Nine Nanotechnology Competence Centers in Germany have established the consortium AGeNT-D (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Nanotechnologie-Kompetenzzentren in Deutschland). The CCNanos are acting nationwide and are located in various regions of Germany. All together they cover the whole range of nanotechnology's research and application areas.
Almost all CCNanos arised from a call from the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 1998, each with a special focus on different topics of nanotechnology. Thus clusters of highly cross-linked enterprises, research institutions and universities were formed in various spots in Germany in the recent years. Because of new funding models in the following years there was an increasing concentration on regional subjects of the competence centers. Therefore, several competence centers developed similar organization platforms and paid attention to societal issues. At this point the cross-linking of the competence centers started and resulted in the establishment of AGeNT. The management of decisive tasks could be concerted to increase the efficiency and to successfully reach joint goals.
The consortium is enabled by the financial support of the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). At the 1st February 2007 AGeNT-D started to work. It is open to new members according to its statutes. The CCNano Optoelectronics which is connected to the Technical University of Berlin is responsible for the management. The AGeNT director is Prof. Dr. Dieter Bimberg, the manager of the head office Dr. Sven Rodt.
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