The delegation included around 25 people, consisting of representatives from politics, Saxon companies and science. The visit to several research and business locations in Japan took place from September 12 to 15, 2023.
Prof. Salvan and Prof. Schulz accompanied the Minister of State to the Centre for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems (CIES) at Tohoku University in Sendai, among other places. Here, a Germany-Japan Joint Workshop entitled “Future Semiconductors and Related Technology” was held on September 14. The aim was to intensify cooperation in microelectronics. In addition to representatives of the Saxon delegation, renowned scientists from Tohoku University and Yamagata University participated.
After introductory words by Martin Dulig, Dr. Hiroshi Iizuka, Executive Vice President Research and Social Cooperation of Yamagata University, as well as by Shunsuke Ishikawa, Director of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Tohoku, an intensive scientific exchange took place with presentations and discussions in a “round table format”.
On site, Prof. Dr. Salvan presented the new collaborative research center “HYP*MOL”, which the University of Leipzig and the TUC have jointly obtained from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Salvan addressed current research results in spintronics. In addition, she established contacts for a perspective collaboration with the CIES, for which the renowned researcher Prof. Tetsuo Endoh is responsible. “The expertise of the Japanese colleagues regarding spins in organic molecules and in the field of spintronics, respectively, fits very well with our Collaborative Research Center HYP*MOL. A collaboration should be interesting and rewarding for both sides. We have invited Prof. Endoh for a return visit to TU Chemnitz,” Salvan summed up the exchange on site. “We were able to continue exchanging ideas on important topics in research in the field of micro-electro-mechanical systems, so-called MEMS, and the packaging of electronics and MEMS, thus deepening the cooperation with Tohoku University, which has already existed for many years,” Schulz summed up.
Prof. von Unwerth met with company representatives during a tour of the production of fuel cell vehicles at Toyota. Together, the vehicle experts exchanged views on manufacturing at Toyota, but also on the performance of Chemnitz as a hydrogen location in an international comparison, and explored opportunities for cooperation.
Prof. von Unwerth then stated, “Toyota is a leader in the development of hydrogen-based drive systems. This means that we at Chemnitz University of Technology and at the Hydrogen Innovation Center of HZwo e. V. will benefit from cooperation and, building on this, can significantly expand our research location. To further develop our research focus on hydrogen together with one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, which is a leader in the development and use of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the automotive sector, is extremely appealing.”
Prof. Schulz and Prof. Salvan also took advantage of the appointments with representatives of the semiconductor companies and equipment manufacturers Ebara, Tokyo Electron, Renesas, Rapidus and Kioxia to present both important research results of the Center for Microtechnologies of the TUC and Fraunhofer ENAS and the SFB/TRR “HYP*MOL” and its research orientation. In addition, Prof. Schulz was interested in initiating future cooperation in the development of electronic components and in process simulation with these companies.
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