MINA-NEWS

n°21

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October 2012

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The cyber security arms race continues

Leti’s cyber security research team recently presented the latest findings of its research into two attack mechanisms: lasers and electromagnetic disturbances. This 30-person team of experts has been looking specifically at hardware, now a prime target of cybercrime and, therefore, a...

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Real-time, stress-free cell sorting

If you hybridize a macromolecule made of a short oligonucleotide and an antibody on the probes of a DNA chip, you get a cell biochip that can recognize things like cells and bacteria. This is exactly what an innovative research team...

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Slow-wave propagation lines on nanowire membranes

An IMEP-LAHC research team has developed a new type of slow-wave propagation line for circuits operating at millimetric and radio frequencies (3 GHz to 300 GHz). The lines are fabricated in a clean room and made of a metallic nanowire membrane...

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Why electrodes in lithium-ion batteries fail

A recent study at INAC confirmed what scientists had already suspected: the main reason why electrodes in lithium-ion batteries fail is because the lithium accumulates and gets “stuck”—no longer playing its role in charge transfer.
The scientists tested their hypothesis...

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An artificial kidney with its own measuring system

A Leti research team working under the FP7 Nephron project has developed an embedded system for measuring the concentrations of key dialysis solution ions (like sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and urea) before and after the solution passes through an artificial kidney....

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Better treatment for breast cancer relapses

Thanks to Lymphodivpenia, a biomarker developed by Grenoble-based ImmunID, doctors can offer more targeted treatment to metastatic breast cancer patients suffering from a relapse. This is the main conclusion of research published in Oncoimmunology in July 2012, and confirms the findings...

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Yes, topological insulators do exist

Do topological insulators—substances that act like insulators on the inside but whose surface contains conducting states—really exist? It would appear so based on experiments conducted on quantum wells just a few nanometers thick, but the findings are difficult to apply to three-dimensional objects. However, now a CNRS-Leti research team has discovered these surprising properties on a sample they created that is several tens of nanometers thick.
This research will be developed further under a new project called Semitopo, to be funded by the French National Research Agency. Semitopo will focus on the characterization and optimization of these first “made in...

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Interview

Interview - Laetitia Rapenne, LMGP,

“Our sample preparation training course is unique in France”

In November 2012, LMGP will offer its transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation course for the fourth time. What makes the course unique?
The training course covers various sample preparation techniques suitable for both solid and divided samples, such as: tripod mechanical polishing; ionic thinning; focused ion beam (FIB) milling; cleaved corner; nanoparticles in solution; and ultramicrotomy. Companies like Gatan, Escil, and Zeiss will lend equipment for use during the training course, which is open to research scientists, engineers, technicians, and PhD students. A team of eight microscopy specialists from France and...

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CBRAM that lasts 10 years at 120°C

Despite its many advantages—it is fast, energy efficient, and easy to integrate—conductive-bridging RAM (CBRAM) technology has one weak spot: it can’t store data at very high temperatures. That’s why Leti researchers have teamed up with Altis Semiconductor to develop new materials...

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The CEA-Magillem joint lab presents its research

Whereas most MINATEC joint labs tend to avoid the spotlight, the MINATEC-Magillem (a provider of electronic documentation systems) lab decided to hold a presentation day packed with exhibits, demonstrations, and panel discussions. Some 40 people from companies like STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric,...

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Breakthrough in measuring nanostructure dopant energy spectra

One of the key challenges of nanoelectronics is measuring dopant energy spectra in silicon nanostructures, because at this scale energy levels depend largely on the surrounding environment—and the in situ measurement of a single dopant is extremely difficult.
However an...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology gains ground

The new Grenoble Institute of Technology management team is continuing to implement the campus expansion plan established by the outgoing management team. As the largest higher education establishment in Grenoble’s Presqu’ile scientific district, the school aims to expand its presence in...

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Grenoble proves fertile ground for Atrenta

US-based Atrenta—the world’s fourth-leading provider of design software for the semiconductor industry—is actively expanding its French subsidiary based at MINATEC. This young business has already grown from four employees when it was created in early 2011 to 14 in June 2012,...

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MINATEC brings home five Innovative Business Start-up awards

Five MINATEC companies and business ideas in 2012—up from three in 2011—were recognized in an award ceremony for innovative new businesses as part of the French government’s program to finance start-ups.
In the Business Creation & Development category, the...

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Phelma Junior Consultants kicks off new programs this autumn

For the first time this year, Phelma Junior Consultants’ orientation program will be held over an activity-filled weekend at a chalet in the Vercors. During this weekend 20 new members will learn about the club’s different roles and committees (like president,...

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CEA supports business start-ups

Just a couple more weeks to go until we find out which ten or so projects have been selected for the First Step Challenge! This initiative, introduced by the CEA Tech scientific committee and CEA technology transfer department, aims to identify...

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Phelma releases 2012 admissions stats

The 2012 first-year cohort at Phelma—Grenoble Institute of Technology’s engineering school—counts 353 students, with approximately half in each of the two core curricula: 174 students in Materials Engineering and Processes; and 179 students in Physics, Electronics, and Telecommunications.
The percentage...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology students learn about international opportunities

This year engineering students at Grenoble Institute of Technology will get to learn about international opportunities at a new series of monthly events called Les Rendez-Vous de l’International. These events will include talks on timely topics like social networks, international recruitment,...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology’s MSc in Cognitive Sciences turns 20 this year

Grenoble Institute of Technology’s MSc in Cognitive Sciences celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer. This year’s cohort of 12 students was invited to attend the festivities, which were also attended by many of the program’s 300 alumni and experts.
This...

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Enertecs to develop nickel-zinc batteries in Grenoble

Enertecs, a start-up that specializes in nickel-zinc batteries, has just set up shop in the MINATEC High-tech Building as part of a partnership with CEA-Liten. Enertecs is a subsidiary of Paris-based SCPS, which led a breakthrough in nickel-zinc batteries by successfully...

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Alain Cottalorda elected Chairman of MINATEC Entreprises

MINATEC Entreprises, a majority government-owned company, elected a new Chairman at its September 7, 2012 Board of Directors meeting. Alain Cottalorda, 66 years old, will replace Geneviève Fioraso. Mr. Cottalorda is currently mayor of Bourgoin-Jallieu, a representative on the Isère General...

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Grenoble marks crystallography’s centennial

In the run-up to 2014, the International Year of Crystallography, Grenoble’s scientific community is gearing up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of modern crystallography. MINATEC and GIANT partners will play a key role in the festivities, which will include an exhibit...

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MINATEC’s Director to earn honorary doctorate from Quebec’s INRS university

Quebec’s INRS* university will grant MINATEC Director Jean-Charles Guibert an honorary doctorate degree at the Entretiens Jacques Cartier colloquium in Lyon on November 18, 2012. Prior to his tenure as Director of MINATEC, Mr. Guibert was an accomplished lithography researcher with...

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LIST now featured at the MINATEC showroom

If you are not familiar with the research being done at Paris-based CEA-LIST, then stop by the MINATEC showroom to discover the research center’s models, videos, and demos.
Several of the LIST-developed technologies being showcased stand out from the “products”...

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Interview - Laetitia Rapenne, LMGP

“Our sample preparation training course is unique in France”


In November 2012, LMGP will offer its transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation course for the fourth time. What makes the course unique?
The training course covers various sample preparation techniques...

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2012 Science Fair to offer two days of educational activities

MINATEC is gearing up to host the 2012 Science Fair on October 12–13, 2012. This year’s fair will offer something new by hosting the Expérimenta arts, science, and design fair. The first day of the Science Fair, Friday, will target high-school...

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Leti presents 2011 research results in a series of five reports

If you have been wondering about Leti’s research results for 2011, look no further! The lab has published a series of five reports (in English) available as downloads on the Leti website. Printed versions of the reports have been sent to...

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Avenium Consulting produces competency database for KIC InnoEnergy

MINATEC-based Avenium Consulting, a subsidiary of CEA Investissement, has just finished compiling a massive Europe-wide database of competencies covering 87 manufacturing companies, research centers, and universities boasting a total of 250,000 patents and 100,000 publications. The project was commissioned by KIC...

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Leti to showcase its technologies at R&D event Rendez-vous Carnot

Leti will be particularly well represented at this year’s Rendez-vous Carnot, to be held in Lyon on October 3–4, 2012. This R&D event focusing on innovative products will feature 800 exhibitors and is expected to bring in some 2,000 professionals from...

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Phelma signs new corporate partnerships

Over the past few months Grenoble Institute of Technology’s engineering school, Phelma, has secured three new top-tier corporate partnerships: with Bull subsidiary Amesys (in June), Elsys Design (in July), and Safran (in September). These new partners will help train their future...

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Phelma to hold first-ever intercultural workshop

Each year Grenoble Institute of Technology’s engineering school, Phelma, hosts nearly 250 international students (200 undergrads and 50 grad students) from 50 different countries. On October 11, 2012 the school will hold its first-ever intercultural workshop at MINATEC. Open to French...

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Soon-to-be-hatched start-up LXRepair measures DNA repair activity

INAC is currently incubating a promising new start-up, LXRepair, that should be launched in 2013. LXRepair has developed a new multivariate method—backed by three patents—to measure enzyme activity in DNA repair.
LXRepair’s technology targets two applications. First, to...

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Submit your project ideas for Phelma first-year engineering students

Phelma is counting on you to submit your ideas for student research projects and lab experiments! First-year students will complete their group projects during the second semester. Regardless of the field—physics, electronics, electrochemistry, robotics, or another science or technology—the projects will...

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