Kooy symposium 2014 - Towards nanotechnology for defence

Nanotechnology was the topic of the annual Kooy symposium held on 9 April 2014 in Amsterdam. This symposium is organised annual by the Royal Dutch Society of Engineers (KIVI) in cooperation with TNO and APA. Each year another topic is being presented to a broad audience of politicians, MoD decision makers, military and scientists.

For the past 15 years nanotechnology promises to bring about unprecedented changes. By manipulating material structures at the molecular and crystal level, surprising material properties can be obtained, which may also be highly relevant for defence applications. Opportunities can be found in the areas of energy supply, water purification, biometrics, ballistic protection and material strength and stiffness.
Since many years more than 10 billion Euros are being spent annually on research on nanotechnology within Europe. The Netherlands Government invests over 100 million Euros each year in research on this topic. The Defence White Paper of September 2013 emphasizes the opportunities and threats of quantum computing as one of the eye-catching potential defence applications of nanotechnology.

However, can we expect practical applications in the near future? Are breakthroughs forecasted that could enable completely new applications in the fields of defence and security, or does nanotechnology continue to be invisible for the user community.
What are the consequences and how should we be prepared? These were the main questions for the Kooy Symposium 2014.

“Setting the Scene”. In this session two prominent speakers from both the defence science organisation and the nanoscience community presented a broad overview of the state of affairs in the field of nanotechnology, and of the interests and requirements of the armed forces. In the session “Policy and Vision” we did look to Europe and the United States. Also the Netherlands government’s view on the economic top Sector High Tech Systems and Materials was addressed.
Finally, “Excellent technologies” was the session informing on special and practical Dutch activities in the field of nanotechnology.

During the symposium the annual Prof. Johan Kooy Graduation Award was presented to Marijn Ufkes for his masters thesis ‘Isolator-free Power Amplifiers for Phased Arrays’