Some of the many applications of nanotechnology could include particles that fight cancer cells, faster microprocessors that consume less energy, batteries that last 10 times longer or solar panels that yield twice as much energy. These are some of the many research avenues of nanotechnology, a discipline with all the ingredients to turn into the next industrial revolution. It is addressing some of the biggest challenges that face our generation.

Case studies

We can provide you with case studies from all walks of life where nano-engineering has changed peoples lives, how we travel, how we live, how we work and how we play.

The fit4nano mission is to bridge the gap between academia, industry and society, building a collaborative network regarding Focussed Ion Beam (FIB) technology among stakeholders.

Science is not only for scientists

This is the moment to inform the public about the benefits of nanotechnology, FIB techniques and the next generation of nanomaterials affect peoples everyday life in an exciting way. Our case study section shows real examples of the application of nano-technology.

Technology stories in the media about microscopes, ion beam technology and novel materials in the present and future applications will be the first step to attract peoples attention. Follow the fit4nano news section to keep up to date with the latest innovations.


Helium-ion micrograph of a vero-cell infected with SARS-CoV-2 viruses. The membrane buds from which the virus particles emerge are clearly visible. Sample provided by Prof. Dr. Uwe Gerd Liebert, University of Leipzig Medical Center, Institute of Virology and imaged by Dr. Matthias Schmidt at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Leipzig.