April 2014

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“Pseudo-supercondenser” balances power and energy requirements

A “pseudo-supercondenser” capable of delivering either high power in just a few seconds or a supply of electricity over several hours has been developed by two teams of researchers at INAC. The development hinges on silicon nanowires implanted on silicon using...

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Wavelength multiplexing optimizes gas sensors

Researchers at Leti have come up with an innovative integrated wavelength multiplexer design that will speed the development process for single- and multiple-gas sensors, resulting in competitively-priced and energy-efficient products offering high performance. The key? The sensors’ lasers produce only those...

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Magnetic nanoparticles help destroy cancer cells

Magnetic nanoparticles can be used to send vibrations of 10 Hz to 20 Hz directly to cancer cells, triggering apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Researchers at INAC used disk-shaped nanoparticles that exert substantial mechanical force on the cells each time the...

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Fluoptics combines color and fluorescence imaging

Start-up Fluoptics is working with Leti to develop a dual-mode endoscope camera head that can simultaneously capture images of structures marked with fluorescent contrast medium and surrounding tissue in natural color. This advancement will give surgeons a clear picture of cancerous...

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Nanocharacterization Platform combines four surface-microscopy techniques

The Nanocharacterization Platform (PFNC) has created a state-of-the art microscopy unit combining four surface-microscopy techniques. Samples are shuttled from one piece of equipment to another in a controlled atmosphere or under high vacuum, which means that researchers can conduct various tests—gleaning...

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Bimetallic nanoparticle synthesis just got simpler

The process of synthesizing bimetallic nanoparticles from organometallic precursors no longer requires an organic solvent and stabilizers (which must be treated after processing). A team of researchers at Leti experimented with ionic liquids and obtained stable suspensions that can be applied...

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Dark matter found at MINATEC?

A group of researchers at INAC studying Josephson junctions back in 2004 may have unwittingly stumbled upon axions—the hypothetical elementary particles thought to make up dark matter.
When applying a low voltage, the researchers noted a detectable electrical signal, but they were unsure of where it came from. At the time, they chalked it up to a measurement error, barely giving their “discovery” a brief mention in the article François Lefloch and his team published about their research.
But last September, theoretical physicist Christian Beck at Queen Mary University of London got in touch with Lefloch to let him...

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X-ray diffraction confirms benefits of constrained silicon

Constrained silicon conducts electricity up to 2.5 times better than unconstrained silicon, earning the material a place in increasing numbers of integrated circuits. However, constrained silicon had never been observed at the nanometric scale in situ. But a team of researchers...

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New gamma sensor opens door to PET-MRI compatibility

Leti, working under the EU SPADnet project, assembled and characterized a gamma sensor for positron emission tomography (PET). Unlike photomultiplier tubes, the gamma sensor is compatible with the intense magnetic fields of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The development could result...

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Spintronics without ferromagnetic materials

Spintronics usually uses ferromagnetic materials to achieve net spin polarization of an electric current. INAC researchers recently used a Rashba magnetic field to do the opposite. They used the field to recover spin information electrically at the interface between two non-magnetic...

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Unlocking the secrets of piezoelectric-thin-film deformation

That an electrical field induces deformation in piezoelectric materials is well known—and the opposite is also true. However, the mechanisms underlying this deformation remain unexplained. Researchers at Leti have just characterized the mechanism for lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films. They...

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LMGP finds inspiration in international sabbaticals

LMGP is pleased to be hosting Hironori Yamazoe, a researcher from the University of Tsukuba on sabbatical in Grenoble since mid-March. Yamazoe is an expert in microtechniques used to selectively deposit proteins on biomaterials—a process that could be used to build...

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Platinum in nanotube form boosts reactions in fuel cells

Researchers from INAC and Liten achieved a 30% increase in the current produced by an equivalent surface of platinum when they replaced a fuel-cell’s usual platinum-coated carbon electrode with a carpet made by bonding platinum nanotubes to the proton-exchange membrane. The...

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Master’s in Nanotech both popular and diverse

The Master’s in Micro- and Nanotechnology just turned ten! And 120 students, faculty, and alumni gathered at Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school on January 31 to celebrate.
The international program is offered jointly by Politecnico di Torino, Ecole...

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Clinatec tests lower-extremity exoskeleton

Clinatec now has a lower-extremity exoskeleton for paraplegia. The Rex Rehab is capable of providing the balance necessary for walking on its own. It was designed by a New Zealand-based firm and funded by the CEA-Grenoble Disability Commission. It is the...

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From Facebook to LinkedIn with the Phelma student club

In April the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma student club will offer a new workshop to help students get control of their online presence.
While most students are well-versed in online social networks, they are not as comfortable on professional networks...

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MRAM on stage at MINATEC this summer

The InMRAM 2014 summer school, organized by Spintec for the second year running, will be held at MINATEC on July 2–4. Participants will get an introduction to magnetic random access memory (MRAM).
Ph.D. students, research scientists, and engineers are eligible...

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An instrumented tester to regulate industrial conveyors

Industrial conveyors are often made up of an assembly of several modules. So, it is not always easy to check that the goods being moved make it to their destination without getting lost or damaged. Leti has developed an original new...

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MINATEC welcomes US Ph.D. students in nanocharacterization

As part of the inaugural edition of FADEx, the French-American Doctoral Exchange seminar, the French Embassy in Houston organized a trip to France for a group of ten US Ph.D. students in nanocharacterization.
The visiting Ph.D. students attended lectures on...

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MINATEC spins off six start-ups in Q1 2014

Since January, MINATEC has spun off four start-ups, with an additional two just over the horizon. While this is a new record for the innovation campus, it is largely to chance! The new companies are:

  • ISKN, maker of the iSketchnote...
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Construction starts on Phelma 2

In mid-February French Minister for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso broke ground on the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma expansion slated for delivery in mid-2015.
The campus expansion project includes a seven-story building—with classrooms, labs, a student lounge, and a...

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Midi-MINATEC brown-bag lunch seriesnow recruiting sandwich team

Starting on April 11, the complimentary sandwiches offered to attendees of the Midi-MINATEC brown-bag lunch talks will be made by a volunteer “sandwich team.” The idea is to help break the ice and make the event even friendlier and more welcoming...

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Introducing the new, improved Maison MINATEC

The year 2013 saw some major renovation work at Maison MINATEC. The improvements include automatic doors to improve handicapped accessibility, digital signage at the entrance to the main corridor and in front of each conference room to better steer visitors to...

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Jean-Michel Fournier, head of the integrated systems design apprenticeship program at Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma

Jean-Michel Fournier, head of the integrated systems design apprenticeship program at Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma

“It took our apprentices about a semester to get their bearings”


What does the first incoming class in the integrated systems design apprenticeship program look like?...

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Green chemistry specialist BT3 Technologies moves to BHT

BT3 Technologies, a spinoff of the CNRS and CTP, a center for paper engineering, moved to the BHT in January. The company holds seven international patents for green chemistry processes that make corrugated cardboard and other papers resistant to water, fats,...

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Leti signs new sporting-goods partnership

Leti, which already works with Oxylane on the brand’s Nabaiji MP3 player for swimmers and Babolat on an instrumented tennis racket, is now joining forces with a running-shoe manufacturer to develop instrumentation for an ultra-thin insole. The product will leverage a...

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Four medical imaging techniques now available via online simulator

The Virtual Imaging Platform, created in 2012 as part of a project funded by the French National Research Agency and managed by INSA Lyon, is becoming increasingly popular. In 2013 alone, the number of users registered grew from 230 to 545,...

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Phelma teaches prep program faculty electrochemistry basics

On May 5, 6, and 7 Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school will hold an electrochemistry course for faculty teaching physics and chemistry in the national prep program. The course will give faculty a chance to discover—or refresh their knowledge...

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Algeria’s Constantine University creates nanotech center with help from MINATEC

The MINATEC Nanolab consortium was selected by the Ecole Polytechnique Nationale de Constantine (Algeria) to provide technical support for the school’s 500 sq. m, $6 to $7 million nanotechnology center.
The consortium, made up of CIME Nanotech, 40-30, and the...

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GIANT will now organize MINATEC Summer Program

This year, the GIANT International Internship Program will take over where the former MINATEC Summer Program, founded in 2011, left off. A total of 20 students, mostly from the University of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Louisiana State University,...

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