The objective of the joint laboratory is to develop UltraHigh Vaccum chamber for the growth and characterization of thin film and other nano-object . The Laboratory associate the Institut Jean Lamour UMR CNRS 7198 of the Lorraine University and the department of thin film deposition of Vinci technologies.
Indeed, several teams from Institut Jean Lamour, have acquired an international recognition in the fields of spin electronics, nanomaterials, surface science, nanomagnetism etc ... which have had numerous applications: data storage, sensors, photovoltaic…. The common denominator in each area is that materials have to be grown, structured and characterized at the atomic scale. This lead to the study of low-dimensional objects such as : thin film , multilayer, super-lattice layers, aggregates and precipitates.
On the other hand, the department of thin film deposition of Vinci technologies was created to develop new laboratory equipment and small production activites in the field of UHV materials growth and analysis as well as nanotechnology in general. In term of sales the objective is to export to internationals laboratories
The joint laboratory will then allow vinci technologies to design and produce new UHV chambers benefiting from the expertise of the IJL. Fully automated systems will be built. Consequently the IJL teams will have access to the best equipment to perform basic research and develop novel material. The joint laboratory will be the engine to develop a unique tool to create a ultrahigh vacuum connexion under 10-10 mbar where 22 chambers will be interconnected (11 growth 8 characterization and 3 post-deposition chambers)
This tool will be the first to allow the growth of complex structure with the possibility of a characterization and in-situ patterning. For the company Vinci technologies, for the laboratory and the University of Lorraine it will constitute a showcase of competences and expertises that will attract student, researcher and companies.
This laboratory has a strong socio-economic impact, because it strengthens the interaction between public research organizations and private companies. Those interactions will be consolidated since a specific area of the building (VIT area: Development Innovation Transfer) will be dedicated to industrial partners in order to allow a real technology transfer. In addition, the lab will also be open to the international scientific community with the opportunity for international research teams to collaborate with the Institut Jean Lamour, by simply connecting their own equipment to the UHV environment.
The company vinci technology has already made a commitment to have an office and a workshop inside the Institut Jean Lamour building if the joint laboratory was established. Two persons will be hired by vinci technologies to work on the site. The new product will therefore be developed jointly. Inventions patented by researchers, will be industrialised and commercialized and exported thanks to the existence of this common laboratory.
This initiative is strongly supported by the University of Lorraine, the CNRS, the Region Lorraine and the Urban Community of Greater Nancy.
Monsieur Stéphane MANGIN (Institut Jean Lamour) – email@example.com
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IJL Institut Jean Lamour
Help of the ANR 300,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: February 2014 - 42 Months