Aixtron, a leading global provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, has announced that the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IMM) in Catania, Italy, has purchased a BM Pro system in a 6-inch wafer configuration.

The equipment will be used to produce carbon nanotubes and graphene for the WATER (“Winning Applications of Nano Technology for Resolutive Hydropurification”) project, focused on the use of nanomaterials for water purification. In particular, the research is investigating carbon nanostructures, such as nanotubes and graphene, that have turned out to be the most promising nanomaterials for such applications. In March 2015, Aixtron announced that Nano Carbon (Poland) has ordered its AIX G5 WW reactor for graphene production on silicon carbide. In July 2014, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) ordered an AIX BM plasma-enhanced CVD system to support their graphene and carbon nanotubes research