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Author: Heidi Deethardt


Mina Asghari Heidarlou passed her doctoral candidacy exam on ​December 7, reviewing progress and plans in her doctoral research “Synthesized WSe2 tunnel field-effect transistors.”

Paolo Paletti received one of three “best presentation” awards at the Notre Dame-IEEE Symposium on Electronics and Photonics, held October 19. His presentation was “Celebrating 60 years of the tunnel diode discovery with the first 2D electric double-layer Esaki diode.”

Sara Fathipour successfully defended her dissertation on September 21, “Electric double layer doping and process development for transition-metal-dichalcogenide tunnel field-effect transistors.”

Professor Maja Remskar from the Jozef Stefan Institute, (Ljubljana, Slovenia) will make her fifth extended visit to Notre Dame, November 8-17, to continue and extend collaborations on 2D materials and electronic applications.

Professor Wayne Chao-Hsin Wu from the National Taiwan University will visit Notre Dame with his students Ting-Syuan Lin and Kai-Lin Fan on September 25. Ting-Syuan and Kai-Lin will stay through Oct 4 to learn techniques for polymer ion doping of two-dimensional transistors.

Pratyush Pandey’s book “Tunnel Field-Effect Transistors (TFET): Modelling and Simulation,” has been published by Wiley Press.

Erich Kinder successfully defended his doctoral thesis on June 23, and has joined Texas Instruments, Richardson, TX.

Grad student Donna Deng from Penn State recently visited Notre Dame to collaborate with the group on transfer processes and the acceleration of gate stack development research.

Professor Trond Ytterdal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is spending the spring semester at Notre Dame where he is co-teaching the graduate analog IC design course.

Dr. Hua-Min Li joined the State University of NY at Buffalo in January as assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Fei Yao joined the State University of NY at Buffalo in January as assistant professor in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation.


Dr. Yoshiyuki Kondo returned to Japan and to a new position in the memory division of Toshiba Corporation in Nagoya.

Hao Lu successfully defended her doctoral thesis on October 3 and has accepted a position at Facebook, Menlo Park, CA.

Professor Wan Sik Hwang, from Korea Aerospace University and graduate student Changsik Kim from the lab of Professor Won Jong Yoo at Sungkyunkwan University, are visiting for six weeks to collaborate on the development of tunnel FETs in transition metal dichalcogenide materials.

Cristobal Alessandri joins Notre Dame in May from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is pursuing a dual-degree in electrical engineering, coadvised by Professor Angel Abusleme (PUC).

Paolo Paletti accepts a summer internship at IBM Zurich to work on tunnel FETs.

Sara Fathipour was chosen as the winner of the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility Award for Best Electron Microscopy Imaging Publication in 2015 based on her 2015 Applied Physics Letter paper on MoS2 nanotube transistors. She presented this work at the Midwest Microscopy and Microanalysis Workshop held at Notre Dame on May 17.

Mina Asghari Heidarlou was invited to participate in the NSF-cosponsored EU-US Workshop on 2D Materials, Heterostructures and Devices, October 10-12, in Manchester, UK.

Dr. Leitao Liu joins the group as post doc to develop 2D TFETs. He comes from Professor Jing Guo’s group at the University of Florida where his thesis was entitled “Quantum transport in devices with two-dimensional channel materials”

Professor Angel Absuleme from the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile is visiting from February through April to work on circuits and systems using tunnel field-effect transistors and emerging device technologies.


Sara Fathipour received a best presentation award for her talk on “Tunnel transistors using atomically-thin semiconductors” at the Annual IEEE Symposium on Photonics and Electronics, held at Notre Dame on October 22.

Sara Fathipour presented her achievement of a low leakage gate-stack on WSe2 using titanyl phthalocyanine functionalization at the Device Research Conference at Ohio State on June 23. This work was a collaboration with UC San Diego.

Dr. Yoshiyuki Kondo joined Notre Dame as a visiting researcher from Toshiba, Kawasaki, Japan on May 15.

Hao Lu’s universal tunnel FET device model was published in Solid State Electronics in January 2015. It is available on the NEEDs website (Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation Node) on the Purdue nanoHUB and in the SPICE simulator AIMSPICE by Trond Ytterdal.


Buchanan Bourdon (Notre Dame) and Patrick Foley (University College Cork, Ireland) were awarded NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships to work with Dr. Seabaugh’s group this summer. Buchanan is continuing his work on simulating ion-electron transport using COMSOL Multiphysics software. Patrick’s research is focused on the automation of testing devices on wafers using a Cascade auto-prober, in conjunction with two software programs: Nucleus and Wavevue.

Susan Fullerton and Alan Seabaugh have been awarded $368,000 as part of the NSF’s GOALI program. They propose a new device that relies on the movement of ions to control electron transport in graphene. A main focus of the study is the exploration of new 2D materials through which the ions can move.

Tim Vasen has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on “Investigation of III-V tunneling field-effect transistors.” He has returned to Lund University in Sweden, where he is employed as a principal engineer.

Congratulations to Hao Lu for passing her doctoral qualifying exam on December 5. Her thesis topic is “Development of a universal tunnel transistor spice model and nanometer ion conductor for 2D-crystal memory."

Huamin Li has joined the LEAST research team at Notre Dame and is focused on the development of low-voltage steep-subthreshold-swing transistors. Huamin was previously a postdoc at the Advanced Institute of Nano Technology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea.


Qin Zhang has completed her postdoc assignment with NIST/MIND and is now working with the Information Engineering Department at the University of Pisa in Italy.

Notre Dame announced that the University will be part of a $194 million university research center network focused on next-generation microelectronics. Alan Seabaugh will lead the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology. The LEAST team, which includes 26 faculty researchers from ND and nine partner universities, will explore the physics of new materials and devices to enable more energy-efficient integrated circuits and systems. more


Soo Doo Chae has accepted a position with Tokyo Electron at the Albany NanoTech Complex. There, he will be a principal engineer responsible for gas cluster ion beam.

Cuong Tran has accepted a position leading the Optoelectronic Department at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City.

Rui Li has accepted a job at Qualcomm, San Diego, as a staff hardware engineer.

Suong Do has been awarded a 2012 Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes. The fellowship will fund her project entitled "The influence of nanofiller shape and chemical identity on the conductivity and thermal properties of solid polymer electrolytes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries."

Dean Schaetzl has been awarded a 2012 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship and will continue his work with the Seabaugh Group this summer on the TARDEC battery project.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University have announced breakthroughs in the development of tunneling field effect transistors (TFETs), a semiconductor technology that takes advantage of the quirky behavior of electrons at the quantum level. more

Cuong Tran joins the Notre Dame faculty as a visiting research assistant professor. He is working as part of the MIND team on the synthesis of atom-thick materials for high performance transistors. Most recently, he was a research professor with the School of Chemical Engineering and Bio-engineering at the University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea. He earned his master's degree and PhD from Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea.


Qingmin Liu has relocated to the St. Louis area to accept a position with MEMC Electronic Materials.

As part of the IBM Summer Intern Program, MIND graduate students Guangle Zhou, Edit Varga, and Kristof Tahy spent July and August at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland. Guangle and Kristof worked with Dr. Heike Reil and the nanowire TFET group, while Edit was part of the nanomagnet team led by Dr. Rolf Allenspach.

EE students Barnali Dey and Irere Kwihangana join the Seabaugh group this summer. Barnali is part of the TARDEC battery research team, and Irere will work on TFET characterization for the MIND program. (May 2011)

As recipients of a 2011 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Suong Do (Saint Mary's College) and Dean Schaetzl (Purdue College of Technology) will work with the Seabaugh group this summer, focusing on the TARDEC battery program.

Tim Vasen passed his oral candidacy exam. His research focuses on the "Experimental investigation of III-V tunneling field-effect transistors and their performance."

Alan Seabaugh has been named the recipient of the 2011 Quantum Devices Award by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. more

Soo Doo Chae joins the Seabaugh group as a research associate with MIND. He comes to Notre Dame from Samsung in Korea, where he has more than 10 years' experience in the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale tunneling devices for flash memory products.


Suong Do from Saint Mary's College and Melissa Cunningham from Marian High School are working with the Seabaugh group to assist with research on the TARDEC program.

Alan Seabaugh is among a group of researchers at Notre Dame awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The work focuses on the development of next-generation batteries. more

Prof. Seabaugh has been appointed to the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devicesmore

Shahriar Rahman is now working with the reliability group at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore.

Rui Li comes to Notre Dame as a postdoc with MIND. He was previously a senior flash memory circuit designer with Silicon Storage Technology Inc. in Shanghai, China. Rui received the Ph.D. degree in microelectronics and solid electronics from the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008.

Wan Sik Hwang joins the Seabaugh group as a visiting research assistant professor with MIND. He received the Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore and was most recently a senior engineer with Samsung in Korea.