Automated process flow for high-speed additive nanostructure assembly with integrated process control
Ultra-low power sensors are key components in mobile and autonomous systems, for the Internet of Things, and as functional elements in wearable systems for the Internet of Humans. Nanomaterials such as 1D nanotubes & nanowires and 2D materials have shown unique properties for ultra-sensitive, ultra-low power sensor applications. Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNT) devices have been successfully demonstrated for chemical and physical sensing at unprecedented low power consumption in the range of μW per sensor function.
Today, the biggest barrier for technology transfer or commercialization of SWNT or other nanomaterial sensors is the lack of an industrial manufacturing process for high device yield at low costs. The project aims to develop a new manufacturing process for nano electronic sensor systems, with functional nanostructures, demonstrated for Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs), but applicable beyond SWNTs. It includes aspects of machine learning, digitalization and requires adapted device design to exploit full functionality. The goal is to increase today’s state-of-the-art speeds by a factor of 1000 and to demonstrate that a fabrication of 1’000 components per hour is feasible.
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