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Published on 18 January 2023


Best Thesis award from the EEA Club

How can we optimize energy harvesting in closed, confined environments? Adrien Morel's work on power management for piezoelectric harvesters is proof that CEA-Leti is leading the race to meet the increasing demand for energy autonomy in embedded systems in inaccessible environments. 

After his first internship in our labs, focusing on piezoelectric materials, Adrien decided to extend his work during his thesis. His thesis studies involved electrically tuning the resonant frequency of a piezoelectric vibration energy harvester in order to monitor its dynamics in real time. After comparing different combinations of power harvesting strategies, Adrien implemented the most effective one in a dedicated integrated circuit.
The bandwidth of the harvester has been increased by up to six times compared to the traditional approaches in the literature.
Adrien is paving the way for more autonomous, energy-efficient systems in closed, confined environments. He has also pointed out that applications are diverse, and not always where we expect them to be! For example, this breakthrough could improve the living conditions of patients wearing medical devices in need of a constant energy supply, as it will enable energy-efficient autonomy without the need for further invasive intervention. No need to replace batteries! 

"One of the Leti's biggest strenghts is that as researchers, we get the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary domains, which means we get to exchange ideas with so many people. It is rewarding, and I think it is unusual to benefit from this kind of working dynamic", he says. 
But it was also a challenge for him to collaborate with so many people and to gather enough information to complete his thesis successfully! This was actually the main reason he won this prize. 


​IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award 2022

Simon Deleonibus received the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award 2022 for more than 35 years of contribution and leadership in nanoscale CMOS device and process technologies at Thomson Semiconductor (now STMicroelectronics) and CEA-Leti! 

As a chief scientist, Simon Deleonibus has inspired young CEA-Leti researchers! 
About Simon’s major contributions: 
  • 1984: Plugs principle patent for microelectronics interconnections and demonstration, now used by the entire semiconductor industry
  • 1987-95: world recognized expertise on ultimate field isolation for non-volatile memories - 16Mbit-1Gbit generations - with high aspect ratios and advanced logic CMOS
  • 1996: Patent for self-aligned damascene metal gate and demonstration, now used in advanced high-speed processors
  • 1999: world's smallest 20nm transistor   
  • 1999-2016: 2D & 3D device architectures integration and Silicon Components and Technologies scientific leadership