Our mission is to innovate semiconductor devices with nanoscale design of high-performance materials to exploit their unique properties and conceive new, drastically more efficient devices that outperform the state-of-the-art.

POWERlab Highlights

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: 
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2020 – Nature paper: Our work on nanoplasma devices for ultra-fast electronics published in Nature was featured in Nature podcast [link]

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 – Nature Electronics News and Views– Our work on multichannel power devices presented on IEDM2019 was featured on Nature electronics – news and views: Multi-channel power transistors shape up 

2019 – IEEE APEC 2019 best presentation award – awarded to Remco van Erp at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference 2019, CA, USA



Research Topics



The transistor developed by EPFL researchers can transistor can substantially reduce the resistance and cut the amount of heat dissipation in high-power systems © 2021 EPFL

New nanotransistors keep their cool at high voltages

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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.

Latest publications

Performance of GaN Power Devices for Cryogenic Applications Down to 4.2 K

L. Nela; N. Perera; C. Erine; E. Matioli 

Ieee Transactions On Power Electronics. 2021-07-01. Vol. 36, num. 7, p. 7412-7416. DOI : 10.1109/TPEL.2020.3047466.

Multi-channel nanowire devices for efficient power conversion

L. Nela; J. Ma; C. Erine; P. Xiang; T. -H. Shen et al. 

Nature Electronics. 2021-03-25. DOI : 10.1038/s41928-021-00550-8.

Kilowatt-range Picosecond Switching Based on Microplasma Devices

M. Samizadeh Nikoo; A. Jafari; R. Van Erp; E. Matioli 

IEEE Electron Device Letters. 2021-03-24.  p. 1-1. DOI : 10.1109/LED.2021.3068732.

Investigation on Output Capacitance Losses in Superjunction and GaN-on-Si Power Transistors

M. Samizadeh Nikoo; A. Jafari; N. Perera; H. K. Yildirim; E. Matioli 

2021-03-09. 9th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (IPEMC2020-ECCE Asia), Nanjing, China, 29 Nov.-2 Dec. 2020. DOI : 10.1109/IPEMC-ECCEAsia48364.2020.9367884.

Enhanced-DAB Converter: Comprehensive Design Evaluation

A. Jafari; M. Samizadeh Nikoo; F. Karakaya; E. Matioli 

2021-03-09. 2020 IEEE 9th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (IPEMC2020-ECCE Asia), Nanjing, China, 29 Nov.-2 Dec. 2020. p. 1844-1851. DOI : 10.1109/IPEMC-ECCEAsia48364.2020.9368193.

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