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Large Area Molecularly Assembled Nanopatterns for Devices

Objective

Scaling has driven the microelectronics industry for over 40 years and revolutionised information and communication technologies, health care, education, engineering, etc. Maintaining progress has becomes more challenging and costs of fabrication facilities are rising exponentially. Possible technical/cost solutions centre on development of ‘bottom-up’ techniques to (nano)pattern (the patterns yield device elements) surfaces rather than ‘top-down’ photolithographic (PL) methods that are the major cost of manufacturing circuitry (a single PL system is ~€65 million for next generation devices). Self-assembly is one route to nanopatterns but regularity/alignment over large areas is not consistent with circuit manufacture. Recent work on the self-assembly of block-copolymer (BCP) systems suggests that realisation of patterns of small feature size (~10 nm), at high density (i.e. spaced at ~10 nm), in precisely defined positions (to an accuracy of < 10 nm) on a large area substrate (12”) is possible. This proposal will develop BCP methodology into a set of process techniques for subsequent industrial pre-development. The methodology centres around a combination of bottom-up and top-down techniques to provide the fidelity required to make the methods reproducible and reliable. This proposal would have significant value:- - Enable continued development of devices towards their ultimate performance. - Allow development of advanced circuitry at lower costs. - Prevent monopolisation of the semiconductor industry by 1 or 2 companies that can afford capital costs by opening the market to new competition. - Afford the EU with opportunities to develop profitable companies in materials, process equipment and emerging device technologies. Without a suitable EU-level engagement in this area, competition in the US and Asia will gain a significant technological lead that will minimise the EU’s potential to deliver new and advanced nano-electronic devices.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 603 634
Administrative Contact
Cliodhna Horan (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 568 736
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deborah Grieves (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 333 514
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Apostolos Avgeropoulos (Prof.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 546 371
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stella Veciana (Dr.)
SELCUK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 266 770
Address
Alaaddin Keykubat Yerleskesi, Akademi Mahallesi, Yeni Istanbul Caddesi N369/1
42130 Selcuklu Konya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mustafa Ersoz (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 373 384
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jean-Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
INTEL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 501
Address
Collinstown Industrial Estate
. Leixlip Kildare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernard Capraro (Mr.)
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 342 280
Address
Im Stadtgut D1
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andrea Möslinger (Ms.)
KANICHI RESEARCH SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 810
Address
Hope Road 41 Sale
M33 3BF Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Walton (Prof.)