In a partnership with the University of Adelaide in southern Australia, the Silanna Group based in Brisbane, Australia is setting up a high-tech manufacturing research facility on the University’s campus. The partnership with the University of Adelaide hopes to develop innovative products through the engineering of new and unique semiconductor technology. During the first stage the partnership, the Silanna Group will establish a state-of-the-art ‘picoFAB’ facility within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
Veeco MBE System at Heart of PicoFAB
The first of its kind in South Australia, the facility is intended to engineer new semiconductor materials at the atomic level. A US$6.5 million molecular beam epitaxy tool, which Veeco Instruments Inc. custom built, is at the heart of the new research facility partnership. The MBE tool grows the new crystalline materials, atomic layer by atomic layer. The University says that the establishment of the picoFAB will add to its diverse materials research programs, as well as the state’s growing advanced manufacturing industry.
Silanna’s chief scientist, Dr. Petar Atanackovic said, “The University has some unique capabilities on campus with research and training programs that are complementary to our operations, and access to a whole generation of potential young ‘quantum mechanics’ as future employees.”
South Australian Minister for Industry and Skills the Hon. David Pisoni said, “Silanna’s new facility adds advanced manufacturing capabilities in South Australia that will attract further investment into our state. Importantly, it will provide STEM students with access to world-class infrastructure that will give them practical experience and further their employment opportunities in their home state.”
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Executive Dean Professor Anton Middelberg said, “Having Silanna in our Faculty means our students will be interacting with industry researchers and global leaders in materials engineering for a great educational experience.”