cfaed Coordinator Prof. Fettweis Presents ‘Tactile Internet’ (5G) at CeBIT
The official opening of the 2014 CeBIT fair at Hannover set a strong spotlight at TU Dresden, since British Premier David Cameron announced an agreement between TUD and King’s College London as well as the University of Surrey. These three universities will collaborate to drive forward the development of the superfast mobile internet standard 5G. This announcement was kept secret until that day so it came as a real bombshell. Moreover, cfaed coordinator Prof. Gerhard Fettweis presented his vision of the 5G internet at a press conference at the fair.
Under the heading The Tactile Internet he explained the manifold opportunities of this future standard. “It is nothing less than a new level of the digital revolution“, he said. Prof. Fettweis is heading a common initiative by German research institutes and industrial companies which was being presented at the CeBIT on 10 March 2014. The Tactile Internet would bring gigantic leaps in nearly all areas of life. So it is carefully monitored with great expectations in areas such as education, medicine, personal security, traffic control, energy transition and supply, and many more.
In March 2014, the preparation of the construction site for the new IAPP building started. This project joins the series of so called Excellence Construction Projects of the Free State of Saxony at TU Dresden. Currently, the Institute for Applied Photophysics (IAPP) resides in the historic buildings Beyer-Bau and König-Bau. These buildings are no longer suitable for the specific utilization requirements for teaching and research of IAPP. By merging research areas and concentrating parts of the institute in the new building, optimum working and research conditions are ensured.
The future building with dimensions of 73 m x 25 m provides 3,250 square feet of laboratory and office space. The new laboratories will comply with the specific requirements regarding vibrations of the building, daylight, and clean room classes. The completion of the building work is planned for early 2016. cfaed will also use some rooms of the new building, as there are overlaps in the research programs.
The Dresden Spirit: Dresden as a ‘City of Excellence’
The Dresden city marketing office (DMG) published its current monthly information issue under the headline Dresden – City of Excellence. It provides a kaleidoscope of different areas of life in Dresden, and of course, science was not forgotten! Dresden as a research hub is an important place for scientists from all over the world. cfaed cluster coordinator, Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, who is featured in this issue describes the special "Dresden Spirit", which means a specific enthusiasm for living and working in this region.
cfaed Coordinator Calls for More Investments in Nanotechnologies
“To remain internationally competitive, Germany must invest more in the area of nanotechnologies”, Prof. Gerhard Fettweis demands. The cfaed coordinator is coauthor of the position paper Hidden Electronics of the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies - Verband der Elektrotechnik (VDE) - in Germany recently published in Munich.
Dr. Martin Claus Started Organic Electronics Research Project With University of Brasília
On 1 April 2014, cfaed Research Group Leader Dr. Martin Claus started a binational three-year research project on organic electronics (NAnoPiE) with theUniversity of Brasília (UnB). The project is part of the program Science without Frontiers of the Brazilian Government. “Brazil aims at exploiting its enormous plant resources for organic electronics“, Martin Claus explains. Together with Prof. Stefan Blawid, senior scientist at UnB’s Laboratory for Electron Devices and Integrated Circuits (LDCI), he will lead the project.
“LDCI uses the fruits of the Buriti Palm to develop ink for printable organic circuits and wants to intensify the research in this area in collaboration with my group”, Martin Claus says. In this context, the potential of this technology for applications such as wireless sensors with high-speed signals shall be examined. In future, the TUD researcher will work in Brazil for a couple of months each year. Currently, the project is looking for a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student.
Awake Again: Space Probe ROSETTA Is Heading Comet 67P – With TUD Technology Onboard
On 20 January 2014, ESA and scientists at TU Dresden tensely waited for vital signs of the ROSETTA spacecraft. After two and a half years in a power-saving deep sleep mode, the space probe is now approaching its target: The arrival at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is scheduled for November 2014. Then, a landing unit called Philae will touch the comet’s surface and start taking pioneering measurements. The comet is an object dating from the early time of the universe, and for the first time in the history of mankind we have the opportunity to collect data from direct contact to such an ancient space object.
TU Dresden’s Chair of High Frequency Technology which is headed by cfaed investigator Prof. Dirk Plettemeier is decisively involved in the experiment CONSERT (Comet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radiowave Transmission) which is about to explore the materials distribution inside the comet. The Philae sends out a radar signal that passes through the comet's nucleus and is received and measured onboard the ROSETTA. CONSERT is the only experiment of the mission with components both, within the spacecraft and the lander. Even during the landing phase these instruments are running.
The researchers of Dirk Plettemeier’s group have been working in close cooperation with the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics at Grenoble and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research at Göttingen.
cfaed investigator Prof. Frank Ellinger (Carbon Path) coordinated an application for one of the new DFG Priority Programs. On 31 March 2014, the DFG announced the approval for this program called FFlexCom. The acronym stands for High Frequency Flexible Bendable Electronics for Wireless Communication Systems. 72 applications in different research areas were submitted, 16 of them have been granted.
Prof. Ellinger describes the research project as follows: "Existing communications systems are implemented on mechanically rigid printed circuit boards. Novel approaches based on thin-film substrates, printing techniques and organic technologies show that the realization of mechanically flexible, bendable and stretchable electronic systems on thin films or even on ordinary paper is possible. In FFlexCom these technologies are to be used for the realization of wireless communications systems.” The funding period for the first three years of FFlexCom starts in 2015 and carries a total funding of € 5 million.
Digital Chemistry: International Workshop about DNA-Based Nanotechnology
cfaed Path Leader Prof. Michael Mertig (Biomolecular-Assembled Circuits Path) is one of the scientific coordinators of the upcoming international workshop on Digital Chemistry. It will take place from 5 to 9 May 2014 at cfaed’s participating institution Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Dresden. DNA nanotechnology has been seen as a fast evolving field in recent years. As an information coding polymer, DNA provides a unique and programmable route to build a digital chemistry molecular toolset to achieve bio-inspired functional nanostructures with a precision and complexity not reachable by current lithographic techniques.
The workshop will summarize the enormous progress in this rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field. Invited speakers from the USA, UK, Japan, France, Netherlands, Denmark, India, Israel, and Germany will visit the event. Several of cfaed’s investigators and research group leaders are participating as well as cfaed Grand Professor Itamar Willner (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).
The T2 is extremely fast, energy-efficient, and resilient. It is a heterogeneous multi-processor which can easily integrate very different kinds of devices. The solutions of the Tomahawk series could in future support the so-called Tactile Internet. With this 5G mobile communications standard, very big data volumes can be transmitted with high end-to-end latency and allow completely new applications, e.g., vehicles that are able to react automatically to any obstacles on the road.
Pearls of Science: cfaed Seminar Series Continuously Attracts Excellent Minds of Research
Nearly every week, cfaed’s Seminar Series invites leading minds of different research topics to give concise overview lessons. The lecturers are coming from external research institutions or the industry as well as from cfaed partner institutions. The lessons are addressing the cfaed research team, but are also to the public audience.
A highlight of the last months was the lecture of the new director of Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI-CPFS), Prof. Andrew Mackenzie. In his lecture in February he discussed complex oxides as a playground for physics and technology. The Scottish physicist was awarded the Mott Medal and Prize of the UK Institute of Physics in 2011 and is Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2012. Since November 2013, he is heading MPI-CPFS Dresden.
In the winter semester 2013/14, 27 international scientists participated in the cfaed Seminar Series. During the summer semester 2014, more outstanding researchers will visit cfaed. Invited speakers include Dr. Antonia Wachter-Zeh (Technion Haifa, Israel), Prof. Hiroshi Sugiyama (Kyoto University, Japan), and Prof. Xavier Blasé (Institut NÉEL Grenoble, France).
Please note the full list of lecturers at the end of the newsletter!
Girls' Day at cfaed
In every year in Spring, companies with technical departments and technical training facilities, universities, and research centers are invited to organize an open day for girls only – Girls'Day. By taking part in Girls’Day, girls shall be particularly motivated and encouraged to seize their career options and to decide in favor of a qualified apprenticeship or degree. Subsequently, they would then choose an occupation even in professional fields that are presently not typically staffed with women.
Therefore, the CRC 912 – cfaed’s HAEC Path - organized, in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, the event Zukunft von morgen. 20 highly motivated girls enrolled for this event. Scientists of computer science, electrical engineering and materials science showed the girls in demonstrations and presentations, how a smart phone works, how and why we can fly with a superconducting maglev train, how a remote-controlled robot can pick up objects out of a closet, and why chemical information processing is used for medical applications. The girls showed big interest in these topics and did not hesitate to ask lots of questions.
cfaed Spring Research Festival: Prof. Giovanni De Micheli Talked about ‘Cyberphysical Systems’
During the cfaed Research Festival on 20 March 2014, Prof. Giovanni De Micheli (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne - EPFL, Switzerland) gave a talk on "Technologies and Platforms for Cyberphysical Systems”. The connotation Cyberphysical Systems comprises different mobile and embedded devices combining computer-technical and physical aspects.
Giovanni De Micheli is a member of cfaed’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Board visits the Cluster at least once per year to learn about recent development within cfaed and critically review the Cluster’s research program and management. Giovanni De Micheli is Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and of the Integrated Systems Centre at EPFL. He is program leader of the Nano-Tera.ch program. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
The New NEW – A Lecture Series about ’Innovation’
TU Dresden in cooperation with Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig recently started an interdisciplinary talk series titled ‘Innovation’. The launch event was on 15 April 2014, when the president of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider talked about “The new New – About some paradoxes in the science organisation“. On 23 June 2014 at 6.30 pm, Prof. Dr. Wieland B. Huttner, director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden, will give a speech on “Innovation und Evolution – what the biology teaches us” at the conference room of the TUD’s Rectorate. The lectures are being held in German language.
cfaed Path Leader Prof. Karl Leo Received Hector Science Award 2013
In January 2014, Prof. Dr. Karl Leo, leader of cfaed’s Organic/Polymer Path, was awarded the Hector Science Award of 2013. The Hector Foundation II honored the outstanding research performance of the TU professor in the area of organic semiconductors as well as his contribution to the improvement of the efficiency of OLEDs and solar cells. Furthermore, the jury appreciated the successful transformation of scientific results to industrial application and the introduction of the new master course Organic and Molecular Electronics at TUD.
Karl Leo, director of TUD’s Institute for Applied Photophysics (IAPP) since 1994, is a role model for young science talents and students, the jury said. In his acceptance speech, Prof. Leo also thanked his teams at TUD and Fraunhofer Institute COMEDD: “This has been made possible by the great engagement of the staff members at the TU Dresden, but also at Fraunhofer and at outsourced companies.” The award dotation of € 150.000 will be used to support the scientific work of the professor.
International Dresden Barkhausen Award of 2013 for Prof. Oliver G. Schmidt
In March 2014, Prof. Oliver Schmidt was awarded the Dresden Barkhausen Award 2013 for the development of new nanostructures. Prof. Schmidt is the Director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW). The Barkhausen Award is presented by the Materials Research Network Dresden and it carries a value of € 10,000. It honors outstanding performance in the applied research and development at the border region between physics, material science, and electrical engineering. Heinrich Barkhausen (1881-1956) was a physicist in Dresden.
Emanuel Goldberg Award for cfaed Scientist Dr. Robert Brückner
Also in March, cfaed scientist Dr. Robert Brückner was awarded the Emanuel Goldberg Award by the Institute of Applied Photo Physics (IAPP). With the prize he was honored for his excellent PhD thesis, in which he analyzed how to implement metals in micro resonators without diminishing the optical properties. Since 2013, he is coordinating and managing cfaed’s Organic / Polymer Path. The Award bears the name of the Russian-Israeli physicist and inventor Emanuel Goldberg (1881–1970).
The FAST project aims at improving the real time capacity of sensors and actors systems for better interactions between human beings and technical equipment. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project with a grant of € 45 million within the initiative Zwanzig20 – partnership for innovation. A further sum of € 30 million will be contributed by industry stakeholders. cfaed coordinator Prof. Gerhard Fettweis as well as cfaed investigators and TUD professors Dirk Plettemeier and René Schüffny are also involved.
cfaed Attracts PhD Students from All Over the World: 80 Students from 12 Countries
In February, cfaed offered an introduction day for new recruits. About 80 graduates from twelve different countries have begun their doctoral studies since the Cluster's launch in November 2012. About three quarters of them originate from Germany, the other scientists come from India, China, the Iran, Bangladesh, Palestine, Mexico, Ukraine, Belorussia, Czech Republic, Italy, and Luxembourg. About half of the cfaed PhD candidates graduated in the field of electrical engineering, the others are computer scientists, physicists, chemists, mechanical engineers, and mathematicians. Most of them are between 25 and 35 years old.
2 im Turm: Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti Premiere Guest of New Science Talk Series
In February 2014, the new science talk series 2 im Turm started at the technical museum Technische Sammlungen Dresden. The idea behind 2 im Turm is: Two scientists from different disciplines walk through the exhibition and, at the same time, talk about their work, their lives, and science in Dresden.
The Co-Leader of cfaed's Silicon Nanowire Path, Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti, was one of the guests of the launching event. Together with Dr. Suzanne Eaton, group leader at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden (MPI-CBG), they passed different stations inside the exhibition, where they played some live music, mastered games, and answered questions of the audience. It was a funny and interesting evening – hopefully, this interesting science communication series is to be continued soon.
25 June 2014 cfaed Summer Fest Join us for BBQ, drinks and chats @ TU Dresden, Alte Mensa, Bärengarten // from 15:00
25 June 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Klaus Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany Topic: Electronics and Sensing with Organic Nanostructures – Synthesis, Assembly, Function TU Dresden / Chemiegebäude / Hörsaal CHE S89 / 15:00
2 July 2014 2nd Dresden Nanoanalysis Symposium (organised by Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis – DCN) ICC, Dresden
12 September 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Sumio Iijima, Meijo University, Japan Get to know the discoverer of carbon nanotubes!
11 November 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Henry Markram, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland Director of Human and Blue Brain Projects
Fairs & Exhibitions
cfaed will be represented at the following fairs and exhibitions during 2014:
5-9 May 2014 DNATec14 Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden http://www.mpipks-dresden.mpg.de/~dnatec14/
24 May 2014 TUD Uni-Tag TU Dresden http://tu-dresden.de/unitag
15-19 June 2014 TechConnect WORLD Washington, DC, USA http://www.techconnectworld.com/World2014/exhibitors.html
1-3 July 2014 nanofair ICC Dresden http://www.nanofair.com/
4 July 2014 Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Dresden http://www.wissenschaftsnacht-dresden.de/veranstalter.html
7-9 October 2014 SEMICON Europa Grenoble, France http://www.semiconeuropa.org/node/2271
cfaed Seminar Series
05 May 2014 Dr. Antonia Wachter-Zeh, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel Topic: List Decoding of Crisscross Error Patterns TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 11:00
06 May 2014 Prof. Hiroshi Sugiyama, Kyoto University, Japan Topic: Single-molecule observation in the DNA origami nanostructures MPI PKS / 16:30
07 May 2014 Prof. Itamar Willner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Topic: DNA-based functional materials MPI PKS / 09:00
07 May 2014 Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, TU Dresden Topic: The idea behind cfaed MPI PKS / 19:00
08 May 2014 Prof. Jan Rabaey, University of California, San Francisco, USA Topic: Engineering Revisited TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 13:00
08 May 2014 Prof. Frank Jülicher, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden Topic: Phase separation of cell cytoplasm MPI PKS / 09:40
09 May 2014 Dr. Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, TU Dresden Topic: A polyamide based glue for double-stranded DNA and enzymatically produced oligonucleotides for structural DCN nanotechnology MPI PKS / 14:10
12 May 2014 Prof. Lorenzo Alvisi, University of Texas, Austin, USA Topic: tbc TU Dresden, INF 1004 / 14:00
15 May 2014 Prof. Xavier Blasé, Institut NÉEL, Grenoble, France Topic: Towards ab initio many-body perturbation theory for organic photovoltaics TU Dresden, HAL 115 / 13:00
26 June 2014 Prof. Shawn Douglas, University of California, San Francisco, USA Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a / 10:00
27 June 2014 Prof. Gerhard Fettweis, TU Dresden Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 14:00
01 July 2014 Prof. Andreas Richter, TU Dresden Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 13:00
02 July 2014 Prof. Claudia Felser, MPI Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 10:00
07 July 2014 (tbc)Prof. Victor Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), USA Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 15:00
10 July 2014 Prof. Benjamin Iñiguez, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain Topic: tbc TU Dresden, Barkhausen Building, BAR II / 63a // 10:30
This is the public newsletter of TU Dresden's Cluster of Excellence "Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden" (cfaed). It is published quarterly.
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