Innovation is a difficult task, getting harder the closer it is to market application. Different competences are in demand along the development, and there is a rising need for financial support. There are at least two well defined initiatives in this direction, expected to bring results in the near future. CNST is embarking in a joint lab initiative, SOLARPRINT, aimed to develop a new product in the area of portable energy devices. First achievements are expected in a couple of years.
The artificial retina project aims to demonstrate a new technology for implants based on organic materials. The efforts dedicated to this multidisciplinary project involving material scientists, neuroscientists, retina experts and eye surgeons are expected to grow in the near future.
A new laboratory will be soon set up for realizing a very ambitious and challenging microscopy technique that enables quasi atomic resolution in space and sub picosecond resolution in time. This will complete the already broad spectrum of characterization techniques in the center. The long term goal of CNST is to establish an internationally respected, top ranked center of excellence for research in nano science and technology. It is the human capital investment the most important in making this challenge a successful one, supported by suitable resources, driven by a long term vision and blessed by serendipity.