IRT Nanoelec brings together partners from the public and private sectors to conduct groundbreaking research and development in information and communication technologies, and more specifically, micro and nanoelectronics. The competitiveness-enhancing innovations developed at IRT Nanoelec are transferred directly to businesses—especially small and mid-sized businesses—in all industries.
IRT is shared in 7 programs, one amongst them being the CGI program. The Platform for Advanced Characterisation Grenoble is part of the Charactherisation programme. There are three principal dimensions to the overall NanoElec project:
- Core technology (310M€)
- Valorisation (70M€)
- Training (50M€)
Across these three action areas, 6.5MEuros has been assigned to catalyse the use of the Grenoble large-scale facilities by the micro- and nano-industry. This “Characterisation Programme”, which will be dedicated to the characterisation of advanced industrial micro- and nano-electronics, brings together the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) for intense, finely focussed X-ray beams, the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) for high intensity neutron beams, and the CEA Platform for Nano-Characterisation (PFNC) using a huge range of laboratory facilities including SEM, TEM, and advanced sample preparation. This Programme is expected to have a strong impact on the core sciences and technologies of the overall NanoElec IRT programme as well as European industry, particularly as the understanding between the two worlds of research infrastructure and industry is perfected for electronics characterisation processes.
The Grenoble large-scale instruments potentially offer unrivalled performance to achieve advanced micro-nanoelectronics characterisation. However, access to these research infrastructures is adapted to the world of academic research and is generally, apart from several exceptions such as structural biology for drug discovery, not yet optimally aligned to the needs of industrial R&D. Industrial needs are reflected by rapid access, confidentiality, a strong scientific support from experiment feasibility to running the experiment and data analysis. Important factors for the use of large instruments for industrial innovation and R&D is the prior but basic awareness of the power and limits of the infrastructure techniques (for example diffraction, scattering, imaging, and spectroscopy; all potentially under in situ or under operando conditions), adapted sample preparation methods, and more generally in a precise definition of the relevant experiment or measurement required to meet the industrial technical question.
The objective of the Characterisation Programme is to allow to technological research in micro-nanoelectronics to have an enhanced access to the ultimate characterisation permitted by the large-scale instruments of Grenoble. The programme focuses on the following three points:
- Define processes for preparation and characterisation of a series of real cases with the industrial and technological partners of the IRT NanoElec.
- Establish the technical means for sample preparation and conduct the work of development and validation of actual pilot cases identified with the partners.
- Dissemination, awareness and training.