Alan Seabaugh
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Alan Seabaugh is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the SRC-STARnet Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST). He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1985. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame he held research positions at the National Bureau of Standards (1979 to 1986), Texas Instruments (1986 to 1997), and Raytheon (1997 to 1999). He has authored or coauthored more than 300 papers and given 90 invited presentations at conferences and workshops; he has 22 U.S. patents and 10 foreign patents and is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He received teaching awards in 1990 from U.T. Dallas and 2001 from Notre Dame. He was elected Senior Fellow at Raytheon in 1999 and IEEE Fellow in 2003. He received the Int. Symp. on Comp. Semicon. Quantum Devices Award in 2011 for seminal contributions and leadership in semiconductor devices and circuits based on quantum mechanical tunneling. His current research interests are in nanoelectronic devices and circuits, III-V and graphene tunnel field-effect transistors, and Li-ion batteries.


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Group News

Prof. Trond Ytterdal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, will spend the spring 2017 semester at Notre Dame where he will co-teach the graduate analog IC design course.

Prof Wan Sik Hwang, from Korea Aerospace University and graduate student Changsik Kim from Sungkyunkwan University from the lab of Prof. Won Jong Yoo, are visiting for 6 weeks to collaborate on the development of tunnel FETs in transition metal dichalcogenide materials.

Cristobal Alessandri, joins Notre Dame from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is pursuing a dual-degree in Electrical Engineering, coadvised by Prof. Angel Abusleme (PUC). (May 2016)

Paolo Paletti, accepts a summer internship at IBM Zurich to work on tunnel FETs. (June 2016)

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 invited to participate in the NSF-cosponsored EU-US Workshop on 2D Materials, Heterostructures and Devices, Oct. 10‒12, 2016, Manchester, UK.

Dr. Leitao Liu joins the group as post doc to develop 2D TFETs. He comes from Prof. Jing Guo's group at the University of Florida where his thesis was entitled "Quantum Transport in Devices with Two-Dimensional Channel Materials" (Jan.2016)

Prof. 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, 2015.

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, 2015. This work was a collaboration with UC San Diego. (July 2015)

Dr. Yoshiyuki Kondo joined Notre Dame as a visiting researcher from Toshiba, Kawasaki, Japan on May 15, 2015.

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. (July 2015)

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. (May 2014)

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. (July 2014) More

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. (April 2014)

Congratulations to Hao Lu for passing her doctoral qualifying exam, December 5, 2014. 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. (April 2014)

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 (April 2013).


Cristobal Alessandri

Cristobal received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2013. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the same university, and will finish his studies at University of Notre Dame under a dual Ph.D. program. His research interests include low-noise analog design and nanoelectronics.

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Mina Asghari Heidarlou

Mina received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2010 and continued her master's degree in bio micro electro-mechanical systems (bio-MEMS) at the University of Tabriz, Iran. Her research interests include nanoelectronic devices and tunneling transistors. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, bicycling, and traveling.

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Sara Fathipour

Sara received her B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2012. She is now the PhD student in the department of electrical engineering at University of Notre Dame. She is very much interested in nanoelectronics, tunneling transistors, III-V and graphene based devices and energy harvesting devices.

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Karla Gonzalez

Karla received a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2011 and an M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering in 2014, from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. She is currently an EE graduate student at Notre Dame. Her research interests include nanoelectronic devices, tunneling transistors, optoelectronics, neural engineering, plasmonic sensing, biosensing, and bioinstrumentation. She has served as an IEEE Women in Engineering representative and as a founding officer of the IEEE-HKN Lambda Rho Chapter.

Leitao Liu

Leitao received his B. E. in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in July 2010. He joined the Computational Nanoelectronics Lab directed by Dr. Jing Guo at University of Florida in August 2010, and graduated with a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2015. His research interests include nanoscale electronic devices based on low-dimensional materials and topological insulators, tunneling transistors, device modeling and simulation.

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Paolo Paletti

Paolo received his M.Sc. in electronics engineering from University of Pisa, Italy in 2013. After graduation, he spent one year as a research assistant within the Nanoscale Device Simulation Laboratory at the same institution. He is now a graduate student in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include the development of novel energy-efficient devices based on low-dimensional materials.

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Pratyush Pandey

Pratyush completed his undergraduate in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, in 2011. In 2007 he received a Silver Medal in the International Physics Olympiad, and a Gold Medal in the Indian National Chemistry Olympiad. During his undergraduate, he worked on quantum error correction codes, quantum cryptography, and applied information theory. Subsequently, he worked at IIT Delhi on the analytical modelling of TFETs. He is now a graduate student at Notre Dame, with research interests in TFETs, quantum devices, internal photoemission, and device modelling and simulation. He is also a classically trained violinist, and enjoys hiking whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Research collaborations

Suman Datta (Notre Dame)

Patrick Fay (Notre Dame)

Susan Fullerton (University of Pittsburgh)

Debdeep Jena (Cornell)

Gerhard Klimeck (Purdue)

Theresa Mayer (Penn State)

Maja Remskar (Jožef Stefan Institute)

Robert Wallace (University of Texas at Dallas)

Mark Wistey (Notre Dame)

Huili Grace Xing (Cornell)


Seabaugh Group Alumni

Group photo summer 2011