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SAL Science & Stories No. 3 / October 2019

Dear all,

With this newsletter, we inform you about all the important milestones, success stories and research activities of SAL in the last month. This time, we would like to introduce our new Head of Research Division for Power Electronics, Dr. Rudolf Krall. Furthermore, our Head of Research Division for Sensor Systems, Dr. Christina Hirschl, attended a discussion on the future of employment and a young research enthusiast came to work with us. Also, we'd like to keep you updated on upcoming talks at SAL and current project calls.

We hope you enjoy this issue of SAL Science & Stories. Let's unfold the future together!   

Statement from Werner Luschnig, Executive Director of SAL
Breakthrough results in research projects can create highest global economic leverage, in particular if innovations are created with joint forces among the system level specialists, the integration technology experts and the researchers on passive and active components. Most of our industrial partners have their focus on one of those areas, but not on all. SAL plays an important role in offering the research partnership along the whole EBS value chain in multi-firm consortia with an attractive financing model for those collaborations. First such projects were started and many larger projects are on the roadmap. SAL is now prepared for more and open for proposals!

Meet Dr. Rudolf Krall, our new Head of Research Division for
Power Electronics

With his extensive experience in the field of power electronics for low and high power ranges as development engineer and in leading industry positions, Dr. Rudolf Krall is well equipped to bring SAL Power Electronics to the next level. In this position, he is not only in charge of extending the cooperation to national and international universities, universities of applied sciences and RTOs, but first and foremost to focus on industrial demands and on the research targets of SAL. Consequently, he is also responsible for the strategic development of the Division and the related project portfolio as well as to grow and lead the Research Units, teams and scientists in order to achieve research excellence together with the industry partners.

"Power Electronics will deliver the answers on future demands in the field of miniaturization and efficiency improvements on electric power converting systems. The application fields are widely spread, including e-mobility, power generation, power distribution and low power units", Dr. Rudolf Krall emphasizes the importance of Power Electronics in general.

"With strong relations to the wide network of industrial partners and with the focus on their demands, I see a huge potential for establishing Power Electronics as an internationally accepted Research Division, which contributes to strengthen Austria and Europe as a center of research excellence on a long term basis”, he describes the potential of SAL, especially in the field of Power Electronics.   

We warmly welcome Dr. Rudolf Krall in our team and wish him all the best for his new position.

Dr. Rudolf Krall

Head of Research Division
Power Electronics


High­lights of re­search activ­i­ties at Silicon Austria Labs
On the SAL website, you can now find a selection of our current and completed projects. With responsive filters, you can look for projects in different competence areas as well as project categories and status. Our projects span from SAL-projects to cooperative and competitive research programs. 

Innovation Impulse for Carinthia, Styria and Slovenia

One of our current projects is RETINA, which grants access to research and innovation infrastructure for companies in the border region Austria - Slovenia. The Interreg project brings together Austrian and Slovenian re­search insti­tu­tions from the field of mate­rials science. This will be partic­u­larly useful for the devel­op­ment of new mate­rials for indus­trial appli­ca­tions (energy storage, elec­tronics, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, aero­space, etc.).

Under the direc­tion of the Univer­sity of Nova Gorica, the project involves 7 partners from Austria and Slovenia.


Project call for cooperative research: RF Frontend Heterogeneous Integration
Project objectives: Devel­op­ment of inte­grated circuits for massive MIMO front-end modules in the mm-Wave frequency range, as well as the required hetero­ge­neous inte­gra­tion technology.

Partner call open until: 10/31/2019

Start of the project: Q4 2019

Contact: contact@silicon-austria.com

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Future Innovations start with young, enthusiastic minds
An interest in research and a keen sense for science are already visible in young people. For a future-oriented, progressive research center such as SAL, it is important to bring the next generation to our labs and show them what we work on. As part of a school internship, Alina visited us at SAL Villach and worked with us for a couple of days. We showed her around our state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities, told her about some of our current projects and did some hands-on research, such as 3D printing, soldering and building a demonstrator for a solar house. 

Innovation starts not only with an idea but also with young people believing in a career in research and science. We are sure that a new generation of enthusiastic researchers will help us shape and unfold the future soon.

Embodying inspiring values:
Dr. Christina Hirschl presented SAL as a great place to research at a panel discussion

In our globalized and digitized world, the requirements for both employers and employees are changing. Dr. Christina Hirschl, Head of Division Sensor Systems, participated in a panel discussion about "Work and Society in Transition" at the BBRZ (Berufliche Bildungs- und Rehabilitationszentrum) in Klagenfurt, where she talked about the future-oriented employer branding approach of SAL and which competences employees should acquire in order to help shape the future. 
Upcoming Events
On October 18, Prof. Dr. Patrick French, PhD. MSc. BSc., will give a talk about "Microsystem Development in Delft" at SAL Villach (Europastraße 12, Room "Wörthersee", 1st floor).

TU Delft started working in the field of silicon micro­sys­tems in the early 1970s under Professor Simon Middel­hoek. Using silicon allowed the deve­lop­ment of inte­grated sensor systems and the group expanded into one of the top labo­ra­to­ries in the field. Paddy French's presen­ta­tion shows how these early developments led to a wide range of re­search and deve­lop­ment. He will give an over­view of these early deve­lop­ments. This will be followed by an over­view of recent deve­lop­ments and present work and also future deve­lop­ments in the field of micro­sys­tems.


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