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Industrial Award for relay-based non-volatile memory concept developed in ZeroAMP

The University of Bristol team received an Industrial Innovation Concept Award from MBDA, the world leading EU company in missile systems, for their work on a non-volatile memory prototype based on nanoelectromechanical relays, the technology being developed in ZeroAMP. The high-temperature, radiation-hard and zero standby power memory cell uses nanoelectromechanical relays described in two recent publications:

D. Pamunuwa, E. Worsey, J. D. Reynolds, D. Seward, H. M. H. Chong, and S. Rana, “Theory, design, and characterization of nanoelectromechanical relays for stiction-based non-volatile memory,” IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 283-291, 2022. doi: 10.1109/JMEMS.2021.3138022. Available in open access here.

S. Rana, J. Mouro, S. J. Bleiker, J. D. Reynolds, H. M. Chong, F. Niklaus, and D. Pamunuwa, “Nanoelectromechanical relay without pull-in instability for high-temperature non-volatile memory,” Nature Communications, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-10, 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14872-2

ZeroAMP vacancy: post-doc position

The University of Bristol, one of the ZeroAMP partners, is seeking a Research Associate in Nanoelectromechanical Systems to be a member of the Microelectronics Group headed by Dr. Dinesh Pamunuwa.

The successful candidate will be involved in the ZeroAMP project by carrying out micro and nanofabrication tasks in the cleanroom using widely used tools and processes, incl. photo and electron beam lithography and thin film deposition and etch among others.

Closing date for application: 07 December 2022

For more info, please check out the job ad.

Exhibition of ZeroAMP at MNE EUROSENSORS 2022

The MNE EUROSENSORS 2022 conference was held on 19-23 September 2022 in Leuven - Belgium. It was jointly organised with Eurosensors, leading to an exceptional event tagged as MNE-ES 2022. It also embedded the Plasma Etch and Strip for Microtechnology (PESM) workshop as well as special sessions on Superconducting Micro- and Nano-Devices (SMND).

In addition to plenary talks, invited presentations, oral and poster presentations, a commercial exhibition was part of the conference.

AMO GmbH was nicely represented at MNE EUROSENSORS 2022 with several talks, posters and a new exposition booth. Jens Bolten and others from the AMO team involved in ZeroAMP gladly introduced the project concepts and objectives by sharing the ZeroAMP flyer widely.

ZeroAMP at WaferBond '22 Conference

The International Conference on Wafer Bonding – WaferBond’22 will be held on 04-06 October 2022, in Schmalkalden, Germany. It will be hosted by Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences.

The conference, with lectures, poster presentations and exhibitions of the sponsors, will cover all aspects of bonding wafers and comparable substrates from basic research to industrial applications.

Gaehun Jo, PhD student at KTH involved in the ZeroAMP project, will gladly give a presentation at WaferBond’22 entitled "Wafer-level Hermetic Sealing of Silicon Photonic MEMS by Direct Metal-to-Metal Bonding".

New Publication in Advanced Electronic Materials by the University of Bristol

Researchers in ZeroAMP from the University of Bristol collaborate with the University of Southampton to produce the first single-contact four-terminal relay to enable efficient digital logic.

The PI Dr. Dinesh Pamunuwa explains the significance of this work, just published in Advanced Electronic Materials, in a one-page PDF document available here for download.

The full publication is available in open access at

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871740 (ZeroAMP).
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