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High-speed all electric bio-cantilever

Objective

"Advances in micro-, nano-, and biotechnology put increasing demands on nanoscale microscopy and characterization. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is one of the highest resolution microscopy methods used in this area. In this project, we will develop a new type of AFM sensor, which will significantly increase the performance of AFM and make it suitable for a much broader range of applications, especially in the life sciences. While traditional AFMs using optical detection of the cantilever sensor, yield very high resolution images, their imaging speed is low, they are difficult to automate and integration with other analysis techniques is limited due to the required optical components.

This project aims at removing these limitations for a large area of attractive AFM-applications such as fast analysis in materials science and biological applications. The innovative concept is based on ""all electric bio cantilevers"", ALBICAN. These cantilevers will use novel granular tunneling resistors (NTR), which are fabricated with a mask-less direct writing technique: focused electron beam induced deposited (FEBID). The AFM cantilever will be equipped with an NTR deflection sensor that directly measures the cantilever signal electrically, which removes the need for optical cantilever detection. Recent improvements in AFM cantilever technology have increased the imaging speed of AFM by up to two orders of magnitude by miniaturizing AFM cantilevers (SCL-Sensor.Tech. AMG-T). The unique approach in this proposal, which builds on new materials and fabrication processes (Nanoss), will allow the manufacturing of unprecedented small cantilever sensors with vastly superior performance in imaging speed and usability. These cantilevers will be compatible with a wide variety of existing AFMs and applications in materials and life science. Thereby providing a unique technological edge for the involved SMEs, and opening new avenues for the commercialization of their products and technologies."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

SCL-SENSOR.TECH. FABRICATION GMBH
Address
Seestadtstrasse 27/27
1220 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 392 162,25
Administrative Contact
Ernest Fantner (Dr.)

Participants (6)

AMG TECHNOLOGY OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 313 294,35
Address
Microelectronica Industrial Zone
2140 Botevgrad Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Stavrov (Mr.)
ANFATEC INSTRUMENTS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 50 190
Address
Melanchthonstrasse 27
08606 Oelsnitz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne-Dorothea Müller (Dr.)
NANOSCALE SYSTEMS, NANOSS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 352
Address
Robert-bosch-strasse 7
64293 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Kaya (Dr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 3 956
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georg Fantner (Prof.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 3 777,80
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mareike Schmitt (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 3 867,60
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Schmid (Prof.)