2021 – IEEE ISPSD Charitat Award – awarded to Luca Nela for the second year in a row, as the first author and presenter of the best paper at the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs.
2021 – Nature electronics paper: Our paper on multichannel nanowire power devices was published in Nature electronics
2020 – Nature paper: Our paper on embedded microchannel cooling was published in Nature and featured in many news outlets:
Scientific American – Le Figaro – Le Temps – NRC – IEEE Spectrum – New Scientist – Nature podcast – Olhar Digital – RTS
2020 – ECCE-Asia best paper award – awarded to Armin Jafari for the best paper at the IEEE 9th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (IPEMC2020 ECCE Asia)
2020 – University Latsis Prize – awarded to Elison Matioli for the development of Nanoscale devices for large-scale challenges: from efficient power electronics to bridging the terahertz gap
2020 – Best Doctoral Thesis Distinction (EDMI) – awarded to Jun Ma for the best PhD thesis in 2020 in the EDMI doctoral program
2020 – Gilbert Hausmann prize – awarded to Kerim Yildirim for the best master thesis in the fields of physics, electrical and mechanical engineering at EPFL.
2020 – Therminic best paper award – awarded to Remco van Erp at the 2020 International Workshop on Thermal Investigations of ICs and Systems (Therminic).
2020 – IEEE ISPSD Charitat Award – awarded to Luca Nela, as the first author and presenter of the best paper at the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs.
2020 – IEEE iTherm best paper award – awarded to Remco van Erp at the 2020 IEEE Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems conference.
2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions fellowship (Horizon 2020) – awarded to Georgios Kampitsis to move to Imperial College in the UK.
2019 – IEEE APEC 2019 best presentation award – awarded to Remco van Erp at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference 2019, CA, USA
New nanotransistors keep their cool at high voltages
Power converters play an essential role in electric vehicles and solar panels, for example, but tend to lose a lot of power in the form of heat in the electricity conversion process. Thanks to a new type of transistor developed at EPFL, these converters can perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.