„A carbon nanotube which is the base of our electronic devices looks just like this“, Martin points at a big tube of paperboard on his desk. The Module Leader of the Carbon Research Path explains: „The electronic properties of the CNT help to avoid distortions in data communication. Therefore, CNT-enhanced communication systems have the potential of transferring more data than those realized with conventional silicon- and III-V based electronics while reducing the power consumptions.
„Our ultimate goal is to improve the performance of mobile communications while simultaneously ensuring that for instance a cell phone must be charged only once per week.“ Three interdisciplinary modules whithin the Carbon Path explore the properties of CNT-based devices for communication applications. Engineers in the group of the Path Leader design the circuits, the group of the Path’s other Module Leader at Technische Universität Chemnitz fabricates the electronic elements, and the group of Martin is responsible for the experimental device characterization and the development of the theoretical background.
He already presented his work at the universities in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. „Brazil is very interested in building up its own microelectronics industry and invests a lot of money to reach this target“, the scientist remarks. „The country is looking for new ways, e.g. in the area of organic and nanotube-based electronics.“ Martin studied at Technische Universität Dresden and wrote his PhD thesis about the modeling and simulation of CNT-based field effect Transistors. „The excellent support by cfaed for young group leaders to build up their own group and to develop their scientific career was a strong argument to join the Cluster“, the engineer explains. Now, the 34-year-old expert uses his knowledge in joint projects with Brazil.