cfaed welcomed another top-class guest in its "Distinguished Lecture Series". After the French Physics Nobel Laureate, Serge Haroche in April, the president and vice-chancellor of the British University of Surrey, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, gave a talk at the cfaed Research Festival. His subject was 'The Electronic Adventure – Engineering a Better Future'. Sir Christopher’s presentation started by examining the background and achievements of some of the major breakthroughs in electronics and then took a look towards potential future technologies. This involved a quick tour of the history of electronics, highlighting its central role in manned space exploration, the key role in mobile communications and computing as well as the wider and pervasive nature of modern electronic technology. The talk concluded by giving some insight into recent exciting discoveries in the areas of materials, nanotechnology, graphene and their potential for use in new areas such as renewable energy and medicine. The keynote on 28 November was embedded in the Fall Research Festival, which is for internal reviewing of the research progress in the cluster. >> read more
Industry Liaison Program
With the Industry Liaison Program (ILP) cfaed offers its endorsers from local and global industry the opportunity to transform endorsement into action and to explore the impact of emerging and disruptive research results on company’s business. The ILP shall facilitate a platform for companies to sustain close contact to on-going research activities carried out at cfaed. Designed to support and strengthen the collaboration with industry, the ILP offers
Access to the latest research results of cfaed
Enhanced visibility in context of our Cluster of Excellence
Contacts to world-class experts in material science, microelectronics, science
By providing a common ground for industry and academia, ILP is committed to fostering strong, productive collaborations that enable technology transfer in manifold ways and generate value for cfaed's industry partners and for researchers working in cfaed. Contact: Steffen Watzek, E-mail: email@example.com
Participation at Fairs and Conferences
For the first time, cfaed joined the exhibition of semiconductor industry, "SEMICON Europa”, from 8 to 10 October 2013 at Messe Dresden. It presented its research areas and the Industry Liaison Program. In 2014, cfaed will be represented at the DATE conference at ICC Dresden from 24 to 28 March and at the Hannover Messe from 7 to 11 April.
Career Development Program
cfaed has set up a tailored Career Development Program. In September, it was presented to the research staff. Since November 2012, seven scientists have been recruited as postdocs or group leaders and about 60 PhD positions have been filled. The Research Group Leaders receive an intensive mentorship by outstanding international scientists. All scientific cfaed members will take part in the systematic personal career development program.
As a recent addition, Prof. Itamar Willner from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem joined the cfaed Grand Professor Program (GPP). The GPP is an essential cornerstone of cfaed's career development. It invites selected international experts to act as personal mentors for cfaed, to engage in teaching postgraduate courses, and act as collaboration partners in research projects. All members of cfaed will be able to benefit from the interaction with our Grand Professors and especially young scientists can win long-term mentors to support their careers. In addition, the Grand Professors will foster their integration into the scientific community. At present, the GPP includes four members:
Prof. em. Heinrich Meyr, RWTH Aachen
Prof. James R. Cordy, Queens University, Canada
Dr. habil. Hélène Kirchner, INRIA, France
Prof. Itamar Willner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
First tools arrive at Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN)
The Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN) started a three-year research project with focus on one-dimensional nanowires. The results will be analyzed within cfaed's Silicon Nanowire Path and Carbon Path. In October, a scanning-electron-microscope with a focused ion-beam (FIB/SEM) and a sub-micrometer-x-ray-tomograph have been acquired. The project has been granted about € 3.2 million by the Federal Ministry of Research. Under the direction of Professor Ehrenfried Zschech, reliability-limiting degradation mechanisms in one-dimensional construction elements and systems will be analyzed in order to establish a basis for process development and quality control of future microelectronic products. Innovative electronic elements based on one-dimensional nanostructures such as silicon-nanowires and carbon-nanotubes as well as nanometer-sized sensors are expected to have a much better performance than current CMOS elements and sensor systems. Thus, new applications will become possible in the fields of automobile, engineering, logistics, energy, sensor technology as well as medical science and health monitoring. Through close collaboration with innovative companies, the research will be oriented towards an industrial use right from the start. >> read more
cfaed scientists realize first Organic Inversion Field Effect Transistor
For the first time, an inversion transistor based on organic semiconductors has been realized. The inversion field effect transistor is the basic device of modern silicon based microelectronics and is nowadays produced more than a billion times for cellphones and computers. Doping of organic semiconductors – which is already used successfully in organic light emitting diodes for displays in mobile phones – was the key to this invention. This breakthrough, achieved by cfaed scientists, was reported in the last edition of internationally recognized journal "Nature Communication”. >> read more
NaMLab: Breakthrough in developing reconfigurable nanoelectronic circuits
Scientists at the cfaed partner institution NaMLab have demonstrated the world's first universal transistor that delivers equal performance for n- and p-type response. They demonstrated an energy efficient CMOS circuit with one single transistor type instead of the two different types used in conventional electronics. Additionally, the nanowire circuit provides different circuit functions, enabled by switching the transistors configuration. In contrast state of the art devices have significant differences in composition, technology and size for the different conduction types. The new technology could change the current major CMOS technology significantly, enabling a single MOS technology with enhanced functionality. >> read more
2013 Fall Research Festival
One of the most important events at cfaed is the Research Festival, which is celebrated twice a year. During the two-day meeting on 27/28 November 2013, all research paths gathered together and reviewed their research programs during the first year of the funding period. In presentations, the paths reported on their past activities and the findings. Between the presentations, the poster sessions proved to be good opportunities for gaining a deep insight into the path topics and for establishing new inter-path contacts.
Dresden Center for Computational Materials Science: Kick-off
Dresden, with TU Dresden being a central part of its scientific community, has become a leading player in materials science – in Europe and globally. Computer based modeling and design is one of its backbones. To preserve this top position, the university management supports and finances the newly founded "Dresden Center for Computational Materials Science" (DCCMS) for four years, using resources of the Federal Excellence Initiative. The center will generate relevance for all cfaed research paths: There is a strong overlap with respect to participating Principal Investigators, and it will reinforce scale-bridging development of novel materials for applications in future electronics. In November, the public kick-off meeting took place, where goals and actions of the center were presented and next moves were discussed. >> read more here (DCCMS website) and here (Press release opening)
cfaed in focus at the "Dresden Microelectronics Academy"
cfaed was in focus of the 13th 'Dresden Microelectronics Academy' (DMA) in September 2013. The five-day DMA was organized for students in September by TU Dresden in cooperation with the semiconductor companies Globalfoundries, Infineon and X-Fab. On the second day, cfaed path leader Professor Thomas Mikolajick held a keynote on the cluster. On the final day, three research areas (Silicon Nanowire Path - Dr. Walter Weber, NaMLab; Carbon Path - Dr. Sascha Herrmann, TU Chemnitz and Chemical Information Processing Path - Prof. Andreas Richter, TU Dresden) were presented.
Dresden School on Functional Nanomaterials
In Fall of 2013, the Dresden School on Functional Nanomaterials was held at the end of September at 'Schloss Eckberg' castle. The five-day workshop aimed at bringing together leading scientists with different backgrounds in the general field of functional nanomaterials to offer a series of tutorial lectures to pre-Master, Master and Ph.D. students. It was coordinated by the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials (TU Dresden) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). >> read more
New Research Group Leaders
The most recently recruited Research Group Leader of cfaed is Dr. Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, who previously worked at the Harvard University. Since August, he leads a group in the Biomolecular-Assembled Circuits Path. The 34-year-old chemist is a specialist for biologically-inspired self-assembly of deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA). His research area will be the use of these DNA structures in the bottom-up fabrication of basic nano- and microscopic opto-electronic components. The past three years, he had worked at the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Boston (USA). >> read more
Current Research Group Leaders and Postdocs:
Dr.-Ing. Walter Weber, NaMLab, Silicon Nanowire Path
Dr.-Ing. Martin Claus, TU Dresden, Carbon Path
Dr.-Ing. Sascha Herrmann, TU Chemnitz, Carbon Path
Dr. Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, TU Dresden, Biomolecular Assembled Circuits Path
Dr. Marcus Völp, TU Dresden, Orchestration Path
Dr.-Ing. Meik Dörpinghaus, TU Dresden, CRC 912 - Highly Adaptive-Efficient Energy Computing
Dr. Haralampos Hatzikirou, TU Dresden, Biological Systems Path
Meet the team: Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN)
The Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis is constantly growing. Beside the Scientific Coordinator, Prof. Ehrenfried Zschech, and the Administration Officer, Linda Kriusk, four new employees started their work at DCN in October and November. Dr. Markus Löffler (PostDoc), engineer Alexander Tahn and Jin Huang (PhD) joined the team and will deal with the analysis, characterization and integration of one-dimensional nanostructures. These structures will be investigated with the equipment acquired recently, a scanning electron microscope with a focused ion-beam (FIB/SEM) and a sub-micrometer X-ray tomograph. Their work is part of the project "Makizu - Materials integration and cinetics of reliability-limiting degradation mechanisms in 1-D electronic systems", which is granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science. So now the Makizu project team is complete. The fourth new team member is Maria Aranzazu Garitagotia Cid. She also joined DCN in October and her position is funded through a research and development agreement with Carl Zeiss Microscopy. She deals with studies on the characteristics and application of the EsB detector.
Prof. Fettweis: Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences
Our Cluster Coordinator Prof. Gerhard Fettweis was awarded the IEEE ComSoc's Harold Sobol Award last December for exemplary service to meetings and conferences. ComSoc Awards Ceremonies honor the achievements of IEEE Communications Society members. The Society’s Career & Service Awards pay tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Service Awards recipients are honored for their distinguished and exemplary service to ComSoc over a sustained period of time. Gerhard Fettweis has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, IEEE TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013. The Award Ceremony was held at the GLOBECOM conference in Atlanta, US. Photos of the ceremony.
Upcoming events and lectures
20 January 2014 - 15:00 Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti, TU Dresden, Materials Science and Nanotechnology Computational Materials Science in Dresden TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR 205
23 January 2014 - 13:00 Prof. Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez, University of Minho, Portugal Electroactive Polymer and Polymer composites: Insights, applications and challenges Location: t.b.a.
27 January 2014 - 15:00 Prof. Marino Zerial, MPI CBG, Dresden Systems analysis of cell and tissue organization TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a
03 February 2014 - 15:00 Prof. Andrew Mackenzie, MPI CPS, Dresden The scientific and long-term technological possibilities now being offered by families of complex Oxides TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR 205
10 February 2014 - 15:00 Prof. Alexander Eychmüller, TU Dresden, Physical Chemistry Aerogels TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a
26 February 2014 Prof. Thomas Seyller, TU Chemnitz Topic: tbd
19/20 March 2014 cfaed 2014 Spring Research Festival
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