Introduction

Welcome to the website of the Department of Microelectronics at TU Delft.

With a staff of about 30 fte faculty and over 180 fte scientific staff, the Department of Microelectronics combines the expertise of 7 research groups in Electrical Engineering. The complete field of electronics is covered, including signal processing, radar, and telecommunication.

Microelectronics is fundamentally a multi-disciplinary field of research, exploring the physics, materials and chemistry required to make devices work. It is also multidisciplinary with regard to its wide variety of applications, as it plays a crucial role in all fields of innovation, ranging from advanced health care to telecommunications and smart grids. The ever-increasing demand for processing power, sensing capabilities and miniaturisation makes microelectronics a highly innovative research field.

The Department is involved in several MSc tracks: MSc Telecommunication and Sensing Systems, MSc Signals and Systems, MSc Microelectronics.

Research at the Department of Microelectronics spans all major aspects of electronic engineering including the design and development of silicon-based devices, analogue and digital circuits for smart sensors, biomedical implants and wireless communication systems, signal-processing algorithms for communication and biomedical signals, as well as microwave and terahertz systems for remote sensing and radio astronomy.

ME’s research is a major contributor to a number of EEMCS themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing - from materials to systems, with specific expertise in:
    • diagnostic technology : visualization and tumor detection, high-Tesla MRI, ultrasound arrays and other sensors
    • monitoring with low power wireless technology and implantable stimulators, such as cochlear implants and neural stimulators for treatment of tinnitus;
  • XG - Next Generation Sensing and communication - from devices to systems:
    • energy-efficient electronics
    • scaling of frequencies from GHz to THz - with the promise of Gb/s wireless networks
    • advanced signal processing , such as 'cognitive radio ', use of large antenna arrays
    • communication for localization and control
    • underwater RF and acoustic communication
  • Safety and Security - from material to systems:
    • microwave vision
    • distributed sensor systems for environment monitoring
    • large sensor arrays and applications in security and radio astronomy
    • resource management in distributed sensing systems

The Department provides expertise for each of these research areas, throughout the whole system chain, from the technology layer to the sub -system and component layer and to the system layer, with a direct link to the challenges facing today's society.

News

Microelectronics at work for sustainable healthcare

Institutions in the Medical Delta (a consortium consisting of TU Delft, Erasmus MC, LUMC, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam) are starting a broad and unique scientific programme in the field of technological research into innovative solutions for sustainable healthcare. This will involve an investment of five million euros over the next five years.

Health Prototype Grant for Virgilio Valente

Virgilio (Vivo) Valente received a Health Prototype Grant of €10K from the Delft Health Initiative for his proposal in the domains of Lab-on-CMOS and Organs-on-a-Chip.

Image formation for future radio telescopes

Radio astronomy is an interesting application area for array signal processing. We developed a new image formation tool called PRIFIRA, inspired by Sparse Bayesian Learning.

Burak gets Predoctoral Achievement Award

The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Awards Committee has granted Burak Gönen a Predoctoral Achievement Award for 2018-19

BioCMOS

The convergence of biology and semiconductor technology for the development of efficient bioanalytical systems at the nanoscale. Article by Virgilio Valente in Maxwell 21.3.

Bioelectronic Medicine

Durability of Electronic Circuits for Bioelectronic Medicine. Article by Kambiz Nanbakhsh, Wouter Serdijn and Vasiliki Giagka in Maxwell 22.1.

Nikolas Gaio won a Lush Prize

The 16th of November one of our students, Nikolas Gaio, was awarded in Berlin with a Young Researcher Award in the Lush Prize 2018 for his work ‘Replacing animal tests with silicon chips’. This work was performed during his PhD project in ECTM.