Research Program - Overview

Research Objective

cfaed aims to strengthen the application-oriented basic research for sustainable electronics (micro- and nanoelectronics in particular beyond CMOS) at the Dresden location in a multidisciplinary and cross-structural manner. The cluster not only pursues its own research projects but also acts as a multiplier for third-party funding from public, private and industrial sponsors through joint project acquisition and strengthens cooperation with local, national and international research partners and companies by creating a central contact and coordination point.

Research Approach

cfaed pursues its vision by a comprehensive collaborative research approach, where natural & material scientists jointly work with engineering scientists, integrating research competency across layers from materials to systems. We work on exploring recent significant advancements in new materials for device fabrication and circuit design features to build novel information processing systems for potential future applications. During our Excellence Cluster phase 2012-2018, we were reassured that crossing these layers is the road to success.

In a nutshell:

  • A comprehensive vertically integrated approach, spanning from materials to systems.
  • Based on the following six key ingredients:
  • One location, making it easy for researchers to meet, exchange, and collaborate;
  • An internationally recognized excellence in research, attracting the best researchers;
  • The local concentration of R&D expertise, attracting scientists and industry;
  • Experience in innovation and proven record of success, in particular, bridging from basic sciences to creating 60+ start-ups;
  • The ”Dresden Spirit” of collaboration and joint research, including open sharing of labs;
  • A team with the ambition to push the boundaries of the IRDS roadmap.

Our current research directions - called “Key Research Areas” (KRAs) - are based on our experience and achievements and capture our best chance to lead to specific advantages for new electronics solutions beyond IRDS.

Key Research Areas

  • Reconfigurable Electronics 
  • Carbon-based Electronics 
  • Organic & Polymer Electronics 
  • Biomolecular-Assembled Circuits 
  • Chemical Information Processing 
  • Biological Systems & Networks 
  • Electronics Structures & Systems