»NEMS/MEMS Devices and Manufacturing Technologies« at Tohoku University
Aim of the Fraunhofer Project Center
The Fraunhofer Project Center is a platform for common research and development activities of Tohoku University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems.
The Fraunhofer Project Center is run to the benefit of both partners for:
- R&D cooperation in advanced manufacturing technologies as well as development and applications of new materials for microelectronic systems with a focus on NEMS/MEMS and micro/nano manufacturing technologies,
- Facilitating and expediting the commercialization of research and the transfer and adoption of new materials manufacturing technology by industry, particularly manufacturers of microsystems and semiconductor devices,
- Exploitation of new markets in the field of micro/nano systems manufacturing sectors,
- Introducing methods and standards of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for industrial collaboration to the research community in Japan and vice versa,
- Training the next generation of researchers, engineers and technicians through joint research programs.
Cooperation Tohoku University and Fraunhofer ENAS
Fraunhofer ENAS and the Tohoku University have been cooperating in the field of new materials for microelectronic systems for many years. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft concluded a cooperation agreement with the City of Sendai in 2005, 2010 and 2013. From 2008 till 2016, the former director of Fraunhofer ENAS Prof. Gessner worked as a principal investigator within the World Premier International Research Center Initiative – Advanced Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University. He was invited to establish a research group in the field of NEMS/MEMS devices and micro/nano manufacturing technologies at the Tohoku University within the Esashi-lab.
To intensify their cooperation, Fraunhofer ENAS and WPI-AIMR of Tohoku University set-up a joint strategic research initiative by establishing a research and development unit at Tohoku University. The Fraunhofer Project Center »NEMS / MEMS Devices and Manufacturing Technologies at Tohoku University« has effectively started on April 1, 2012.
Research and Development Services
The Fraunhofer Project Center »NEMS / MEMS Devices and Manufacturing Technologies« at Tohoku University offers research and development services in the following fields:
- Smart Systems
- MEMS/NEMS from design to prototype
- Silicon based
- New materials based (e.g. palladium based amorphous metal, gallium,...)
- Technologies for MEMS/NEMS, Smart Systems and System Integration
- Silicon based technologies for MEMS/NEMS
- Polymer based technologies
- System integration (wafer bonding, 3D integration and packaging)
- Basic technologies (e.g. lithography, layer deposition, etching,...)
- Test, modeling and analysis for design, characterization and reliability