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Microelectronics and VLSI



Research in microelectronics and VLSI focuses on solid-state devices and physics of semiconductor materials, including semiconductor device modeling and simulation, device fabrication, measurement and characterization.

We investigate device structures such as transistors, radio-frequency and microwave and millimeter wave devices, optoelectronics, photodiodes, photovoltaics and solar cells. In addition to silicon, some of the related materials are silicon carbide, gallium aluminum arsenide, indium phosphide (group III-V) and mercury cadmium telluride (group II-VI). The study of these devices and materials is important in the development of advanced electronics and computing systems and are used in data storage memory systems, microprocessors, biomedical equipment and systems, radar, hand-held electronic devices, advanced sensors, microfluid and numerous other nano/microelectronic devices.

Our microelectronics program investigates modeling and fabrication of nano-scale magnetic sensors in collaboration with researchers at NIST-Boulder. These sensors are used for the magnetic targeting of therapeutic agents (such as drugs or genes) to a specific spot on the body, ferrofluids, magnetic recording, and permanent magnets.


Learn about some of the department’s projects and resources in microelectronics and VLSI.

Sean Halloran, MSEE ’04, now with PrimeStar Solar Inc, is pictured in front of a deposition chamber at NIST Laboratory.

Ankur Mali, MSEE, shown working on his thesis project on an SEM microscope, is studying the formation of defects at the silicon-silicon oxide interface. The SEM was donated by Tandberg Data Inc in 2007 and is housed in UC Denver North Classroom building.

These graduate students are working in cleanroom during a class session—this course was offered at CAPT lab in 2007 as a graduate-level laboratory course in fabrication and processing of semiconductor devices.

Faculty Information

Hamid Fardi, PhD, Professor

Related Courses

Graduate courses

  • ELEC 5005 - VLSI Device Modeling
  • ELEC 5025 - Device Electronics
  • ELEC 5455 - Numerical Analysis of Semiconductor Devices
  • ELEC 5522 - VLSI System Design
  • ELEC 5555 - VLSI Circuit Simulation
  • ELEC 5xx5 - Fabrication Laboratory
  • ELEC 56x5 - Device Electronics II

For complete, up-to-date course descriptions, visit the CU Denver academic catalog and search for the course numbers listed above.