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EPFL buys Aixtron system for 2D semiconductor research


Swiss university focuses on the development of next-generation semiconductors based on Aixtron BM NOVO system

Aixtron has announced that the à‰cole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne (Switzerland) has purchased a BM NOVO system. This versatile tool which can produce virtually all variations of 2-dimensional materials (2D) required for emerging optoelectronic applications is dedicated to support the University's research projects coordinated by Andras Kis and Aleksandra Radenovic.

Aixtron's BM NOVO system uses a combination of PECVD and MOCVD technology to enable the growth of high quality 2D materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) e.g.MoS2 or WSe2.

TMDCs combine atomic-scale thickness with unique electrical, optical and mechanical properties thus making it a potential material of choice to be used in optoelectronic, electronic, energy storage, spintronic, sensing and even in DNA sequencing applications. Considering these wide range of capabilities, the new BM NOVO was developed to enable customers to solve critical TMDCs deposition challenges and at the same time to provide the reliability required to develop cutting edge applications.

Andras Kis, one of the globally leading experts for 2D materials research, comments: "Aixtron's new BM NOVO system will provide the flexibility and reliability that are required to advance our research which focuses on the investigation of electrical properties, fundamental physics and practical applications of 2D materials such as TMDCs."

Aleksandra Radenovic who leads the research on 2D materials for biophysics at EPFL, says: "We are looking forward to the cooperation with Aixtron as the company's innovative new platform will support our research in the field of single molecule biophysics which includes the further development of techniques and methodologies based on optical imaging, biosensing and single molecule manipulation."

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