the European Union to become world class in several research fields, such as nanosciences and nanotechnologies. In spite of these merits, the global position of European research is currently being challenged by a rapidly changing research landscape. Simultaneously, European research is faced with the implications of globalisation of markets and industries, digitalisation and new technologies, as well as a need to address societal issues such as an ageing population or climate change.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.6 - Second Annual report on NFFA-EUROPE dissemination activities
The dissemination and awareness activities of NFFA-Europe in the first year had a very positive impact to the TransNational Access programme, as revealed by the large number of proposals submitted for the use of the NFFA-Europe infrastructure. During the second year, no major changes in these activities have been applied, and very good results on all the actions have been found. During the second year the NFFA-Europe project has been (or will be) presented at least at 8 conferences; the second issue of the NFFA-Europe Newsletter has been published and distributed to a number of scientists. The international collaborations to US and Australian similar projects are producing good results in terms of future collaborations. Two NFFA-Europe sessions at International Conferences have been applied, showing also a great interest for this activity. The NFFA-Europe dissemination programme is producing very important results for the project in terms of scientific proposals and collaborations, in line with the expectations.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.7 - NFFA videos and marketing material
This deliverable refers to the activities concerning the preparation of videos and marketing materials within task 11.2 “Building NFFA-EUROPE branding”. The objective of this task is to create a unique brand for the project in order to give consistency to all communication and dissemination tools and activities, respectively. The key tools for a unique brand are an original logo, colour palette and font combined with templates for documents, presentations and posters (described in deliverable 11.1), as well as other marketing materials and videos.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.8 - Operational marketing plan towards industry
Industrial innovation and knowledge transfer by exploiting the NFFA-Europe facilities are common objectives that the Technical and the Industrial Liaison Networks (TLNet/ILNet) set out jointly to achieve through six primary tasks in the 2017-2018 period. Two of these tasks answer back the actual needs of increasing both the industrial participation in the feasibility studies as well as the success rate in the number of granted access. The strategies enacted by NFFA-Europe in reaching out towards industry are described in the Operational Marketing Plan which is divided into two main sections.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.9 - Publication of the online catalogue and one-stop-shop
NFFA-Europe can boast an offer of about 300 experimental apparata, representing over 80 different experimental techniques, grouped into 4 types of Installations (i.e. lithography, growth, theory and characterisation, the latter further subdivided into three 3 kind of installations). To showcase adequately this vast array of installations, an online catalogue was developed into three different informative levels each displaying increasing degrees of details but always presenting a clear layout and a high level of easiness in the navigation. The catalogue is now fully operative and implemented on the nffa.eu web portal.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.10 - Educational videos
NFFA-Europe is a Research and Innovation Action committed to providing free access to state-of-the art tools for multidisciplinary, frontier research at the nanoscale: available techniques range from nano-characterisation to theory and numerical simulation. With the aim to enhance the knowledge in the nanoscale area for the European research community, this deliverable explains the action towards obtaining some educational materials freely available through the web-site. This material is based on the edition of a set of short-duration Educational Videos. The videos are being designed by expert scientists in the field and edited by Promoscience. Fifteen videos have been established to cover most of the NFFA-Europe techniques: 6 videos deal with lithography techniques, 2 videos deal with chemical and physical materials growth, 2 videos deal with theory and simulation techniques and finally 5 videos deal with characterization techniques at the nanoscale.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.11 - Seminars provided through the web portal
In this report the work done to have a set of seminars available in relation with the research areas of the NFFA-Europe project is explained (task 11.4.2). These seminars, mainly developed during the 1st NFFA Summer School, were identified and adapted to be specialised courses, useful for PhD and Master students, and also for engineers and research staff from inside and outside the consortium. These seminars were made free available through the web portal.
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WP11 - NA – Innovation and networking activities
D11.12 - First Report on the incentivised knowledge transfer and feasibility work with industry
This first report on the incentivised knowledge transfer and feasibility work with industry aims at describing the work carried out by the Technical Liaison Network to raise more awareness on the feasibility studies and on the next steps to upgrade the portal to harvest industrial requests. A survey on feasibility studies in the NFFA-Europe offer has highlighted a temporary under-exploitation of this tool by potential industrial users.
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