Research activities at PDI rely on a support infrastructure that ranges from services such as materials processing and knowledge transfer, to facility management, lab safety, and internal administration. This range of activities is managed by the Department of Technology and Transfer, and can be divided into five main areas:
Most materials that are grown at the institute need further processing for subsequent scientific investigations. Our technologists provide services such as lateral structuring, metallization and contacting, cutting of wafers, prepatterning, cleaning, and electrical characterization of processed structures. We also operate a clean-room for lithographic processing, etching, sputtering, thermal evaporation, and nanoimprint technologies. These services are available to our external collaborators on request.
Knowledge and Technology Transfer
Knowledge and technology transfer activities at PDI aim to connect the institute’s research with the outside world: industry, the general public, and the academic community. Knowledge and technology transfer is one of the institute’s key responsibilities and we are constantly refining our approach to best serve that purpose.
This department also takes care of the infrastructural needs of a materials science institute, such as supply of equipment and technical gasses, electricity, data- and communication infrastructure, operation of clean-rooms and chemistry labs, and A/C and cooling systems in the research laboratories.
The institute is a member of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. which serves as the central administration for seven institutes. PDI also has its own small but highly efficient local administration to quickly respond to everyday requests from within the institute.