Specialisations

Devices for Integrated Circuits

Chair: SC

Note

The Semiconductor Components and the Micro Sensors and Systems group have been merged in 2017 into the Integrated Devices and Systems group. From 1-1-2018 the corresponding specialisations:

  • Devices for Integrated Circuits and
  • Micro Sensors and Systems

will be merged as well into the specialisation Integrated Devices and Systems.

This means that from now on no students can enter the specialisation Semiconductor Components anymore.

For current students the following transitional measures have been taken:

  • Students, who already have started their master’s thesis research before 1-1-2018, keep their old specialisation.
  • Students who start their master’s thesis after 1-1-2018, will be transferred to the new specialisation. When you check the compulsory courses of the new specialisation you can see that your old course list satisfies the requirements of the new specialisation.
    • Your programme mentor will be dr. Cora Salm (see below). If you would like to discuss your courses with her, don’t hesitate to contact her. If necessary a dedicated solution for you will be created.

Introduction

We study new materials, new device concepts, and new characterization techniques, to contribute to the advancement of silicon circuit technology. Focal points of our research are:

IC processing, covering topics including

  • CMOS wafer post-processing - can we fabricate new components on top of a microchip? See our position paper on this subject.
  • Novel devices – can we incorporate light emitting diodes, high-quality passives, gas sensors etc. into a CMOS process?
  • Nanotechnology, such as novel thin films, nanocrystal memories, ultrathin silicon, and silicon nanowires

Device characterization and reliability:

  • Novel characterization methods to measure the capacitance-voltage relation
  • Improving characterization methods to measure contact resistances
  • Reliability of MOS devices, interconnect, and novel devices

 Device physics and modelling, covering topics including:

  • Ultra-thin silicon – can we understand and model silicon, when it is hardly three-dimensional anymore?
  • How is a bulk-acoustic-wave resonator modelled?
  • How are silicon LED’s modelled?

Programme mentor

dr. ir. C. Salm

Compulsory courses

Code

Course

Study load (EC)

Quarter

191210730

Technology

5

1B

191211440

Integrated Circuit Technology

5

2A

191211000

Advanced Semiconductor Devices

5

Year

191616043

Philosophy of Engineering: Science

2,5

1B

201100137

Philosophy of Engineering: Ethics

2,5

1B

One additional compulsory course will be chosen by the programme mentor from the following list, after discussion with the student:

Code

Course

Study load (EC)

Quarter

191210740

Material Science

5

1A

191210750

System-on-Chip Design

10

1A, 1B

191210850

Advanced Analog IC Electronics

5

2A

193400141

Nanoelectronics

5

1B

Website for more information

http://www.utwente.nl/ewi/sc/