BRUSSELS, Belgium, 21 Feb. 2008. A European Commission initiative to coordinate research in photonics and nanotechnologies is publishing a technology roadmap to help government and industry create consensus, exchange ideas, and deploy scientific resources.
The European Commission's Merging Optics & Nanotechnologies project, otherwise known as MONA, is offering the European Roadmap for Photonics and Nanotechnologies to focus on these multi-disciplinary fields and on key technology drivers such as manufacturing, information technologies, communications, biotechnologies, and transportation. Click here to download the roadmap in .pdf format.
Scientists say that photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies can benefit from each other in terms of new functions, materials, fabrication processes, and applications.
The three principal objectives for the MONA roadmap are to:
-- create a consensus viewpoint on the development of research, technologies, and innovation in photonics and nanotechnologies;
-- promote the timely worldwide exchange on scientific results, market development perspectives, and technology trends related to photonics and nanotechnologies; and
-- contribute to the intelligent deployment of resources at the regional, national, and European levels for the development of photonics and nanotechnologies.
One goal of the MONA roadmap is to identify the highest priority economic growth areas, considering market size, market growth, and the European industry and research position in these areas.
Highlights of the roadmap include nanophotonics benefits for nine key applications, nanomaterials challenges and impact, the most important nanophotonic devices, recommendations for European science and industry, custom-made roadmapping methodology, 10-year roadmap for 12 key nanomaterials, 10-year roadmap for 9 key types of equipment and processes, and 10-year roadmap on 9 key applications and related materials.