Dr. Giuseppe Schiavone, second from the left in the photograph, was awarded best paper award at the latest conference IMPACT-EMAP 2014 held in Tapei, Taiwan, on the 24th of October 2014. The conference is one of the most important events in Asia in the field of Microsystems, Electronic Materials and Packaging. The $3,000 cash price rewarded the work carried out by the team led by Prof. Desmulliez, Director the Microsystems Engineering Centre at Heriot-Watt University, for the development of an electroplating process for Galfenol, an alloy of Gallium and Iron, which has remarkable magnetostrictive properties. Only three research groups in the world have managed to electroplate such an alloy. Devices made of Galfenol offer interesting energy harvesting as well as communication properties. The work is to be continued through the Company Renishaw in the context of a fully funded PhD studentship under the CDT in Embedded Intelligence.
More information about IMPACT-EMAP 2014; the 9th IMPACT (International Microsystems, Packaging, Assembly, Circuits Technology) Conference and the 16th EMAP (International Conference on Electronics Materials and Packaging) Conference can be found on the website.