Smart Sensor Systems 2018

Smart Sensor Systems 2018

This course addresses the design and development of smart sensor systems. After a general overview, various key aspects of sensor systems are discussed: measurement and calibration techniques, the design of precision sensor interfaces, analog-to-digital conversion techniques, and sensing principles for the measurement of magnetic fields, temperature, capacitance, acceleration and rotation. The state-of-the-art smart sensor systems covered by the course include smart magnetic-field sensors, smart temperature sensors, physical chemosensors, multi-electrode capacitive sensors, implantable smart sensors, DNA microarrays, smart inertial sensors, smart optical microsystems and CMOS image sensors. A systematic approach towards the design of smart sensor systems is presented. The lectures are augmented by case studies and hands-on demonstrations.

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Sarat Shankar Sinha

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Design and Integration of Graphene Sensors With Read-Out Electronics: A Graphene-Based Pirani Pressure Sensor Integrated with the BICMOS Process

Joost Romijn

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Fabrication and Characterization of PEDOT coated microelectrode array for Organ on Chip Application

Affan Kaysa Waafi

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Electrostatically activated graphene resonators

Manvika Singh

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Fabrication and characterization of High aspect ratio MEMS Electrochemical Sensor

Dong Bin Cai

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Effects of silicon oxides as substrates for graphene gas sensor

Shengtai Shi

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Silicon based microfluidic device for smart assessment of cellular stiffness

Shinnosuke Kawasaki

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Investigation on Viscoplastic Properties of Au-Sn Die-attach Solder

Tianyi Jin

Bioelectronics Colloquium

On the Relationship between Nyquist Rate and Healthcare: Silicon Systems to Close the Sub-Sampling Gap in Health Screening and Monitoring

Amin Arbabian, PhD (Stanford University)

Advances in healthcare technologies have mainly focused on therapeutics, interventional procedures, and “late-stage” diagnostics. These steps have undergone significant improvements, leading to higher survival rates and enhancements in quality of life. Nevertheless, current trends are unsustainable due to the inadequate outcomes on specific critical diseases and skyrocketing national healthcare costs. An important example is cancer, where mortality rates have not seen major improvements, even with the tremendous technological advances in diagnostic imaging tools over the last four decades.

In this talk I will outline our efforts in better marrying technology and healthcare with new systems that 1) enable continuous “Nyquist” imaging and screening to enable preventive/predictive care, and 2) introduce smart implants for precision monitoring and closed-loop therapies. Preventive screening through continuous monitoring has the potential to fundamentally revamp our understanding of disease as well as targeted therapy. Today, the human body is monitored infrequently, perhaps on an annual basis and with a low “resolution”. This is in contrast with advanced electronic systems (many of which our community designs and ships), which are frequently monitored and calibrated. I will summarize a few example projects that aim to address these issues, including portable, semiconductor-based, “Tricorder” imaging systems, ultrasound-powered implantable devices that can measure, detect, and act upon local physiological changes through closed-loop neuromodulation or “electroceuticals”, and finally our new investigation of a noninvasive methods of neuromodulation based on ultrasonic excitation.

Amin Arbabian received his Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2011 and in 2012 joined Stanford University, as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in mm-wave and high-frequency circuits and systems, imaging technologies, and ultra-low power sensors and implantable devices. Prof. Arbabian currently serves on the steering committee of RFIC, the technical program committees of RFIC and ESSCIRC, and as associate editor of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters (SSC-L) and the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM). He is the recipient or co-recipient of the 2016 Stanford University Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015 NSF CAREER award, 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) including the Director’s Fellowship in 2016, 2013 Hellman faculty scholarship, and best paper awards from several conferences including ISSCC (2010), VLSI Circuits (2014), RFIC symposium (2008 and 2011), ICUWB (2013), PIERS (2015), and the MTT-S BioWireless symposium (2016).

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PhD Thesis Defence

Solid State Lighting Color Shift

Guangjun Lu

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PhD Thesis Defence

The Lifetime Prediction of LED Drivers and Lamps

Bo Sun

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

High Density Flexible Interconnect for Minimally Invasive Medical Instruments

Michel van der Kaay

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Nano-copper paste filled vertical interconnects

Maryam Namin

PhD Thesis Defence

Cinzia Silvestri

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Eurosensors dead-line

Professoren in de Arena

Professoren in de Arena: De bionische mens, van protheses naar upgrades

Wouter Serdijn, Just Herder, Harrie Weinans, Project March

Op 28 maart gaan drie hoogleraren, waaronder Wouter Serdijn, met elkaar in debat over 'de bionische mens'. Wat is er mogelijk en hoe ver kun, wil en mag je gaan? In drie korte minicolleges praten de heren u bij en worden ze vervolgens stevig aan de tand gevoeld door cabaretier, columnist en TU-docent Jasper van Kuijk. In de discussie die daarop volgt, wordt het publiek van harte uitgenodigd mee te doen.

De sprekers van deze avond zijn:

Just Herder - Professor of Interactive Mechanisms and Mechatronics

Harrie Weinans - Professor of Tissue Biomechanics and Implants

Wouter Serdijn - Professor in Bio-Electronics

Project March

Deze editie van ‘Professoren in de Theaterarena’ wordt georganiseerd i.s.m. het ‘Explore your Brain’ evenement van de TU Delft Library in het kader van het 175 jarig bestaan van de TU Delft.

Over Professoren in de Arena

In nauwe samenwerking met de TU Delft en de universiteiten van Leiden en Rotterdam zetten wij in een theatrale setting steeds drie spraakmakende hoogleraren op het podium rondom een actueel thema. Deze onderwerpen worden van verschillende kanten belicht, vanuit de harde wetenschap en/of maatschappelijke en ethische hoek. In een magazine-achtig format met korte colleges, stand-up colums wordt u bijgepraat en doet u mee in de discussie.

Locatie: Theatercafé, Theater de Veste

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Microelectronics Colloquium

Microelectronics Department Colloquium

Daniele Cavallo, Vasiliki Giagka, Fabio Sebastiano, Rob Remis

On Wednesday March 15 the next Microelectronics colloquium wil take place, including four lectures by staff members.

Please register online by completing the form.

  • Vasso Giagka
    Flexible bioelectronic medicines

    Abstract: Bioelectronic medicines are the next generation of neuromodulation devices: small active three-dimensional neural interfaces able to modulate nerve activity by targeting a specific neural region. They aim to treat a number of conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, in a tailored (per individual) and reversible fashion, avoiding the side effects of conventional drug-based interventions (pharmaceuticals). They achieve so by recording signals from the respective nerves, extracting information and using it as feedback to electrically stimulate the neural region in a closed-loop manner.

    Current technologies for active implants have not yet managed to achieve the miniaturisation and integration levels required for the development of bioelectronic medicines. For such breakthrough devices, novel concepts need to be explored, developed, and tested.

    In this talk I will present my current activities as well as my vision on realizing the first flexible three-dimensional graphene active implant, for safe chronic neural stimulation and recording from the peripheral nerves.

  • Fabio Sebastiano
    Cryo-CMOS for Quantum Computing: does it work?

    Quantum computing holds the promise to change our lives by efficiently solving computing problems that are intractable today, such as simulation of quantum systems for synthesis of materials and drugs. A quantum computer comprises both a quantum processor and a classical electronic controller to operate and read out the quantum devices. The quantum processor must be cooled at cryogenic temperature in order to show quantum behavior, thus making it unfeasible to wire thousands of signals from the cryogenic quantum devices to a room-temperature controller.

    While this issue can be solved by placing also the electronic controller at cryogen¬ic temperature, which electronic technology is the best choice for its implementation? This talk will address the challenges of building such electronic controller, and answer whether a standard CMOS technology can be employed for the required analog and digital circuits operating at 4 K and below.

  • Daniele Cavallo
    Advanced Antenna Arrays for Modern Radar and Communication Systems

    Abstract: Several of today’s radar and wireless communication applications are shifting their operation to higher frequency to fulfil more demanding requirements on resolution, compactness and data rates. For this reason, there is a growing need to develop low-cost integrated circuit transceivers working at millimeter and sub-millimeter waves.

    However, on-chip antennas are currently characterized by very poor radiation efficiency and extremely narrow bandwidth. My approach of combining the concepts of connected arrays with artificial dielectrics will solve the inefficiency problem and enable high-efficiency on-chip antenna designs.

    Similar concepts can be also realized at microwave frequencies in printed circuit board, allowing for low-cost phased array antennas with state-of-the-art performance in terms of scan range, bandwidth and polarization purity.

  • Rob Remis
    Imaging with Waves

    We present an overview of our current wave field imaging and inversion research. Effective inversion strategies for important applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nano-optics, and subsurface monitoring will be discussed. In particular, dielectric shimming (shaping of the radio frequency field in MRI) as well as inversion algorithms that determine the dielectric properties of various tissue types based on measured MRI data will be considered, and state-of-the-art model-order reduction techniques for large-scale wave propagation problems will be discussed as well.

MS3 seminar

Capabilities and Research Activities at the University of Oklahoma Advanced Radar Research Center

Prof. Nathan A. Goodman
The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma

The Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma consists of a vibrant group of faculty and students from both engineering and meteorology, focused on solving challenging radar problems and preparing the next generation of students. Through the collaborative nature instilled in its members, the ARRC has proven effective at developing synergy between science and engineering in the field of radar. The ARRC resides in state-of-art Radar Innovations Laboratory, a one-of-a-kind and unrivalled facility for radar research, development, and education. This 35,000-sqft facility includes microwave labs, advanced fabrication capability, and two anechoic chambers.

Bio Prof. Goodman: Nathan A. Goodman received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1995, 1997, and 2002, respectively. From 1996 to 1998, he was an RF systems engineer for Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX., and from 2002 to 2011, he was a faculty member in the ECE Department of the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is now a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Research for the Advanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

MS3 seminar

MS3 Master Event

Come to learn about our group and current Master Thesis Projects...

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PhD Thesis Defence

Monolithic 3D Wafer Level Integration Applied for Smart LED Wafer Level Packaging

Zahra Kolahdouz Esfahani

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Microelectronics Introduction Colloquium

Introduction 3 new Tenure Trackers

Masoud Babaie, Morteza Alavi, Faruk Uysal

On December 12 we organize the next Microelectronics Colloquium to introduce three new Assistant Professors (Tenure Trackers) of the Microelectronics department. They are happy to present a lecture about their research.

The colloquium start at 15.00 hrs. there will be a drink afterwards in the foyer.
Location: Theatre of Culture Builing (38) Mekelweg 10.
Please register online if you want to attend, latest December 5.

  • Masoud Babaie: Pushing The Limits of CMOS Circuits for Emerging Technologies
    Within the next few years, quantum processors, Fifth Generation (5G) cellular systems and the wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) are expected to see significant deployment to realize more integration between the physical and digital worlds, promising enormous computation power, high data rate communications and enabling more objects to be remotely sensed and controlled.

    This talk will address some of the main challenges in the design and implementation of IoT devices, mm-wave 5G transceivers, and cryogenic CMOS controller for quantum computers. An overview of my past and ongoing research activities will be also presented, with emphasis on novel solutions to improve power efficiency and spectral purity of RF/mm-wave transceivers.

  • Morteza Alavi: Universal Transmitters for 5G
    Today, our daily activities are intertwined with the Internet. The ever-growing demand to swiftly get access to the data-cloud systems leads to huge data traffic. In order to seamlessly transmit and receive these gigantic data, _ 40 GB, agile radio-frequency (RF) transceivers are inevitable.

    These radios must be capable of supporting the current and future communication standards such as 5th generation of wireless mobile communications. The ultimate goal is that they can be implemented as universal radios whose modes of operation can be defined by their clients. To address these demands, RF transmitters are currently reinvented and are directed towards digital-intensive architecture. In this short presentation, we will briefly describe the strengths,possibilities, and challenges that exist for these advanced transmitters. First and foremost, the concept of RF-DAC based transmitters will be introduced. Next, the talk will review various RF-DAC based transmitters that have already been implemented at ELCA. Eventually, the presentation will concisely unveil the future directions of the research of these software-defined transmitters at ELCA.

  • Faruk Uysal: Distributed Radar Networks: Beyond a single radar
    The number of operational radar is rapidly increasing due to the growing demand of the remote sensing. Software defined radio and emerging single-chip radar technology make use of radars in every aspect of life such as autonomous driving, safety and security applications. With the increase of active transmitters, spectrum management and coexistence started to become a concern for some radar systems. In this talk, the previous applications of waveform, frequency agility will be reviewed to bring multi-functionality to the modern radar system. Finally, we will discuss the future research for distributed radar networks and how to fuse data from various radars to acquire different aspects of a target to be viewed simultaneously.

MSc BME Thesis Presentation

Wireless Power Transfer and Optogenetic Stimulation of Freely Moving Rodents

Farnaz Nassiri Nia

Animal studies are commonly used to test the feasibility and effectiveness of promising novel neuroscience research ideas. One such new technique is optogenetic stimulation, which refers to stimulation of the brain by means of light. Current optogenetic stimulation methods use tethered setups and, typically, the animal-under-study is put into a fixed position. This introduces stress, an obvious reduction in animal welfare, and may thus influence the experimental results. Hence, an untethered setup is highly desirable. Therefore, in this thesis, we propose a complete wireless optogenetic stimulation setup, which allows for full freedom of movement for multiple rodents-under-study in a 40x40x20 cm environment.

This thesis includes a thorough design space exploration and the subsequent development of: an inductive wireless link, a wireless receiver module that resides on the animal, and novel micro-LED array implants.

ECTM Fall meeting

From Devices to Systems: New MEMS for radio frequency applications

Cristian Cassella
North-eastern University, Boston

We would like to invite you to our Laboratory of Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM) 2016 Autumn event with a special guest lecture. The lecture will be given by Dr. Cristian Cassella who is currently an associate research scientist in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at North-eastern University, Boston. His talk will cover:

“The operation and performance of two new-classes of Aluminium Nitride (AlN) piezoelectric RF resonators. The first is a fully-passive MEM-based sensor for near-zero power detection in radios. Such sensor behaves as a trigger capable of activating the CMOS circuitry through extremely low-power (-60 dBm) wake-up signatures. The achievement of such a low-power RF-sensor is a key advance towards the commercialization of energy-efficient wireless platforms, with supreme battery-time. The second system is a MEMS-based RF circulator for multiband SPAR platforms, thus relying on the same carrier frequency for both transmitter and receiver modules.”

We will have the following program with plenty of room for questions:

11:00 – 11:40 Dr. Cristian Cassella From Devices to Systems: New MEMS for radio frequency applications
11:40 – 12:05 Nikolas Gaio Next generation of in vitro test
12:05 – 12:30 Dr. Paolo Sberna TFTs fabricated on paper using waste materials

PhD Thesis Defence

Mingzhi Dong

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PhD Thesis Defence

Jianlin Huang

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Special Celebrative Seminar: New model of Sino-Dutch R&D cooperation

Since the establishment of TU Delft's Beijing Research Centre (BRC) in 2012, 10 PhD researchers have been enrolled for this unique program in close cooperation with our Chinese Academic Partners. We are very pleased that the first two BRC PhD candidates will have their PhD thesis defence on September 19 2016, in the Aula of Delft University of Technology.

To celebrate this important milestone, we would like to invite you to join a special seminar after the defences, about the New model of Sino-Dutch R&D cooperation, to share the experiences, look to the future and raise the glass together.

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PhD Thesis Defence

Pengfei Sun

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PhD Thesis Defence

Miki Trifunovic

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

In-vivo multicell inferior olivary recordings: alternative design methods for creating cheap and flexible electrode structures

Joost Kerpels

In order to allow neuroscientists to do in-vivo recordings on hard to reach brain tissue, such as the Inferior Olivary Complex, specially designed electrodes are required. Although a variety of electrodes are commercially available, they are usually expensive and it is hard to rapid prototype new designs.

This thesis describes the design process of three electrode array designs, each improved based on the findings of the previous one. The first design was made using a FlexPCB production technique, on which gold spots were added to create conducting measuring sites. The second design combined this technique with commercial microwire electrodes. The third design used 3d-print technology combined with microwire electrodes to create an electrode array.

All designs were tested in in vivo measurements on mice. Although successful measurements were done, the robustness and reproducibility needs to improve in order for this technique to really be applicable in a laboratory environment. Furthermore, the peripherals need to be improved in order to minimize the system to create a wearable system and perform recordings on wake animals.

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BBQ Theme Meeting

From Microelectronics Packaging to Power Electronics Packaging

Prof. Ferreira TU of Delft

It is a clear trend that increasing number of advanced microelectronic packaging technologies and know-how are being transferred to power electronics applications. We’re glad to welcome Prof.  dr. Braham Ferreira, the president of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), will join us and give an informal talk regarding his view of this trend, focusing on the challenges and opportunities. To provide a wide platform some IEEE members from power electronics society are invited as well, to share their knowledge during social networking. This summer event offers a great opportunity for CPMT members to broaden their views, and to seek new collaboration chances.

18.00 walk-in with drinks and BBQ
18.30 Prof. Ferreira of TU Delft: “From Microelectronics Packaging to Power Electronics Packaging”
18:45 Questions and discussions, together with drinks and BBQ, networking
21:00 Closing and drinks

TU Delft Campus, FreeZone D

For IEEE CPMT members: Free
For others: 5 Euro

If you would like to join our summer event, please register by sending an email to Pan Liu: before the 15th of July 2016.

For more information, please contact Jing Zhang (Chair of IEEE CPMT Benelux Chapter) by e-mail:



ECTM annual review

PhD Thesis Defence

Rene Poelma

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PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Maryam Yazdan Mehr: Organic Materials Degradation

Maryam Yazdan Mehr

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Thermally Driven Sound Source: Application of CNT nanofoams

Hengqian (Daniel) Yi

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Wafer Scale Flexible Interconnect Fabrication for Heterogeneous Integration

Jian Li

ECTM Fall meeting

Quantum to brain

Juan Alfaro Barrantes, Daniel Yi, Marta Kluba, William Quiros Solano

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IEEE MEMS abstract dead-line

ECTM Summer meeting

Future electronic devices

Hong Wah Chan, Daniel Yi, Yuanxing Xu, Paolo Sberna

PhD Thesis Defence

Silicon Carbide Technologies applied to MEMS Nanoreactors for in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Bruno Morana

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PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Negin Golshani: New detector technology for SEM imaging (Silicon Drift Detectors using boron layer)

Negin Golshani

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PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Giuseppe Fiorentino

Giuseppe Fiorentino

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PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Saeed Khosferat Pakazad

Saeed Khoshfetrat Pakazad

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Acoustically Induced Microenvironments

Armando Galicia Naranjo

PhD Thesis Defence

Fast qualification of solder reliability in solid state lighting system

Jing Zhang

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IEEE Sensors abstract dead-line

PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Aslihan Arslan

Aslihan Arslan

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Eurosensors 2015 abstract dead-line

ECTM Spring meeting

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Master thesis defence Nikolas Gaio

Nikolas Gaio

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QuTech Seminar

Designs for quantum information hybrid devices and systems

Prof. Kae Nemoto
National Institute of Informatics, Quantum Information Sciences, Tokyo, Japan

There have been many architectures for quantum computer and quantum information devices proposed, yet we face a gap between these proof-of-principle idea and feasible quantum devices. We focus on an integrated cavity device based on a single diamond NV center to identify the problems and obstacles by integrating necessary elements to perform computational tasks.

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MEST Symposium


Symposium on silicon technology -where speakers from industry, academia and from leading researchcenterswithinNetherlands and from abroad will cover the latest advancements and challenges in silicon technology.


  • P. de Jager( ASML) Lithography beyond EUV
  • E. Vreugdenhil (ASML) 3D-NAND Flash: vertical stacking of new thin-film gate-all-around transistors
  • M. Pelgrom (PelgromConsulting) Statistical design has the future
  • Z. Tokei (IMEC) Wiring in 3D
  • F. Rosenboom (TU Eindhoven) Plasma etching for continued semiconductor scaling
  • S. Hamdioui (TU Delft) Computing for Data-Intensive Applications: Beyond CMOS and beyond Von Neumann
  • J. Dorgelo (Marvell) Terabit NAND Flash comes with advanced error correction

Open to all

It is FREE for allMsc, PhD, PD and Professors in Micro-electronics, Computer engineering and Telecommunications. Don't forget to

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PhD Thesis Defence

Thesis defence Vahid Mohammadi

Vahid Mohammadi

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MEST event

TU Delft in ISSCC 2015


9:00 Prof. Kofi Makinwa Welcome
9:10 A. Carimatto A 67,392 SPAD PVTB-Compensated Multi-Channel Digital SiPMwith 432 column-Parallel 48ps 17b TDCs for Endoscopic Time-of-Flight PET
9:50 M. Shahmohammadi A 1/f Noise Up-conversion Reduction Technique Applied to Class-D and Class-F Oscillators
10:15 R. Quan A 4600um2 1.5oC (3s) 0.9kS/s Thermal-Diffusivity Temperature Sensor with VCO-Based Readout
10:40 Break
10:55 L. Xu A 110dB SNR ADC with +/-30V Input Common-Mode Range and 8uV offset for Current Sensing Applications
11:35 Y. He A 0.05-mm2 1-V Capacitance-to-Digital Converter Based on Period Modulation
12:00 H.Jiang A 30-ppm <80-nJ Ring-Down-Based Readout Circuit for Resonant Sensors

There will be free pizza from 12:45 to 13:15


Graphene week abstract dead-line

PhD Thesis Defence

PhD thesis defence Jin Zhang

Jin Zhang

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ECTM Christmas drink

Nano-Optomechanical read-out for Microcantilever Sensors

Yi Liu

Printed graphene and silicon

Xingyu Liu

Direct fabrication of micron-scale structures using Super Inkjet technology

Dr. Kazuhiro Murata, Mr. Kotaro Shimizu
SITechnology, Inc.

We have developed a super-fine inkjet technology (SIJ) that enables extremely fine pattern formation using droplets measuring less than 1 micrometer in diameter. By using conductive ink based on nano-metal particles, direct fabrication of circuits and three-dimensional structures having a feature size of just a few microns are achieved. Moreover the SIJ is capable of printing with a wide variety of inks, for example, insulators, organic semiconductors, light emitting polymers, bio-materials and UV curable polymers. The potential of the SIJ technology and its application to cutting-edge areas, such as flexible electronics, printed electronics, fine interconnect and others will be shown

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Low temperature fine pitch vertical wafer level interconnection using copper nanoparticles

Yorick Carisey

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Monolithic Integration of light sensor readout system for multi-functional LED wafer-level package based on BICMOS process technology

Teng Ma

MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Monolithic Integration of rectifiers and drivers for low power SSL Application on Flex-to-Rigid Substrate

Manjunath Venkatesh Ramachandrappa

Dimes colloquia of Prof. dr. ShaoJun Wei and Prof. Zewen Liu

Several Key Technologies for Emerging Applications and Recent MEMS/NEMs research progress in IMETU

ShaoJun Wei, Zewen Liu

ShaoJun Wei: Several Key Technologies for Emerging Applications
There are many emerging applications, such as cloud computing, big data, mobile internet, internet of things (IoT) , wearable device, smart hardware, and etc.. All of them need integrated circuits. With a huge population basis, China has an inborn advantages in this circumstance but with many challenges. Smart sensor, extremely low power pre-processing, micro assembly, high energy efficiency computing, low power high reliable memories are indispensable. We are entering a different ear while technologies we are familiar today should be pushed to their limits. In this presentation, the background of mobile internet, wearable devices, implanted hardware/software platform, IoT will be introduced and then several related technologies will be discussed with the emphasis on 3D Nand and reconfigurable computing. As these emerging applications are rapidly developing, it is very difficult to predict their evolution. Although semiconductors surely play a key role in these applications, with nanometer feature size and very high cost, how to find a way to support the low price and low margin applications is a big challenge.

Zewen Liu: Recent MEMS/NEMs research progress in IMETU
The MEMS and sensors research activities in IMETU ranges from process, materials to devices and packaging. A diversity of device had been recently developed such as sensors and MEMS energy harvester, super-capacitor for energy storage, microlens and RF MEMS. With the fast technology evolution, NEMS devices such as grapheme based device, nanohole and cantilevers are also explored which opens novel application in trace chemical sensing, flexible electronics and single DNA molecule detection. The highlights of the presentation are RF MEMS for modern communication and Nanopores for future DNA sequencing application. The prospect of integration of all devices on a chip for future IOT or smart city and the possible technical challenges will be also discussed.

ECTM Meeting

2014 Autumn Meeting

Cinzia Silvestri, Miki Trifunovic, Xueming Li, Violeta Prodanovic

I would like to invite you to the ECTM 2014 Fall meeting on Wednesday, Oct 15, 1 pm at DIMES colloquium room.

Cinzia Silvestri: Electro-thermal simulation and characterization of vertically aligned CNTs for thermal management applications

Miki Trifunovic: Solution-processed poly-Si TFTs fabricated at a maximum processing temperature of 150C

Xueming Li: Miniaturized particulate matter sensor for portable air quality monitoring devices

Violeta Prodanović: Fabrication of Ultra Thin Transmission Dynodes for Electron Amplification

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Dimes Colloquium

Linear and nonlinear springs in electrostatic micro-actuators

David Elata
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

In this presentation I will discuss the static and dynamic responses of mechanical springs that are used in electrostatic actuators. With respect to quasi-static applications, I will show how nonlinear mechanical springs can be used to counteract the nonlinear electrostatic attraction forces in gap-closing actuators. Instead of the pull-in instability, we may achieve an extended stable range with a linear voltage-displacement relation. Alternatively, beyond what would have been the pull-in point, we may achieve a constant voltage for any displacement. This effectively turns the transducer into a rechargeable mechanical battery, which is a neat design though mostly impractical. With respect to dynamic applications, I will show why the standard folded beam suspension, which is supposed to be linear by design, induces a nonlinear response in electrostatic comb-drive resonators. I will present a new suspension design which solves this problem.

MEST Colloquium

Electronics in Nano-Era: Are we Facing a Reliability Wall?

Said Hamdioui

The talk will address technology scaling and its impact on different aspects of IC and electronics, and in particular the emerging reliability bottlenecks. First the basics of scaling will be covered, together with its impact on integration density, performance and power. The technology outlook will be analyzed in order to extract the challenges with respect to design, test and reliability both for near and long terms. IC realization process will be (re) defined while considering the technology trends and business pressure. Possible ways for the realization of future systems will be discussed.

DIMES colloquium

Probabilistic Design for Reliability in Electronics and Photonics: Role, Attributes, Challenges

Prof.dr. Ephraim Suhir
Portland State University, USA

The recently suggested probabilistic design for reliability (PDfR) concept is based on:1) highly focused and highly cost-effective failure oriented accelerated testing (FOAT),aimed at understanding the physics of the anticipated failures and at quantifying, on the probabilistic basis, the outcome of FOATs conducted for the most vulnerable element(s) of the product of interest and the most likely and meaningful combination of possible stressors (the principle of superposition does not work in reliability engineering), and 2) simple and physically meaningful predictive modeling (PM), both analytical and computer-aided, aimed at bridging the gap between what one "sees" as a result of FOAT and what he/she will supposedly "get" in the field. FOAT and PM based sensitivity analysis (SA) algorithms are developed as by-products.

The PDfR concept is based on the recognition of the fact that nobody and nothing is perfect, and that the difference between a highly reliable and insufficiently reliable product is merely in the level of its probability of failure. If this probability (evaluated for the anticipated loading conditions and the given time in operation) is not acceptable, then such a SA can be effectively employed to determine what could be possibly changed, in terms of materials, geometries, application restrictions, etc., to improve the situation.

The PDfR analysis enables one also to check if the product is not "over-engineered", i.e., is not superfluously robust: if it is, it might be too costly: although the operational reliability cannot be low, it does not have to be higher than necessary either, but has to be adequate for the given product and application. This means that when both reliability and cost-effectiveness are imperative, ability to quantify reliability is a must. In this seminar the major PDfR concepts will be illustrated by case studies and practical examples. Although some advanced and subtle PDfR predictive modeling techniques have been recently developed for quantifying and assuring reliability of electronic and photonic products, especially those intended for aerospace applications, the practical examples addressed employ more or less elementary analytical models.


Prof. Dr. E. Suhir is Fellow of ASME, IEEE, American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Physics (UK), Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the NAE, Ukraine, and Fulbright Scholar in Information Technologies. He has authored above 300 publications (patents, books, book chapters, papers) and received numerous professional awards, including 2004 ASME Worcester Read Warner Medal for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering and laying a foundation of a new discipline Structural Analysis in Electronics and Photonics Systems. Dr. Suhir is the third Russian American, after Steven Timoshenko and Igor Sikorsky, who received this prestigious award. Dr. Suhir is co-founder of the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging and served as its Technical Editor for eight years (1994-2002).

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MEST welcome drink

Meet and greet your friends and colleagues with a FREE Drink to say Hallo !!!

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MSc ME Thesis Presentation

Opto-electronic MEMS oscillator for resonant pressure sensing

Lalit Kumar