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 nanolitography can generate patterns down to around 20 nm. Extreme ultraviolet lithography – 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
    • 05/03/2020

    NTNU is hiring phD for nanoLace!

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology will hire one Phd student/postdoc with background in theoretical physics to work on the theory of near field holography with matterwaves – optimisation of the solid state masks.

    • 05/03/2020

    Do you want to join University of Birmingham?

    University of Birmingham will hire two PhD students with a background in chemistry to work on the development of new resists for metastable helium atoms and helium ions.

    • 05/03/2020

    PhD position available at Trinity College

    Trinity College Dublin will hire two PhD students to develop solid state masks using electron beam and helium ion beam lithography.


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