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 Expert  727047

Expert in Semiconductor Device Modeling and Simulation, Compact MOSFET Models, EDA Tools


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Catalonia
Spain
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Prof Expert is has an extensive experience in research on semiconductor device physics, analysis - and, in particular, modeling. He is considered one of the top scientists in the compact modeling of semiconductor devices. He has been a pioneer in the development of compact models for a number of semiconductor devices, such as submicron bulk MOSFETs, thin film SOI MOSFETs, HEMTs, amorphous and polycristalline silicon Thin Film Transistors (TFTs), organic TFTs and Multi-Gate MOSFETs (Double-Gate MOSFETs, FinFETs, Surrounding Gate MOSFETs, Si nanowires,...). He is one of the authors of the so-called RPI TFT compact models, and the main author of the versions of the RPI models for short-channel TFTs. The RPI models are available in most commercial circuit simulators and design tools; in fact they are the most used models for the design of TFT circuits. He also led the development of the first compact model for organic TFTs (called the UOTFT model) which was implemented in the commercial version of a circuit design package. His compact model for a Fully-Depleted SOI MOSFET was also the first (or at least one of the first) to be implemented in the commercial version of a circuit simulator. Furthermore, in the 90s, he developed the first infinitely continuous explicit charge conserving capacitance and substrate current models for short-channel MOSFETs, and they were soon available in a commercial circuit simulator. Recently, he led the development of the first compact model for an undoped or lightly doped Surrounding Gate MOSFET, and he extended his new modeling principles to other types of Multi-Gate MOSFETs.

Expert has made more than 80 publications about these topics in international journals, and has also presented more than 70 papers in international conferences (20 of them invited). He has also been invited to conduct lectures in international summer schools and other training events. He has also participated in the organization of several conferences on semiconductor devices, being the chair person of one conference on flexible electronics. He has participated in many European and national funded projects on advanced semiconductor devices and he is the coordinator and leader of one European funded project on compact modeling of advanced semiconductor devices. Eight universities, three private semiconductor foundries and four EDA toll vendors paricipate in this project.

Prof Expert has also acted many times as an expert for the evaluation and review of project proposals submitted to the European Commission and to national research agencies of several countries (US, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, China, Mexico,...). He has been a regular evaluator for the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.

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device physics

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metal-insulator semiconductor device

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microwave field-effect transistor

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semiconductor device analysis

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semiconductor device modeling

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semiconductor device package modeling and simulation

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silicon-on-insulator


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1996   PhD   Physics (Electronics)   University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)   Cum Laude
1993   M. Sc.   Physics   University of the Balearic Islands (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)   "Excellent"

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Automatic Control Engineering

 

Titular Professor

 

Expert is leading a research group focusing on semiconductor device modeling, in particular compact modeling. He supervises and has supervised a number of M. Sc. students, Ph D students and postdoctoral researchers. He coordinates several national and international research projects. He conducts lectures on Digital Systems and on microwave devices.

2006 to 2006

 

McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Visiting Professor

 

Expert was employed during 3 weeks in October 2006 as a Visiting Professor in McMaster University. He was working on the compact modeling of Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT) for the simulation of Plastic Circuits.

2006 to 2006

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA)

 

Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department

 

Visiting Professor

 

Expert was employed during one month (May 2006) as a Visiting Professor in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He was working on the compact modeling of amorphous and polycrystalline silicon and ZnO Thin Film Transistors (TFTs) on flexible substrates

2003 to 2003

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA)

 

Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department

 

Visiting Professor

 

Expert was employed during one month (May 2006) as a Visiting Professor in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He was working on the compact modeling of submicron MOSFETs at high frequency.

1998 to 2001

 

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

 

Microelectronics Laboratory

 

Postdoctoral Researcher (and Marie-Curie Grant Holder during 24 months)

 

Characterization and development of compact models of thin-film single and double-gate SOI MOS transistors from DC to RF. Implementation of the models in circuit simulators. Study of quantum and single electron effects in nanoscale SOI MOS devices. Development of novel nanoscale SOI structures. Management of several research projects of the team, in the fields of semiconductor technology development and integrated circuits.

1997 to 1998

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, USA)

 

Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department

 

Postdoctoral Researcher (RPI Staff Scientist)

 

Development of compact models of several electronic and devices: polysilicon and amorphous silicon TFTs, GaN-based transistors, and 2-D MESFETs. Contribution to the development of a remote microelectronics laboratory. Management of several financed research projects of the team, in the fields of semiconductor technology development, high-speed integrated circuits and high definition displays.

1993 to 1996

 

Universitat de les Illes Balears (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

 

Department of Physics

 

Ph D student, Pre-Doctoral Grant Holder with fellowship from the Spanish Government

 

Development of dc, ac and transient models for bulk and SOI MOS transistors. Participation in the management of several financed projects of the team, in the fields of semiconductor device modelling and CMOS circuit design and testing


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is Member of IEEE since 1996, and Senior Member of IEEE since 2003.

Professional Appointments

Expert was appointed member Editorial Board of the International Journal of High Speed Electronics and Systems in 2009. He was appointed Chair Person of the First International Symposium on Flexible Electronics (ISFE), which took place in Tarragona (Spain) on April 6-9 2008. ISFE was partially funded by the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) Foundation.

Awards/Recognition

1)Awarded with the ICREA Academia Prize from ICREA (Catalan Institute for Advanced Research, Generalitat de Catalunya), January 2009. This award is given to the best senior researchers working in Catalan Universities.

2)Awarded with the Distinction from the Generalitat de Catalunya in order to Promote the University Research, in the category of junior researchers, July 2004.

3)Premium Award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the research paper, published en IEE Proceedings: Circuits, Devices and Systems: O. Marinov, M. J. Deen and B. Iñíguez, “A Review of Charge Transport in Organic and Polymer Thin-Film Transistors,” IEE Proceedings on Circuits, Devices and Systems , vol. 152, pp. 189-209, June 2005.

4)Awarded with one Grant for the Intensification of Research Activities from URV (funded by URV, Spanish Ministry of Science and Generalitat de Catalunya), in 2008

6)Obtained the Spanish National Accreditation for Full Professor (2009)

7)Obtained the Advanced Research Accreditation ("Acreditació de Recerca Avançada") from AQU, Generalitat de Catalunya, in 2008.

8)Obtained the IEEE Senior Member Degree (Member no. 40189017), in 2003.

8)IEEE Electron Device Society Distinguished Lecturer, since 2004

9) Co-recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award for the paper "2D Physics-based Compact Model for Channel Length Modulation in Lightly Doped DG FETs" , presented at the MIXDES 2009 Conference (Lodz, Poland)

10)More than 20 invited talks in international conferences and workshops, including top conferences in semiconductor devices and integrated circuits such as IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), Electrochemical Society Meeting, Workshop on Compact Modeling, International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF), or International Conference Mixed Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (MIXDES).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has authored more than 85 scientific papers in prestigeous internacional journals (such as the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, IEEE Electron Device Letters, Solid-State Electronics, Semiconductor Science & Technology or Journal of Applied Physics), and also more than 75 contributions in international conferences, including the top ones.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Solid-State Electronics (Elsevier)  
 - IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  
 - IEEE Proceedings on Circuits, Devices and Systems  
 - IEEE Electron Device Letters, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2005 to   European Commission   Evaluator   Since 2005 Expert is periodically acting as evaluator of research project proposals submitted to the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
2004 to   European Commission   Reviewer   Since 2004 Expert is periodically acting as reviewer of research projects and actions funded by the European Commission, in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
2003 to 2003   European Commission   Evaluator   In 2003 Expert had a contract of evaluator of research project proposals submitted to the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission, in the area of Information Society Technologies (IST)
2004 to   Ministry of Science, Spanish Government   Evaluator   Since 2004 Expert is periodically acting as evaluator of research project proposals submitted to the Ministry of Science of the Spanish government.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • In December 2005 Expert worked as a consultant for Pixtronix Inc. (Massachussets, USA). The subject of his consulting work was the TFT models implemented in the HSPICE simulator, of Cadence.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2006   Canada/Ontario   Expert was working as a Visiting Professor at McMaster University during 3 weeks. His work targeted the development of compact models for Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs).
2006 to 2006   USA/NY   Expert was working as a Visiting Professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, NY, USA). His work targeted the development of compact models for amorphous silicon, polysilicon and ZnO TFTs on flexible substrates
1998 to 2001   Belgium   Expert was working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). His main work focused on the characterization and modeling of thin-film single and double-gate SOI MOS transistors from DC to RF, the implementation of the models in circuit simulators, and the study of quantum and single electron effects in nanoscale SOI MOS devices.
1997 to 1998   USA/NY   Expert was working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, NY, USA). His main work focused on teh compact modeling and simulation of several electronic devices: (polysilicon and amorphous silicon TFTs, GaN-based transistors, 2-D MESFETs).
1995 to 1995   Norway   He was working, during the realization of his Ph D, as a Visiting Graduate Student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway). His main work focused on the study and modeling of the substrate current in short-channel MOSFETs.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   He is fluent in English. Excellent speaking, reading, and writing abilities
French   He is fluent in French. Excellent speaking, reading, and writing abilities

Market Research:
Expert' qualifications in semiconductor device physics and modeling (and in particular compact modeling for circuit simulation) are extremely valuable to assist the semiconductor industry in technology development as well as developers/vendors of Electronic Desig Automation (EDA) and TCAD tools.

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Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert is conducting a lecture on Digital Systems for undergraduate students (since 2001) and a lecture on microwave devices for graduate students since 2002, both at the Expert's Firm. Besides, he has conducted many seminars about semiconductor devices in universities, research centres (Max Planck Institute en Stuttgart, CNM) and companies (Lucent Technologies, Austriamicrosystems). In 2007 he was one of the professors who conducted lectures in the MIGAS Summer School in Autrans (France). Besides, since 2006 he participates as a professor in an Erasmus programme in the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium), by means of which he conducts some lectures in Civil Engineering in UCL.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has developed compact models of semiconductor devices which were implemented in commercial versions of circuit simulators and circuit design tools. In particular, he was assisting several EDA and CAD tools vendors (Simucad, Cadence, Synopsis, mentor) in the implementation of his Thin Film Transistor (TFT) compact models in their tools. Expert is the coordinator of the European project called COMON (Compact Modelling Network) in which eight universities and seven companies participate. Among the participating companies, there are three big European semiconductor foundries (Infineon, Austriamicrosystems and RFMD-UK) and companies developing automatic circuit design tools. The goal of this European project is the complete development of the compact modelling chain of nanoscale CMOS and III-V semiconductor technologies, from the formulation of device models to their implementation and optimization for the design of circuits and systems.


 

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