Seminar reminder: Materials and Technology for Monolithic Instruments May 20 (Tue) 4-5pm CISX-101

Peter Chen jwpchen at
Mon May 19 03:52:19 PDT 2008

Materials and Technology for Monolithic Instruments
Dr. Jeremy A. Theil

As CMOS process technology has matured over the past few years, a 
novel trend that has emerged is one in which new materials and 
structures are incorporated into or onto the integrated circuit to 
create novel devices. Monolithic instruments are systems and that 
combine conventional integrated circuits with novel solid-state 
components so they can interact with the physical environment. Such 
systems can achieve cost and performance enhancements through 
integration and miniaturization. Examples include a-Si:H photodiode 
arrays, OLED-based microdisplays, integrated biological and chemical 
detection systems, integrated optical and photonic systems, and 
digital micromirror displays. A non-exhaustive list of materials 
include those that can be incorporated into integrated circuits such 
as (i) deposited semiconductors including a-Si:H and microcrystalline 
silicon; (ii) OLED materials; (iii) chemically active and inert 
conductors; and (iv) organic conductors; (v) biocompatible materials; 
and (vi) magnetic thin films. This presentation briefly touches upon 
recent trend in monolithic instrument device and applications and new 
fabrication techniques that are CMOS fab compatible.

Jeremy Theil works on high performance a-Si:H photovoltaic modules for 
multi-MW solar farm installations. Previously, he has worked at 
Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard where his focus was on 
advanced process technologies for mixed signal integrated circuits, 
and monolithic instrument technology and applications. While there, he 
developed the state-of-the-art a Si:H photodiode array technology for 
advanced CMOS imager applications. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, 
he worked at Johnson Controls developing thin film gas diffusion 
barriers. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering 
from North Carolina State University, and is an author of more than 33 
papers and 43 patents.

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