Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The University of Twente’s MESA+ institute has purchased an advanced PLD machine from Solmates

The University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute has purchased an advanced Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) machine from its research partner, the spin-off company Solmates. This device opens the door to the creation of new materials and chips (or individual chip components), which are constructed as a series of layers, each just one atom thick. The new machine will enable MESA+ to further strengthen its position relative to industry. This is because MESA+ NanoLab’s numerous researchers and external users will, from now on, be able to work on an industrial scale. As a result, new scientific knowledge in the areas of unconventional electronics and advanced materials will be more accessible, as well as more suitable for practical application at an earlier stage.

MESA+, the University of Twente’s nanotechnology research institute, is a leader in the creation of extremely thin layers consisting of just a single layer of atoms. This involves using a laser to transform a material into a plasma, which then condenses on a surface to form an extremely thin layer. By layering multiple very thin layers, one over the other, it is possible to create completely new chips (or individual chip components) and materials with properties that have never been seen before. The technique involved – which was partly developed at the University of Twente – is known as Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). Arjen Janssens, CEO of Solmates, expects that by around 2020 PLD will have evolved into one of the standard chip production systems.

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