European  Integrated  Activity of Excellence  and Networking  for Nano and Micro-Electronic Analysis


Acronym: ANNA
Title: European  Integrated  Activity of Excellence  and Networking  for Nano and Micro-Electronic Analysis
Status: Active
Funding Organization: FP6-IST-I3


Partner, Project leader from “D”: A.G. Nassiopoulou
Leader in charge: A. Nassiopoulou
Start Date: 1/12/2006
Duration: 48 months

Summary The continuous scale reduction in micro and nanotechnologies that enables advanced micro and nanoelectronics is sustained by an intense worldwide R&D effort aimed at understanding and controlling materials properties and dimensions down to a near atomic level. Advances are critically dependent on the availability of appropriate tools for the characterization of electronic and optical properties, structure and composition of the materials used. New materials, ever smaller device dimensions and the demand of higher detection sensitivities pose huge challenges to the capabilities of current analysis equipment and expertise of analysts. They drive the quest for enhanced equipment performance and new methodology and process development. They also require the application of an increasingly wide array of analytical techniques in order to provide the necessary information. At present, European laboratories with core competencies in materials characterization and trace analysis operate largely independently. The ANNA project aims at setting up a collaborative, synergistic network of analytical scientists and institutions, each with different but complementary competencies and analytical expertise to provide the integrated approach necessary to solve materials problems. The capabilities of such an Integrated Activity are made available to EU universities, research laboratories and industry. The instrument for this is an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) in which the activities are: a) networking in which “golden" reference labs are formed and institutions and facilities are integrated to an analytical joint laboratory cluster; these laboratories are used as certified reference labs and supply standardized methodologies; b) transnational access which enables access to the infrastructure offered by a number of partners; c) focussed joint research aimed at enhancing methods, assessing tools, preparing methodologies, evaluating systems and creating new knowledge.