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Electronics Focus Area

Electronics, fundamentally, involves the physics, chemistry, and materials science of charged particle motion in a semiconductor, gas, or vacuum.  The charged particles most often considered in modern electronics are electrons and holes; however, photons and more exotic particles and quasi-particles can also be observed in solid state devices.  The primary research focus in Electronics for the ECE department at Clemson University is Solid State Nanoelectronics; thus, the primary emphasis is on semiconductors.  In order to produce real devices, however, we must use metals and insulators/dielectrics in addition to semiconductor materials, so all of these materials must be investigated.  Specifically, both fundamental and applied research at Clemson focuses on materials, processing, devices, physical and electrical characterization, reliability, design, and applications to broad areas of micro and nanoelectronics.  Interdisciplinary research between the ECE department and other departments, such as Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry, is very common, providing faculty and students with a broad range of experience in all aspects of solid state technology.  The faculty involved in electronics research in the ECE department bring a wide variety of research experience, and are currently involved in diverse areas of research including:

  • Processing and Characterization of thin-film high-k dielectrics
  • Material, Device, and Integrated Circuit Fabrication
  • Organic Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Solar Energy Devices
  • Photonics
  • DC to High-Frequency Device and Circuit Design
  • Bioelectronics
  • Ion Beam Processing of Materials and Devices
  • Power Electronics
  • VLSI Design
  • MEMs
Faculty Members Active Graduate Level Courses
  • ECE-4040/6040 Semiconductor Devices
  • ECE-4060/6060 Introduction to Microelectronics Processing
  • ECE-4320/6320 Instrumentation
  • ECE-4370/6370 Microelectromechanical Systems
  • ECE-4590/6590 IC Design
  • ECE-4610/6610 Fundamentals of Solar Energy
  • ECE-8090 CMOS RFIC
  • ECE-8230 Integrated Circuit Technology
  • ECE-8260 Solar Cells
  • ECE-8400 Physics of Semiconductor Devices