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Graphene Electronics

Graphene, a monolayer of sp²-bonded carbon atoms, is not only the basis for graphite but also a new material for various applications in the field of micro- and optoelectronics. Although graphene or single layers of graphite have been subject of research since the 1960s, the special and unique properties of this material have become more and more popular after 2004. This was mainly pushed forward by the pioneering work of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Within the last years the excellent and unique electronic, optical and mechanical characteristics of graphene were systematically analyzed and explored, making this material ideally suiting for various applications.

A summary of details can be found in the corresponding FactSheet “Graphene” in the sidebar on the right-hand side.

Wide range of applications

Possible fields of applications for graphene range from components for microelectronics to functional coating and up to applications in medicine.
AMO GmbH has already been working in this relatively young field since 2005 and demonstrated its competency in several national and European research projects.

An overview of the current research projects is given below.


2D-EPL

The 2D-Experimental Pilot Line (2D-EPL) is a first-of-its-kind manufacturing facility for graphene and 2D materials, where key European companies and research centres join forces to produce electronics, optoelectronics and sensors based on  graphene and other 2D materials on a pilot scale.

Funded by the European Commission, this Graphene Flagship initiative aims to secure a major role for Europe in the ongoing technological revolution, helping to bring 2D materials into commercial applications.

More information about the 2D-EPL can be found here.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 952792.

Read the press release of the 2D-EPL.


2Exciting

2Exciting – Developing optoelectronics in two-dimensional semiconductors

2Exciting is a European Training Network under the umbrella of the Marie Curie-Sklodowska Actions. The scope of the project is to sustain the European leadership in the field of optoelectronics based on two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors by training the next generation of highly qualified researchers in the field. Within this process, 2Exciting will also substantially advance the state of the art by shedding light on the fundamental physics of light-matter interaction in 2D materials and by developing innovative optoelectronic devices such as strain-actuated optoelectronics– a topic which will be specifically pursued at AMO.

Start date: 01.01.2021
End date: 31.12.2024

Coordinator: TU Dresden (DE)

2Exciting is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 956813.

 


AachenCarbon

The EXIST project AachenCarbon (Vermarktung eines neuartigen integrierten Graphen-Photodetektors für ultraschnelle optische Datenkommunikation) develops the commercial exploitation of graphene photodetectors.

This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) through the program EXIST, under grant agreement Nr.  03EFLNW199.

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ECOMAT

The Marie-Curie Action ECOMAT (Encapsulation and contacting of two-dimensional materials) investigates different encapsulation and contacting technologies for two-dimensional materials.

ECOMAT is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 796388.

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G-Imager

Within the project G-Imager (New Graphene Imager based on Graphene-on-wafer) AMO develops a wafer scale fabrication platform for graphene based IR-cameras. This will lay the foundation for commerical success of this promissing technology.

G-Imager is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 820591.

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GLECS II

In the project GLECS II (Graphen-basierte flexible Hochfrequenzelektronik) flexible radio frequency integrated circuits for wireless communication are developed.

GLECS II is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) , under grant agreement Nr. NE1633/3-2.

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GrapheneCore3 (Graphene Flagship)

This EU-project GrapheneCore3 (Graphene-Based Revolutions in ICT And Beyond) is the largest research activity on graphene in the world, having the goal to bring graphene and related 2D materials from the lab to applications.

The Flagship Graphene will run for 10 years with a total budget of 1 billion Euro and is currently involving 142 partners from 23 countries.

In this highly visible flagship AMO has a central role in the development of the research program and is responsible for the workpackage on high-frequency electronics. The enabling of new functionalities in Si-CMOS technology using graphene based devices is one of the major near term goals.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 881603

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Graph-IC

Within the ERC PoC project Graph-IC (Silicon-Integrated Graphene Photodetectors for Future Photonic Integrated Circuits) fudamental technical feasibility and requirements for graphene photonic devices are evaluated.

Graph-IC is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 825968.

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GraPhoTrans

The topic of the GraPhoTrans (Integrierter photonischer Siliziumgermanium-Graphen 10 Terabit Transceiver) project is the integration of graphene photonics with RF electronics.

GraPhoTrans is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), under grant agreement Nr. 13N15108

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GreEnergy

GreEnergy: Wideband optical antennae for use in energy harvesting applications

GreEnergy is an extremely ambitious project in the field of renewable energies: it aims at establishing a new paradigm for harvesting solar energy based on wideband optical antennae – an approach that can achieve much higher efficiency that conventional photovoltaic solar cells. The goal of GreEnergy is to realize demonstrators with an overall efficiency of 20-40% – roughly an order of magnitude improvement with respect to current technologies. AMO plays a major role in the project, contributing both to the development and integration of the antennas and at the level of system engineering.  For this second task, AMO has joined forces with Dr. Avi Ginzburg, an experienced system engineer and senior lecturer at Technion, who has moved to AMO for the duration of the project. Dr. Ginzburg is also one of the initiators of the project.

Start date: 01.01.2021
End date: 31.12.2024

Coordinator: Chalmers University of Technology (SE)

GreEnergy is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 101006963.


HiPeDi

In the project HiPeDi (Scalable High Performance 1D Metal-Insulator-Graphene Diodes for High Frequency Applications Based on 2D Materials from Chemical Vapor Deposition), a novel diode based on graphene will be developed for high frequency applications.

HiPeDi is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) , under grant agreement Nr. WA 4139/1-1.


MISEL

MISEL: Multispectral intelligent vision system with embedded low-power neural computing

The goal of MISEL is to develop a bio-inspired vision system with much smaller size, weight and power consumption than off-the-shelf components, and yet able to implement advanced recognition tasks such as distinguishing drones from birds.  One of the key ingredients of the system are intensity-adaptive photodetectors, which will be developed by AMO’s Graphene Electronic group in collaboration with the group of Prof. Daniel Neumeier at the University of Wuppertal – an excellent opportunity of consolidating a long-term partnership.

Start date: 01.01.2021
End date: 31.12.2024

Coordinator: VTT Oy (FI)

MISEL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 101016734

Read the project press-release.


MOSTFLEX

In the project MOSTFLEX (Scalable MoS2 based flexible devices and circuits for wireless communications), the 2D material MoS2 will be investigated to realize high-speed devices and circuits targeting for wireless communications.

MOSTFLEX is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) , under grant agreement Nr. WA 4139/3-1.


ORIGENAL

The FET-Open project ORIGENAL (Origami electronics for three dimensional integration of computational devices) is coordinated by AMO and will advance the ultra-desnse 3D integration of logic circuits by topological folding.

ORIGENAL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 863258.

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QUEFORMAL

The FET-Open project QUEFORMAL (Quantum Engineering for Machine Learning) will lay the foundation for advanced machine learning, by combining a memory cell and a logic switch into one building block.

QUEFORMAL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 829035.

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ULISSES

Within the European Collaborative Project Ulisses (Ultra low-power integrated optical sensor systems for networked environmental multichannel gas Sensing), chip-integrated optical sensors for different gases like CO2 will be developed.

ULISSES is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 825272.

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WiPLASH

In the EU FET-OPEN project WiPLASH (Architecting More Than Moore – Wireless Plasticity for Heterogeneous Massive Computer Architectures), graphene will be explored to realize the wireless communication between chips in a network-on-chip, whose architecture will also be a main topic of investigation.

WiPLASH is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 863337


ZeroAMP

The goal of ZeroAMP (Nanomechanical Switch-Based Logic and Non-Volatile Memory for Robust Ultra-Low Power Circuits) is to develop a computing platform based on nanomechanical switches that will enable computing components with high energy efficiency in harsh environmental conditions (e.g. very high or low temperatures).

ZeroAMP is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement Nr. 871740.

More information about the project on: www.zeroamp.eu

Read the project press-release.