June 2015

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LINC, the Esperanto of smart buildings

How do you get smart-building systems and sensors working together if they all use different communication protocols? Leti has come up with an ingenious solution to this problem: it uses a middleware, LINC, to share important information—temperature, hygrometry, and presence, for...

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Lensless imaging: Cytonote off to a good start

France-based startup Iprasense (www.iprasense.com) unveiled its Cytonote digital microscope in late 2014 in London. Today, the company is pleased to announce its first sales of the very-large-field (30 mm2) microscope. The Cytonote microscope was developed by an Iprasense-Leti joint lab and...

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Supercapicitor power unsheathed

Researchers at INAC used a plasma growth technique to produce sheaths of graphene perpendicular to the electrode of a supercapacitor. These sheaths, just nanometers thick, are used to build a layer of graphene that is several microns high, which is deposited...

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Non-destructive testing gains strength thanks to TMR

TMR (tunnel magnetoresistance) sensors promise greater sensitivity to probe for hidden defects and higher spatial resolution to pick up even the most minute defects. The technology is a product of the EU-backed project Imagic, in which Leti participated. The sensors will...

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Photovoltaics: the sensitized p-type cell takes off

Until now, the only photovoltaic cell with an inorganic p-type absorber tapped out at 0.1% conversion efficiency. Researchers from INAC recently broke this record, reaching yields of 1.25% with a prototype developed under a French National Research Agency-funded project. The cell...

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Datacom-dedicated optical multiplexer achieves record stability

Leti researchers teamed up with two manufacturers to produce an optical multiplexer for datacoms (links from 1 meter up to 10 km) as reliable as its current competitors. This in itself is a great achievement. Even more impressive, however, is that...

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First-ever analysis of neutral particles by mass spectrometry

Researchers from INAC, Leti, and IRTSV recently completed the first-ever successful analysis of neutral particles by mass spectrometry. The scientific achievement, which took place right here in Grenoble, was praised by an article in Nature Communications. The researchers chose to bypass traditional spectrometry methods, preferring to use nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS), whose resonance frequency varies depending on the mass being supported. In this particular case, the mass was made up of nanometric copper and tantalum aggregates.

Biology a top-priority application

NEMS mass spectrometry has the advantage of being fully operational for non-ionized particles and/or very heavy particles—for which traditional spectrometry is not...

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Field gradient NMR to examine vegetable oils

Researchers at INAC are investigating a novel use of field gradient NMR: the in vivo study of the lipid vesicles of vegetable oils like sunflower, canola, and linseed. These micrometric vesicles are of particular interest to biologists and varietal selection experts,...

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LEDs shed their converters

A LED can potentially run for 50,000 hours. Unfortunately, the necessary AC/DC convertor limits LED lifespans to 5,000 hours, due to the convertor’s trouble withstanding high temperatures. Plus, the converters are bulky and expensive. Leti has now developed an electronic control...

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A close-up look at how materials behave between –80°C and 600°C

The Nanocharacterization Platform’s heating cell can be used to measure the properties of materials between –80°C and 600°C under controlled atmospheres. And, when coupled with ellipsometers, the thickness and the optical index of thin films can also be measured. Alternatively, Raman...

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3D grain imaging now even more precise

A team of researchers from Leti, INAC, and ESRF combined X-ray tomography and Laue microdiffraction to determine the crystallographic orientation of micrometric grains. The technique, used in this case on 80-micron-thick copper vias, also indicates the area of deformation in the...

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INAC PhD candidates learn about public speaking

“What is understood completely can be expressed clearly, and the words to express it come easily.”* Easier said than done! INAC organized a public speaking workshop on May 19 that was attended by ten PhD candidates. Trainer Ludovic Lecordier gave the...

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American students say “Yes!” to GIANT’s summer program

The fifth annual GIANT International Internship Program (GIIP), which kicked off at the end of May and will continue for 10 weeks, saw record enrollment. GIANT laboratories are hosting 27 international interns, from undergrad through to post-doc, almost all from the...

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Phelma revises curriculum for first-year students

The 2015–16 school year will mark the rollout of a new first-year curriculum at Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma. The scope of the PMP (physics, materials, processes) and PET (physics, electronics, telecoms) core curricula will be broadened to six 32-hour science courses....

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Ense3 moves to 1:1 demo building

On September 7 Grenoble Institute of Technology-Ense3 (the Institute’s school of energy, water, and environmental engineering), will begin the school year at GreEn-ER, the Presqu’ile’s new innovation center for energy and renewable resources, located at 21 avenue de Martyrs.

Exemplary in...

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Grenoble off to Korea for Nano-KISS

Sorin Cristoloveanu, a research scientist at IMEP-LAHC, is organizing the sixth annual Nano-KISS* summer school from July 13–15 in Daejon, Korea. The program will host 120 participants and leading speakers from around the world, for a full program of talks on...

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Local science website now has jobs section

This June the website “38 de Sciences” (a joint endeavor of the French Physics Society and the Fondation Nanosciences) is adding a new careers section with job offers.

The goal is to centralize links to available internship, PhD, post-doc, research, and...

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MultiX raises €3 million in fresh capital

MultiX, a company specializing in X-ray spectrometry-based subsystems for detection applications, has brought in €3 million from a group of investors that includes CEA Investissement. The company raised €3 million in 2011 and €4 million in 2013. MultiX technology is used...

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The Airboard, for faster proof-of-concept

Leti engineer Olivier Ménard raised $65,000 from some 1,000 backers in 55 countries during a recent Kickstarter campaign for the Airboard, a personal project of Ménard’s. And just what is the Airboard? A miniature, open-source, communicating (by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Sigfox, etc.)...

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Local nurses test Avalun’s mobile point-of-care device

A handful of nurses in the Vercors mountains just outside of Grenoble have started testing Avalun’s LabPad® in a two-year pilot program backed by the Rhône-Alpes Regional Board of Health. The program coincides with the commercial launch of the device—a connected,...

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Serma Technologies invests €1 million in a TEM

The MINATEC campus got a new Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) earlier this year. The FEI Tecnai Osiris microscope, offering resolution close to the angstrom, was acquired by Serma Technologies, a services company that has called the BHT home for the past...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology Youth Ambassadors

The Grenoble branch of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs (Youth Ambassadors) program enjoyed an evening in the spotlight at a gala dinner held on April 9 in St. Etienne. The dinner was attended by some 300 young people, corporate coaches, and program partners....

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Phelma students reach out to young cancer patients

Just one year ago, the students of Phelma created the 17th branch of the French nonprofit “Cheer up!”. The organization helps young adults suffering from cancer to make their dreams come true—like one young man who dreamed of taking part in...

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Tech transfer center to open at Grenoble Institute of Technology

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s center for technology transfer will open in late October. The center, to be located in the new Phelma 2 building at MINATEC, will be dedicated to industrial R&D projects, offering more than a dozen 30-sq.-m workspaces for...

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CEA Tech Research Directorship applicants unplug in the Vercors

For the third straight year, from July 1–3, about 20 people from CEA Tech (Leti, List, and Liten) will participate in an off-site seminar to prepare for the French-state-sanctioned research directorship accreditation (habilitation à diriger des recherches). For applicants, this trip...

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MINALOGIC expands scope

Minalogic has merged with the Optique Rhône-Alpes cluster (ORA) in St. Etienne, the logical next step in a multi-year partnership that has resulted in numerous initiatives in support of the region’s photonics industry. Effective April 1, the two clusters now operate...

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Phelma students’ crystallography game a hit

The crystallography board game invented in 2013 by a group of first-year students from Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma was a hit at the closing festivities of the International Year of Crystallography held in Rabat, Morocco in late April. In fact, the...

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