Centre for Microsystems Technology
The project titled InSCOPE, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and aims to create an open access pilot line service for Hybrid & Printed systems. The pilot line is modular ensuring a comprehensive toolbox of printing, assembly, production integration and process validation distributed over the InSCOPE partners. Building the revolutionary platform business model on the European ecosystem to allow faster transition of product concept from R&D to product and support the build of manufacturing capacity will also give a great chance for SMEs to enter the market with THIN, ORGANIC and LARGE AREA ELECTRONICS enabled products. The technology is well suited for applications that require flexibility combined with smart functionalities, especially in the health, smart packaging and smart building, and automotive sector. Lower manufacturing cost and fast access to prototypes are the main drivers of hybrid process integration for protentional users. imec-Cmst will lead the design activities, optimize the inline testing and develop test plans for evaluating the life time of hybrid TOLAE products.
In the InForMed project an integrated pilot line for medical
devices will be established, covering the complete
innovation chain from technology concept to system
qualification. It will include micro-fabrication, assembly
and even the fabrication of smart catheters. Uniquely, the
integrated pilot line is hosted by a large industrial
end-user, and is specifically targeted and equipped to
bridge the gap in the landscape of micro-fabrication of
medical devices between concept creation and full-scale
A smart contact lens is a device in direct contact with the eye, having integrated electronic functionalities in order to improve the well-being of the user. In that respect, these devices are envisaged to address diverse complex aspects, such as providing augmented reality, performing biomedical sensing and correcting or improving vision. For the first two application areas, possible approaches have already been demonstrated. However, the use of smart contact lenses to correct vision has only been recently proposed through the help of integrated liquid crystal (LC) cells. The integration of these LC cells in a contact lens is in particular appealing for ophthalmological disorders like iris perforation and presbyopia; the latter alone affecting more than 1 billion people. The STRETCHLENS platform envisages the hybrid integration of electro-optic capabilities (e.g. LC cells), RF transmission (e.g. antenna, ultra-thin Si chip - UTC), specific biomarker sensing (e.g. to identify some types of cancer cells) and thin-film based stretchable electrical interconnections. The platform, besides being stretchable due to the spherical shape of eye and manipulations during insertion/extraction of the lens, will incorporate novel 3-D electrical interconnections which will allow for multilayer metallization to integrate UTC’s, minimizing surface area and greatly improving miniaturization. Furthermore, the project will develop new knowledge through technological advancement and models of adhesion/cohesion at the interface of hard/soft composites, in order to predict delamination failures and optimize assemblies through design. The completion and development of such highly integrated stretchable systems will open up diverse research opportunities in the fields of biomaterial science, stretchable micromechanics, and autonomous biomedical and conformal electronics smart systems.
SPIRIT is a 3-year collaborative project on photonic
integration that brings together seven leading European
universities, research centers and companies. The project
was launched in December 2013 and is co-funded by the
European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme
The ACTPHAST (Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion
Solutions and Technology Support) project is a unique
“one-stop-shop” for supporting photonics innovation by
European companies. ACTPHAST supports and accelerates the
innovation capacity of European companies by providing them
with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art
facilities of Europe's leading photonics research centres
(the ACTPHAST Partners), enabling companies to exploit the
tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. There
are 23 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST
Partners. Together the ACTPHAST Partners provide a full
spectrum of photonics technology platforms ranging from
fibre optics and micro optics, to highly integrated photonic
platforms, with capabilities extending from design through
to full system prototyping.
The project addresses a major question in electronics
industry: “How to test to guarantee a certain product
lifetime under specified working conditions?” This question
lacks a satisfactory answer, especially in the light of
important technological developments of the last decade. The
project’s goal is to fundamentally revise and improve the
way reliability testing of electronics is performed.
Reliability testing must become more effective and more
consistent with the increased complexity and the evolution
of material use in electronics as well as the widening of
the working conditions of electronics.
There is currently no "universal" tool that allows monitoring and predicting the health of composite material structures. This strategic project therefore first targets to develop new sensor technologies with unprecedented characteristics that can support the realization of such a universal tool. This tool essentially required for industrial structures which, by construction, accumulate a large number of singularities and present much more variability than coupons produced under laboratory conditions. This research project therefore not only targets research on coupon level but also on industrial component level. Furthermore, the consortium will consider all stages of the life cycle of a composite material product, from material fabrication to operation of the structure.
The main goal of the project Secondos is to drastically extend the application
potential of light steering components based on liquid crystal materials, by
demonstrating devices that overcome the main limitations of the current state-of-the-art
components. More specifically, we want to tackle several important limitations that
currently prevent light steering components based on liquid crystals from being applied
in many photonic products.
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