Humanity has only just begun to tap the potential of the world of small and tiny particles. This potential is huge. Even today, nanotechnology as an interdisciplinary technology offers solutions for a wide range of sectors such as the automotive industry, biotechnology, environmental technology, aerospace, mechanical engineering and the textiles industry. Bavaria not only invests in nanotechnology research, but also offers an attractive environment for companies who are already using or harnessing nanotechnology today.
Today, Bavaria's nanotechnology scene is home to around 325 actors from industry, associations and institutions, as well as from research and development. Given the enormous potential of nanotechnology, there is still plenty of space for further actors. Bavaria has established an outstanding research landscape in which research is conducted into nanotechnology solutions for areas such as chemistry, the environment, health and construction. The Nanotechnology cluster organises the transfer of knowledge into companies and cooperation between research and business, so that new expertise quickly becomes new, market-ready products which find plenty of buyers both nationally and internationally.
In Bavaria, research and university education in nanotechnology is concentrated predominantly in the research regions of Augsburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg and Würzburg. The next generation of academics for the sector is being produced here in courses such as a Masters in "New Materials/Nano and Production Technology" at Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg and a degree in Nanoscience at Regensburg University. Businesspeople therefore find plenty of top academic staff in a wide range of fields of nanotechnology in Bavaria.
But promoting talent in this still-emerging sector does not start with the educational opportunities in Bavaria. Projects run by the Nanotechnology cluster, such as the NanoShuttle and the Nano competition for schools, familiarise the younger generation with the topic of nanotechnology. This builds an important foundation, ensuring that the sector will have plenty of talented expert staff in the years to come. It is not only in education and training that Bavaria is making great strides, but also in research, providing benefits for nanotechnology. Together with research institutes such as various Fraunhofer Institutes in the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance, many Bavarian universities are cornerstones of nanotechnology research in Germany.
With the Nanotechnology cluster, supported by Nanoinitiative Bayern GmbH, Bavaria supports companies in this still relatively new technology sector in a wide range of roles, creating the foundation for economic success in nanotechnology. The cluster promotes cooperation between R&D institutions and users in business, supports innovative R&D projects by finding suitable funding or even by taking over the entire project management on request, and integrates start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses into network projects.
Alongside the USA and Japan, Germany is a technological leader in nanotechnology, and Bavaria is one of the world's most important nanotechnology locations. The Nanotechnology cluster initiates contacts with international institutions, networks and companies even for smaller Bavarian companies, in order to make it easier for them to access international markets. In addition, the cluster holds socially relevant, open discussions on the opportunities and risks of nanotechnology, makes successful efforts to achieve high acceptance, and brings content on nanotechnology into teaching at schools and universities. Another way to serve the sector.