The Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science – MFA of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (http://www.mfa.kfki.hu) is conducting multidisciplinary research on complex functional materials and nanometer-scale structures targeting the exploration of physical, chemical and biological principles, and their exploitation in integrated micro- and nanosystems including photovoltaic structures as well as the development of characterization techniques.
MFA focuses on
- Theory, preparation, analysis and characterisation of carbon, semiconductor and metal nanostructures; and also their composites in inorganic and organic thin films.
- Utilisation by micro/nanotechnology and photonics for integrated sensors and sensor systems; solar cells; nondistructive characterisation.
The institute operates six scientific departments: Nanostructures, Photonics, Microtechnology, Thin films, Ceramics and Nanocomposites, and Complex Systems. Among others applications, services and products for healthcare, car industry, energy production, safety and security and environmental solutions, etc. are developed based on fundamental research results. MFA has wide range of facilities including a 300m2 cleanroom (class 10-10000) with a complete wafer processing line and a closed cycle vacuum pilot production line for CIGS cell processing.
The institute offers independent characterization services by its
- Accredited Ellipsometry Laboratory (characterization of thin film layer density, surface roughness, index of refraction, uniformity, multilayer composition) and
- Solar-Test Laboratory (functional characterization of mono- and polycrystalline and thin-film silicon and other solar cells and modules using a panel-size calibrated solar tester – accreditation in progress).
MFA has strong national and international cooperation with SMEs, universities and other research institutions. MFA is the coordinator of the Hungarian National Technology Platform for Integrated Micro/nanosystems (IMNTP, http://www.imntp.hu)
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