IMEC is a one of the world leading independent RTD in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology with 2000 staff and year turn over > 300 Mil Euro. IMEC research focuses on the next-generation of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. IMEC’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and a strong network of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide, positions IMEC as a key partner in R&D projects.
The IMOMEC division of IMEC is located at the Hasselt University Campus and has about 150 staff working mainly on novel nanomaterial’s and nanoscale architectures. One of the important topics at IMOMEC with more than 20 years tradition is CVD diamond films and defect spectroscopy in diamond. Prof. Milos Nesladek set this activity in 1990. IMOMEC has important experience in EU projects in Diamond filed, including Marie Curie action’s and R&D projects with industrial partners. Recently IMEC takes part in FP7 project imaging from Bioelectronics to Energy field, including NV diamond physics projects where he takes part in the EU ICT projects DIAMANT and coordinates of project NMP MERIDAN, KBBE- DINAMO, which has gained the label European Success Story. Currently over 10 EU FP7 projects are being conducted at IMOMEC
The main scientific contribution of IMEC will be CVD diamond growth and doping to produce epitaxial overgrowth of high quality diamond substrates and to provide the layers with new functionalities as spin bath or N-delta doped layers. IMEC has also important expertise in diamond polishing and CMP with which Rms of 0.1 nm or lower can be obtained standardly on single crystal diamond wafers. Important role of IMEC in the proposal is also diamond functionalization and chemical bonding of molecules to diamond surface, defect spectroscopy and full material characterisation. In addition, IMEC has a complete support infrastaructure with five PE CVD diamond reactors, material and surface analysis toolbox and has access through the University of Antwerp to highly sophisticated SET and HR TEM systems and FEG analytical Electron microscopes