MINA-NEWS

n°26

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October 2013

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Gold nanoparticles help fight brain tumors

Imagine eradicating brain tumors by injecting them with gold nanoparticles and activating the particles with synchrotron radiation. That’s the groundbreaking new approach being developed at ESRF by researchers from INAC and INSERM. They successfully tested the new procedure on rodents, improving...

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Bacteria stand out under ultra-sensitive NMR

Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP)—which increases the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) by anywhere from 10 to 1,000 times—is once again making headlines. It was used by scientists from INAC and IBS to observe the cell walls of living bacteria, versus...

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Dye-sensitized solar cells achieve over 10% yields

With a 10.2% energy conversion yield versus 6% for the previous generation, the dye-sensitized solar cells developed by INAC researchers have set a new standard. Their solar cells use organic dyes with an absorption coefficient some three times greater than those...

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Manipulated images fool detection systems

Using advanced image restoration techniques, miscreants can now fool detection systems into thinking manipulated JPEG images are the real thing. That’s the unsettling finding of research done by four engineers from Gipsa Lab and Peking University, who won the Best Paper...

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Four-junction concentrated solar cell delivers 43.6% yield

Engineers from Soitec, Leti, and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a four-junction concentrated solar cell with an energy conversion yield of 43.6%—with the potential to reach yields as high as 50% in the coming years. Read more

Quantum dots blow their own horns

Researchers from INAC and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a trumpet-shaped microscopic antenna that can extract 75% of the unique photons from a quantum dot and emit them in a Gaussian optical beam. The beam can then be effectively...

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Non-destructive surface testing goes 50 nm deep

In a world first, a team of French and Danish researchers from Leti and STMicroelectronics successfully performed non-destructive testing on a CMOS stack layer embedded at a depth of more than 50 nm, locating it to within 10% accuracy.
The team, working at ESRF, used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy—a method until now used exclusively for extreme surface testing (depths of less than 10 nm). The researchers combined their method with a quantitative signal processing algorithm for energy losses; the algorithm could potentially be used in a clean room for testing closer to the surface.

A generic, non-invasive method
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Interview

Interview: Philippe Michallon, Head of SPICE,

Philippe Michallon, Head of SPICE *

« We want to leverage our showroom  to better promote our technologies »

 
You have several initiatives underway for your showroom. What are their key aims?

Between 5,000 and 6,000 people visit our showroom every year, 90% of them from outside the CEA. It’s been a huge success and we want to leverage that further by staying in closer contact with companies after they visit. Managers usually walk away from our showroom highly impressed and eager to work with us. The showroom also gives CEA researchers a chance to see their colleagues’ developments and prototypes. Read more

Coming soon: a fully-microelectronic CO2 sensor

Leti is planning to develop an optical CO2 sensor using all-MEMS technology, including an emitter, detector, and infrared optical system. It will be no bigger than 1 cm3 and require no more than 6 mW of power. This will be the...

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Hydrogen catalysis may be possible with enzymes instead of platinum

Could enzymes like hydrogenases be used instead of costly platinum as hydrogen catalysts? The answer could be yes, according to research published in the July issue of Nature magazine. A team of scientists* has developed a reacting agent that completely activates...

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Grenoble proud to host Conférence des grandes écoles for the first time

Some 200 presidents from France’s top-tier universities will come to Grenoble on October 10–11, 2013 for a meeting of the prestigious Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE). The meeting will be hosted by Grenoble Institute of Technology and Grenoble Ecole de Management,...

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Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma packs in a full freshman class

Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma welcomed 382 freshmen to its campus this September, along with ten students in the new micro and nanoelectronics integrated system design work-study program. This year’s total intake is more than 10% bigger than last year’s. Read more

Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma restructures its biomedical program

The Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma program in Systems and Microsystems for Physics and Biotechnology is now ten years old and ready for an overhaul. Starting this year the program will focus primarily on biomedical engineering, and the 48 students starting the...

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Zero PoVa project tackles quantum nanoelectronics

The Zero PoVa project (for zero power, zero variability) is a 5-year project launched on June 1, 2013 to develop CMOS components for the post-2026 era. Some 20–25 researchers from INAC, IRAMIS, and the CEA’s Technological Research Division are working on...

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Seven projects selected for the 2013 Challenge First Step

Of the thirteen projects submitted in June for this year’s Challenge First Step (to support promising business ideas), seven were selected: three from Leti and four from Liten. The winners were announced at a kick-off meeting on September 11. The budding...

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Real families test energy-independent homes

How do households manage their electricity use when all their energy comes from solar power? To find out, a Grenoble research team sponsored by MINATEC IDEAs Laboratory and IRT Nanoelec asked ten families to live in solar-powered homes for three winter...

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Five Grenoble business ideas win French government funding

So far 2013 has been a great year for MINATEC start-ups: five were selected to receive funding under the French government’s innovative new business stimulus package.
INAC is behind one of the start-ups, LXRepair, which makes diagnostic tests that can...

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The Nano@school website now online

Nano@school, a fun, hands-on program to teach high-schoolers about micro and nanotechnology, now has its own website: www.nanoatschool.org. The website (in French only) is intended for both students and teachers, and includes information about the program and participant testimonials—including...

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Winners, pack your bags!

In late October, the three Grenoble area high-school students who won the first French-American Young Innovators Award will head off for a week in California for a program that includes a tour of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
The...

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Interview: Philippe Michallon, Head of SPICE

Philippe Michallon, Head of SPICE *

« We want to leverage our showroom  to better promote our technologies »

 
You have several initiatives underway for your showroom. What are their key aims?

Between 5,000 and 6,000 people visit our showroom...

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STMicroelectronics and Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma strengthen partnership

On July 4 Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma and STMicroelectronics signed an agreement that will bolster their research and education partnership. Students will now have access to various STMicroelectronics application cards and components for their lab classes, and STMicroelectronics employees will give...

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Grenoble-based iSketchnote turns to crowdfunding to raise capital

ISKN, a Leti start-up currently in the incubation phase, has decided to use the crowdfunding site www.kickstarter.com to raise capital for its iSketchnote project—the first-ever Grenoble-based start-up to use crowdfunding to obtain financing. Potential investors have until October 9,...

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GIANT opens its doors during 2013 Science Week

For the first time ever, the GIANT innovation campus will open its doors during France’s national science week. On Saturday, October 12, visitors will be able to experience a “science pathway” with several circuits: the Science Fair pathway, as well as...

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Professor Alim-Louis Benabid earns recognition for Parkinson’s research

Alim-Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, and Chairman of Clinatec, recently won an award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for leadership in Parkinson’s research for his pioneering work on deep brain stimulation (DBS). The technique involves inserting electrodes into the patient’s brain...

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Start-up incubation thriving at MINATEC

The economic crisis appears to have spared MINATEC, where an impressive seven start-ups are currently in the incubation phase: Akrivis France (Lipidots), Hexagan (materials for power components), Infuz (data fusion), NatchIT (digitization of handwritten notes), Genel (functional genomics), OLED4Life (OLED lighting),...

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Learn more about advanced characterization

A conference entitled “Advanced Characterization Techniques: Opportunities for Industry” will be held on November 14 at ILL as part of IRT Nanoelec programming. The conference is open to both researchers and students, but will mainly target professionals from the world of...

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Smart-card security: Leti’s CESTI earns EAL7 accreditation

Leti’s CESTI (center for IT security evaluation) recently earned Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 7 accreditation. The center, which is active in France’s certification systems, can now evaluate the security of all smart-card-type products with the highest international Common Criteria requirements. Read more