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The Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research centers with 2500 scientists (220 research groups), postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students, and scientific, technical and administrative staff. WIS has one of the highest rankings in publication impact per scientist; and holds one of the leading places in the world in commercialization of intellectual property (technology licensing is the largest source of WIS funding).

The institute has a very extensive research infrastructure, with most heavy equipment concentrated in centralized research support facilities, such as electron microscopy, structural analysis, surface analysis and analytical services. These facilities also employ staff scientists that assist with training and analysis. Centralization of heavy and middle-size facilities allows scientist access to an extremely wide range of equipment.

Role in the project

The major task of the WIS group is the deposition of Gd doped ceria films by sputtering with different Gd contents and on a variety of substrate/electrodes in order to search for the most electromechanically active combination and to develop reliable deposition procedures.

The WIS group will use microfabrication procedures to test actuator structures developed by the UAV and EPFL groups, and then prepare and characterize thin films with texture and composition recommended by the modelling of the MPI group in order to provide the necessary feedback for optimization of the model.

Key staff involved in the project

Igor Lubomirsky

David Ehre