Stanford SystemX Alliance Seminar and Lunch

Opportunities for research stays at imec
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Paul Allen Building, Room 101
Guido Groeseneken
Abstract / Description: 

In this presentation we will give an introduction to imec for students and scientists who are interested in engaging with imec involving activities going from following on-line  lectures and seminars to spending a short research stay at imec. Imec was established in 1984 and has since then  grown into one of the major players in the field of nanoelectronic research, collaborating with a broad spectrum of industrial partners and universities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of over 2,080 people includes more than 670 industrial residents and guest researchers.  Imec leverages its scientific knowledge supported by global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec aims to deliver industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, and its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.

Imec offers a stimulating environment to do internships, PhD and postdoc research. The world-class facilities and available expertise guarantee an unmatched support. Within an international atmosphere. In the presentation we will first give a bird’s eye overview of the various research programs that are running at imec. Then we will present the possibilities and procedures for PhD and postdoc student  exchanges with Stanford university, based on a student exchange agreement that was signed a few years ago. In this agreement Imec is seeking to host PhD students for periods of 3-6 months. They will get the opportunity to work in one of our program teams on topics that can be either related or non-related to their own PhD topic. We will also introduce imec Academy as the imec training and education center which offers a large set of online lectures and seminars in the various expertise fields of imec, which can be followed by Stanford researchers, M. Sc and PhD students. Finally, we will introduce the possibility to apply for scholarships for short stays at imec offered by the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (for senior researchers) and by the Roger Van Overstraeten Society (for master students). After the presentation we will be available for questions from interested students.


Guido Groeseneken received the M.Sc. degree in electrical and mechanical engineering (1980) and the Ph.D degree in applied sciences (1986), both from the KU Leuven, Belgium.  In 1987 he joined the R&D Laboratory of IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center) in Leuven, Belgium, where he is responsible for research in reliability physics for deep submicron CMOS technologies. From October 2005 until April 2007 he was also responsible for the IMEC Post CMOS Nanotechnology program within IMEC’s core partner research program.  Since 2001 he is Professor at the KU Leuven, where he is Program Director of the Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and where he is also coordinating a European Erasmus Mundus Master program in Nanoscience and nanotechnology.  Since January 2005 he is elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow. In 2007 he was elected to the grade of imec Fellow.

He has made contributions to the fields of non-volatile semiconductor memory devices and technology, reliability physics of VLSI-technology, hot carrier effects in MOSFET's, time-dependent dielectric breakdown of oxides, Negative-Bias-Temperature Instability effects, ESD-protection and –testing, plasma processing induced damage, electrical characterization of semiconductors and characterization and reliability of high k dielectrics. Recently he has also interest in nanotechnology for post-CMOS applications, such as carbon nanotubes for interconnect and sensor applications, tunnel FET’s for alternative ultra-low power devices etc.

He has served as a technical program committee member of several international scientific conferences, among which the IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), the European Solid State Device Research Conference (ESSDERC), the International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS), the IEEE Semiconductor Interface Specialists Conference (SISC) and the EOS/ESD Symposium. From 2000 until 2002 he also acted as European Arrangements Chair of IEDM. In 2005 he was the General Chair of the Insulating Films on Semiconductor (INFOS) conference, organized in Leuven, Belgium and in 2008 he co-organized the European ESREF conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Finally from 1999 until 2006 he acted as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices.