MAIN Research Center Opens its Doors

The Chemnitz University Research Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN) was officially opened on August 13, 2018

The newly-constructed Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN), located on Rosenbergstraße in Chemnitz, was officially opened on August 13, 2018. The Saxon State Ministry of Finance presented the building to Chemnitz University of Technology during the opening ceremony. Construction of the laboratory building was government-funded with approximately 34.3 million euros and the MAIN Research Center will provide around 100 scientists with state-of-the-art facilities for research.

Rigid High Speed Electronics Made Flexible
At MAIN, Chemnitz University will strengthen and expand its competencies in the domain of nanomembrane-based materials, one of the most modern fields in materials engineering. The term “nanomembranes” refers to extremely thin functional structures, which exhibit a high degree of mechanical flexibility. They form the basis for innovative types of construction elements that are flexible, stretchable and shapeable and are therefore extremely adaptable. These elements can be manufactured using established and novel processes and techniques, which will be developed in part in MAIN. In the long term, this could lead to totally new scenarios in mobile communication, medical engineering or energy technology.

Unprecedented Possibilities for Everyday Life
“Around the world, the development of sensors that are increasingly more compact and more intelligent is opening up unprecedented possibilities for everyday life and is stimulating visionary ideas that go far beyond what is possible today. At MAIN, the central components of such systems will be researched, like ultra-compact energy storage units for tiny, autonomously-operating sensor nodes or flexible sensor systems to implement the concept of artificial skin,” predicts MAIN initiator Prof. Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt. He is the Head of the Professorship of Material Systems for Nanoelectronics at Chemnitz University and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden. “The interdisciplinary scientific and technological potential of inorganic and hybrid flexible nanomembranes is clearly recognized, but still remains largely unexplored,” says Schmidt. For this reason, he established this field more than a decade ago for the first time in Germany and across Europe. Because of this, the Chemnitz-Dresden region is an international leader in this domain today. Schmidt is a pioneer in the field of rolled-up nanotubes and his work encompasses elements of chemistry, physics, materials engineering, electrical engineering and microsystems technology. He is working to integrate self-organized, three-dimensional nanostructures on a chip. For his outstanding work in researching, manufacturing and the innovative application of functional nanostructures, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award in 2018.

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