Multi-disciplinary knowledge practice in nanotechnology (completed)

About the project

explore knowledge practices around the evolving microfluidics technology, and observe knowledge practices and tools in a multi-disciplinary nanotechnology team.


The case study's research aim is to explore evolving practice and the interplay of knowledge creation and use of the tools and instruments in the field of Nanotechnology. The study focuses on

1. Exploring collaborative development of instruments and how this might affect cohesion in a multidisciplinary team.
2. Understanding the role of tool-embedded knowledge in sharing expertise and for collective knowledge advancement.

Theory and methods

The case study is a longitudinal, exploratory and descriptive study of the historical development of microfluidics technology and the tools now being developed in the laboratory. We collect data by interviews and observations focused on the knowledge practice and tool use. In addition, lab books, presentations and other written source will be collected.

Funding and timeframe

Funded by: KP-Lab

Timeframe: 2007-2008

Related projects

This project is part of the EU-funded KP-Lab project


Report: "Old" Technology in New Hands: A case study of using tools to create knowledge in a bio-nanotechnology laboratory. (pdf-version).

Published Sep. 16, 2010 8:58 AM - Last modified June 17, 2013 1:35 PM


Project leader Anne Moen


Detailed list of participants