Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bonding with Nanostructures and Metallic Glass Highlight German/Japanese Collaboration

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) introduced the first scientific results of a German-Japanese research cooperation together with the Japanese research group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Gessner in the World Premier International Research Center - Advanced Institute for Material Research (short: WPI-AIMR) at the nano tech 2010 in Tokyo/Japan. 

Prof. Gessner, director of Fraunhofer ENAS and president of Center for Microtechnologies at the Chemnitz University of Technology, is one of the Principal Investigators within the framework of WPI-AIMR at the Tohoku University. His researcher group in the thrust Device/System is leaded by Prof. Dr. Yu-Ching Lin. Four researchers and one exchange student from Germany work in this group together.

They focus their investigations on bonding by using nano structures and metallic glass as well as MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) with innovative functional materials. The researchers analyze applications of metallic glass in micro systems. Therefore metallic glass combines desirable attributes like high strength, good wear-resistance and electrical conductivity.
Metallic Glass
Image credit: Advanced Institute for Materials Research 

The German-Japanese cooperation showed the first qualified samples of the novel material for application in micro systems at the nano tech 2010 in Tokyo in February.

Additionally the Fraunhofer scientists demonstrated possible applications for the printed battery, a common development of the Institute for Print and Media Technology at the Chemnitz University of Technology and the Menippos GmbH. These small, extremely flat and environmental friendly batteries can be used as power source for small displays.

The New York Times Magazine chose the printed battery to one of the five best ideas of the year 2009 in the category technology.

World Premier International Research Center:  The Tohoku University in Sendai belongs to the five selected World Premier International Research Centers (short: WPI) in Japan. The WPI is a project of the Japanese ministry for education, culture, sports, sciences and technology. The WPI-AIMR started in Sendai in October 2007 and is specialized in the multidisciplinary development of novel materials and functional principles.

Further information about the research group of Prof. Gessner in the WPI-AIMR you will find here: http://www.wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp/gessner_labo/

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