The focus in Nanoelectronics (beyond CMOS) will be the development of technologies and devices in the “beyond CMOS” area, focusing on the development of electronic devices (semiconductor-, magnetic-, or photonic-based) that incorporate novel materials, and unconventional structures.
New electromechanical systems are required to support the previously mentioned strategic areas. These novel devices will include merging various state of the art devices and sensor technologies (spintronics, NEMS and MEMS, micro- and nanofluids, optical and semiconductor based devices) in multifunctional Microsystems and lab-on-chip platforms targeted in nanomedicine, environment monitoring and security and food quality control.
In a first stage, the nanoelectronic devices will support applications in biotechnology and medicine, as well as in environmental and food monitoring. In a second stage, it is envisaged that the nanoelectronic modules developed can be commercialized as such for incorporation in other products, thus establishing the basis for start-ups seeded by INL.
Research area coordinator:
Group manager: Ricardo Ferreira
Group manager: Paulo Freitas
LaNaSC - Laboratory for Nanostructured Solar Cells
Group manager: Sascha Sadewasser
NESCS- Nanomaterials for Energy Storage, Conversion and Sensing
Group manager: Lifeng Liu
Theory of Nanostructures
Group manager: Joaquín Fernández-Rossier
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Micro Energy Harvesting Devices
Group manager: Joao Gaspar
Study cases and related materials
- Spintronic Integrated Microfluidic Platforms for Environmental and Biomedical Applications
- Development of Nanostructured Solar Cells
- Characterization of Nanostructures for Solar Cells
- Si nanowire/nanotube based sensors and energy storage devices such as Li-ion microbatteries and capacitors.
- Low-cost and large-scale synthesis of porous/hollow nanostructures for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.
- TiO2-nanotube based composites for energy storage, photovoltaics and photocatalysis.
- Advanced MRAM cells integrating perpendicular magnetization materials
- Integration of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with Standard CMOS
- High Sensitivity and High Spatial resolution Magnetic Field Sensors
- Micromechanical actuators and oscillators
- MEMS structures for advanced characterization techniques
- Silicon based microfluidic platforms
- Flexible substrate applications
- Spintronic MEMS devices (collaboration with INL Spintronics Group)
- Micro energy harvesting devices (collaboration with Prof. Sang-Gook Kim, MIT)
- High-throughput, wafer-scale testing of MEMS materials and devices
- Platform for detection of magnetic nanoparticles on rough surfaces
- Silicon nanostructures for use in energy storage, conversion and nanoelectronic devices
- High-performance rechargeable lithium batteries and super-capacitors based on novel nanostructures
- Atomic Scale spintronics
- Oxide Muiltilayer Spintronics
- Nanospintronics in graphene and carbon based Semiconductors
- Back-end process for integration of nano-devices on CMOS wafers
- Hybrid Spintronics-CMOS Devices
- Micro energy harvesting devices
- Development of a new NMR microsensor
- Gas Sensors
- Optical characterization of lipidic structures
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