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China, Finland ally on nanotech research

Posted: 06 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nanotechnology? nanotech research? Sino-Finnish collaboration?

The Finnish National Nanotechnology Initiative (FinNano) and the China International Nanotech Innovation Cluster (CINIC) have strengthened their nanotechnology collaboration through the signing of an agreement that aims to foster nanotech research and put Sino-Finnish nanotech products onto the market by 2010.

This cooperation agreement between FinNano and CINIC represents one element of the Nanotechnology Strategic Mutual Cooperation Initiative (NAMI) signed in January in Beijing, China. Thirty project proposals and expressions of interest have been collected, and the first cooperation projects under the NAMI program have been launched in October.

"The willingness to team up and the amount of joint projects proposed clearly show the demand for deeper collaboration between China and Finland in the area of nanotechnology," commented Markku L?ms?, who leads Finland's nanotech program. "The Sino-Finnish NAMI Nanotech Program can also positively increase the exchange of know-how between the European Union and China."

Setting objectives for cooperation, Finland and China said they aim at increasing the competitiveness of industrial sectors in the two countries. The industries include information and communication technologies, pulp and paper, chemicals, metals and other materials, diagnostics and healthcare. The production of energy using new technologies such as solar cell and fuel cells is under consideration.

An additional boost in collaboration is expected under the new Finnish $295 million technology program on functional materials, which Finnish representatives introduced to officials from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology at the end of November. Both the nanotech and the functional materials program are funded and managed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and coordinated by Spinverse Inc., a private Finnish technology consultancy.

- Anne-Francoise Pele
EE Times Europe




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