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Centre for Applied Nanotechnology opens in Hamburg

Dr. Karl-Joachim Dreyer, Senator Jörg Dräger, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Wittern,
and Dr. Jürgen Lüthje (f. l. t. r.)


The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is now also really big in small things: Thanks to cooperative efforts of the economy, science and politics it has been possible to found a Centre for Applied Nanotechnology (CAN) as a ”public-private partnership”. It was opened on February 15, 2006, in the presence of Hamburg's Senator of Science, Jörg Dräger, the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Hamburg, Dr. Karl-Joachim Dreyer, the President of the University of Hamburg, Dr. Jürgen Lüthje, and Prof. Klaus-Peter Wittern, head of Research and Development at Beiersdorf AG.

Beiersdorf as a CAN partner

The CAN is involved in the investigation and creation of structures that are 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. Hamburg's first application centre in the field of nanotechnology will render services for companies and research institutes, as well as participate in research programmes of the federal government of Germany and the European Union. Hamburg will contribute around 9.5 million euros for investment prior to 2010. Also participating significantly are Hamburg companies which in a development association possess the majority in a limited company. Prof. Klaus-Peter Wittern assumes the chairmanship of the development association, while Prof. Horst Weller (specialist in physical chemistry) will be responsible for the scientific administration of the CAN. It was possible to gain Dr. Frank Schröder-Oeynhausen as managing director, who was up to now responsible for the establishment of a nanotechnology centre in Münster.  

”With the CAN, science and the economy together create the basis for growth and employment in one of the most important future technologies” declared Senator Jörg Dräger. ”I am very pleased that renowned companies such as Beiersdorf, Eppendorf and Evotec are among the partners of the CAN.”

Innovative products through nanotechnology

The Beiersdorf AG already successfully markets a series of innovative products whose manufacture involves the use of nanotechnology, including sunscreens and deodorants. ”The CAN offers us the possibility to develop on location the necessary scientific expertise for new and pioneering product technologies” stated Prof. Klaus-Peter Wittern in his speech before an audience of around 130 invited guests. ”By involving the economy through the development association a market and product-oriented direction of research activity is possible.”

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