With new extraordinary scientific equipment dedicated to microacoustic research, we strategically extended our experimental capabilities. New methods available at SAWLab Saxony comprise:
- High-temperature (RT to 900°C), ultra-high vacuum (10-9 mBar) biaxial stress measurement in thin films on anisotropic substrates (custom tool ANNE)
- Long-term stable (up to several days), ultra-precise (down to 10 pm) surface vibration measurent (customized Polytec UHF 120)
- High-speed (up to 600 kfps), high resolution (up to 1280x800 Px²) video recording (Vision Reseach Phantom VEO410L)
In 2018, SAWLab Saxony started the research project "SAWES - Fortschrittliche SAW-Sensortechnologie für zukunftsfähige Energiesysteme unter Einbeziehung drahtloser Transponder- und Kommunikationstechnik" together with two industry partners. The aim of the project is the development of key components for mobile, wireless SAW high-temperature sensors (>400°C) in the field of future-proof energy supply systems and energy efficient heaters for improved supervision, regulation and control of facilities and processes in industry, commerce and household.
In October 2018, SAWLab Saxony started the research project "ChAMP - Chip-based Acoustofluidic Medtec Platform" dedicated to the development of a flexible, acoustofluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LoaC) platform with high industry relevance. It is based on our recently developed technology for joint on-chip integration of microfluidic and active acoustic or electrical elements. This approach has already been used successfully for SAW-based aerosol generation and is now to be adapted to further microfluidic unit operations and modular fluidic circuits. We are convinced, that active acoustofluidic force fields provide a key technology in the development of devices for high-throughput, single-cell screening and individualized therapies.
The international 'Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium - SAW Symposium 2018' took place with great success on October 1 – 2, 2018, at the Westin Bellevue Dresden, directly in the heart of Dresden, Germany. This biannual symposium is co-organized by SAWLab Saxony and Silicon Saxony. It brings together every two years partners from science and industry to create a platform for cross-pollination of ideas and inspirations towards innovative applications in the field of SAW technology, SAW based sensors and actuators which are key components for the modern industrial society especially for industry 4.0 and smart home.
For more details, please see www.saw-symposium.com.
Being one out of three sections at the Faculty for Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at the University for Applied Sciences Zwickau, the Leupold Institute for Applied Natural Science (LIAN) is now partner in the SAWLab Saxony Network. The research activities of LIAN comprise the areas of biomedical engineering, laser measurements, microtechnology as well as vacuum and thin film technology. SAWLab Saxony is particularly benefiting from the outstanding experience and know-how of the group in fabricating ultrathin films by atomic layer deposition.
As the 14th collaboration partner scia Systems joined SAWLab Saxony bringing in its competence regarding thin film technology. Founded in 2013, the company is a well-known manufacturer of advanced ion beam and plasma processing systems, especially for Microelectronics, MEMS and precision optical manufacturing. Situated in the Technology Center of Chemnitz, scia Systems possesses a worldwide network of sales and service partners for individual customer support.
During the 4th Innovation Days – the meeting of the leading German research organizations and industries – the SAWLab Saxony presented its recent R&D progress. Thereby, emphasis was laid on acoustoelectronic devices for harsh environment, fluidic applications and wireless operation. The presented technologies included a miniaturized aerosol generator, microfluidic devices and radio-frequency identification and sensing devices.