Multiple excellent-cooperation within clusters of excellence

Germany funded “Excellence Initiatives for Cutting-Edge Research at Institutions of Higher Education” until October 2017. The program will be followed by a new initiative by the federal states and government, which also funds cutting-edge research at universities. However, transitional funding for current projects will be provided until the new initiative is coming into effect. Fraunhofer ENAS and the Center for Microtechnologies of Chemnitz University of Technology work in two clusters of excellence.

Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures–MERGE

The Cluster of Excellence “Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures - MERGE” based at Chemnitz University of Technology 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. At present, more than 100 researchers and technicians are working in the six domains of the cluster. Fraunhofer ENAS plays a significant role in research area D, called Micro and Nano Systems Integration.

Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden

“The Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden cfaed” focusses on the development of promising technologies for micro and nanoelectronics. The cluster of excellence aims at complementing and expanding todays leading CMOS technology by adding novel technologies, thus developing future electronic information processing systems. Prof. Fettweis is the head of the cluster, which is based at TU Dresden. Research teams from 11 institutions are cooperating interdisciplinary in nine different research paths. Scientists of Fraunhofer ENAS and the Center for Microtechnologies of Chemnitz University of Technology jointly work on 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 analog high-frequency circuits. Within the BAC path, Chemnitz’ scientists work on structuring on wafer-level, which is necessary for the self-assembly of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).