The Microsystems and nanotechnology cluster, shortly MinacNed, is an association aiming to strenghten the Dutch economic activity based on microsystems and nanotechnology in the Netherlands. Our memberfile consists of research institutes, equipement manufacturers, suppliers and users of technological components. The entire supply chain is represented by the association.
The board of the association consists of eight persons and represents also the scientific research programs MicroNed and NanoNed. Chairman is Ronny van ‘t Oever, technical director of Micronit Microfluidics Enschede.
About three times a year, MinacNed organises member meetings, with a (prospective) member hosting the meeting. During these meetings, association business and activities are discussed. Each meeting will be dominated by lectures about a current topic. In addition, the meetings are an excellent opportunity to network. Moreover, several other activities take place.
Micro(system) technology is technology that focuses on products and processes at submillimetre, micrometre scale. Formally speaking, this definition includes microelectronics, but in view of the huge scope and early development of that domain, the term micro(system) technology is usually used in the main for products and processes relating to movements on the micro scale other than electronic ones. In particular, it pertains to electromechanical movement, MEMS, fluid currents, lab-on-a-chip and microfluidics, light, light-on-a-chip, photonics and living organisms, biochips.
Nanotechnology is technology concerned with particles measuring nanometres (a billionth of a metre). In terms of size, this is a scale just above that of atoms (0.060 nm to 0.275 nm) and simple molecules. A criterion is that a structure in at least one dimension must not exceed 100 nanometres in size. Nanotechnology distinguishes itself from nanoscience in the sense that nanotechnology is focussed on working with small particles and that nanoscience allows itself to be defined as all science engaged in research at the nano scale.