The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest
Posted: Apr 26, 2012
Chalmers receives $3.3m to upgrade its nanofabrication lab
(Nanowerk News) Chalmers will receive just over SEK 50 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Onsala Space Observatory will use their funds for two new radio telescopes. The Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory will purchase the equipment needed for Swedish nanotechnology research to maintain its world-class position.
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is the largest private financier of research in Sweden. In 2012, the foundation will concentrate on life science and nanotechnology – two of Chalmers' Areas of Advance.
Better nanoscale fabrication
Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory will receive SEK 22 million that will be used for new nanolithography equipment. The funds will primarily be used for a new electron beam lithography (EBL) system, which is a technology used to produce electronics components and other nanosized structures. The technology is very important within nanotechnology and has been a prerequisite for several important research breakthroughs from Chalmers recently.
The Nanofabrication Laboratory at Chalmers is one of the most advanced clean room laboratories in the university world. It will now be equipped with new technology for nanolithography.
Chalmers is the node for electron beam lithography within Myfab, the Swedish national research infrastructure.
"The grant will allow us to purchase the latest technology to ensure that Swedish nanotechnology research stays at the cutting edge of development," says Peter Modh, Department Head at the Nanofabrication Laboratory. "Amongst other things, we will be able to use the equipment to cut the size of the smallest producible features in half."
Capacity will also increase, for example, by another person being employed for electron beam lithography. This is important since an increasing number of research projects need to use the technology, at the same time there is a need on the part of industry to use the equipment at Chalmers.