detail of a sputter facility for thin film deposition

Knowledge & Technology Transfer

Benefit from our knowledge


We want to share our research results and material developments with partners from science and business. Our transfer services range from close cooperation in joint research & development projects with industrial partners up to contract research for individual needs in specific manufacturing or measurements based on our unique technical infrastructure and research equipment. Furthermore, we provide licenses and know-how transfer for patented innovations. We arrange guided labtours and expert meetings for interested cooperation partners.

Cooperation offers

SAWlab Saxony

Applying surface acoustic waves in innovative  devices

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	Kohlenstoffnanoröhrchen als Spitze eines Kraftmikroskops

Fe-filled carbon nanotubes

for magnetic force microscopy sensors

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	double wall carbon nanotube

Tailored Carbon Nanotubes / CNTs / Fibers

We tailore nano tubes on your demand

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	facility for levitated melting and subsequent rapid cooling

Melting & molding

for tailoring the properties of alloys.

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Research Technology

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Dr. Uwe Siegel
+49 (0) 351 4659 424

Cooperation offers and services

Cooperation offer: Surface acoustic waves

The IFW hosts the SAWLab Saxony which binds together regional research activities in the field of acoustoelectronics. The  close collaboration with universities and high-tech companies enables a comprehensive investigation of microacoustic devices and adjacent technologies. Following experiences are offered:

  • the theory of solid state and acoustic wave phenomena,
  • innovative electrode materials and material systems,
  • novel single crystal, flexible and thin film substrate materials,
  • advanced technologies for functional film deposition and patterning, and
  • future microacoustic devices and applications
  • sophisticated thin film analytics

The fundamental research and utilization chain of the SAWLab Saxony includes the joint development of application-specific demonstrators, the corporative use of equipment and facilities as well as the transfer of technology to and from industrial partners involved in all stages of development. This approach allows us to address economic sectors with high growth dynamics, such as telecommunication, MEMS, sensors and actuators as well as Smart Systems and Life Sciences.

Cooperation offer: Magnetic Force Microscopy sensor based on Fe-filled carbon nanotube

A new kind of magnetic force microscopy (MFM) sensor is based on iron filled carbon nanotubes and offers high spatial resolution, high magnetic stability and a monopole-like stray field characteristic that makes it suitable for straightforward quantitative MFM. Furthermore, due to the high mechanical stability of the carbon shell, it offers an increased damage resistance and shelf life compared to conventional MFM sensors.

  • Resolution: Better than 25 nm
  • Magnetic stability: Better than 125 mT
  • Shelf life: Better than 2 years
  • Monopole-like magnetic moment: around 2.0 × 10-9 Am

Service offer: Melting & molding techniques for special needs

We offer access to the following melting and casting facilities:

  • Recipient melt spinning and casting facility under inert gas or vacuum, tape or rod form
  • Centrifugal casting machine under inert gas or vacuum, in almost any form
  • Cold crucible system under inert gas or vacuum, in rod form
  • Strip caster for rapid solidification: bands of Fe-based alloys with soft magnetic properties or as precursors for catalysts
  • EAF almost all of alloy systems other than Zn- and Mg-based alloys
  • Electron multi-chamber furnace melting Ti-, Ni-, Fe- or Cu-based alloys purification of reactive metals welding
  • Induction furnace under inert gas or vacuum

Service offer: Tailored Carbon Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Particles and Fibers

We are tailoring, investigating and characterising carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, particles and fibers on your demand by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) in scale of grams.

  • single, double and multi-wall nano tubes up to 20 walls
  • nanotube lenghts 100 - 1000 µm
  • nanotube diameters 20 - 100 nm
  • nano graphene oxide (NGO) (lateral width: 100 – 300 nm; thickness: 2 – 6 nm)
  • nanotube morphologies / shapes: tubular, bamboo-like,...
  • nanotube fillings: iron, cobalt, nickel, alloys, salts, ...
  • nanotube layer doping: boron, nitrogen, ...
  • nanotube surface and nano graphene oxide functionalization with proteins, carboxyl groups,...
  • carbon fullerenes and fibers

Services in Research Technology

Besondere Fertigungsmöglichkeiten:

  • Herstellen von SMD-Leiterplatten, auch durchkontaktiert, in kleinen Stückzahlen nach Kunden-Layout
  • Laserschneiden dünner Bleche
  • Laserschweißen
  • Herstellung kleiner, hochpräziser Teile durch 5-Achsfräsen mit CAM-Anbindung
  • Ultraschallreinigung großer Teile, z.B. Vakuumkammern

Meß- und Kalibriermöglichkeiten:

  • Schwingungsmessung
  • EMV-Messung
  • Akustische Messungen
  • Thermographie in 50 mK-Temperaturauflösung für techn. Prozesse
  • 3D-Scanner zur Vermessung von Bauteilen, Geräten und Räumen
  • Taktiler Messarm zur Bauteilvermessung
  • Kalibrierpumpstand für Vakuumeßgeräte mit einem Viskositätsvakuumeter als Referenz
  • Ausgasungsuntersuchungen im Hochvakuum mit einem bis 700°C heizbaren Probenhalter und QMS
  • Trockener Kryo-Teststand mit Temperaturreglung zwischen 10 K und 300 K
  • Helium-Lecksuche an Bauteilen
  • Herstellen von exakten Gasmischungen, z.B. zur Kalibration von Gassensoren