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Many countries including France, have launched in recent years ambitious R & D programs designed to promote the emergence of nanotechnology. This interest opens up many potential applications. This is particularly the case of colloidal nanoparticles, which can be synthesized in solution and in large quantities by chemical methods low-cost, and whose original properties could be used in innovative sensors provided to develop integration techniques to assemble them in a controlled manner on the surface.

The objective of the ELECNANOPRINT project is to provide a solution to this technological barrier and demonstrate that the process of "electrical nanoimprint" patented by the Physics Laboratory Chemistry of nano-objects (LPCNO) Toulouse allows for a large series and low-cost sensors based on nanoparticles with higher than conventional sensors due to their extreme miniaturization performance, low consumption and their high sensitivity.

To carry out this project and lead to technology transfer processes and products to be developed, LPCNO will be accompanied by LAboratoiry Plasma and Energy Conversion (LAPLACE) and with Toulouse Tech Transfer to value its research.

The expertise of Laplace on dielectric materials will be valuable for understanding the mechanisms of injection, trapping and charge transport in polymer electret layers at the base of the process of electric nanoimprint and converge faster towards its optimization. For its part, Toulouse Tech Transfer will identify companies likely to be interested in this technology to reach licensing agreements at the end of the project. The course of ELECNANOPRINT project will consist of three main steps. The first step will be to study the injection mechanisms, capture and transport of electric charge to the base of the electrical nanoimprint method to optimize. The second step performed in the embodiment of mass sensors of different types of nanoparticles which strain gauges and humidity sensors to demonstrate the potential for industrial application of the electric nanoimprint. The third step will be to ensure exploitation of the results from the project.