16 February 2022

Focused Technical Workshop: Materials for Future Electronics and Digitalisation

High-tech companies and academic research teams described interesting trends and challenges in the fields of electronics and materials at this popular technical workshop.

At our Focused Technical Workshop on 10 February 2022, discussion topics included: Can synthetic diamond be a solution in the search for more efficient semi-conductor materials? How can we develop electronics that can function in extreme environments, such as in satellites in space? How far have we come with quantum computers?

The field of electronics is advancing at a remarkable rate. As an illustration, the data quantity generated in a whole year in 2013 is now generated in two days.

Fredrik Engelmark, Swedish ILO for CERN, represented Big Science Sweden at the workshop, and pointed out that that the speed of this development is generating new challenges.

“So much is happening in electronics and materials research right now,” he explains. “According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles about every 18-24 months. Demands on existing and new electronics and for new materials are constantly increasing.

“At Big Science Sweden we enable this type of meeting between academia and industry. It’s becoming ever more important to share experiences, make contacts, and build collaborations if we are to solve the challenges associated with the rapid technological development.”

Speakers at the event were:

  • Ernesto Gutiérrez, Big Science Sweden and Uppsala University
  • Professor Zhen Zhang, Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University
  • Fredrik Engelmark, Industrial Liaison Officer (ILO) for CERN, Big Science Sweden
  • Sven-Christian Eberhag, Senior Researcher, RISE, and Big Science Sweden
  • Joachim Schiessling, Hitachi Energy
  • Professor Jan Isberg, Uppsala University
  • Paul Solomon, IBM
  • Professor Carl-Mikael Zetterling, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Jorge Cayao, Senior Researcher, Uppsala University

Big Science Sweden and Uppsala University hosted the workshop.