Student Projects

Master Project Topics 2021‐2022

If interested by the any of the topics below, please contact by email the co‐supervisor with cc: to Adrian Ionescu


Co‐supervisor: Teodor Rosca

Co‐supervisor: Daesung Park

Co‐supervisor: Yingfen Wei

Co‐supervisor: Fabio bersano

Co‐supervisor: Carlotta Gastaldi

Co‐supervisor: Sadegh Kamaei

Co‐supervisor: Ali Gilani

Co‐supervisor: Andrei Muller

Co‐supervisor: Igor Stolichnov

Co‐supervisor: Rosane Moura & Luca Capua

Co‐supervisor: Hung-wei Li

Supercapacitors have the potential to revolutionize the way we charge our electronic devices in the future, due to their high power and long lifetime capabilities. However, an important issue towards their implementation in commercial applications is the difficulty to have a high energy density, comparable to batteries. This project aims to develop hybrid supercapacitors which have a significantly increased surface area due to carbon nanotubes-based electrodes, resulting in increased energy density and identify and develop metal oxide coatings as a pseudocapacitive layer as a performance booster.  The hybrid supercapacitors are expected to have a higher energy density than state-of-the-art.

Several attempts have been made to study the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of transition metal oxide (TMO) which can be deposited onto the surface of electrodes to introduce an additional pseudocapacitance and obtain hybrid supercapacitors. In order to have a supercapacitor to power electronic devices, a highly integrated semiconductor fabrication process is needed.

The goal of this project is to develop and optimize a deposition process for a pseudocapacitive material coating on CNT supercapacitors, which will significantly boost the device’s performance.


Project requirements: Broad interest in electrochemistry, electronic devices, and microelectronics/microfabrication knowledge.

Main tasks: Develop a pseudocapacitor coating process for supercapacitor microstructures compatible with ionic liquid electrolytes and optimize stability.

Starting date:  Spring Semester

Recommended type of project:  Master project or internship.

Work breakdown:  20% theory, 50% fabrication, 30% characterization.

Carbon nanotube array on the current collector
Figure 1: Carbon nanotube array on the current collector

Co‐supervisor: Carlotta Gastaldi

We are looking for a Master student for a 6 months project. The work consists in designing, fabricating, and electrically characterizing a junctionless FET with HfO2-based ferroelectric. 

Project requirements: basic theoretical knowledge of cleanroom fabrication and electronic devices

Main tasks: Design, fabrication, and  characterization of ferroelectric FET 

Starting date:  As soon as possible 

Recommended type of project:  Master project or internship.

Work breakdown:  10% theory, 10% design, 60% fabrication, 20% characterization.

Contact person:  [email protected]

Co‐supervisor: Ali Gilani

Project requirements: basic theoretical knowledge of cleanroom fabrication and biochemistry knowledge

Main tasks: Biosensor characterization

Starting date:  As soon as possible

Recommended type of project:  Master project or internship.

Work breakdown: 10% theory, 20% fabrication, 70% characterization.

Contact person:  Ali Gilani


Past Projects

“Phenomenal Cosmic Powers, Itty Bitty Living space”

At Swistor we are a young start-up developing micro-supercapacitors. Energy storage is nowadays one of the major bottleneck for sustainable technological development. Supercapacitors combine the high-energy storage capability of batteries with the high-power delivery capability of capacitors. At the same time, they have a longer cycling lifetime and use more abundant and sustainable components than lithium ion batteries, turning them into a very attractive competitor for the next generation of energy storage devices.    

The goal of this project is to develop a coating layer that can enhance the energy storage of our carbon-based supercapacitors. By adding a pseudocapacitive coating, usually a transition metal or conductive polymer, the energy storage capability of the supercapacitor can be further extended with minimum effect in the area foot print of the device.

We are looking for a student eager to combine microfabrication, electrochemistry, material science and electronics to contribute to the development of a high-performance supercapacitor that has the potential to revolutionize the way we charge our electronic devices in the future.

Project requirements: Broad interest in electrochemistry, electronic devices and microelectronics/microfabrication knowledge.

Main tasks: Create a pseudocapacitor coating process for supercapacitor microstructures.

Starting date:  A soon as possible

Recommended type of project:  Master project, internship.

Work breakdown:  10% theory, 60% fabrication, 30% characterization.

Contact person:  [email protected]

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Biosensors have shown huge growth in the last years. Current trends are focused on the miniaturization of devices leading to a growing demand for robust, affordable point of care-based technologies that are able to compete with bulkier instruments. The sensitivity and specificity of a biosensor are directly related to the activity of the immobilized molecules and the accessibility of the specific targets. Therefore, surface functionalization chemistry is a key step in the development of the biosensors which should ensure a good surface coverage, proper accessibility of the target to the immobilized biolayer, low non-specific binding, and good reproducibility and robustness. Troponins are protein complexes that modulate the contraction and relaxation of striated muscle and it is considered to be an important marker in the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome.  In this project a wearable FET biosensor used to detect cardiac troponin for early cardiac disease diagnostic and monitoring will be developed by exploring different surface functionalization chemistries in order to graft molecular probes while preserving their electronic properties.

Thesis abstract

The main objective of the proposed master project is the development of a biosensor for on-site and real-time quantitative analysis of troponin. Surface functionalization chemistries to proper access this protein of interest will be explored over the time course of this master project.

Keywords: troponin, FET, biosensing, surface functionalization

Candidate

We seek a motivated and ambitious master student to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, that is, the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NANOLAB) group. The NANOLAB, led by Prof. Mihai Adrian Ionescu, has an outstanding reputation of research excellence, state of the art research facility in nanotechnology for health and well-being biosensors. NANOLAB is working on various subjects in the field of silicon micro/nano-electronics with special emphasis on the technology, design and characterization of nanoscale solid-state devices, FET-based biosensors, negative capacitance FET, RF devices, 2D-2D Tunnel FET. The group is very multidisciplinary, and comprises researchers from different scientific backgrounds such as chemists, engineers, and biologists. The focus of the group’s research is exploring new materials, novel fabrication techniques, and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronic systems. Interested applicants should contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Starting date: as soon as possible

The goal of this project is to develop an IoT platform that works as a sensor node that continuously collects physiological information. Established biochemical sensors are implemented as the sensing element, outputting electrical signals that are proportional to biomarkers’ concentrations. The IoT platform incorporates:

1. The sensors with readout circuit that provides an output signal;

2. Microcontroller (STM32L4 series)

3a. Compact narrowband IoT module (BC66 and antenna). In this case the MCU processes and sends the data to the IoT module, a reader modem connected to the computer, python code for retrieving the data is available.

3b. NFC sensor interface tag (AS3955 and antenna). In this case the MCU sends data through NFC tag to an Android APP. Java code of the first version of the APP is available; the corresponding code for MCU is also available, but needs upgrade.

Project requirements: Broad interest in biochemical sensing applications, mastering microcontroller programming, mastering Android APP development, knowledge of Python. There is the possibility to break down the project into two parts.

Main tasks: Optimize MCU power consumption, implement data processing algorithm on MCU, upgrade Android app for NFC tag reading.

Starting date:  April 2019

Recommended type of project:  Internship.

Work breakdown:  40% microcontroller programming, 40% android APP development, 20% algorithm implementation.

Contact person:  [email protected]

The goal of this project is to develop a technology that enables high energy and ultra fast charging supercapacitors that combine the high energy storage capability of batteries with the high power delivery capability of capacitors to enable the next generation of energy storage devices.

Today, energy storage is one of the major bottlenecks of technological development. While the demand in electronic devices has increased a thousand fold in the last 20 years, the batteries energy density has only tripled, creating a huge market opportunity for improved solutions.

In this project the student will combine microfabrication, electrochemistry, material science and electronics to contribute to the development of a high performance supercapacitor that has the potential to revolutionize the way we charge our electronic devices in the future. The aim is to achieve a proof of concept and contribute to the development of the core technology of a potential start-up company.

Project requirements: Broad interest in nanotechnology and electronic devices, microelectronics/microfabrication knowledge.

Main tasks: Optimize supercapacitor design beyond the state-of-art, microfabrication of the devices and electrical characterization.

Starting date:  March 2019

Recommended type of project:  Master project, internship.

Work breakdown:  10% theory, 70% fabrication, 20% characterization.

Contact person:  [email protected]