Novel bottom-up and top-down strategies will be implemented to prepare materials with variable geometry (i.e. 3D –microhelices or nanosprings–, 2D –films–, 1D –pillars, nanowires, nanotubes– and 0D –nanoparticles–), to meet specific technological demands, always by means of electrochemical techniques.
For example, as a bottom-up approach, electrodeposition onto stereo-lithographed (for microstructures) and e-beam lithographed (for nanostructures) substrates will be used. Innovative mask-less electrodeposition technologies for micro will be implemented for the manufacturing for magnetic materials. Such processes can also be adopted to manufacture 3-D metallic structures which are useful in MEMS type devices.
Top-down strategies will include laser micromachining of electrodeposited continuous layers. SELECTA will tackle the smart miniaturization approaches of metal based materials to produce magnetic components to be integrated either in MEMS/NEMS or in robotic platforms.