The collaboration with the Centre for Nano Integration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE) in Germany was initiated when WIN member Professor Kyle Daun invited CENIDE Scientific Director, Professor Christof Schulz to deliver a WIN seminar on February 15, 2013. During his visit, both institutions recognized they share similar visions and strengths, and expressed interest in developing a partnership in nanotechnology. 

Building on the partnership, WIN Executive Director Arthur Carty was invited to the Transatlantic Ruhr Partnership Tour in 2015 and met with Schulz at CENIDE to explore how to expand the partnership to other areas of WIN and sign an agreement promoting cooperation in research and development. Next steps include information exchange, visits by faculty and students and promoting joint activities and workshops.