Aixtron, a leading provider of deposition equipment, is working together with five partners in the “HEA2D” project to investigate the production, qualities, and applications of 2D nanomaterials.
The joint project is now researching an end-to-end processing chain consisting of various deposition processes for 2D materials, processes for transfer onto plastic foils, and mass integration into plastics components. AIXTRON’s partners for implementing systems technology and integrating materials into plastic molded parts are the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), Coatema Coating Machinery, and Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (K.I.M.W.). This work is being supported in terms of nano-analytics and the development of prototype components by the Institutes of “Electronic Materials and Nanostructures” (University of Duisburg-Essen) and “Graphene-based Nanotechnology” (University of Siegen).The project aims to integrate suggestions from end users into the production chain at an early stage of development. To this end, the project will also use the platform operated by the “Graphene and 2D Materials” specialist group and the North Rhine Westphalia plastics cluster “Kunststoffland NRW”.
One focus of AIXTRON’s subproject involves researching (MO)-CVD processes and systems technology for the deposition of optically active 2D semiconductor materials such as graphene, molybdenum tungsten (Mo, W), and selenium sulfur (Se, S). Furthermore, together with its project partners the company will be working out a roll-to-roll concept for use in the synthesis and transfer of graphene. To ensure the efficient realization of a demonstration tool which is a core aspect of the HEA2D innovations, preliminary investigations will be performed, particularly to identify suitable source chemicals, on an existing system at AIXTRON’s applications laboratory. Based on the findings, the existing system technology will be enhanced. Together with its project partners, demonstrators on the basis of 2D semiconductor materials will be manufactured.
“HEA2D” is being promoted with funds from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) 2014-2020.