Anna Lena Giesecke is appointed Professor for Semiconductor Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (Fraunhofer IMS). Giesecke has led the Nanophotonics group at AMO since 2014.
AMO in the course of time
The most important milestones of AMO’s history in a timeline, starting with the foundation of AMO GmbH in 1993 until today.
The cluster “NeuroSys – Neuromorphic Hardware for Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Systems” will receive 45 million euros in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to contribute to Germany’s and Europe’s technological independence in the field of artificial intelligence. Initiator and coordinator of the cluster is Prof. Max Lemme.
Daniel Neumaier is appointed to a full professorship at the University of Wuppertal. Neumaier joined AMO in 2009 as head of the graphene research-division, focusing on the exploitation of graphene and other two-dimensional materials for applications in microelectronics and photonics.
The know-how developed in years of research on graphene-based optoelectronic devices leads to the establishment of a new start-up: Black Semiconductor.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Max Christian Lemme becomes the new managing director of AMO on 1st February. He succeeds his doctoral advisor Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kurz.
Prof. Dr Heinrich Kurz, founder and managing director of AMO GmbH, dies unexpectedly in Aachen on 12 March at the age of 72.
AMO is a founding member of the Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF), the research association of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The JRF is the umbrella organisation of 16 state-funded, legally independent, non-profit, non-university research institutions. The joint tasks of the JRF include research cooperation, the promotion of young scientists, public relations and the regular evaluation of the member institutes.
Founded in 2014, Protemics is a spin-off of AMO and of the RWTH Aachen University. Protemics develops ultra-fast photoconductive Terahertz microprobe devices for non-destructive testing applications.
In 2013, the European Commission launches the Graphene Flagship, a €1 billion initiative bringing together nearly 170 academic and industrial partners from 22 countries. The aim is to take graphene innovation out of the lab and into commercial applications. AMO takes the leadership of Work Package 7 “Electronic Devices”.
The expertise in precision metrology developed through years of research at AMO leads to the creation of a spin-off company: AMOtronics.
Demonstration of the world-first top-gated device based on graphene.
AMO reacted quickly to the discovery of graphene in 2004, launching a new research line dedicated to exploring the potential of this new material for electronic and optoelectronic applications.
First successful attempt to integrate crystalline high-K dielectrics into a “gentle” damascene metal gate process for the fabrication of MOSFETs.
AMO launches a dedicated research line on Silicon Nanophotonics, focusing in particular at combining silicon-based electronics and photonics.
AMO focuses its research on nanotechnology and acquires an advanced electron beam lithography tool with 10nm resolution.
AMO’s cleanroom was inaugurated on July 7, 1997, in the presence of the Nobel laureates Nicolaas Bloembergn and Leo Esaki. Scientific work can now really begin.
From the beginning, AMO has adopted an ecological and resource-saving approach, looking for renewable energy sources to cover part of its energy needs. With its three 20-meter rotating blades, ANIMA produced an average of more than 600,000 kWh of electrical energy per year, supplying about 50% of the energy consumed in the clean room. The turbine had to be dismantled in May 2021 due to damage to the concrete tower.
Official start of the construction works of the AMO building, which, with his dome, will become a landmark in Campus Melaten.
In Autumn 1992, the state government of NRW decided to allocate a significant amount of European funding in actions aimed at raising the level of innovation in NRW. Under the impulse of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kurz, one of these actions was the founding of AMO GmbH, on February 12, 1993. From the start, AMO has been in charge of the planning, the construction and the operation of the “Advanced Microelectronic Center Aachen” (AMICA).