Germany funds Excellence Initiatives for Cutting-Edge Research at Institutions of Higher Education. In 2012, the grants committee decided on the proposals of the third round of the excellence initiative. All selected proposals are funded over a time period of five years starting from November 2012.
Fraunhofer ENAS and the Center for Microtechnologies of Chemnitz University of Technology work in two clusters of excellence, which have been accepted in June 2012.
Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures – MERGE
The Cluster of Excellence of the Chemnitz University of Technology “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures - MERGE” is coordinated by Prof. Kroll, Director of the Institute of Lightweight Structures at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The main object of the cluster is the fusion of basic technologies suitable for mass-production, comprising plastic, metal, textile and smart systems for the development of resource-efficient products and production processes. In order to make the products much more intelligent, microsystems, smart sensors, actuators and electronics will be integrated. Currently, there are more than 100 researchers and technicians working in the six domains of the cluster. Fraunhofer ENAS is mainly working in research area D named Micro and Nano Systems Integration.
Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden cfaed
“The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden cfaed” aims at inducing breakthroughs in promising technologies which may complement today’s leading CMOS technology, in new innovative systems and architectures. Research teams of 57 investigators from 11 institutions are cooperating interdisciplinary in different scientific fields. Scientists of the Center for Microtechnologies of Chemnitz University of Technology and Fraunhofer ENAS work on two paths, the carbon path and the biomolecular assembled circuit (BAC) path. Within the carbon path, CNT FETs have been developed and prototyped using a wafer-level technology. Their application is focused on analoge high-frequency circuits. Within the BAC path, Chemnitz works on structuring on wafer-level which is necessary for the self-assembly of deoxyribonucleic acid.