The Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NANOLAB) is working on various subjects in the field of silicon micro/nano-electronics with special emphasis on the technology, design and modelling of nanoscale solid-state devices (including Silicon-On-Insulator devices, few-electron devices, hybrid SET/CMOS, single electron memory, nanowires and nanotubes), Radio Frequency MEMS devices for in- and above-IC and integrated optoelectronic devices.
The group is interested in exploring new materials, novel fabrication techniques, and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronic systems.
The Nanolab article “A novel reconfigurable CMOS compatible Ka band bandstop structure using split-ring resonators and Vadandium Dioxide (VO2) phase change switches” obtained the third place-award for the “Sixty-Second Presentation (S2P) Competition” at 2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Boston, USA.
A paper co-authored by Ali Saeidi, a doctoral student at the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NanoLab), has won the 2017 Electron Devices Society George E. Smith Award. The paper is entitled “Negative Capacitance as Performance Booster for Tunnel FETs and MOSFETs: An Experimental Study”. The paper was co-authored by Farzan Jazaeri, Francesco Bellando, Igor Stolichnov, Gia V. Luong, Qing-Tai Zhao, Siegfried Mantl, Christian C. Enz, and Adrian M. Ionescu. The award will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) on Monday, December 3, 2018.
Prof. Ionescu has contributed to the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) 2017 held in San Francisco (USA) with a plenary talk on Energy efficient computing and sensing in the Zettabyte era: from silicon to the cloud.
NanoLab has presented three conference papers during the 47th European Solid-State Device Research Conference ESSDERC2017:
Prof. Mihai Adrian Ionescu has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant 2015. These grants are designed to allow outstanding research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects in Europe. The scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as top independent research leaders.
The ESSDERC – ESSCIRC 2016 conference will be organized by EPFL at the Swisstech Convention Centre from 12 to 15 Septermber 2016. Prof. Adrian Ionescu along with Prof. Christian Enz will act as the general chair for this conference.
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New master thesis projects available for 2015-2016 spring semester are now updated. Check here for details.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu will contribute to the “Beyond CMOS workshop” on Oct. 16-17, 2014 organised by IMEC Academy in IMEC, Leuven, Belgium. He will be delivering an invited lecture on Tunnel FETs titled “The steep end of the technology roadmap of semiconductors”.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu is coordinating a new European research project dubbed E2SWITCH. The project has revealed details about its plans to develop a next-generation chip technology called tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs). The project also includes IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Lund, ETHZ, Imec, CCS, SCIPROM and IUNET. The project has been funded for up to 4.3 million euros over 42 months.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu delivered a talk titled “The wireless future of medicine: How digital revolution will create better healthcare” at the “Healthcare Revolution: Big Data and Smart Analytics” conference organised by Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on 12 March 2014.
The final e‐BRAINS Workshop on: “Heterogeneous 3D integration of sensors and circuits for Smart Microsystems” was organized by Prof. Adrian Ionescu on Feb. 17, 2014 at EPFL in Lausanne. The e-BRAINS workshop included a series of excellent technical contributions both by consortium members and by external speakers. More than 30 international workshop attendees followed technical presentations which are also available for download.
Prof. Adrian Ionescu has contributed to the IEDM Short Course “Beyond CMOS: Emerging Materials and Devices” on Dec. 8, 2013 in Washington DC, delivering an invited lecture on Tunnel FETs covering “steep slope” device concepts, sub-10mV/decade switches, active gate switching, NEM relays and negative capacitance devices.
Workshop satellite to ESSDERC/ESSCIRC 2013 : September 20th 2013, Bucharest – Romania
Workshop Presentations (Restricted Access)
Prof. Adrian Ionescu presented a talk titled “‘Zero power smart systems” at the Swissnex Boston in the framework of AAAS.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society. The 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting was held in Boston under the theme “The Beauty and Benefits of Science”. It highlighted the “unreasonable effectiveness” of the scientific enterprise in creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live.
Nanolab is an active member of the NANOHEAT Project (Framework 7 STREP) which is a three-year project funded by the European Commission, aimed at providing integrated platform for multidimensional nanoprobing and advanced therml analysis at the nanoscale has been launched. The principle goal of the NANOHEAT is to adevelop, deliver and test a miniaturized and integrated platform which provides a multidimensional nanoprobing capabilities for advanced thermal analysis at the nanoscale. The NANOHEAT Project Consortium is based on complementary expertise and facilities of nine partners from four different European countries.
Nanolab organized and coordinated a tutorial and workshop in ESSDERC/ESSCIRC 2012 at Bordeaux, France:
Zero power technologies for Autonomous Smart Systems : 19-20th March San Francisco USA Workshop
During 19-20th March 2012 in San Francisco, California, the Guardian Angels consortium in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley and Swissnex organized a workshop on Zero power technologies for Autonomous Smart Systems.
Nanotech 2012 February 15-17, 2012; Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.
The Science & Technology Office Tokyo organized the Swiss Science Corner at the Swiss Pavilion during “nano tech 2012” in Tokyo, which is the world’s largest nanotechnology expo with over 45’000 visitors. Professor Adrian Ionescu, together Dr. Gerard Escher (EPFL) and Dr. Heike Riel (IBM Research Zurich) gave presentations on the “Guardian Angels” initiative, seeking collaboration opportunities with Japanese academia and industry. The GA seminar was joined by 40 high-level participants. Among them, six FIRST Program owners participated. FIRST is a top-level program of Japan and the acronym for “Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology”.
Professor Adrian Ionescu, together with professor David Jimenez of the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) organized the Workshop on Energy Efficient Electronic Technologies and Systems (E3TS) in Barcelona on July 18 and 19.
On May 5th, at the FET 11 conference in Budapest, Prof Adrian Ionescu presented “Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life” to the scientific community.
Here is what the Financial Times had to say: “Perhaps the most futuristic proposal is EPFL’s Guardian Angels, which will use computing and imaginative energy research to “create the ultimate smart device that will assist humans from infancy to old age”. The guardian angel will “scavenge for energy” from its environment, for example by tapping the heat and movements of the human body, said Adrian Ionescu, project leader.”
European researchers chase billion-euro technology prize: Professor Adrian Ionescu leads, in collabora- tion with ETH Zurich, the Guardian Angels project, one of the six futuristic FET Flagship proposals selected by European Commission. The victors expect to receive an unprecedented level of funding for academia: €1 billion Euros over the next decade.
Devices physics strikes back: Tunnel FETs to battle dark silicon: An interview given by professor Adrian Ionescu: Towards a ten-fold increase in electronic device efficiency .
Eliminating Vampire Power: Nanolab starts coordination of European Union “Steeper Project “ – aiming to boost electronics’ power efficiency by 10 times and eliminate vampire power.
Nanolab is an active member of the FP7 NANO-TEC project (EU-ICT project no. 257964) seeking to build a community of academic researchers in nanoelectronics, addressing specifically research in Beyond CMOS from the combined technology and design perspectives. A methodology for continued consultation and analysis of research needs and trends will be developed. The main activity will be a workshop series with invited experts, preceded by a methodology-contents preparation phase and subsequent analysis and documentation, both by the consortium. Apart of determining what is relevant for Beyond CMOS devices and design, benchmarking and SWOT analyses will be performed.