February 2015

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Scientists use Synchrotron to look deep inside fuel cells

A joint INAC-Liten research team used the Synchrotron’s X-ray microbeam to create a 3D image of a fuel-cell membrane’s nanostructure after 2,500 hours of use. What did they see? Namely, that physical wear on the material varies widely from one area...

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Getting closer to 60 GHz antennas for 5G networks

Researchers from CEA-Leti have made some major advances on the 60 GHz antennas that will be required for tomorrow’s 5G networks and mobile devices.

First of all, to reduce costs, the physical interconnects between the antenna, chip, and casing have been replaced...

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Galileo satellites could help drones fly solo

Could the Galileo global navigation satellite system one day be used to control drones? The EU-backed LOGAM project, in which CEA-Leti was a partner, looked at the feasibility of using Galileo, currently under construction, to control things like drones’ pitch and...

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Lanthanide-potassium complex as CO2 reducer

Researchers from INAC successfully used a lanthanide-potassium complex as a catalyst to reduce CO2. The carbon-oxygen bonds were no match for the bimetal complex, and the carbonates and oxalates produced in the reaction can both be used to synthesize other chemical...

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M&NEMS gets first design kit

CEA-Leti’s M&NEMS technology, which has already been transferred to Tronics for use in the manufacturing of ultra-miniaturized sensors, recently got its own Cadence design kit.

The kit offers up more than 110 Calibre rules and 11 automated drawing programs for sensor...

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Spintronics: Antiferromagnetic materials show their hidden talents

Antiferromagnetic materials are only used for their magnetic properties in today’s spintronic systems—which is a shame! According to theory, at constant consumption, antiferromagnetic materials would be more efficient than ferromagnetic materials at generating spin-polarized currents, thereby reducing energy consumption.

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MINATEC soon to get the keys to two brand-new buildings

The MINATEC campus will soon get 11,500 sq. m of additional space with the completion of two new buildings: the Competency Center Building (BCC), which will house 550 staffers, and the 700-capacity Phelma Auditorium and Conference Center.

The Competency Center Building (BCC) will offer 10,000 sq. m of floor space on eight levels and will house some 550 staffers. CNRS teams will occupy the first floor, while CEA-Leti will move in to the rest of the building. The CEA-Leti executive suite will be located on the seventh floor. Interior finish work, partition walls, and signage are currently in progress to get...

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Interview: Saïd Obbade, Materials physicist, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma School of Engineering,

Phelma expects to have signed partnership agreements with nearly 20 businesses by the end of this year

How many businesses have signed agreements with Phelma so far?
Since 2011, around ten businesses have signed or renewed partnerships with the school. At the end of 2014, missile manufacturer MBDA joined a circle of partners that includes names like Altran, DCNS, Safran, Elsys Design, Fresenius Kabi, Bull-Amesys, and Dolphin Integration. And our partnership drive is gaining momentum. By the end of this year, we expect to have nearly 20 corporate partners.

Why are partnerships so important to the school?
Strong relationships with manufacturing companies...

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Gamma-ray imaging makes giant leap with semiconductor-based detectors

Research to enhance semiconductor-based (CdZnTe) gamma-ray imaging modules has finally untangled a major conundrum: how to increase sensitivity without lowering spatial resolution (and vice-versa).
Researchers from CEA-Leti and the CEA Physical Science Division (DSM) successfully improved both sensitivity and image...

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Artificial pancreas tested on 15 patients

An artificial pancreas developed by CEA-Leti and CERTID (a private-sector diabetes research center) was recently tested on 15 patients. The system consists of an insulin pump, a blood-sugar sensor, and a dedicated algorithm installed on a smartphone. The algorithm uses the...

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Compact-antenna directivity gets a boost

An antenna’s directivity indicates how well its radiation pattern can be directed in space. Directivity that exceeds theoretical limits is called super-directivity. CEA-Leti researchers recently experimented with super-directivity, using miniature antennas. And the performance they obtained was impressive!
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Two-photon microscopy generates 3D images of living tissue

The National Intravital Platform, part of France Life Imaging, a research institute tasked with setting up a coordinated national medical imaging network, has moved from the Institut des Neurosciences to Clinatec.
The platform’s most advanced imaging technique, two-photon microscopy, will...

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PCR could soon be used in hospital emergency rooms

Hospitals currently perform their PCR (polymerase chain reaction) analyses at their central labs. It will soon be possible to complete the analyses right in hospital units like the emergency room. Researchers from CEA-Leti and Dr. Didier Raoult’s team at IHU Méditerranée...

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Joint R&D lab to work on parallel-wired battery pack

Bordeaux-based EVTronic recently formed three-year, €1.5-million a joint R&D lab with CEA-Leti. The lab’s first objective is to develop a 30 kW parallel-wired battery pack demonstrator by the end of 2015. The battery pack would be hooked up to the grid...

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Phelma makes the cover of l’Étudiant magazine

Phelma students rushed to newsstands to pick up the December 2014-January 2015 issue of l’Étudiant magazine. Why the interest? Four of their very own were featured (relaxed and smiling!) on the cover—and for good reason. Phelma placed high in the magazine’s...

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Marie-Paule Schuhl takes the helm of Grenoble Institute of Technology communications department

Effective on December 15, 2015 Marie-Paule Schuhl succeeded Xavier Oster as head of the Grenoble Institute of Technology communications department. Schuhl and her seven-person department will support the school’s international development strategy, including promoting the school’s partnerships internationally. The development of...

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Aryballe releases world odor map

Grenoble-based start-up Aryballe Technologies has created the Odoramap, an online world map of scents that users can view and enrich from any smartphone or tablet. Perfect if you want to get lost in the smells on the streets of San Francisco,...

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FEG-TEM ribbon-cutting held at CMTC

On January 19 researchers from across the Rhône-Alpes region attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new FEG-TEM microscope on the St. Martin d’Hères campus. The microscope, manufactured by JEOL, offers spatial resolution of 2.3 Å in TEM mode and 2 Å...

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CEA Tech launches Communications and Innovation Services Division

On January 1, CEA Tech launched its Communications and Innovation Services Division (DOIC). The 40-strong division boasts Strategic Communications, Content and Storytelling, and Open Innovation units. This new organization will make better use of existing know-how and resources. The goal is...

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Leti’s Building 41 ready to take on next heat wave

The work to overhaul the cooling system at Leti’s Building 41 that was completed in 2014 had to overcome several challenges. First of all, the temperature in the 6,000 sq. m of cleanrooms had to be maintained at a steady 21°C,...

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CEA promotes careers for women in science

On February 5, 2015 a group of 72 high-school students from the nearby towns La Mûre and Voiron will come to MINATEC for the fourth annual session of Scientifique, toi aussi ! [You, too, can be a scientist!] to learn about...

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Maison MINATEC on the move

The year’s start will be marked by a number of moves into and out of Maison MINATEC. The department in charge of patents and contracts at the CEA Tech Transfer Division (around 60 people) will move to Building C1 located on...

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Atelier Arts Sciences polarizes light at first-ever Rêve Party

On March 3, the Atelier Arts Sciences will organize its first-ever Rêve Party [Dream Party] in conjunction with Minalogic and Cluster Lumière. The event will explore the topic of light. Solium, which manufactures solar-powered light fixtures, and Oled4life, which makes organic...

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FIRST Tech Challenge to come to Lyon and Paris

On May 6 and 7 young people aged 12 to 18 will flock to the Grenoble area for the fourth edition of the international robotics competition, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The number of teams registered is up to 20 from 17...

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High Tech U to run two sessions in 2015

The eleventh edition of the European version of the American High Tech U program (a SEMI initiative), will consist of two three-day sessions held in March and April.

The objective of High Tech U is to raise high-school sophomores’ awareness of careers...

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Interview: Saïd Obbade, Materials physicist, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma School of Engineering

Phelma expects to have signed partnership agreements with nearly 20 businesses by the end of this year

How many businesses have signed agreements with Phelma so far?
Since 2011, around ten businesses have signed or renewed partnerships with the school. At...

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Phelma student duo develops innovative 3D display

Pierre Schefler and Mathieu Bertrand, both in their third year at Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma Engineering School, have developed a cube-shaped 3D display as part of a class project. The cube, named “Cubicle,” boasts ten control buttons and 729 LEDs...

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Challenge First Step 2014: Where are they now?

On December 4, 2014, four budding entrepreneurs presented their projects to the Challenge First Step selection committee, tasked with assessing the projects’ maturity and determining whether or not to grant them additional resources to fund their development plans over the next...

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Iskn raises $2 million in fresh capital

Grenoble-based start-up iskn raised $2 million in fresh capital late last year from four investors—Partech Ventures, CEA Investissements, Kima Venture (in which Free CEO Xavier Niel holds a stake), and Pascal Cagni (General Manager and Vice President of Apple EMEA from...

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CEA Tech “startup cafés” for a jolt of entrepreneurial energy

CEA Tech startup cafés, which launched last spring, are now held the first Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium across from the showroom (Building 51, room D122). January’s meeting focused on support programs for...

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CEA Tech travelling showroom at Maison MINATEC

The CEA Tech travelling showroom will be at Maison MINATEC until February 13. The modular structure offers between 20 sq. m and 150 sq. m of exhibit space, was designed to be easy to put up and take down, and can...

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Charitable giving: Clinatec to raise €30 million

Clinatec set up a foundation in November 2014 with the goal of raising €30 million in charitable donations within five years. The funds raised will pick up where Clinatec’s other resources—government subsidies and revenue from R&D contracts—leave off, enabling the center...

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