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

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.

Perspectief Programme ULTRA-X-TREME Granted

NWO has announced that the ULTRA-X-TREME programme, in which the Ultrasound ASICs group of the Electronic Instrumentation Lab participates, is one of the six Perspectief Programmes that will be funded.

BI/OND wins Accenture Innovation Awards 2018 for Health

TU Delft and ECTM start-up BI/OND is the winner of the Accenture Innovation Awards 2018 in the Health category.

Our work on Intravascular Ultrasound featured on the cover of TUFFC

A paper of the Ultrasound ASICs group on Intravascular Ultrasound is featured on the cover of the Oct 2018 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control

Six papers at the 2018 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium

At the 2018 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) - the world’s premier conference on ultrasound research held in Kobe, Japan, in October - we presented six papers covering various aspects of our work on integrated circuits for smart ultrasound applications.

Volgens de wetenschap kunnen doven straks horen en blinden zien

Er staan veel filmpjes online van emotionele mensen die, met behulp van moderne technologie, voor het eerst hun familie kunnen zien. Of van kinderen die voor het eerst de stem van hun ouders horen. Het zijn voorbeelden van de eerste stappen naar het genezen van blindheid. Prof. dr. Wouter Serdijn doet onderzoek naar het ontwikkelen van bio-elektronica met als doel het behandelen van deze menselijke kwalen. Artikel in het AD van 26 oktober 2018.