Nanotechnology – Joint Projects

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As a result of joint calls with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and with Shanghai University, six joint projects in the field of nanotechnology were launched in 2015. The project duration for all projects is three years (2015-2018).


Sentinel: Self-Sensing Nanoprobes for Electric and Thermal In-Situ Characterization in Electron Microscopes

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Photo: Ernest Fantner, Xu Zhi, Cao Jinghua, Regina Figl, Harald Plank, Helmut Spitzl

The SENTINEL project aims on the development of an entirely new class of high-resolution nano-probes for electric and thermal in-situ characterization in electron microscopes. The high resolution aspect is realized by functional tip modification via 3D nano-printing, while in-situ characterization becomes possible due to self-sensing cantilever platform for seamless integration into space restricted environments of electron microscopes. SENTINEL Nanoprobes open entirely new applications of correlated microscopy in materials research and nano-sciences (e.g. electrical and thermal characterization on the lower nano-scale) with yet unsurpassed capabilities.

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Passion: Integrated polymer laser light source for silicon nanophotonic devices 

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Photo: Rudolf Heer, Rainer Hainberger, Cao Jinghua, Regina Figl, Song Yanlin, Helmut Spitzl

The integration of laser light sources in silicon nanophotonic chips is a strongly demanded feature for a wide range of applications. In this project we aim at the realization of an optically pumped integrated polymer laser light source for CMOS-compatible silicon nitride waveguide based devices. The goal is to implement this laser source by locally depositing an organic gain medium onto a silicon nitride waveguide resonator structure.

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Moraflash: Modeling of Radiation Effects in Flash Memories

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Photo: Li Ling, Markus Karner, Wang Yan

Radiation effects are a critical reliability issue in nano-scaled memory devices used in aviation and space applications, but also in transportation and medicine. Physical models of the operation and degradation of flash memory cells in a radiative environment will be developed and experimentally validated. The models will be integrated into a Technology CAD framework. This will allow the semiconductor industry to explore radiation-tolerant designs at reduced costs.

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Nacos: Gold Graphene Nano Composite Sensors for Biomolecule Detection

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Photo: Alexander Pogany, Shi Liyi, Yanwei, Rudolf Heer, Helmut Spitzl

The NaCoS research project focuses on the development of a novel bio-functionalization concept of screen printed electrodes for the realization of electrochemical biosensors. Gold graphene nanocomposites will be tailored for selectively capturing biomolecules in liquids. Aptamers carrying redox labels will act as both, transducers and amplifiers. The hybrid nanomaterials will be attached onto surfaces of semi-finished working electrodes by a novel printing technique. A set of three biomarkers, relevant for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, will be used to demonstrate the feasibility of this novel technique.

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Nextgenupcon: Next generation upconversion nanomaterials for bioimaging with approved nanosafety by microfluidic cell assays

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Photo: Alexander Pogany, Shi Liyi, Sun Lining, Torsten Mayr, Helmut Spitzl

NextGenUpcon is addressing the improvement of luminescence upconversion nanomaterials to facilitate their wider applications in energy systems, barcodes, diagnostics, and biomedical research. This is achieved by alternative syntheses methods and innovative surface modification procedures. The improved nanomaterials are applied in multimodal bioimaging and their nano safety is assessed by jointly developed advanced diagnostic microsystems. Austrian partners TU Graz, JR, AIT and kdg opticomp will jointly develop advanced diagnostic microsystems suitable for cell assays to assess the toxicity of the new nanomaterials. Using advanced optical sensor, additive printing and rapid replica moulding technologies the project will finally demonstrate the feasibility of industrial large-scale, continuous flow production of advanced lab-on-a-chip systems.

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Hydroceram: Environmentally friendly ceramic filled hydrogels for additive manufacturing


Photo: Jiang Hao, Feng Xin, Jürgen Stampfl, Johannes Homa, Yuan Shuai, Wang Zhiyi

The project aims at providing a new class of hydrophilic monomers together with suitable ceramic nano-particles (zirconia, hydroxyl apatite). The developed monomers will be will be used to provide photocurable formulations for additive manufacturing technologies (e.g. stereolithography). Using nano-bioceramics (hydroxyapatite) 3D-printed hydrogel-composites will be provided. By utilizing zirconia as filler material, it will be possible to provide environmentally friendly photopolymers for fabrication of dense ceramic parts.

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