D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., 1979 - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
M.S. - Meerut University, Meerut, India
B.S. - Agra University, Agra, India
Office: 206 Riggs Hall
Office Phone: 864.656.0919
Before joining Clemson University, Dr. Rajendra Singh was a Visiting Assistant Professor at both the University of Waterloo, Canada and at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. In 1980, he joined Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. as Senior Research Scientist and worked on amorphous silicon solar cells and thermoelectric devices. Part of the work done at Energy Conversion Devices resulted in one U.S. and four foreign patents. He was a member of University of Oklahoma’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for 10 years, as a professor and the Director of the Microelectronics Laboratory. In 1992, he joined Clemson University as the first D. Houser Banks Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 1996 to 1999, he served as the Director of the Materials Science and engineering Program at Clemson. In 1997, he became the Director of the Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics at Clemson.
Dr. Singh’s research contributions have been primarily in the field of rapid thermal processing, ultra thin gate dielectrics, low and high-k dielectrics, superconductivity, manufacturing of silicon integrated circuits, solar cells, thermoelectric devices and nanotechnology. He was the first one to report the fundamental differences between furnace processing and rapid thermal processing. His work on rapid thermal processing has led to various new applications, such as novel chemical vapor deposition techniques for the deposition of high- and low-dielectric constant materials and manufacturing of solar cells. His fundamental work has served as an initial incubator to the rapid thermal processing (RTP) technology and the related semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry is now valued at over one billion dollars per year, as he has discovered several of the concepts used in the commercial RTP tools. The use of RTP in solar cells manufacturing is mainly due to Dr. Singh’s contributions. His work on solar cells is a part of many recent textbooks on solar cells and has been cited by researchers throughout the world. His early work on ultrathin gate oxide led to the passivation techniques used in surface of commercial silicon solar cells. Similarly his fundamental work on conducting oxide semiconductor led to the use of these materials in all kind of commercial thin film solar cells. From solar cells to integrated circuits, he has led the work on semiconductor and photovoltaic device processing by manufacturable innovation and defining critical path.
Dr. Singh has published over 300 papers in various journals and conference proceedings. He is editor or coeditor of more than ten conference proceedings. He has presented over 50 keynote addresses and invited talks in various national and international conferences. In May 2008, he delivered a key note talk in a conference in Europe on the topic “Global Green Energy Conversion Revolution in the 21st Century through Solid State Devices.”