Nanotechnology and nanodevice simulation
Since 2005 the research group has been increasingly involved in the emerging field of nanotechnology, both (as already outlined) from the standpoint of nanoscale device simulation on the basis of fundamental techniques, and in the analysis and design of carbon nanotube structures for IC interconnects and high-performance power device dissipators.
Within the framework of a cooperation with the Department of Physics of Politecnico (prof. Tagliaferro) under the hat of the CNT4SIC project funded by Regione Piemonte, the analysis is being carried out of the nanotube thermal properties, with particular attention to the interface problem to other materials (e.g. SiC), and to the simulation of the dissipator performances in realistic environments.
More recently, an activity has been started aimed at developing both physical and circuit models for the analysis and design of third generation solar cells, with emphasis on Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC). This activity is performed in cooperation with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).