Vision & Objectives

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Advancing electronics to serve unmet societal needs is the vision of cfaed. Building upon the scientific excellence of our researchers and achievements in cfaed’s Excellence Cluster phase 2012-2018, we pursue the following objectives that further strengthen our aspiration to become an internationally recognized leader in fundamental electronics research.



Scientific objectives

Generate breakthroughs in electronics showing a path beyond current roadmaps.

cfaed intends to push the frontier currently set by the industry roadmap for electronics towards unforeseen innovations, such as super-dense memories, attomolar sensors, fully reconfigurable systems, low-cost on-demand manufacturable circuits, and zero boot-time computing.

Bridge engineering and natural sciences to address untouched research topics.

Natural scientists build a discovery-driven deep understanding of materials and processes, which are picked up by engineering scientists to innovate electronics. Bridging these worlds of thinking is a key ingredient for the success of cfaed, e.g., using Spin-Orbitronics to design memories, using bio-molecules to design and manufacture electronics, novel tailoring of materials to enable THz devices and electronics with non-volatile state memory.

Unleash the full potential of our new devices into new systems design.

Dissolving the functional boundaries between memory, logic, and sensing to build fully reconfigurable systems that converge towards general-purpose electronics, while preserving the capability of exploiting/interfacing custom-tailored components.

Structural objectives

Graduate highly skilled and inspired scientists who think beyond boundaries.

The electronics industry is a pillar of economic success in Dresden and we feel a responsibility to foster visionary scientists with skills and methods to tackle future challenges. Additional support programs at cfaed for careers in academia, industry, and start-ups underpin this effort.

Implement a structured career development program for researchers at all levels.

Academia in general has little experience in structured career development. Therefore, we are committed to implementing a well-structured career development plan to support scientists at all career levels spanning from PhD students to professors, and to attract and promote young high-potential researchers (early career support).

Embrace managerial strategies that promote equal opportunity.

We strongly support equal opportunity and implement concrete measures to ensure nondiscriminative recruiting and a family-friendly environment across all career levels throughout the Cluster’s structure.

Embody a research governance that ensures the capability for the center to stay
open for new input and ideas.

The high-risk nature of our research necessitates unconventional thinking to overcome inevitable challenges. Building on our experiences from the previous funding phase, ”cfaed-1”, we employ an open and flexible research structure and closely monitor global research progress for new insight. This includes appropriate quality assurance, risk management measures, as well as accessible management.

Implement new research infrastructure (“Enablers”) that drive the standing of cfaed and TU Dresden.

Our planned high-quality enablers, e.g. labs, microscopy, electronics design, are designed to help cfaed thrive. Our open-doors policy at our institutions shall help TU Dresden to excel as a whole.

Act as first point of contact for all matters relating to international microelectronics research.

We aim to establish cfaed as a committed partner in a collaborative work and research environment. cfaed shall be the first point of contact for all matters concerning microelectronics research for all stakeholders, e.g., politics, industry, research institutes, the public.