Transferring tools designed at LNE to industry and laboratories is a key objective for the R&D teams. By participating in ambitious European projects and strengthening ties with competitive clusters, LNE is building a strong presence in the world of industry. This is both a logical development and an essential strategy for providing companies in all sectors with the means to stay competitive and expand.
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) image
of a bilayer of exfoliated graphene
taken by LNE, in contact mode,
from natural graphite
and placed on oxidized silicon.
Nanotechnologies result from progress in matter knowledge at the scale of a billionth of a meter (10-9 m) and in the possibility of manipulating them. They have provoked significant enthusiasm for a few years because they might represent a potential source of disruptive technologies. However, all the people involved in this emerging sector agree on the fact that developing metrology and instruments adapted to the nanometric field (1-100 nm) would act as a “catalyst” on the global development of nanotechnologies.
Nanometrology is thus provoking increasing interest, in particular from such industries as electronics, cosmetics or materials, which are expecting accurate and reliable tools in order to better monitor manufacturing processes and to improve quality systems. Developing metrology at the nanometer scale is also essential to evaluate the effects of nanoparticles on workers and people’s health more accurately. This can be done by developing the adequate traceability chains to the SI units for the various types of instruments used.
In order to meet those needs, LNE has been implementing R&D actions for several years as part of its public service mission: these actions are related to the development, setting up and validation of instruments that are specific to nanomaterials characterization. Since metrology at the nanometric scale involves multiple quantities and various skills, LNE has chosen to focus on two aspects of development:
These projects focus on different life cycle stages of nanomaterials and provide some answers to the problems encountered when manufacturing primary nanoparticles (NANOSES project, CARMEN platform, …) or during end-of-life management by combustion or incineration of nanostructured materials (NANOFEU projects, INNANODEP, DACOFEU, …).
Smart labels : qualification of labels
that use radio frequency identification technology (RFID)
Smart labels: qualification of labels that use radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to improve traceability in logistics chains and many other processes. LNE is working on characterization of identification systems with a view to introducing certification.
Quaero - LNE is one of the partners program
As part of the Quaero program, LNE has develop ways to measure four vocal technologies: transcription, speaker identification, named entity recognition and question answering.
LNE is developing tests as third-party laboratory for vocal technologies used to automatically transcribe broadcasts as a way to bring technological advances in the area and to promote French-language speech-based technologies for access to digital content.