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Delft Micro-electronics and Nano-technology Strengthened

Delft University Of Technology : 01 December, 2006  (Technical Article)
Within the framework of a new research strategy, TU Delft is going to strengthen its research spear points
Within the framework of a new research strategy, TU Delft is going to strengthen its research spear points ‘Nanotechnology,’ ‘ICT’ and ‘Mechatronics and Microsystems.’ To this end, the Mechatronics and Microsystems group of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Computer Design group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Particle Optics group of the Faculty of Applied Sciences will be added to DIMES. Also, the Nanoscience department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences will become independent and will receive a new laboratory infrastructure. Together with TNO TPD, Nanoscience is building a state-of-the-art nano-laboratory; more work will also be done together with the University of Leiden.

For more than fifteen years, TU Delft has combined its research in the fields of micro-electronics and nano-technology in the research school DIMES. This school has built up an excellent reputation. With the new research spear points ‘Nanotechnology,’ ‘ICT’ and ‘Mechatronics and Microsystems,’ and the need for a more extensive laboratory infrastructure, the time has come to extend and regroup DIMES and to found a new nano-technology institute.

DIMES
DIMES will be strengthened by the addition of the Mechatronics and Microsystems group of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. This means that more micro-mechanical research will take place at DIMES in the future. The addition of the Computer Design group of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, will provide more knowledge on technological developments at system level in the field of micro-electronics. Also, adding the Particle Optics group of the Faculty of Applied Sciences will bring expertise in the field of advanced lithography technologies to DIMES. This means that DIMES will remain the Delft expert in the field of micro-electronics and silicone nano-technology, but will extend its expertise in the field of micro-engineering. The research will be grouped into five main themes: communication technology, smart micro-systems, micro and nano-precision engineering, innovative computer technology and nano electronics. There are also three associated programs in the fields of large-area electronics, materials defects and advanced mechatronics.

Kavli Institute of Nanoscience
In the past years, the Nanoscience department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences has aimed its research efforts toward the boundaries between physics, chemistry and biology, and will continue on this path. As independent institute, the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Nanoscience is working with TNO TPD to build a state-of-the-art nano-laboratory that meets the new research demands. It is expected that the lab will be completed in 2006. Also, research cooperation with the University of Leiden in the filed of nano-technology will be increased. Nanoscience will retain its strong position in the quantum nano-electronics field.

With these two institutes, TU Delft strives to put its micro and nano-research firmly on the world map.
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