Scientists work together to envision future technologies

Press Release / 26.3.2017

Fraunhofer FHR is among thirteen universities, research organisations, and technology companies, to receive a 670 thousand Euros grant to boost research in the field of Nanoarchitectronics (NTX)--a new emerging technology combining innovative nanoscale electromagnetics and electronics-- which could lead to better health care, more efficient energy use and wireless technologies. Led by the University of Siena in Italy, the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open Coordination and Support Action project will, among other things, lay the foundations for further developing improved telecommunications beyond 5G, improving the sensing capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft in managing natural disasters.

The Antennas and Front-End Technology research group at Fraunhofer FHR coordinates the institute‘s activities towards the consortium effort to develop a common strategy for future applications in this new interdisciplinary area at the crossroads of Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics.

The research team has a number of goals for the project but the top points of the agenda are:

  • Unifying concepts, methodologies, technologies and establishing  common theoretical foundations
  • Initiating the future application-driven research in this area
  • Developing a common strategy for the future

NTX research is truly multi-disciplinary and combines concepts, methods and techniques from Physics, Electronics, Electromagnetics, Material Science, Chemistry, Applied Maths, with a special emphasis on Nanotechnology, Microwave to Terahertz Engineering, Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, Nanoelectronics, and Advanced Materials. NTX also embodies a visionary idea which is emerging from both academic research and high-tech industrial needs: to systematize, homogenize and combine approaches in seemingly different technologies.

Professor Maci from the University of Sienna, and the academic lead says “The project aims to lay the foundation for an ever increasing synergy and progress for Nanoarchitechtronics, a new area of research that responds to the need of unifying concepts, methodologies and technologies in communication, sensing systems, safety and security, bio-sensing systems and imaging nanosystems, related to future applications in ICT, transport and environment”.