Kay Gastinger

Kay Gastinger

Kay Gastinger

Director of NTNU's strategic initiative for nanotechnology, nanoscience and functional materials - Nano@NTNU

Kay Gastinger is Director of NTNU’s strategic initiative for nanotechnology, nanoscience and functional materials – Nano@NTNU. Coordination of interdisciplinary research of 85 professors within nano-realated subjects at NTNU.Project initiation and coordination of interdisciplinary research. National coordination of nano-related research for international conferences/seminars.

He is also Director NTNU NanoLab. Responsible for a 700 m2 cleanroom facility (NTNU NanoLab) with 7 engineers and an annual budget of 30MNOK (2015). Project leader of Norway’s national infrastructure for micro- and nanofabrication NorFab. Initiation of the Nordic NanLab Network (together with myFab/Sweden) and EuroNanoLab

Abstract Title: The European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC): Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe


The objective of the workshop is to give a comprehensive overview of the EMCC initiative and promote a fruitful discussion on the current main challenges related to Materials Characterisation for the European industry.

The scope of the workshop is to bring together multiple stakeholders in the communities of materials characterisation, modelling and manufacturing, to share ideas and discuss on key, strategic, future actions that are needed to strengthen materials characterisation in Europe, in particular regarding its pivotal role in supporting innovation in the nano-manufacturing industry.

Materials characterisation is a fundamental driver for innovation. A research survey conducted by the EMCC showed that 95% of EU funded projects apply metrology and characterisation techniques to support material upscaling for industrial applications.

Interested stakeholders, however, experience only limited and difficult access to characterisation infrastructure, sophisticated techniques, and specialised skill-sets. Often, industry is either not aware of or not in a position to utilise the latest technological solutions that could lead to innovative materials and improved processes. In addition, and to the detriment of the entire innovation chain, stakeholders are isolated from each other. These lacunae pose huge barriers also to the growth of the European industry of characterisation instruments, which comprises both SMEs and manufacturers of analytical equipment. The current situation calls for increased sharing of and access to data and knowledge and for a system that connects characterisation needs and competences.

Within this complex framework, the EMCC has a key and timely role to play. The EMCC has been working to develop the first European Roadmap for Materials Characterisation, where the most urgent actions are put forward, in terms of technology advances required by the European industry and in terms of efforts to establish a more favourable environment for materials research and development, upscaling and production at European level.


WORKSHOP 2: Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe