The Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NANOLAB) is working on various subjects in the field of silicon micro/nano-electronics with special emphasis on the technology, design and modelling of nanoscale solid-state devices (including Silicon-On-Insulator devices, few-electron devices, hybrid SET/CMOS, single electron memory, nanowires and nanotubes), Radio Frequency MEMS devices for in- and above-IC and integrated optoelectronic devices.

The group is interested in exploring new materials, novel fabrication techniques, and novel device concepts for future nanoelectronic systems.


September 2018
Ali Saeidi

A paper co-authored by Ali Saeidi, a doctoral student at the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NanoLab), has won the 2017 Electron Devices Society George E. Smith Award. The paper is entitled “Negative Capacitance as Performance Booster for Tunnel FETs and MOSFETs: An Experimental Study”. The paper was co-authored by Farzan Jazaeri, Francesco Bellando, Igor Stolichnov, Gia V. Luong, Qing-Tai Zhao, Siegfried Mantl, Christian C. Enz, and Adrian M. Ionescu. The award will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Link to the manuscript

George E. Smith Award webpage


December 2017
IEDM 2017

Prof. Ionescu has contributed to the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) 2017 held in San Francisco (USA) with a plenary talk on Energy efficient computing and sensing in the Zettabyte era: from silicon to the cloud.


December 2017
IEDM 2017

IEDM 2017
NanoLab will present three scientific contributions at the 2017 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting with one plenary and two ordinary papers:


  • Plenary Paper: Energy efficient computing and sensing in the Zettabyte era: from silicon to the cloud, Adrian Ionescu.
  • Lab On SkinTM: 3D Monolitically Integrated Zero-Energy Micro/Nanofludics and FD SOI Ion Sensitive FETs for Wearable Multi-Sensing Sweat Applications, F. Bellando et al.
    Link to session.
  • MoS2/VO2 vdW heterojunction devices: tunable rectifiers, photodiodes and field effect transistors, N. Oliva et al.
    Link to session.
September 2017

NanoLab has presented three conference papers during the 47th European Solid-State Device Research Conference ESSDERC2017:

  • Shunt capacitive switches based on VO2 metal insulator transition for RF phase shifter applications, E. A. Casu et al., winner of the ESSDERC 2017 Best Student Paper Award.
  • Complementary black phosphorous FETs by workfunction engineering of pre-patterned Au and Ag embedded electrodes, N. Oliva et al.
  • Negative Capacitance Field Effect Transistors; Capacitance Matching and non-Hysteretic Operation, A. Saeidi et al.
October 2016

Prof. Mihai Adrian Ionescu has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant 2015. These grants are designed to allow outstanding research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects in Europe. The scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as top independent research leaders.

Project Abstract

November 2015

The ESSDERC – ESSCIRC 2016 conference will be organized by EPFL at the Swisstech Convention Centre from 12 to 15 Septermber 2016. Prof. Adrian Ionescu along with Prof. Christian Enz will act as the general chair for this conference.

Click here for the first call for papers.

October 2015

New master thesis projects available for 2015-2016 spring semester are now updated. Check here for details.

October 2014

Prof. Adrian Ionescu will contribute to the “Beyond CMOS workshop” on Oct. 16-17, 2014 organised by IMEC Academy in IMEC, Leuven, Belgium. He will be delivering an invited lecture on Tunnel FETs titled “The steep end of the technology roadmap of semiconductors”.

Registration link

September 2014

Prof. Adrian Ionescu is coordinating a new European research project dubbed E2SWITCH. The project has revealed details about its plans to develop a next-generation chip technology called tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs). The project also includes IBM, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the University of Lund, ETHZ, Imec, CCS, SCIPROM and IUNET. The project has been funded for up to 4.3 million euros over 42 months.

March 2014

Prof. Adrian Ionescu delivered a talk titled “The wireless future of medicine: How digital revolution will create better healthcare” at the “Healthcare Revolution: Big Data and Smart Analytics” conference organised by Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on 12 March 2014.

February 2014

The final e‐BRAINS Workshop on: “Heterogeneous 3D integration of sensors and circuits for Smart Microsystems” was organized by Prof. Adrian Ionescu on Feb. 17, 2014 at EPFL in Lausanne. The e-BRAINS workshop included a series of excellent technical contributions both by consortium members and by external speakers. More than 30 international workshop attendees followed technical presentations which are also available for download.

December 2013

Prof. Adrian Ionescu  has contributed to the IEDM Short Course “Beyond CMOS: Emerging Materials and Devices” on Dec. 8, 2013 in Washington DC, delivering an invited lecture on Tunnel FETs covering “steep slope” device concepts, sub-10mV/decade switches, active gate switching, NEM relays and negative capacitance devices.

September 2013:

Workshop satellite to ESSDERC/ESSCIRC 2013 : September 20th 2013, Bucharest – Romania

During the 43rd ESSDERC/ESSCIRC conference in Bucharest, Romania, the Guardian Angels consortium organized a workshop titled “In the quest for Zero-Power: Technologies and Applications“.

Workshop Presentations (Restricted Access)

March 2013:

Prof. Adrian Ionescu presented a talk titled “‘Zero power smart systems” at the Swissnex Boston in the framework of AAAS.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society. The 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting was held in Boston under the theme “The Beauty and Benefits of Science”. It highlighted the “unreasonable effectiveness” of the scientific enterprise in creating economic growth, solving societal problems, and satisfying the essential human drive to understand the world in which we live. 

October 2012:

Nanolab is an active member of the NANOHEAT Project (Framework 7 STREP) which is a three-year project funded by the European Commission, aimed at providing integrated platform for multidimensional nanoprobing and advanced therml analysis at the nanoscale has been launched. The principle goal of the NANOHEAT is to adevelop, deliver and test a miniaturized and integrated platform which provides a multidimensional nanoprobing capabilities for advanced thermal analysis at the nanoscale. The NANOHEAT Project Consortium is based on complementary expertise and facilities of nine partners from four different European countries.

[press note; for more info visit NANOHEAT]

September 2012:

Nanolab organized and coordinated a tutorial and workshop in ESSDERC/ESSCIRC 2012 at Bordeaux, France:
EU NANOTEC project tutorial: Ecosystems Technology & Design for Nanoelectronics

EU STEEPER project workshop: Steep Slope Switches (SSS) Technologies, Devices, Applications

March 2012:

Zero power technologies for Autonomous Smart Systems : 19-20th March San Francisco USA Workshop

During 19-20th March 2012 in San Francisco, California, the Guardian Angels consortium in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley and Swissnex organized a workshop on Zero power technologies for Autonomous Smart Systems.

Download the GA Workshop program
Workshop Presentations (Restricted Access)

February 2012:

Nanotech 2012 February 15-17, 2012; Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

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The Science & Technology Office Tokyo organized the Swiss Science Corner at the Swiss Pavilion during “nano tech 2012” in Tokyo, which is the world’s largest nanotechnology expo with over 45’000 visitors. Professor Adrian Ionescu, together Dr. Gerard Escher (EPFL) and Dr. Heike Riel (IBM Research Zurich) gave presentations on the “Guardian Angels” initiative, seeking collaboration opportunities with Japanese academia and industry. The GA seminar was joined by 40 high-level participants. Among them, six FIRST Program owners participated. FIRST is a top-level program of Japan and the acronym for “Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology”.
July 2011:

Professor Adrian Ionescu, together with professor David Jimenez of the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) organized the Workshop on Energy Efficient Electronic Technologies and Systems (E3TS) in Barcelona on July 18 and 19.

May 2011:

On May 5th, at the FET 11 conference in Budapest, Prof Adrian Ionescu presented “Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life” to the scientific community.

Here is what the Financial Times had to say: “Perhaps the most futuristic proposal is EPFL’s Guardian Angels, which will use computing and imaginative energy research to “create the ultimate smart device that will assist humans from infancy to old age”. The guardian angel will “scavenge for energy” from its environment, for example by tapping the heat and movements of the human body, said Adrian Ionescu, project leader.”

Press Clipings
FET 11 – Professor Ionescu presenting the Guardian Angels project (photo)
FET 11 – Flagship Pilot award ceremony – six finalists (photo)

March 2011:

European researchers chase billion-euro technology prize: Professor Adrian Ionescu leads, in collabora- tion with ETH Zurich, the Guardian Angels project, one of the six futuristic FET Flagship proposals selected by European  Commission. The victors expect to receive an unprecedented level of funding for academia: €1 billion Euros over the next decade.

January 2011:

Devices physics strikes back: Tunnel FETs to battle dark silicon: An interview given by professor Adrian Ionescu: Towards a ten-fold increase in electronic device efficiency .

October 2010:

Eliminating Vampire Power:  Nanolab starts coordination of European Union “Steeper Project “ – aiming to boost electronics’ power efficiency by 10 times and eliminate vampire power.

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September 2010:

Nanolab is an active member of the FP7 NANO-TEC project (EU-ICT project no. 257964) seeking to build a community of academic researchers in nanoelectronics, addressing specifically research in Beyond CMOS from the combined technology and design perspectives. A methodology for continued consultation and analysis of research needs and trends will be developed. The main activity will be a workshop series with invited experts, preceded by a methodology-contents preparation phase and subsequent analysis and documentation, both by the consortium. Apart of determining what is relevant for Beyond CMOS devices and design, benchmarking and SWOT analyses will be performed.