By Will Soutter
The Queensland Government has granted a research funding worth $1 million to the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre of the Griffith University to devise manufacturing techniques for a silicon carbide microchip.
According to Professor Sima Dimitrijev, lead scientist of the Semiconductor Microfabrication Program, silicon microchips are the cornerstone of the electronic age and are capable of transforming the lifestyle of people. The advanced properties of silicon carbide facilitate more-efficient, high-sensitive, and miniaturize devices capable of running in adverse temperature and chemical conditions.
Silicon carbide microchips show promise in a variety of applications. For instance, this technology can be exploited to provide superior-quality, eco-friendly and inexpensive lighting. Alan Iacopi, Operations Director at the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, stated that this Griffith University advancement has a wide-range of implications with respect to bringing cutting-edge technologies to the state and working with key industries worldwide.
SPTS Technologies, a key manufacturer of global semiconductor equipment, has entered into a joint development deal with the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre to advance the equipment knowledge and thermal process essential for the commercialization of this new platform technology. The center’s industry partner, SPTS Technologies will facilitate this silicon carbide production process to be adopted by the industry, stated Iacopi.
This will enable the center to explore the market potential of its silicon carbide production process with major semiconductor manufacturers. The research grant will also provide chances for research students and allow for the appointment of three new research fellows.
The Semiconductor Microfabrication Program is one among the three Australian projects of the Griffith University to be granted a total amount of $3 million under the science funding scheme of the Queensland Government.