The overall objective of the group is the investigation of electronic and electromechanical properties of nanostructures that can provide new or improved features to nanodevices and nanosystems, as well as research and development of advanced nanofabrication methods, preferably those that can be applied in the area of the micro / nano electronics and related fields by means of their application to devices used in miniaturized integrated systems. These activities cover two of the Key Enabling technologies (KETS): nanotechnology and micro-nanoelectronics. Specifically, the group focuses on:
Advanced nanofabrication methods
They are based on i) top-down techniques ( AFM, e-beam lithography , focused Ion beam, nanoimprint lithography) and ii) bottom-up techniques (directed self-assembly of block co -polymers) The final aim is to bridge the gap that currently exists between nanofabrication processes available in the laboratory and the technology required for applications at industrial level in the field of micro / nano electronics.
Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS)
Typically in the form of bridge structures or cantilevered beams: development of manufacturing methods, integration of electrical transduction, system integration and applications. In particular, it aims to deepen the implementation of the nanomechanical cantilevers as sensors, especially in the field of biomedicine.
Focused on their applications as electronic circuit components and sensors. In particular, it is expected to continue the existing collaborations with external research groups in the field of integration of micro and nanodevices for applications in nano-biosensors.
Advanced AFM methods
Aiming at i) the functional characterization of nanoelectromechanical systems and ii) the characterization of nanomechanical properties of nanostructures and surfaces. The goal is to provide methods for obtaining information about nanoscale functional properties necessary for both the research performed by the group and in collaborations with other research groups and industries.