MSc Microelectronics

Graduation project (45 or 60 EC)

The graduation thesis project is the concluding study unit of the program. The project is usually 45 EC, but can be 60 EC in case of a chip design project. The project may be executed within a research program at TU Delft, or in a suitable research institute or company. The project must be carried out with a systematic approach and should include all phases of a research or design project: analysis, modelling, implementation/construction and validation/evaluation. The student executes the thesis project independently, with guidance of a thesis supervisor and under the responsibility of the full professor who approved the IEP.

Students must pass the Master's degree course work as stated in his or her individual study programme (ISP) to within 12 ECTS before embarking on the thesis project and have to show a Thesis Entrance Permit (TEP) to their thesis supervisor. With regard to the thesis project, the thesis supervisor may impose additional conditions for starting the thesis project.

MSc project proposals

Some examples of thesis topics (this list is not exhaustive).
BE[2016] Impact of Dry Electrode-Skin Interface Changes on Impedance
[2017] Closed-loop multi-channel neuro-stimulator and neurorecording ICs
[2017] LED+Electrode Array for Local Optogenetic Stimulation and Recording
Design of analog building blocks for ultra-low-power biomedical circuits in 40nm CMOS
[2017] Miniaturized fluorescence microscope to image brain activity in freely behaving birds and rodents
[2017] Single-resonance wireless power transfer and/or body-channel communication
[2017] Design of a low power ambulatory stimulation module
[2017] Single-inductor RF energy harvester and power-efficient UHF neurostimulator IC
[2017] Wireless powering of a neural stimulator using ultrasound
[2016; already taken] Stochastic Resonance Neural Amplifier Design
[2017; already taken] Transparent electrode array for electroceuticals
[2017] Design Rules for Implantable ASICs
[2016; already taken] Epidural spinal cord electrical stimulation (ESCS)
CASDevelopment of accurate dielectric property imaging for 1.5T MRI
Unraveling the structure of the electromagnetic field in MRI
Development and testing of a switchable fractionated dipole antenna for ultrahigh field MRI
FPGA based Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC)
RESIST: reliability aware system design
Determining Performance Boundaries and Automatic Loop Optimization of High-Level Systems
COBRA: 3D and Many ASIP core platform(s)
Specification, optimization and realization of complex compute blocks
High speed and secure NoC adaptive routing strategies
Fault-tolerant decoding for implant processors
Extraction of power and ground nets
ECTMCNT as electrodes in micro battery applications
Internship at AMS - Pressure Sensor
Interships (2) at AMS: chemical gas sensors (6M)
High aspect ratio surface micro-machining using carbon nanotubes
Wafer-scale graphene transfer
A sub-millimeter size tissue stiffness sensor
Smart Micro Thrusters for CubeSats
EINon-invasive Detection of Bilirubin (Jaundice)
Heartbeat measurement in wireless music headsets by infrared detection
Optical Micro-probes for Bioreactors and Fermenters
Industrial Thin Film Eddy-current Sensor
Car Fuel Quality Monitoring
MS3Phase-coded automotive radar
Optimal frequency generation scheme for mm-Wave automotive radar

Thesis examples

BE2017Lichao WuDesign of a Pipeline Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC) Suitable for Transducer Array Channel Multiplexing
Ernesto Gonzales HuamanA Low-Complexitry CMOS Receiver for UWB Signals
Hongming YuStructured Design of an External NMOS based Linear Voltage Regulator for Automotive Applications
2016Yang Jiang8uW to 1mW Input Power Management IC Design for RF Energy Harvester
Yao LiA 0.6V Low Noise Current Generator for Bio-Impedance Measurements in 40nm CMOS
Qiuyang LinA 0.6V, 1 uW, Low-Power Low-Noise Instrumentation Amplifier for ECG/BioZ measurement in 40nm CMOS
Samprajani RoutStructured Electronic Design of High-Pass ∆Σ Converters and their application to cardiac signal acquisition
Ide SwagerPassive Wireless ECoG Monitoring on Multiple Subjects
Joost KerpelsIn vivo multicell inferior olivary recordings: alternative design methods for creating cheap and flexible electrode structures
Matthijs WeskinA compact multi-electrode system to measure in vivo electrical activity in the olivocerebellar system -- measuring sub-threshold oscillations and action potentials spatially and over time
2015Sander FondseSWEAT: Sleeping Wireless Energy Transfer And Trickle Charger
2014Jialue WangDesign of a Boost DC-DC Converter for Energy Harvesting Applications in 40nm CMOS Process
Menno VastenholtA Sub-GHz UWB Correlation Receiver for Wireless Biomedical Communication
2013Luis Carlos GutierrezAnalysis and Design of MHz-range Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Implantable Devices
Eric MuijsA CMOS Temperature Compensated Log-Amp Detector
2010Mark StoopmanA Sub-GHz UWB Pulse Generator for Wireless Biomedical Communication
Cees-Jeroen BesA front-end for sensing the stimulation and response of auditory nerve cells
Senad HiseniUltra Low-Power Analog Integrated Circuits for Extracellular Action Potential Detection
2009Marijn Van DongenA versatile output stage for implantable neural stimulators
Y. ShamsaLC Ladder Based Orthonormal Filter for Impulse-Radio UWB Pulse Generation.
S. Al-AhdabAn Ultra Low Power Fully Integrated Sensor Interface IC for Pacemakers
M.A. GrashuisA fully differential switched capacitor wavelet filter
S. WangA 10-bit 25Msps Pipeline ADC for Companding Baseband Processing in Wireless Application
CAS2017Andrei ArdeleanEnergy-efficient multipath ring network for heterogeneous clustered neuronal arrays
Jelimo MaswanMultiway Component Analysis for the Removal of Far Ventricular Signal in Unipolar Epicardial Electrograms of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
He ZhangMulti-FPGA Interconnection Simulation
Xuefei YouFull-Custom Multi-Compartment Synaptic Circuits in Neuromorphic Structures
Ester StienstraA 32 x 32 Spiking Neural Network System On Chip
Peter StijnmanTransceive Phase Corrected Contrast Source Inversion-Electrical Properties Tomography
2016Bahador ValizadehpashaOn-Chip Cryogenic Read-Out of Spin Qubit for Quantum Computers
Rosario IncandelaCryogenic CMOS LNA for RF readout of spin qubits
Arin ÜlküHigh Resolution, Fully Digital Photon-Counting Image Sensors in DSM CMOS Technologies
Preethi PadmanabhanDesign of a Sub-harmonically Injection-Locked TDC Array for Space Applications
Kiki WiriantoMulti-Domain SystemC Model of a Neural Interface
2015Guozhi XuImplementation of in-situ monitoring techniques for power reduction in smart sensors
Yuteng HaoLow power digital baseband architecture for wireless sensor nodes
Ting GongDevelopment and Characterization of an Endoscopic TOF PET System
Martijn BijwaardScalable Network Based Clock Synchronization for Digital PET System
2014Dali ZhangLong-range 3D Range Detector Based on Time-correlated Single-photon Counting
Harald HomulleDevelopment of a Multichannel TCSPC System in a Spartan 6 FPGA
Jrn ZimmerlingModeling of wave propagation in open domains: A Krylov subspace approach
Milovan VasicPhysical design of a 3D router: reducing the number of vertical connections and enabling asynchronous operation
2012Nupur LodhaMonolithic Integration of LEDs and SPADs in Standard CMOS Technology for Optical Joystick Application
J. Rodriguez Rodriguez de GuzmanA general RDE-based simulator for statistical timing analysis
2011Vashishth ChaudhriFundamentals, Specifications, Architecture and Hardware Towards a Navigation System Based on Radio Pulsars
Priyanka KumarTime-of-Flight 3D Imaging based on a SPAD-TDC Pixel Array in Standard 65 nm CMOS Technology
Guanyu YiHigh-Quality, Real-Time HD Video Stereo Matching on FPGA
Harmen MenningaImplementation, Characterization, and Optimization of an FPGA-based Time-to-Digital Converter
2010Ashish NigamStandard Cell Behavior Analysis and Waveform Set Model for Statistical Static Timing Analysis
2009Rahmadi TrimanandaA hierarchically pipelined data acquisition system for single-photon avalanche diode array
Lin Li45nm Extraction and verification flow with SPACE
ECTM2017Manvika SinghSuspended graphene membranes for electrostatically actuated graphene resonators
Dong Bin CaiFabrication and characterization of High aspect ratio MEMS Electrochemical Sensor
Shengtai ShiEffects of Silicon Oxides as Substrates for Graphene Gas Sensor
Shinnosuke KawasakiSilicon based device for smart assessment of cellular stiffness
Tianyi JinInvestigation On Viscoplastic Properties Of Au-Sn Die-Attach Solder
Michel Sebastiaan Van der KaayHigh Density Flexible Interconnect for Minimally Invasive Medical Instruments
Maryam Ahmadi NaminNano-copper paste filled vertical interconnects
2016Sri Harsha AchantaWafer Level Packaging With Nano Metal Paste Interconnects For UV-C LEDs
Brahim El MansouriA Miniaturized Temperature Controlled Capacitive MEMS Transducer for MOF based Gas Sensing Applications
Shiva DaharA New Method For Fabrication of Medical Microfluidic Devices
James MugandaEmbedded MicroChannels and their Application in Minimally Invasive Medical Instruments
Ifigeneia ZachariouImplementation of a passive millimeter wave identification antenna on Kapton film for human presence detection
2015Ramin BarakAddressing large-scale qubit arrays for quantum computer
Sotiris ThomasAn Evaluation of Silicon Carbide Based Bimorph Actuators for Optical Coherence Tomography Applications
Yingjie ShenFlexible Interposer Based on Carbon Nanotubes and PDMS Composite
Jian LiWafer Scale Flexible Interconnect Fabrication for Heterogeneous Integration
Hengqian YiThermally Driven Sound Source: Application of CNT nanofoams
Yiwen ChenT12 Electromagnetic Ballast Modeling And Retrofit LED Tube Driver Design
Nikolas GaioFabrication and Characterization of an Upside-down CNT MEA
2014Yorick CariseyLow temperature fine pitch vertical wafer level interconnection using copper nanoparticles
Teng MaMonolithic integration of light sensor readout system for multi-functional LED wafer-level packaging based on BICMOS process
Manjunath Venkatesh RamachandrappaMonolithic Integration of Rectifiers and Drivers for low power SSL applications on a Rigid to Flex Substrate
Lalit KumarOpto-elecronic MEMS oscillator for resonant pressure sensing
Xingyu LiuPrinted graphene and silicon
Yi LiuNano Optomechanical Read-out for Microcantilever Sensors
Hengqian YiThermally Driven Sound Source: Application of CNT nanofoams
Lalit KumarOpto-electronic MEMS oscillator for resonant pressure sensing
Yelena GrachovaCVD of Single Layer Graphene at Wafer Scale: Study of Different Catalytic Materials
Sourish BanerjeeSuper-growth of CNTs based on ZrN for TSV application
Berend van MeerDesign of Cytostretch Skin A human cell based stretchable, flexible and mass-producible skin tissue model for drug development
2013R. SokolovskijFoldable 3D Wafer Level SSL Package Using Flexible Interconnect
A. DamianLow Temperature Wafer Bonding Based on Copper Nanoparticle Sintering for 3D Interconnect Fabrication
Walter VerloopResonant Air Quality Sensor
Alice XuLow Temperature Fabrication of SiO2 Films Using Liquid Silicon
Dhariyash RathodVerification of the non-local avalanche current model in mextram for advanced SiGe HBTs
2012Raj VadirajHigh Frequency readout scheme for Graphene based NEMS
Miki TrifunovicSingle-Grain Silicon TFTs on a Plastic Substrate by Doctor Blade Coating of Cyclopentasilane
Ankur SharmaFlexible Smart Display with Integrated Graphics Rasterizor using Single Grain TFTs
2011Sheng Jie LiMicro-Fluidic MEMS for Micro-Particle Filtration
Aashini GulatiA Micro Surgical Instrument for Age Related Macular Degeneration
Ting YanIntegrated water cooling for HIFU prostate ablation
B.S. HauDesign & Modeling of a MEMS Contact-mode Piezoresistive Detector for Pull-in Acceleration Sensing
Amir NaeimiOLED Display with Single Grain Si TFT. (SG-TFT)
2010Gokulray ChandramohanElectrical characterization of MEMS microphones
Jie ShenNovel Application of Imprinting Lithography for Multi-bit Ferroelectric Memories
Yunlong HouAluminum Nitride and Chromium Nitride Thin Films for Strain Gauge Application
J. YangReliability study of the Floating Gate Based Embedded Non_Volatile Memory (eNVM)
J. ZhangDesign and Fabrication of On-Chip Cooling Devices Based on the Peltier Effect
M. CanEdgeless Silicon Sensors
2009D. Oludare OyediranGrowth of Thin Film Microcrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
S. VollebregtCarbon nanotubes as vertical interconnects in 3D integrated circuits
J. HaoSilicon MEMS Micro-Evaporator
N.T. BokerPrototyping of a Stretchable Microelectrode Array for Cardiotoxicity Drug Screening
Theo VerhaarPattern transfer on vertical cavity sidewalls using SU8
2008Ruoxuan LiTapered through silicon via etching and filling for 3D integration
EI2017Said HussainiAn ultra-low-power capacitive readout circuit for wake-on-touch applications
Shoubhik KarmakarA Dynamic Zoom ADC for Instrumentation Applications
Hao FanA High-Resolution Capacitance-to-Digital Converter based on Iterative Discharging
Douwe van WilligenA single cable active IVUS probe
Samira AmaniA 15-bit ΔΣ Capacitance-to-Digital Converter For Position Sensing with Electrically Floating Targets
Michele D'UrbinoElement-Level Sigma Delta Modulator for Ultrasound Applications
Yixuan YanVoltage Calibration of BJT Based Temperature Sensor
Costantino LigourasA capacitive fingerprint sensor front-end circuit design
Yixin ShiA Low-Power Area-Efficient SAR-Assisted Hybrid ADC for Ultrasound Imaging
Magda UrsuleanAnalysis and Design of a 2.5GS/s 6-bit SAR ADC with a 3-bit/cycle Resolving Scheme
Wei WuMulti-sensor Read-out Circuit with Temperature, Capacitance and Voltage Sensing Functionalities
Weichen XuLow-Power Readout IC for a PMUT-based bladder scanner
2016Mingliang TanA Front-end ASIC with High-Voltage Transmit Switching and Receive Digitization for Forward-Looking Intra-Vascular Ultrasound
Luke MiddelburgBio-fuel Composition Sensing: Multi domain spectroscopy to determine the composition of bio-fuel mixtures
Sining PanAn on-chip noise thermometer
Utsav JainCharacterization of CMOS image sensor
Thije RooijersA Sampled Voltage Reference
Jeroen van DijkAn On-Chip Noise Thermometer
2015Jan AngevareA Highly-Scalable Thermal-Diffusivity-Based Temperature Sensor
Rishi BacchuArea-Efficient Readout IC with High Panel Noise Rejection for Capacitive Touchscreens
Owoyinka KoleosoA CMOS Bandgap Temperature Sensor for Cryogenic Applications
Weihan HuA 9-bit 33MHz Hybrid SAR Single-slope ADC
Nikola Radeljic-JakicIntegrated Readout Circuit for Cross-Correlation Based Ultrasonic Ranging
Revanth BellamkondaCombined Capacitance and Temperature to Digital Converter
Wouter BrevetA Low-Power CMOS Wind Sensor with Corner Heaters
Yanquan LuoA High-Resolution, Resistor-Based Temperature Sensor
A. KulkarniLow Drift, Wireless Temperature Sensor for Harsh Industrial Applications
A.N. AbarcaHigh Precision Flow Compensated Thermal Conductivity Detector for Gas Sensing with Read-out Circuit
R. ZhangA 1-Mega Pixels HDR and UV Sensitive Image Sensor With Interleaved 14-bit 64Ms/s SAR ADC
J. MarkenhofIntegrating a Temperature Sensor into a CMOS Image Sensor
Giorgos KarykisA high-resolution self-timed zero-crossing-based Incremental Delta-Sigma ADC
Qilong LiuA mixed-signal multiplexing system for cable-count reduction in ultrasound probes
2014Pascal ‘t HartCharacterization of the Piezojunction Effect in an Industrial 130nm Process
Luis Edoardo Rueda GuerreroAn Algorithmic Readout Approach for Thermal Conductivity Based CO2 Sensors
Yuming HeCapacitive Sensor Interface Using an Inverter-Based Period Modulator
Kristof BlutmanA Low Power System-on-Chip with Memory Stacked on Top of Logic
Burak GonenA Zoom ADC for dynamic signals
Rui QuanA Highly-Digital Smart Thermal-Diffusivity-Based Temperature Sensor
A. SelvanSimulation of optic flow based flight control for a flapping wing micro aerial vehicle
L.E. RousselotAcoustical Monitoring of Model System for Vascular Access in Haemodialysis
J. ZhuThe Design of a Stitched, High-dynamic Range CMOS Particle Sensor
S.A. Van 't HofIn-vitro waveguide system for the detection of Escherichia coli in drain fluid after colorectal anastomotic leakage
2013Lokesh RajendranDesign of an Energy-Efficient Interface Circuit for a MEMS-based Capacitive Pressure Sensor
Kianoush SouriAn Energy-Efficient, Resistor-based, Smart Temperature Sensor
Jianfeng WuA Low-Power Thermal Wind Sensor in CMOS Technology
Nandish MehtaSampling time error calibration in Time-interleaved ADCs
Yuxin YanAn Energy-Efficient Reconfigurable Interface for Resonant Sensors Based On Ring-Down Measurement
Q. YaoThe design of a 16*16 pixels CMOS image sensor with 0.5 e- RMS noise
J.W. Van DrielCharacterization of metals for Cochlear Implants
Anirban SahaDesign of Front-End Receiver Electronics for 3D Trans-Esophageal Echocardiography
2012Chao ChenEnergy-Efficient Self-Timed Zero-Crossing-Based Incremental Delta-Sigma ADC
Umanath KamathDesign of high-resolution photodiode readout circuitry for a bio-implantable continuous glucose sensing chip
S. GoyalFrequency References Based on the Thermal Diffusivity of Silicon and Silicon Dioxide
Y. ChengEnergy-Efficient Capacitive-Sensor Interface Based on A Multi-Slope ADC
X. GeThe design of a global shutter CMOS image sensor in 110nm technology
Y. LiuThe Desigh of a High Dynamic Range CMOS Image Sensor in 110nm Technology
B.C. ChavaA Low-Input Current Chopper Amplifier
Ravi BagreeCharacterization and Design of a Readout Circuit for a Piezoelectric-based Acoustic Disdrometer
A. FekriA ratio metric analog-to-digital converter for eddy current displacement sensors
2011Fan GuoEnergy-efficient capacitive-sensor interface based on an incremental Delta-Sigma modulator employing current-starved inverter-based OTAs
Zeng ZengEnergy-efficient readout of resonant sensors
J. JiangDesign of a Wide-Bandwidth Magnetic Field Sensor
S.F. VoorderhakeMicro spectrometer for the measurement of the composition of new gas
J. GuoDLL Based Single Slope ADC For CMOS Image Sensor Column Readout
Folkert Roscam AbbingLight-Emitting Diode Junction-Temperature Sensing using Various Voltage/Current Measurement Techniques
K.F. TangEarly detection of anastomotic leakage using oxygen and carbon dioxide sensor
2010N. SarhangnejadHigh-precision Sigma-Delta Modulator with improved linearity
O. KayaA Precision RC-locked Oscillator
S. ChenSurface-Micromachined Thermal Conductivity Gas Sensors For Hydrogen Detection
Saket SakuniaPing-Pong-Pang Instrumentation Amplifier
C. MaPixel ADC Design for Hybrid CMOS Image Sensors
M. GeljonExcitation and readout of a thermally driven time-domain optical coherence tomography system
Y. JiajianTime-Gain-Compensation Amplifier for Ultrasonic Echo Signal Processing
C. LiuA Double-mode Linear Imaging System for IC-compatible Microspectrometers in Visible Light
2009A. ChengDesign of a Readout Scheme for a MEMS Microphone
A.D.H. TierolfMicrochip electrophoresis for UVC-induced DNA damage assessment
X. GuoInvestigation on Capacitive Sensor Interface with Improved Immunity to External Interference
Y. XuCharge Domain Interlacing CMOS Image Sensor Design
P.J. NganaDesign, Modeling and Simulation of a 52MHz MEMS Gyroscope Device in 1.5um SOI
ELCA2017Anand RameshHigh Efficiency Power Amplifiers for 77GHz Automative RADARs
Jiang GongAnalysis and Design of a Ring-Oscillator-Based Fractional-N Injection-Locked Digital PLL for IoT Applications
2016Bishnu PatraCryogenic frequency generationfor scalable control and read-out of qubits
Vijaya PurushothamanAn Ultra-low power Direct Frequency Demodulator for Bluetooth Smart applications
2015J.M.M. van der MeulenLinearity Analysis and Enhancement Techniques for the Base-Collector Capacitance Dominated Distortion in Bipolar Amplifiers
Georgios SarrisA medium power 135 GHz power amplifier
2014Yuan GaoDesign of a Duty-Cycled Fractional-N ADPLL Based on Instantaneous Start-up LC DCO and High-precision DTCs
Lianbo WuAn Ultra-Low-Power ADPLL for BLE Applications
Alan ChenDTC and TDC IC Design for Ultra-Low-Power ADPLL
R.G. VenterA Package Integratable Six Port Reflectometer for RF Power Devices
A. PillaiLNA and Square Law Detector at 60 GHz for Passive Radiometers
Bindi WangEdge-prediction DTC and Clock-gating TDC Design for Ultra Low Power All Digital PLL
2013Gerasimos VlachogiannakisLow Power, All-Digital Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers for Multi-GHz Applications
Satoshi MalotauxFull-Duplex CMOS Duplexer: Passive self-interference cancellation
Sanganagouda PatilAn Ultra-Linear LNA for Base stations
Vamshi ChillaraAn Ultra-Low-Power ADPLL for WPAN Applications
Jianghai HeWideband High Power Doherty Amplifiers
2012Mohammadreza MehrpooA Highly Selective, Very Linear Low Noise Transconductance Amplifier Capable of Large-Signal Handling for Current-Mode Receivers Front-End
Yang LiA NMOS Linear Voltage Regulator for Automotive Applications
Santosh AstgimathA low noise, low power dynamic amplifier with common mode detect and a low power, low noise comparator for pipelined SAR-ADC
Md. Shakil AkterA Low-Power Class-AB Residue Amplifier for a 12bit 500MS/sec Pipeline ADC with Digital Calibration
Armin TavakolDigitally Controlled Oscillator for WiMAX in 40 nm
2011Ajay Kumar ManjannaDesign and development of active baseband loadpull system
Wenlong JiangADPLL Design for WiMAX
Jing LiWideband High Power Amplifier Design
S. MotoroiuMulti-band/Multi-Mode RF Front-end Receiver for Basestation Applications
X. ZhangDesign of a Baseband Section for LTE-Advanced Mobile Communiation
Ao BaUltra-low-power Digitally-controlled Oscillator for Event-driven Transmitter
Popong EffendrikTime-to-Digital Converter (TDC) for WiMAX ADPLL in State-of-The-Art 40-nm CMOS
2010G. MishraAn Oscillator System for a Quadrature Downconversion Auto-Correlation Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Receiver
R. SehgalA 12-bit 500MS/s Pipeline Split-ADC
K.I.M.I. Khalaf60GHz front-end receiver chain in 90nm CMOS technology
J. Shen60GHz Quadrature Voltage-Controlled Oscillator for Radar Application
X. DengWideband Doherty Power Amplifier Design for Base Station Application
K. ShiA 60W Compact Highly Efficient Wideband Class-E Power Amplifier
Y. WangWideband Class-B Power Amplifiers
B. WuHighly Linear LNA Design for Base Station Applications
R. ZhangDesign Study on the Switched and Linear Operation of Broadband CMOS Class-E Power Amplifiers
R.F. KeareyA high-efficiency switch-mode amplitude modulator for class E power amplifiers in nano-satellites
2009M.H. SadeghiNew architecture for remote powered wireless transmitter
A. DonmezWideBand PLL as a clock multiplier
L. JiangSignal Up-conversion for Integrated Radar Systems
2008J. WanDesign of a Distributed Clock Generator for Multiple Power Domain System-on-Chip Integrated Circuits

Contact person

dr.ir. Andre Bossche

Electronic Instrumentation Group

Department of Microelectronics