Department of Materials in Electrical Engineering, Chair 1
The main research topic at Chair 1 of the Department Materials in Electrical Engineering (IWE 1) are microsystem technologies including
- integrated circuit packaging,
- thin film technology,
- micro-electroplating and
- silicon micro mechanics
for applications in biology, chemistry and medicine.
The research team supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilfried Mokwa researches microsystems for implantation into human tissue. Research projects include retinal implants, pressure sensors in the portal vein or implantable glucose sensors for diabetes patients.
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schnakenberg researches microsystems for sensing and actuation on small fluid volumes. Current projects include lab-on-chip systems for diagnosis on tumor markers by electrical impedance spectroscopy and surface acoustic wave sensors as well as actuators for mechanobiological investigation on cell functions and differentiation.
Department of Materials in Electrical Engineering, Chair 2
Chair 2 of the Department of Materials in Electrical Engineering 1 (IWE 2) at RWTH Aachen University has a close collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Materials (PGI-7) of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forsungszentrum Jülich. Together they form the Electronic Materials Research Lab (EMRL). Both EMRL sites are operated under the co-directorship of Prof. Dr. Rainer Waser, and have been founding members of the section Fundamentals of Future Information Technology of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-FIT).
Teaching and Research Group “Compound Semiconductor Technology”
The research group “Compound Semiconductor Technology” performs fundamental and application-oriented research on the deposition and characterization of compound and organic semiconductor materials and their electronic and optoelectronic devices. The research goals lie in the development of energy-efficient devices for power electronics, diplays, solid state lighting and organic photovoltaics.
Institute of Semiconductor Electronics
The activities at the Institute of Semiconductor Electronics (IHT) encompass research on nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and sensor devices. Our research aims at understanding the fundamental processes underlying the various electronic phenomena and their exploitation for e.g. ultra-low power field-effect transistor devices, highly efficient solar cells or highly-sensitive nano-electromechanical sensors. Integrating all these components on a single chip might make energy-autonomous electronic systems for smart homes, health care etc. possible.
Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems
The Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems (PGS), together with the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), researches, develops and characterizes power semiconductor devices for high-power applications. Using multi-physics semiconductor device simulation tools, the switching and conduction behavior of silicon and SiC power devices, e.g. gate-commutated thyristors (GCTs) or insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), are analyzed and optimized for specific applications, such as high-power DC converters, battery chargers and converters for electric propulsion systems. With the infrastructure at CMNT, prototypes of modern GCT power semiconductors can be manufactured and subsequently packaged and tested. The institute also offers laboratory sessions for students to gain experience in the manufacturing processes of power semiconductors and their performance in power converters.
Institute of Integrated Photonics
Steady progress during half a century of development in silicon integrated circuits has resulted in fabrication techniques that allow the large scale fabrication of billions of transistors in a single chip and their miniaturization to deep submicron dimensions. The realization of photonic components and systems in Silicon allows leveraging these extraordinary fabrication capabilities to realize complex integrated optical systems at the chip scale.
The Institute of Integrated Photonics (IPH) works on the development of silicon photonics devices and systems with activities ranging from core device development to system integration, with applications in communications, biosensing and instrumentation.
Quantum Technology Group
Quantum computing is expected to enable an exponential speedup for certain problems. The quantum technology group studies the physics governing quantum bits in semiconductors and pursues their technological development.