UT Dallas Team’s Microscopic Solution May Save Researchers Big Time
A University of Texas at Dallas graduate student, his advisor and industry collaborators believe they have addressed a long-standing problem troubling scientists and engineers for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material during imaging or lithography.
See the whole story at: UT Dallas NewsCenter
Zyvex Labs wins DOE Emerging Research Exploration projects
We would like to announce that Zyvex Labs with UT Dallas, NIST and 3DEpitaxial Technologies as subcontractors has been awarded one of 24 projects under the Dept of Energy Emerging Research Exploration projects.
Vice versa, Zyvex Labs and NIST are subcontractors on a project awarded to a team at UT Dallas.
Michelle Simmons wins “Australian of the Year” award
Michelle Simmons, long time collaborator and good friend of Zyvex Labs has been named “Australian of the Year”, not the “Australian Scientist of the Year”, nor the “Australian Woman of the Year”, but THE “Australian of the Year”. We are extremely proud of her and her team at the University of New South Wales and are pleased to be counted among her friends. We are also impressed at the excellent values of Australia to recognize the value of Science and Innovation.
News coverage of the event can be seen at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/
SRI and Zyvex Labs win Best Application Paper Award at MARSS
A paper entitled, “2D Automated Microassembly using the Milli-robots” submitted to the 2017 International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS) in Montreal by Zyvex Labs and SRI as part of the DARPA A2P program won the Best Application Paper Award.
Zyvex donation enhances Lyding’s research
Professor Joseph W Lyding is grateful to Zyvex Labs for their donation of the 20-bit ZyVector scanning tunneling microscope (STM) control system to his Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group. Zyvex Labs designs atomically precise manufacturing technology for microscopic accuracy when building products.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you’ve given us, and what it entails to the possibilities of what can be done compared to what we’ve been working with,” said Lyding at a gathering last week to mark the donation. Lyding, Robert E. MacClinchie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, conducts research at the Beckman Institue.
The ZyVector assists in finding optimal voltage and current conditions to tune the effective lithography linewidth from a single atom to greater than 10 nanometers. It is also optimized for operation on passivated surfaces such as Si (100)-H. Write times can be optimized by applying a vector-based approach to the lithography with minimized path lengths and switching operations. Multiple pattern input modes are available including script-based patterns, CAD, or simple bitmap.
Prof. Lyding’s relationship with Zyvex preceeds this donation. One of Lyding’s former post-doctoral collaborators, Josh Ballard, is the director of Atomically Precise Manufacturing at Zyvex Labs. In 2008, Ballard, formerly a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, joined Zyvex Labs for the tip-based nanomanufacturing program.
Prof. Lyding also has a long history of interaction with Zyvex President John Randall, starting while Dr. Randall worked at Texas Instruments. “That system over there,” Lyding said, gesturing toward equipment in his lab, “and the one in the next room, which is scanning some molecules right now, were funded by Texas Instruments through John Randall’s effort. He’s enabled a lot of research that we’ve published over the years.”
Around ten PhD students have received their degrees working with this very equipment. With the new ZyVector, a host of possibilities emerge for Lyding’s lab.
“The ZyVector is ideally suited to control our scanning tunneling microscopes,” Lyding said. “It is optimized for atomic precision patterning of hydrogen passivated silicon, using a process originally developed in our laboratory at Beckman. The ZyVector will add new capability to our research with its state-of-the-art control system and its ability to ‘lock-in’ to the atomic lattice,” said Lyding to the Beckman Institute.
Original article: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/newsroom/article/23366
For more information, please also see the Beckman Institute’s article: https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/07/zyvex
Zyvex Labs and Scienta Omicron announce collaboration (March 2016)
Scienta Omicron and Zyvex Labs announce a collaboration to develop and distribute tools for research and manufacturing that require atomic precision. The ZyVector STM Control System from Zyvex Labs turns Scienta Omicron STMs into an atomically-precise scanned-probe lithography tools, and will be distributed world-wide by Scienta Omicron.Scienta Omicron brings together the two leading innovators in Surface Science – the former VG Scienta and Omicron NanoTechnology. This exciting new company creates new capabilities for the research community by combining the technology leaders in electron spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and thin film deposition. These capabilities are available in custom tailored systems from one source with sales and service groups located in all major markets around the world.
Zyvex Labs LLC pursues the vision to develop Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM). Recently, Zyvex Labs has developed ZyVector TM for automated STM Lithography to enable users to create quantum computers and other transformational systems that require atomic precision. By pairing it with Scienta Omicron STMs, unmatched lithography will be possible, with much higher reproducibility and throughput, scaling up from research level patt erning towards APM. See more at www.zyvexlabs.com
ZyVector TM automates the process of performing Hydrogen Depassivation Lithography (HDL), using an STM tip to remove H atoms from a surface. It can write arbitrary patterns defined in a vector or a bitmap format. Patterns can be written using a lithography pixel defined by the atomic lattice. As well as developing ZyVector TM as a tool for atomically precise patterning on small scale, researchers at Zyvex Labs are leveraging its capabilities to create nano-functional devices on the micrometer scale. ZyVector TM therefore opens up new possibiliti es to scale up SPM based lithography by setting new standards in reproducibility, automation, thermal drift and piezo creep compensation.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Zyvex Labs organized a Lifetime Achievement Award for Frans Holthuysen of Philips Research Labs for his significant body of work in the field of Micrographs with a Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs).
The Award was given at the 2013 MNE Conference in London and was sponsored by FEI a leading manufacturer of SEMs. John Randall, President of Zyvex Labs has been hosting Micrograph Contests at the International Conference for Electron , Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) since 1995 and the Micro Nano Engineering Conference(MNE)since 2005.
Army Research Office Grant (September 2013)
Zyvex Labs received a grant from the Army Research Office to develop nanofabrication technology to make qubit devices which would be key components in quantum computers. The three year $3.3M program started Sept 25, 2013.
Wired (January 2012)
A recent paper published in the prestigious journal Science has created a large interest in Atomically Precise Devices. Michelle Simmons, the director of the Australian Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication was interviewed by WIRED and called out Zyvex Labs as a company working on Atomically Precise Manufacturing. See the full interview at www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/01/aussie-ohm/
UTD Alumni Spotlight (April 2008)
Jim Von Ehr (M.S. ’81) was recognized by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as the 2007 Citizen of the Year. To read the complete article, click here.