EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne) is one of the two federal engineering schools in Switzerland. It delivers Engineer and PhD degrees in 12 engineering fields. The School has a staff of about 2’400 people including professors, scientists and administrative personnel and an annual budget of around 500MCHF. Engineering students are more than 6’000, while PhD students count for more than 900. The Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM), founded in January 2002, is a research structure reporting to the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Techniques (STI) with multidisciplinary research profile covering various fields in microelectronics and Microsystems: ICs and systems, solid state devices, materials for microelectronics and microsystems, novel processes and technologies, MEMS and NEMS, sensors and actuators, CAD and multi-disciplinary applications such as biomedical or space/airborne.

Tasks in the project
EPFL will be the coordinator of the project having also the leadership of WP 4 dedicated to characterization and reliability. Tasks of design, modeling and simulation, metrology and characterization will be undertaken by EPFL in WP 4 as well as in WP 1 and WP 2 (with emphasis on design, simulation and modeling of devices in the last two).

Experience

The Laboratory of Micro and Nanoelectronics Devices (LEG2), represented by professor Mihai Adrian Ionescu is working on subjects in the field of silicon micro/nano-electronics with special emphasis on: (i) RF MEMS and carbon-nanotube-based NEMS, (ii) SOI devices and circuits and their applications, (iii) low- and high- voltage CMOS devices and (iv) few-electron devices and ultimate memory architectures. LEG2 has access to state-of-the-art MEMS/NEMS fabrication facilities at the Center of Micro-Nano-technologies of EPFL and has its own electrical characterization platforms (DC to 40GHz) including state-of-the-art probe stations and test equipments. LEG2 has been or is involved in IST projects MIMOSA, NANOTIMER, AMICOM, WIDE-RF and most recently Nano-RF and MINAMI. It is also part of SINANO network of excellence dealing with advanced silicon nanodevices and technologies. EPFL and LEG2 are the coordinator of IST Nano-RF and was
also the coordinator of IST Wide-RF.

Senior Staff
- Mihai Adrian Ionescu is Associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. He received the B.S./M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic
Institute of Bucharest, Romania and the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He has held staff and/or visiting positions at LETI-CEA, Grenoble, France, LPCS-
ENSERG, Grenoble, France and Stanford University, USA, during 1998 and 1999. His research interests focus on micro- and nano-electronic devices aimed at Integrated Circuit design -especially process development, modeling and electrical characterization. Dr. Ionescu has published more than 70 articles in international journals and conferences. He received three Best Paper Awards in international conferences
and the Annual Award of the Technical Section of the Romanian Academy (of Sciences) in 1994.

- Dimitrios Tsamados is senior researcher at the Laboratory of Micro and Nanoelectronics Devices (LEG-2) since 2005. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki in 1999. He obtained his M.Sc. in "Optics, Optoelectronics and Microwaves" from the "Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble" (INPG) in 2000 and the M.Sc. in "Microelectronics" from the "Université Joseph Fourier" (UJF) in Grenoble in 2001. In 2005 he got his Ph.D. in "Micro- and Nanoelectronics" from INPG for his work on RF-MEMS reliability. His research interests cover the fields of SGFET modeling and simulation, carbon-nanotube RF-NEMS, MEMS and NEMS reliability and organic semiconductor devices for radio-frequency applications.