EU funding for research to cost reduction of GaAs semiconductors

The European Union has awarded an »ERC Starting Grant«, an award for young researchers at the beginning of their independent careers, to the chemist Diego Andrada. Andrada is researching molecular semiconductors at Saarland University, Germany. The €1.5 million ($1.7 million) grant is intended for a project in which highly reactive yet stable molecular precursors for material synthesis from elements of Groups 13 and 15 of the Periodic Table are being researched. A typical example are GaAs-semiconductors made of gallium (13th group) and arsenic (15th group).
Such semiconductors are clearly superior to silicon (group 14) both for applications in the computer industry and for solar cells, but are considerably more expensive to produce and therefore hardly widespread. The research project is intended to reach »a better understanding of the chemical basics« and thus to help pave the way »to simplified and thus cheaper production« of GaAs.

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