Materials for Integrated Products

Integrated products are functional systems that consist of various materials and are typically associated with high-tech electronic applications such as solid-state lighting and photo-voltaics. Our department Materials for Integrated Products (MIP) develops offers innovative solutions for their design and manufacturing for the benefit of industrial and other stakeholders and with the overall aim to realise better products.

Materials for Integrated Products combines expertise on materials and their processing with physical experiments and computer-aided modelling and simulation. Competences include (1) materials know-how and know-why for ceramics, metals and polymers, (2) materialography, (3) materials-performance testing with an emphasis on reliability, and (4) multi-scale multi-physics modelling. In support of this, an extensive range of materials analysis, characterisation and testing laboratories as well as numerical-simulation hard- and software is at hand.
Assignments range from multi-year multi-client research and technological development projects (including those within the context of the European Framework Programmes) to one-day advisory and troubleshooting tasks. The group works together with a variety of industrial partners as well as with actors from the knowledge infrastructure, including other research organisations and technical universities from Europe and beyond.

Reliability is the key

Many of today's societal issues – such as mobility and healthy living in an aging society – require multi-disciplinary solutions that in many cases are implemented in electronic devices. A trend in this is towards products that rely not so much on smaller features, but rather on the addition of functionality such as the ability to interact with the environment (sensing, communication, handling). Critical for the success of these increasingly complex devices is their reliability. Materials for Integrated Products directs its efforts so as to facilitate the transition to these "More-than-Moore" products, based on the notion that materials expertise is not only an enabler for new and disruptive products, but also at the base of any excellent design by taking into account such aspects as degradation and failure. Moreover, the field of materials science and engineering is well-suited to overlook the whole cycle of design, manufacturing, use, and eventual disposal/recycling.

Activities

MIP is engaged in several European projects on nano-electronics that are centred around the development of (simulation) tools for control and improvement of designs and manufacturing. These tools provide a competitive edge for the involved industry (shorter development times, lower costs, lower reject rates), with consumers benefitting from such products with better performance (cheaper, higher reliability, longer lifetime). Recent examples of targets and achievements are as follows.

  • SE2A: multi-scale models for epoxy moulding components and conductive adhesives; multi-criteria decision methodology and models for reliability prediction of automotive sensors.
  • ESiP: failure analysis, performance modelling and improvement of critical interfaces for SiPs; solutions for MEMS capping.
  • Enlight: 2D/3D heterogeneous integration of a SSL module; demonstrator assembly of an intelligent SSL system (luminaire and module).
Our work

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