ABCD has developed a strong network at R&D level to ensure awareness on current challenges and thin film bottle-necks and to provide continuous upgrades to its equipment. We are strategically placed to anticipate the needs in a broad number of emerging markets thanks to a wide variety of top level R&D programs
NANOBIUM PROJECT (2013-2015)
Nanobium project has involved four partners, namely 3D-Oxides and the University of Franche-Comté in France and HEPIA and ABCD Technology in Switzerland. The goal was to develop a 3D bio-compatible thin film material with optical and electrical properties enabling stimulation of stem cells. Nb-doped TiO2 thin films with further doping elements provided very interesting functional properties for neuron cell growth. (01/01/2013 to 29/05/2015)
We are developing new, multi-functional oxide thin films with nano-patterned surfaces to improve cell, and in particular neuron, adhesion and differentiation. Among the other functionalities of these surfaces, we are targeting micro-patterned waveguides and transparent conductive oxide (TCO) circuits to promote electro and photo stimulation of cells.
3D-DEMO run for three and a half years, starting from November 1st, 2006, and was funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission. It proposed a new vision in thin film deposition that effectively associates cost optimisation, flexibility and sustainability based on the Laser-Assisted Chemical Beam Epitaxy (LACBE) process. The proposed method allows the growth of multi-component oxides with properties patterned in 3D during growth, in a single step (3D selective and graded properties at the micrometer and nanometre scale).
For more information at https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/33297
NUOTO PROJECT (2006-2009)
The purpose of NUOTO was to demonstrate multifunctional properties of a new dielectric ceramic, the calcium copper titanate, CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO), thin films and proposed to apply them to demonstrate electronic devices for novel industrial applications. The properties of CCTO were investigated to fabricate high capacity density planar (2D) condensers that display extraordinary strategic importance in the semiconductor industry. The number of condensers in integrated circuits for wireless communication is going to dramatically increase with the increasing number of capabilities that are included in mobile electronics (phones, computers etc.). Wireless electronics is the fastest growing electronics market and has important effects on our quality of life, security, environment and health. Who will be able to provide the best devices will conquer the larger part of the market and a dominant technology in the world.
ABCD Technology was involved in the third objective, to develop a new, breakthrough tool for beam-assisted Chemical Beam Epitaxy (CBE), which uses a beam to change in situ, during the deposition, the composition of CCTO. The Sybilla equipment was ABCD’s result from this project.
For more information at https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/32644