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Graphene and 2D Materials – The Long Road towards Commercialisation

Prof. Max Christian Lemme

RWTH Aachen University and AMO GmbH, Germany

The Maxwell Centre, the Impulse Programme for Tech Innovators and the NanoDTC are pleased to host Prof. Max Christian Lemme as a speaker at the 2020-21 Innovation Seminar Series.

The joint NanoDTC-Impulse-Maxwell Innovation Seminar Series has a series of brilliant speakers who are at different stages in their Innovation and Entrepreneurship journey.

The talk

Graphene and two-dimensional (2D) materials have been researched intensely over the past 15 years, and there is continued substantial investment in 2D material research and development. However, although physicists, chemists, material scientists and engineers continue to report new highlights on a daily basis, there are no end-customer microelectronics products on the market today. The main reason is that the process technology to manufacture 2D electronics is not sufficiently mature, which limits the possibility of realizing the promise of outstanding performance in electronics, optoelectronics or sensing. In this talk, I will introduce several potential applications, where 2D materials clearly would make a difference, such as photodetectors and sensors. I will then discuss the major bottlenecks towards integration of graphene and 2D materials into semiconductor manufacturing lines.​

About the Speaker

After finishing his studies in Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Prof Max Lemme became the manager of the nanotechnology department at AMO from 1998 to 2008. In this position he was responsible for setting up the entire cleanroom facilities and he shaped significantly the overall S&T strategy of AMO in the area of microelectronics. After his time at AMO he spent two years at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, where he focused completely on scientific research activities as a Humboldt-Fellow. Subsequently, he was appointed as Visiting Professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, where he worked on several projects, especially in the field of graphene. In 2012 he returned to Germany to accept a full professorship at the University of Siegen.
The electrical engineer Prof. Max Lemme has been working for several years on graphene and related two-dimensional materials and their applications in the fields of electronics, photonics and sensors. In addition Prof. Lemme has a strong track-record on classic CMOS technology and was particularly active in the integration of high-k dielectrics into silicon transistors and in the development of Fin-FET transistors. Besides his position as Managing Director of AMO GmbH, Prof. Lemme has a new established chair at RWTH Aachen University focusing on nanotechnology, which is collaborating closely with AMO GmbH.

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About the Seminar Series

This series of seminars happens monthly and speakers will present their ideas and experiences on how innovation impacts their endeavours.

We have a varied list of speakers, from academics turned in to entrepreneurs all the way to established companies.

The format is a 45 minute talk, followed by Q&A.


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Friday, 13 November, 2020 - 16:00 to 18:00
Contact name: 
Monica Lucena
Event location: 
Online - Zoom