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MESA+ Institute | University of Twente

The MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology is a leading research institute focusing on the key enabling technologies (KET) of photonics, fluidics, hard- & soft materials, and devices. MESA+ is committed to responsible research and innovation and applying advances in nanotechnology can address current societal challenges.

MESA+ embraces a cross-disciplinary approach in all sectors, and offers tools and resources to faculty and partners found in the NanoLab to foster high-quality, ground-breaking research. MESA+ seeks collaboration with external partners for networking and consortium development. Along with our talented scientists and excellent facilities, MESA+ offers a strong regional ecosystem that allows ideas to grow to successful solutions and businesses.


Professor Albert van den Berg

The University of Sydney Nano Institute

Twitter: @Sydney Nano Admin

The University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano) is a flagship multidisciplinary research institute, focused on research in science and technology at the nanoscale, to transform our economy, society and everyday life. Our research is directly tuned with the needs of society, to bring about scientific, medical, social and economic impact, building a culture of multidisciplinary research excellence.

Our academic framework is based on the key research themes of molecular nanoscience, nanophotonics, quantum science, and materials on the nanoscale. Our multidisciplinary programs bring together researchers from many domains to create a big-picture view of the problems to transform our lives for the better everyday.


Professor Alice Motion


The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is committed to creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. Discovery, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of UCLA. As one of the world’s great research universities, we are committed to ensuring excellence across a wide range of disciplines, professions and arts while also encouraging investigation across disciplinary boundaries. In so doing, UCLA advances knowledge, addresses pressing societal needs and creates a university enriched by diverse perspectives where all individuals can flourish.


Paul S. Weiss

Waterloo Institute For Nanotechnology

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), located within the University of Waterloo, is Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute, and an innovation powerhouse in the four key theme nanotechnology research areas of smart and functional materials, connected devices, next generation energy systems and, therapeutics and theranostics.

Housed in the custom-built Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC), WIN scientists and engineers have access to state-of-art research infrastructure to support their endeavours. Aligning their research interests with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, WIN members are creating new materials and systems to improve the economy, the environment, our health and welfare, and society as a whole. WIN strongly believes that sustainability underpins the research and innovation continuum of the twenty-first century, looking beyond traditional economical impact into the realm of social capital as a driver for long-term growth and create a just and equitable society.


Professor Sushanta Mitra

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