To highlight breakthroughs in femtosecond laser systems, the editors of the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optical Materials Express have published a special Focus Issue on Femtosecond Direct Laser Writing and Structuring of Materials.
For the first time a session on "Open Challenges in Nanomedicine - Problems for problem solvers" will be offered to industrial stakeholders to address challenges they are confronted with and for which they would need technology partnerships with academia and research institutes to solve the problems in a business and application oriented way.
Zum ersten Mal wird der Industrie eine Session "Offene Herausforderungen in der Nanomedizin - Probleme fuer Problemloeser" angeboten. Vertreter der Industrie koennen dort binnen zehn Minuten die Herausforderungen praesentieren, mit denen sie konfrontiert sind, und fuer deren Markt- und Anwendungsloesungen sie Technologie-Partnerschaften mit Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen benoetigen.
Die Broschuere "Nanotechnologie in der Natur - Bionik im Betrieb" zeigt aktuelle Produktentwicklungen und Forschungsrichtungen der Bionik im Bereich Materialtechnologie und Nanotechnologie. Sie erscheint zur Auftaktveranstaltung der Veranstaltungsreihe "Bionik im Betrieb" am 30. August 2011.
Researchers in Japan have developed a manufacturing technology for single-crystal thin films of organic semiconductors at arbitrary positions on the surface of sheets using a novel inkjet printing technique. The technology allows improving performance of thin-film transistors (TFTs), indispensable building blocks for large-area electronics products such as flat displays.
An international team of researchers from France and Germany has developed a new material which is the first to react magnetically to electrical fields at room temperature. Previously this was only at all possible at extremely low and unpractical temperatures.
The focus of a new collaboration is to develop a simulation platform that can be used as a tool for exploring new electrodeposition strategies. By combining the expertise fields of experiments and simulations and their mutual validation, the project aims at yielding a simulation tool which captures the essential processes occurring at wafer level, and thus handle 'real case' situations. The project's results will be fed into the development work for both the 3D and advanced interconnect programs.
A new European project called MOLESOL has been set up to demonstrate a revolutionary pathway for fabricating low-cost, high-efficiency and stable solar cells. The envisaged solar cell will be a hybrid device that consists of dye monolayers that are linked through an organic molecular wire to a semiconducting thin film deposited on a transparent substrate.
Imec has developed a new method for the preferential deposition of silicon-germanium through chemical vapor deposition. They have further engineered this method into an innovative technique for trench narrowing and via filling through deposition only, i.e. without the need of litho/etch and subsequent chemical mechanical polishing. This technique offers a path to decreasing the number of process operations and thus reducing IC manufacturing costs.
This summer, imec welcomed 4 students from John Hopkins University (JHU), a world-class university in Baltimore, US, for a research internship of 10 weeks in the field of bioelectronics. These internships coincide with the announcement of a scientific story on nanoscale origami that has resulted from the internship of the first JHU visiting student in the summer of 2009 with a follow-on program last year. In this work, an approach is presented that allows generating precisely patterned polyhedral nanostructures, envisaged for optical and biosensing applications.
Imec reports for the first time selective chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of GeSn in a production-like environment using commercially available Ge and Sn precursors. The resulting GeSn layers with 8% Sn are defect free, fully strained and thermally stable for temperatures up to 500 C. This technique is used to implement uniaxial compressive stress in a Ge channel, the key method for reaching very high mobility values in MOSFETs.
Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Physics Department of Sapienza University of Rome have discovered a technique to 'draw' superconducting shapes using an X-ray beam. This ability to create and control tiny superconducting structures has implications for a completely new generation of electronic devices.