Centre for Nanotechnology
Molecular nanotechnology is characterised more than almost any other field of research by short development cycles for new methods and equipment. New research groups are constantly emerging and evolving to work on diverse projects in semiconductor technology. The Centre for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (CNN) creates ideal conditions for such interdisciplinary research in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and Medical Technology. At the new CNN, the research – development – application process chain that is so crucial to research is redefined in a single building.
The CNN is situated on the newly formed square in the immediate vicinity of the Walter Schottky Institute and the Institute of Physics on the Garching campus. The new building adds value to the site by bringing the previously imperceptible connections between the institutes to the fore and opening up new ways of developing the campus layout. The entrance to the building is defined by a recess in its structure and leads into the foyer, which simultaneously serves as a forum where research findings can be presented. A seminar room is directly connected to this common area. Offices for the teaching staff are situated off the glazed corridor on the front sides of the upper storeys. The laboratory modules are connected on all three levels by wraparound corridors. They are opened towards the outer side over a large area by glass partitions, and an inner access zone running in a lengthwise direction offers space for spontaneous and informal project team meetings. The interior layout satisfies the high demand for flexibility and networking within the laboratories. The outer circulation areas allow for a constant climate within the laboratories thus ensuring ideal research conditions for nano technology with its high demands on measuring accuracy.