New nano patterning technique offers hope for making large scale patterns with individual molecules


The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes using photolithography is driving advances in nanotechnology. When the feature size of materials is reduced to the nanoscale, individual atoms and molecules can be manipulated to dramatically alter material properties. So far the highest-resolution mask-based photolithography can generate patterns down to around 20 nm. Extreme ultraviolet – a next-generation lithography technology – can deliver even smaller pattern sizes. However, the secondary electron blur from extreme-ultraviolet photons hinders the creation of single molecule patterns.


The EU-funded Nanolace project will demonstrate a breakthrough nanolithography technique: Mask-based atom lithography. Two approaches will be pursued: Solid-state masks and optical masks. If successful the project will be the first to use Bose-einstein condensates for lithograpy and the first to demonstrate single-nanometer resolution mask based lithography, revolutionising the world of micro and quantum electronics.


  • University of Bergen
  • Forth
  • Irresistibe materials Ltd
  • MB Scientific AB
  • NTNU
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Birmingham
    • 08/09/2021

    Third general assembly meeting (virtual)

    8 september 2021, nanoLace held its third general assembly meeting. The meeting was virtual due to travel restrictions. A picture of the participants can be found below.  

    • 10/03/2021

    Upcoming: Third General Assembly Meeting

    NanoLace third general assembly meeting will be held as a virtual meeting 8 september 2021

    • 09/03/2021

    NanoLace at Innovation Norway Launch of Horizon Norway

    Project Coordinator Bodil Holst presented Nanolace at the Innovation Norway Launch of the Horizon Europe – Pillar III Innovation Europe, which took place as a virtual event on the 9.march 9.00-11.00, with participation of the Norwegian ministers for research and higher education Henrik Aasheim and the minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø


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