Tomás Palacios' Group @ MIT

Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices

CSMantech: 2016 Best Student Paper Award

Congratulations to Mr. Sameer Joglekar, Ph.D. candidate in our lab,  for his 2016 Best Student Paper Award  “Simulation of Fabrication- and Operation -Induced Mechanical Stress in AlGaN/GaN Transistors” He along with his fellow authors presented at the 2016 International Conference on Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing in Miami, Florida.

The Best Student Paper Award is the presentation and the material, which is to be outstanding by the various attendees from industry, academia and the government labs.  This award recognizes and supports student accomplishments as well as promoting the conferences mission while establishing relationships that increase the knowledge of our Industry.

Please join us in congratulating Sameer for his outstanding work!

The New Yorker: “Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?”

Material Question: Graphene may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered. But what’s it for?”


New Yorker

…Perhaps the most expansive thinker about the material’s potential is Tomas Palacios, a Spanish scientist who runs the Center for Graphene Devices and 2D Systems, at M.I.T. Rather than using graphene to improve existing applications, as Tour’s lab mostly does, Palacios is trying to build devices for a future world.

At thirty-six, Palacios has an undergraduate’s reedy build and a gentle way of speaking that makes wildly ambitious notions seem plausible. As an electrical engineer, he aspires to “ubiquitous electronics,” increasing “by a factor of one hundred” the number of electronic devices in our lives. From the perspective of his lab, the world would be greatly enhanced if every object, from windows to coffee cups, paper currency, and shoes, were embedded with energy harvesters, sensors, and light-emitting diodes, which allowed them to cheaply collect and transmit information. “Basically, everything around us will be able to convert itself into a display on demand,” he told me, when I visited him recently. Palacios says that graphene could make all this possible; first, though, it must be integrated into those coffee cups and shoes.

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IWN 2014 – Wroclaw, Poland “Outstanding Poster Presentation”


Sameer Joglekar, PhD candidate since 2011 with Prof. Tomas Palacios received the Best Poster Award at the International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors (IWN) held in Poland the week of Aug. 24.  The work which Joglekar presented, titled “Impact of AI2O3 Passivation on the Surface Properties and Schottky Barrier Height of AlGaN/GaN Transistors” was selected from more than 500 presentations at the IWN, the top conference in the field. Inaugurated in 2000, the International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors is held biennially alternating with the International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS), which covers related subject areas.

Mr. Sameer Joglekar, received his Bachelors degree in Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology at Mumbai in India, in August 2011. He joined Prof. Palacios’ Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices Group as a Ph.D candidate in November 2011. His work focuses on surface plasma treatments and effects of stress on the piezoelectric properties of AlGaN-GaN material systems.

Editor’s Picks in Device Physics

The articles listed below are Editor’s Picks on research in device physics from Applied Physics Letters.
Abstract: We introduce an ac-transconductance method to profile the gate oxide traps in a HfO2 gated AlGaN/GaN Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor High-Electron-Mobility Transistors (MOS-HEMTs) that can exchange carriers with metal gates, which in turn causes changes in analog and pulsed channel currents. The method extracts energy and spacial distributions of the oxide and interface traps under the gate from the frequency dependence of ac transconductance. We demonstrate the method using MOS-HEMTs with gate oxides that were annealed at different temperatures.

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EECScon 2014 and Masterworks 2014 raise awareness of high-level student research

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EECScon 2014 and Masterworks 2014 raise awareness of high-level student research

Two consecutive venues provide industry, faculty and student guests with full range and depth of research

Whether it is presented in a formal conference hall at the Kendall Marriott or accompanied with large servings of ice cream along the Charles M. Vest Student Street, research carried out by students in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has gained a strong professional presence around MIT and beyond. This year, EECS decided to pair its cornerstone venues for showcasing student research — EECScon and Masterworks — in one afternoon (April 22), capturing a large and interested group of guests including fellow students, postdocs, research staff, faculty, and industry visitors. (Read More)

Masterworks 2014

Masterworks is the Department’s annual presentation and celebration of thesis research leading to the degrees of Master of Science (SM) and Master of Engineering (MEng). This year’s Masterworks will be by poster presentation. EECS faculty members will evaluate the posters and presentations to determine the awardee for the 2014 Morris Joseph Levin Award for Outstanding Masterworks Thesis Presentation. In addition several other prizes will be drawn among the participants.

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IBM’s graphene-based circuitry could boost wireless communications


Researchers at Big Blue improved graphene-based radio receiver performance by attaching the fragile form of carbon material at the end of the chipmaking process.  Read more from CNET: News here

The Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering Award

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November 26, 2013

The Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded the “Agustin de Betancourt” award to Prof. Tomás Palacios. This award, the most prestigious given in Spain to an engineer less than 36 years old, recognizes Prof. Palacios’ work on nanotechnologies applied to high frequency electronic devices based on GaN and graphene. The award was presented by the Academy’s President, Prof. Elias Fereres, on November 26, 2013.

Prof. Palacios poses with Prof. Elias Fereres (left), President of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Mr. Rafael del Pino (right), member of the MIT Corporation and CEO of Ferrovial.

Congratulations Tomás for yet another award in 2013!

Fall 2013 Thesis Award Winner: Dr. Han Wang


November 18, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Han Wang who recently was awarded the Jin-Au Kong Doctoral Thesis Prize for Electrical Engineering at MIT (first prize). Prof.  Tomas Palacios,  supervisor and advisor, appears on his left, along with the department head of EECS, Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan and MTL Director, Prof. Jesus del Alamo are standing on the right. 

 “Two-Dimensional Materials for Electronic Application”

For more information, please find it here on the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science(EECS) department website.

MIT-EECS SuperUROP Project: Smart 3D-Printed Systems

EECS SuperUROP projects: More info here,

Development of Graphene-based RF Energy Harvesters on Paper

The use of three-dimensional printing is quickly changing the way products are designed and manufactured. However, in spite of the tremendous flexibility and potential of current 3D printers, most of the 3D objects that can be printed today lack of any kind of electronics and intelligence.

At the same time, the recent development of graphene and other two-dimensional electronic materials offers tremendous new opportunities to fabricate electronic circuits on almost any surface. In this project, we will embed these new materials into 3D-printed systems to add sensing and information processing capabilities. The “smart” 3D systems that will be demonstrated will be an important step towards ubiquitous electronics.

The main tasks of this project are:

1. Identify new technologies to embed two-dimensional electronic materials (e.g. graphene) into 3D printed systems.
2. Fabrication of “smart” 3D systems at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories.
3. Characterization of the fabricated 3D systems.


Smart 3D-Printed Systems