Tyndall researcher wins prestigious international honour


17 February 2012

Prof Jean Pierre Colinge, head of the Micro-Nano Electronics Centre at Tyndall National Institute, UCC, Cork, has been recognised with a prestigious international honour from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Prof Coligne is a previous Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year in 2010 and winner of the 2012 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award. In 2010, he was published in the international journal Nature Nanotechnology for his work on fabricating the world’s first ever junctionless transistor at Tyndall National Institute.

Prof Roger Whatmore, CEO at Tyndall National Institute, said: "We are delighted that Prof Jean-Pierre Colinge has been recognised for his outstanding contribution over many years to the important field of silicon-on-insulator devices and technology. In his latest work at Tyndall, Jean-Pierre invented the ‘junctionless transistor’, which is a dramatic simplification of the transistor structure compared with current designs.

"Transistor dimensions continue to shrink as the semiconductor industry follows Moore’s Law and we believe that Jean-Pierre’s invention will become a key design for the industry as it moves towards sub-10nm gate lengths. Tyndall is licensing this technology to world leading semiconductor companies and the Micronanoeletronics team at Tyndall continues to advance the technology, particularly through the application of novel materials employing Jean-Pierre’s concepts."




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