Federal Institute of Metrology
The Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) was founded in 1862 under the name Eidgenössische Eichstätte and since then it has become the national metrology institute of Switzerland. As a national metrology institute it is responsible for providing measurements and consulting services to Switzerland and the European Community. The RF and Microwave Laboratory at METAS is located in one of the temperature stabilized buildings and has outstanding expertise in quantitative measurements of electromagnetic material properties at nanoscale. The laboratory has developed its own unique version of a scanning microwave microscope. Especially the fields of reflection measurement in coaxial lines and material characterization at the nanoscale benefit both from the in house development and refinement of calibration algorithms for vector network analysis. This is additionally underpinned by in-house calibration software which is available to the public (www.metas.ch/unclib and www.metas.ch/vnatools).
Within NanoBat the RF and Microwave Lab will develop a capability to perform scanning probe microscopy in liquids, and develop an on-chip multi-probe sensor for high throughput material characterization. It will also serve as an open access and service point for NFSMM technology. METAS will lead the Work Package on Metrology and Standardization. Moreover, METAS is directly involved in the work relating to SMM measurements in electrolyte and the development of a robust multi probe chip for measuring impedance very fast as well as in the task of providing an Open Innovation Environment (OIE) to stakeholders.