9th ASCENT+ Newsletter – October 2023
|Meeting in Cork and new projects ahead!|
|Discover Fraunhofer IPMS|
|ASCENT+ access leads to publication|
|Meet one of ASCENT+ stars: the AFM at Tyndall|
Meeting in Cork and new projects ahead!
Our ASCENT+ team met in person at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. Although some of us meet often due to their geographical location, this was a first for new colleagues. The objective of the meeting was not to simply put faces on names, but also to have sincere and detailed discussions.
Over two days, we discussed the results of the Joint Research Activities and reviewed each of our tasks to find opportunities for improvement, in particular towards users of ASCENT+ and future users. ASCENT+ is still welcoming new users (PhD, SME, academic researchers …) and introducing new technologies to its catalogue, to create more research opportunities & expertise. You can check it out in our online Showroom.
Being there at Tyndall, we used this unique chance to have a tour of their research facilities.
Visiting Fraunhofer: In early October, we launched a new edition of the Research Accelerator, a training programme for early-stage researchers to boost their career and challenge their research.
PhD and post-doc researchers from the University of Glasgow (UK), CICESE-UNAM (Mexico), UCLouvain (Belgium), University of Vigo (Spain), and IISc Bangalore (India) were invited to take part in a two days training in Dresden, Germany, at Fraunhofer IPMS and Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID.
On the agenda, there were visits of the research facilities (including the ∅300mm cleanrooms!) and labs, discovery of the new Center for Advanced CMOS & Heterointegration Saxony.
Thanks to our colleagues at Fraunhofer for organising everything. We sincerely hope that the attendees had a great time, learned new aspects which will in the future develop their research and apply to ASCENT+ programme to use a specific technology to continue their work! Our next RA is about to take place, in France at the CEA-Leti. Applications are closed, but …
January 24-25 / International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory: The next Research Accelerator will take place in January at INL (Braga, Portugal). PhD, post-doc or early career researchers (<2 years after PhD) can apply! The programme and application process will be announced soon, so be sure to follow our updates and the dedicated page if you’re interested.
Spring 2024 / Tyndall National Institute: Another RA will be organised at Tyndall (Cork, Ireland) in Spring. News of this opportunity & registration details will be published in our next Newsletter.
The RA is a training programme financed by the EU, meaning successful applicants who attend will have their expenses covered by ASCENT+. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Discover Fraunhofer IPMS!
Our colleague Nora Haufe from Fraunhofer IPMS has a message for you! In this short video, you will discover more about Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems and what you can access there through ASCENT+.
|Fraunhofer IPMS (Nora Haufe)|
ASCENT+ access leads to a new publication
An ongoing access has led to a publication in Microelectronic Engineering entitled “Electron beam lithography and dimensional metrology for fin and nanowire devices on Ge, SiGe and GeOI substrates” with the contributions from Maksym Myronov (ASCENT+ user) and the access team at Tyndall. Here is a short abstract:
Read the full journal paper (open access) – DOI:10.1016/j.mee.2023.112071
Several ASCENT+ access projects led to publications in scientific journals and advances in science, as well as new collaborations for future works. For more details, visit our publications and outputs webpage.
Meet one of ASCENT+ stars: the AFM at Tyndall
Recently, two users accessed the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) at Tyndall, making the best use of this offering.
T. Wesley Surta, from the Department of Physics & Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom) was invited to Tyndall National Institute to perform his research “Nanoscale domain analysis of Pb-free relaxor” with the help of the local staff.
The objective was to understand the sizes and structures of the polar nano-domains, in order to understand the mechanisms yielding the enhanced piezoelectric response the team had observed in its new piezoelectric materials. For this, they needed to use the piezo-response force microscopy (PFM), available through ASCENT+ at Tyndall.
And this month, another ASCENT+ user visited Tyndall to discover the Atomic Force Microscope. Manisha Bansal, a PhD student from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Thiruvananthapuram), is conducting research to study vertically aligned nanocomposites. With the guidance and help of Dr. Lynette Keeney (Tyndall), they will investigate the interplay between magnetic and electric properties in Manisha’s nano-structured samples using Tyndall’s specialised scanning probe microscopy under variable magnetic and electric fields.
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