University of Massachusetts Chooses AIXTRON for Core Research into Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene
(Nanowerk News) AIXTRON SE today announced a new purchase order from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell, USA, for a BM deposition system equipped for processing 4-inch substrates. The equipment has been shipped to the university’s recently completed Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC), which is a state-of-the-art shared research facility for academics, start-ups and companies-in-residence.
Thomas Ferraguto, Director of Nanofabrication Cleanroom Operations at Massachusetts’ Core Research Facility, comments: “We will use the new system for the integration of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphene into a large variety of electronic applications ranging from high frequency transistors, energy storage and flexible electronics. The engineering community here is eager to exploit graphene and carbon nanotube properties. The BM system provides a flexible, reliable platform for depositing these materials.” Furthermore, from a shared-facility point of view, the BM system is advantageous as it enables multiple users with consumables tracking; this ensures proper assignment of operating costs to the appropriate research or commercial end user.
Accessing the unique properties of graphene and carbon nanotubes for commercial applications is the key challenge for future R&D and manufacturing. AIXTRON offers a highly flexible system which can deposit both graphene and CNT materials with precisely controlled critical surface dimensions, enabling manufacturers to improve throughput, performance, yield and quality. The BM system also features automatic process control, easy recipe editing, an integrated process camera and remote operation via TCP/IP networking. Researchers worldwide use the systems to explore new possibilities and to provide services to others in the scientific, engineering and industrial communities.