MINA-NEWS

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December 2014

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A close-up look at 20,000 individual cells

Researchers at INAC have successfully used a technique initially developed for molecular analysis to observe 10,000 to 20,000 cells at once. The advance hinges on using breakthrough optics to give SPRi (surface plasmon resonance imaging) micrometer resolutions, even for large observation...

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Zero-energy elevators just over the horizon

Sodimas, France’s leading elevator manufacturer, is teaming up with Schneider Electric and Grenoble Institute of Technology to develop a smart-grid-connected elevator that is powered both by the grid and by alternative energy sources. The R&D is taking place under the EU...

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Nanowire-based transistors closing the gap with CMOS

Tunnel-FET transistors offer leakage currents 100 to 1,000 times lower than those of MOS transistors, making them serious candidates in the run for tomorrow’s very-low-energy applications. Until now, the transistors had been limited by their on-state currents, which were much lower...

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Bacterial spores exhibit unusual resistance to UV rays

The results of a team of INAC researchers’ DNA analyses of bacterial spores that spent 22 months on the walls of the International Space Station have been published in Astrobiology. They found that the number of damaged bases increased on par...

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Isotopic tracers provide insight into brain tumors

Last fall Clinatec kicked off a two-year clinical trial on six patients suffering from the most serious form of brain tumor. An amino acid tracer is being administered to monitor certain proteins secreted in the patients’ blood—and provide valuable insight into...

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Smart car windshields in full color

CEA-Leti researchers are working with Optys (a Nexter company) to improve smart car windshield technology and get it ready for manufacturing.
Smart windshields display information useful to drivers for an augmented-reality experience at the wheel. The helmet-based system in development...

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Leti sensors used in future bio-artificial liver

The EU FP7 d-LIVER project aims to develop a bio-artificial liver (BAL) support system for patients suffering from liver failure or awaiting a transplant. The project, launched in 2011, brings together a dozen partners, including CEA-Leti, which is supplying sensors for the real-time monitoring of ammonium ions.
Leti’s sensors are currently accurate to within 8% to 10%, and the goal is to bring that margin of error down to 3% or 4%. At their present stage of development, the components offer the same level of manufacturability as commercially-available devices. In five rounds of testing at Berlin, Germany’s Charité Hospital, including one...

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Interview

Interview: Sorin Cristoloveanu, IMEP-LAHC,

Sorin Cristoloveanu, IMEP-LAHC:

« SHG gives us a new SOI wafer characterization technique »

US-based equipment manufacturer FemtoMetrix has just installed its first-ever Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) instrument at IMEP-LAHC. Read on to learn more about this innovative prototype.
SHG is a surface and interface characterization technique for thin layer materials. Here is how it works: A femtosecond laser is focused on the surface of the material. The second harmonic of the signal reflected delivers information like the presence of metal contaminants, imperfections in the interfaces, parasitic charge, and the local electrical field.
The technique is particularly suitable for SOI...

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CO2 sensors could become more energy-efficient

A new infrared source that leverages a suspended silicon nitride membrane was the key to CEA-Leti’s new energy-efficient CO2 sensor, which uses six to seven times less energy than current solutions and, with resolutions of a few parts per million by...

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Microdisplays beat luminance records

Researchers at a joint lab uniting CEA-Leti and Microoled are developing color OLED microdisplays that could achieve record luminance of 5,000 candelas per square meter with both form factor and energy consumption well under those of LCD displays. The results of...

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How sound travels through disordered materials

Researchers from INAC and LiPhy (a CNRS-Grenoble University Joseph Fourier School joint research unit) joined forces to look at how sound travels through disordered materials, with scenarios ranging from perfect crystal to amorphous materials. The simulation-based study, funded by the Fondation...

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Watch nanostructured oxides grow before your eyes

The MOON project, financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), will reach a major milestone in February, with a second round of testing on the SOLEIL synchrotron near Paris. The researchers, from LMGP and SIMaP*, will use a diffractometer equipped...

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Pascale Bayle-Guillemaud appointed Deputy Director of INAC

Materials physicist Pascale Bayle-Guillemaud took up the position of Deputy Director of INAC on September 1. She succeeds Armelle Mesnard. Previously, Bayle-Guillemaud had served as head of INAC’s microscopy lab at the MINATEC Nanocharacterization Platform (PFNC).

Her responsibilities will align...

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INAC brings home third Bull-Fourier Award for work on intensive calculation

INAC’s L_Sim intensive calculation team has just won its third Bull-Joseph Fourier Award in six years! L_Sim researcher Ivan Duchemin and Xavier Blase from Institut Néel won the award for their work parallelizing a code that describes the light absorption and...

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Recommended reading: Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Nanowires

Vincent Consonni (CNRS/LMGP) and Guy Feuillet (CEA-Leti) co-edited Wide Band Gap Semiconductor Nanowires, a two-volume, 630-page book published by Wiley-ISTE. Contributions from 44 authors from around the globe cover all aspects of GaN and ZnO nanowires with chapters on the wires’...

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Figure of the month: €150,000

This year’s EDF Pulse Science and Electricity Award went to Grenoble Institute of Technology faculty member Renaud Bouchet for his research on a promising new solid-electrolyte lithium battery. The international award comes with a €150,000 grant that will be used to...

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Layer-by-Layer Films for Biomedical Applications from A to Z

Catherine Picart of LMGP has co-edited Layer-by-Layer Films for Biomedical Applications, published by Wiley. The 530-page multi-authored volume is intended for graduate and post-graduate students, research scientists, and industrial R&D engineers. Picart, an expert in the subject, worked with co-editors Jean-Claude...

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Julien Claudon receives CNRS Bronze Medal for his nanophotonics research

Julien Claudon, a research scientist at INAC, won the 2014 CNRS Bronze Medal for his nanophotonics research. Claudon studies controlling the interaction between light and matter within nanostructures.
The optical antennae Claudon developed under a joint research project involving INAC,...

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300 mm cleanroom to get new equipment in 2015

The 41.02 building’s cleanroom, which inaugurated a third extension this summer dedicated to 300 mm microelectronics activities, now offers some 2,200 sq. m of research space. The new 500 sq. m space will house new microelectronics fabrication resources such as deposition...

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Hyperlight, the latest artist-in-residence project at Atelier Arts-Sciences

Artist and engineer Thomas Pachoud unveiled his first-ever work using the Hyperlight system—the focus of Pachoud’s artistic residency at the Atelier Arts-Sciences—at the Experimenta fair held at Maison MINATEC, to music created by composer David Guerra.
The 30-year-old Pachoud...

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Nanocharacterization Platform gets micro Raman equipment

The Nanocharacterization Platform (PFNC) now has two micro Raman instruments for measuring the chemical, mechanical, structural, and electronic properties of thin-layer materials. The measurements, down to the nanometric scale, can be taken with or without prior sample preparation, either locally or...

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CEA puts the lid on .zip files

At the end of September the CEA rolled out an initiative to block any .zip-type folders containing .exe files attached to incoming emails. The senders are automatically alerted that their email didn’t make it past CEA security.
The anti-zip measure came...

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Carnot supported 43 new energy technology projects in 2014

On January 13, 2015 Institut Carnot Energies du futur will present the joint research projects in the field of new energy technologies it supported in 2013–2014.
Once again this year Institut Carnot Energies du futur is one of the leading...

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Microoled ships its 100,000th display

Microoled, located at MINATEC, designs and manufactures high-definition, low-power microdisplays that leverage a technology developed in partnership with CEA-Leti. The rapidly-growing start-up, which is now seven years old, has shipped more than 100,000 displays since 2012.
From its inception, Microoled has...

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Interview: Sorin Cristoloveanu, IMEP-LAHC

Sorin Cristoloveanu, IMEP-LAHC:

« SHG gives us a new SOI wafer characterization technique »


US-based equipment manufacturer FemtoMetrix has just installed its first-ever Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) instrument at IMEP-LAHC. Read on to learn more about this innovative prototype.
SHG...

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Phelma Junior Consultants events a hit

Student organization Phelma Junior Consultants runs a full slate of events designed to help students and businesses get to know each other better. And the initiative has been met with overwhelming success. On October 16, Partners Day attracted 44 companies whose...

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Phelma graduate embarks on unusual civil volunteer service mission

Phelma graduate Olivier Llido (class of 2012) is indulging his passion for the French Southern and Antarctic Lands on Île Amsterdam, where he arrived in early November. The 58 sq. km island in the Indian Ocean is one of the most...

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Minalogic project brainstorming sessions expanded

Minalogic invites its members to twice-yearly project brainstorming sessions where twenty or so ideas for potential projects are presented. The first session of 2015, scheduled for January 22, will be larger in scope. Representatives of other clusters in the Rhône-Alpes region...

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ESRF opens long-term R&D projects to industrial partners

For the first time ever, ESRF has accepted a long-term project submitted by a manufacturer, STMicroelectronics. Starting in January 2015, STMicroelectronics will be eligible for 20 days’ use of the beamline over three years to conduct very-high-resolution characterization of defects on...

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New in biomaterials: observing bone regeneration in 3D

Amy Wagoner Johnson, a leading American biomaterials scientist, has been working on site at LMGP since July under the Fondation Nanosciences chair of excellence program. Wagoner Johnson’s research focuses on cell-to-cell and cell-to-biomaterial interactions in bone repair and regeneration processes. And...

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Maryline Bawedin joins IMEP-LAHC

Maryline Bawedin, an expert in characterizing and modelling advanced CMOS components, has joined IMEP-LAHC as lecturer. She had previously completed her Ph.D. dissertation there, following degrees from Liege and Louvain Universities in Belgium. She later completed post doctorate studies at Cambridge...

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More than 400 companies participated in SEMICON Europa

Major global semiconductor industry trade fair SEMICON Europa was held in Grenoble for the first time ever this year. Turnout far exceeded expectations, with the number of exhibitors up 18% over 2013, and the number of visitors up 28%. The event...

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