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December 2015

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LMGP a step closer to automated bioactive film production

Catherine Picart’s team at LMGP plans to use the €150,000 it received from the ERC BioactiveCoating project to optimize the automated production of layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte films that trap the proteins that induce bone...

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Nanoimprint lithography: Grenoble kicks off industrial evaluation

Since this summer, Leti has been in charge of Inspire, an industrial evaluation program for nanoimprint lithography. The program’s launch was attended by over ten manufacturers, including Toshiba, Arkema, and STMicroelectronics. In addition,...

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Spintec’s new STT-MRAM gives a sub-nanosecond performance

Spintec is developing spin-transfer torque magnetic random-access memory, or STT-MRAM, with write speeds under one nanosecond. That’s ten times faster than what Samsung and Intel are announcing for their 2016 product releases. Habitually,...

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Gallium focused ion beam enables non-destructive ToF-SIMS

A gallium focused ion beam (FIB) was integrated into Leti’s ToF-SIMS spectrometer at its Nanocharacterization platform. The combined system makes it possible to analyze air-sensitive and very heterogeneous materials to depths of up...

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Beads help map the optical near-field

A team of researchers from INAC, LTM, and Institut de Bourgogne showed that it is possible to map optical near-fi eld phenomena in silicon nanocavities without using combined optical-AFM techniques like near-fi eld...

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Highly-porous thin layers for chemical sensors

The porosity—and detection capabilities—of chemical and biochemical sensors’ sensitive layers can be improved using a newly developed technique called foaming, where the sensitive layer, covered with a sacrifi cial layer, is annealed. The...

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World’s first microsystem fabricated on 300 mm wafers

This summer, researchers at Leti fabricated the world’s first M&NEMS micro-accelerometers on 300 mm wafers, sending three crucial messages to the academic and industrial research and development communities.

First, the research proved that MEMS, or microelectromechanical systems, can be fabricated on 300 mm wafers, the largest format used in microelectronics. This advance will give MEMS access to the benefi ts associated with being among the most advanced technologies, from lower costs...

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Interview

Interview: Nanowirebased flexible LEDs a first step toward flexible displays,

Interview: Christophe Durand, Research Scientist, INAC

« Nanowirebased flexible LEDs a first step toward flexible displays»

 

INAC and three other institutes* have developed the world’s First two-color, nanowire-based Flexible LEDs.
 

What does this advance mean?
Flexible LEDs are a prerequisite to flexible, bendable displays. They are currently being made from organic compounds at the cost of less-brilliant blues and shorter lifespans.
Our nitride nanowire-based LEDs are much longerlasting and can emit...

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Crystalline super-networks for super thermal insulation

It is generally accepted that the thermal conductivity of a crystalline material is lowest when the material is in its amorphous form. Researchers from INAC and LiPhy* recently used numerical simulation to show...

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A pressure sensor that knows what fl oor you’re on

Leti’s M&NEMS technology just keeps on giving, this time in the form of a pressure sensor that is as accurate as the best available capacitive sensors, and even more powerful in terms of...

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Biological functionalization of PMMA changes scale

In R&D conducted under the EU ML2 (MultiLayer MicroLab) project, Leti recently transferred a process to Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute that functionalizes long spools (over 100 meters) of PMMA plastic sheets by grafting biological...

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Transistors: GaN enters the spotlight

Gallium nitride (GaN) is fi nally giving silicon a run for its money for use in power transistors capable of switching hundreds of volts. What has changed? Until now, GaN fabrication processes were...

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DC-to-DC converters now found on silicon

The DC-to-DC converters that power electronic circuits can take up nearly a third of a circuit board’s surface area and account for up to half of a circuit’s power consumption. One way to...

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Phelma Junior Consultants admitted to national Junior Enterprise network

France’s National Junior Enterprise Foundation (CNJE) recently admitted studentrun non-profi t business Phelma Junior Consultants (Junior Conseil Phelma, or JCP) to its national network after successful completion of a quality audit. Phelma Junior...

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Sylvain Lodiot shoots for the stars (and comets!)

What engineer hasn’t dreamed of breaking the career mold with an exceptional job? ENSPG (a founding school of Phelma) alumnus Sylvain Lodiot is living the dream, piloting the Rosetta space probe from the...

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Droves of CheerUp! Phelma volunteers help young cancer patients

CheerUp! Phelma (a local branch of a nationwide nonprofi t providing outreach to young cancer patients) has been busier than ever raising funds and increasing the student body’s awareness of cancer. “Pink October”...

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INAC and Institut Néel get new X-ray diffractometer

INAC and Institut Néel recently acquired a new X-ray diffractometer as part of a joint research project. The equipment, designed for studying thin layers and nano-scale objects, off ers excellent resolution of three...

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ClouT project successfully rolls out sensiNact middleware in four smart cities

In 2015, the CEA successfully implemented sensiNact middleware in four test cities. The middleware brings together data from a host of urban sensors to send information regarding traffi c, weather, pollution, and noise...

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Leti expands IT security evaluation services with new accreditations

Leti is home to an IT security evaluation center (CESTI) approved by France’s national IT security administration. The center continues to expand its range of evaluation services as proven by two recent achievements....

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Phelma lobby decked out in art and science

The three mezzanine levels visible from the Phelma lobby have been transformed by an art installation titled Les Balcons de Turing (Turing’s Balconies). The work, by Alexandre Perigot and Solang Production, is made...

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Enerbee invests 4 million in its new production plant

Startup Enerbee, which has its offi ces at MINATEC, is investing €4 million to scale up its fi rst miniature electric generators for industrial manufacturing. The generators are used to harvest energy from...

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NSF grants $3.8 million to UPENN-GIANT project

The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3.8 million grant to the REACT (Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies for the Human Habitat) project, a collaboration between the University...
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GIANT welcomes eleven Argentinean and Japanese student interns

The second winter session of the GIANT International Internship Programme will welcome a cohort of eleven students from Argentina (under the Arfi tec project uniting Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma and Instituto Balseiro) and...

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Seven UGA PhDs earn awards for their dissertations

On November 26, 2015 seven Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA) PhDs received 2015 Dissertation Awards at a ceremony held at the Musée de Grenoble and attended by a number of local offi cials, including the...

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Interview: Nanowirebased flexible LEDs a first step toward flexible displays

Interview: Christophe Durand, Research Scientist, INAC

« Nanowirebased flexible LEDs a first step toward flexible displays»

 

INAC and three other institutes* have developed the world’s First two-color, nanowire-based Flexible LEDs.
 


What does...

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EcoMarch center slated to open in 2018

The EcoMarch center for the design of architectured materials will open its doors in 2018 on the Saint-Martin d’Hères campus. The center is destined to become one of Europe’s leading hubs for eco-effi...

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National Technological Research Institute conference held at MINATEC

The third conference of the National Technological Research Institute (IRT) network was held on October 13, 2015 at MINATEC. Hosted by Grenoble’s IRT Nanoelec, the day provided an opportunity to review the latest...

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Large instruments knock on manufacturers’ doors

Grenoble’s large scientific instruments can help both SMBs and larger companies reach their R&D goals. But how? And how much does it cost? Answers to these and other questions will be available at...

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Avalun’s pocket lab to be tested at four nursing homes in 2016

CEA spinoff Avalun, founded in 2013, will test its LabPad® for one year at four nursing homes across the region. The facilities will use the portable, communicating device to measure INR, a blood-clotting...

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Rossignol and the CEA team up to design tomorrow’s skis

I sère-based ski manufacturer Rossignol will be teaming up with CEA Tech over the next fi ve years on R&D to improve the brand’s current products and come up with new ones. Researchers...

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Nanonet-based sensors could work for medical applications

FMNT will be coordinating an EU Horizon 2020 project on 3D CMOS integration of nanonet-based sensors for medical applications. The project will kick off in February 2016. Research will focus on using model...

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CEA-Technip project wins global innovation award

Morphopipe, the fl agship R&D project that came out of a Technip-CEA Tech joint lab set up in 2011, won Technip’s 2015 global innovation award. The project leveraged a Leti technology to develop...

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Europe blazes its own trail in nanoelectronics

Neireid, a Horizon 2020 project, kicked off on November 16, 2015, under the watchful eye of Francis Balestra (IMEP-LAHC). The project will establish Europe’s nanoelectronics roadmap to 2025 and beyond. Europe no longer...

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Silicon photonics on course for reaching speeds of 10 Gbps and up

Leti is setting a new state of the art in silicon photonics link speeds. According to a dissertation on the topic defended in October by a Leti PhD candidate, the link speeds could...

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