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Published on 16 May 2023


Gaël Pillonnet

“Best Poster” award at the POWERMEMS’22 conference. ​

Innovation doesn’t always mean starting from scratch. It can be about reimagining existing principles to meet future needs and striking a balance between speed and energy conservation. 

Gaël Pillonnet, a seasoned energy conversion expert at CEA-Leti, has come up with an ingenious solution that significantly reduces the energy consumption of traditional transistors, albeit at a slower computation speed. This opens up a host of possibilities for achieving energy efficiency and computational performance, especially in edge computing.

While microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have been used to develop low-power computing systems before, they have been hampered by their reliance on mechanical contacts, which limit the number of logical operations possible.
Gaël Pillonnet’s approach overcomes this limitation by enabling contactless MEMS components for logic computation. By using adiabatic transformation during information processing, it is possible to achieve near-zero power consumption at lower calculation frequencies. This breakthrough in MEMS technology provides unprecedented durability to the systems in which they are integrated, making it a game changer in the field of computing.

What used to be impossible with conventional approach can now be imagined with contactless MEMS.

Next steps will therefore involve integrating this process into complex logic applications, reducing its size, and increasing the heat resistance of devices that can already withstand up to 150 °C.A. 

Marwan Jadid

𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿 "𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻" 𝗮𝘁 𝗜𝗦𝗔𝗣'𝟮𝟮 

The field of satellite technology is undergoing a revolution with the development of “New Space” and miniaturized antennas. As space becomes increasingly crowded and raises the need for optimized power directions, the ability to reduce the size and weight of satellite antennas while maintaining their performance is essential. Marwan Jadid delivered encouraging results in a crystal-clear presentation, showing how these advancements are expanding possibilities for applications and services that were once thought impossible. 
After attending a Telecommunications engineering school and completing a RF/Microwaves Master’s degree, Marwan wanted to explore disruptive solutions involving microsatellite antennas bandwidth and efficiency and embarked on a PhD at CEA-Leti, in close collaboration with CNES. Thanks to anechoic chambers at CEA-Leti and CNES, Marwan was able to test several prototypes and find an optimal configuration in controlled conditions.

Co𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀

To develop innovative RF solutions, Marwan had to consider power-coupling methods, a critical aspect. He also focused on finding the appropriate design for the feed/excitation type and control near field coupled power. Marwan was pleased by fantastic performances involving a non-conventional antenna size, which will contribute to reducing EM pollution and space crowding.
By combining my understanding of field and circuit theories from my background in RF engineering, I came up with a successful design for a new solution. I am confident that my skills and experience will help me push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of Radio-frequency Engineering.”

What’s Next 

As Marwan is passionate about all things applied electromagnetics, he is eager to tackle new challenges and to explore uncharted territories at CEA-Leti labs.


𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘁  𝗘\𝗣𝗖𝗢𝗦 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝘅𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱

The impetus for CEA-Leti innovations always begins with academic and industrial needs. Anthony Albanese's research on amorphous chalcogenide materials for highly nonlinear on-chip components confirm CEA-Leti's expertise at the forefront of More than Moore solutions.

After earning a scholarship to study in Grenoble, Anthony went on to pursue a PhD at CEA-Leti, in collaboration with the Institut Carnot de Bourgogne. His aim was to explore energy efficiency issues through the inclusion of innovative materials in photonic systems while ensuring CMOS compatibility, which is essential to industrial transfer.

The chalcogenide materials he studied have promising optical properties and feature exceptional nonlinearity while retaining great transparency and good thermal stability. Special thanks go to Jean-Baptiste Dory, the former PhD student who launched the topic at CEA-Leti in 2016 under the supervision of Pierre Noé, at the Department of Advanced Material Deposition, and with Pierre's close collaborators from the University of Bourgogne in Dijon (Benoit Cluzel), FNRS at the University of Liège (Jean-Yves Raty) and at the ESRF of Grenoble with the Italian CRG beamline LISA (Francesco d'Acapito). This research make it possible to improve performance in the following areas: quantum computing, infrared sensors, telecommunications, and so much more.

Anthony had the opportunity to keep discussions going on new issues surrounding amorphous chalcogenide materials for highly nonlinear on-chip components and phase-change materials for on-chip active components and neuromorphic computing applications in the course of two oral presentations at the MRS 2022 Fall Meeting, in Boston, where he was selected for the Third Place in the judging of student presentations in Symposium EQ04: Emerging Chalcogenide Electronic Materials – Theory to Applications. He was also able to share his knowledge and passion for materials engineering and solid-state physics through classes he gave to Master's students at INP Phelma, an experience he found extremely gratifying. 

CEA-Leti has the best to offer. As a doctoral student, you are given total autonomy with a wide range of cutting edge technological tools and can collaborate with world-renowned researchers. It’s quite unique.

Best Student Paper Award from the US Workshop on the Physics and Chemistry of II-VI Materials. 
(William E. Spicer - Thomas N. Casselman)

Space is not a very hospitable environment... especially for image sensors on orbiting satellites. Space missions are exposed to radiations from solar winds and cosmic rays. Ségolène Dinand devoted her PhD to better understanding how the radiation environment in space affects HgCdTe infrared detectors.

Over the course of her engineering studies, multiple internships in the space sector confirmed her interest in these issues. Ségolène went on to work with the European Space Agency for a year and a half, before joining CEA-Leti for her PhD, in partnership with the ISAE-Supaéro engineering institute and Airbus Defence and Space. Her PhD project was aligned not only with her scientific aspirations but also with her desire to root her research in practical applications.

In a first for her laboratory, Ségolène developed a characterization system to precisely analyze the effects of radiation on HgCdTe photodiodes. With access to the necessary equipment to cool her detectors to 90 K (-183°C), she was able to conduct experiments in conditions closely resembling those experienced by detectors in orbit. Her findings were presented at international conferences. 

Her research will make it possible, firstly, to anticipate declining performance of HgCdTe detectors, and secondly, to identify parameters for increasing their resistance to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Orbiting infrared instruments play an essential role in greenhouse gas emissions monitoring, meteorology, astronomy and Earth observation.

Ségolène notes:

"𝑫𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒚 𝑷𝒉𝑫, 𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒖𝒍𝒂𝒓 𝒅𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒎𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒖𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆, 𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒇𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒚 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒑𝒉𝒆𝒏𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔."



Best poster for his FDN 2022 DNA Nanotech breakthrough

Ludwig Rotsen wanted to draw inspiration from life to create advanced nanotechnologies, and he has done an excellent job addressing his goal, confirming CEA-Leti’s focus on always reinventing innovation based on available resources and on demand.
After completing of the first part of his thesis in Montpellier, France, Ludwig Rotsen joined CEA-Leti to work on DNA origami for use in lithography, in collaboration with the CNRS. 
The versatility and addressability of DNA are unprecedented, making it possible to broaden our catalog of 2D networks and to envision increasingly specific uses that will require nanostructures. This high addressability and the limited quantity of lithographic material mean that it is possible to generate countless structures in a relatively short timeframe (in the order of several weeks).
Thanks to the new process for depositing DNA nanostructures on silicon dioxide, Ludwig controls every 2D network interaction, and his work will enable great strides in the field of quantum computers.
Ludwig notes “𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒎𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒊𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒊𝒑𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒖𝒃𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕, 𝑰 𝒘𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒔—𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒔𝒕. 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒍𝒅𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝑰 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒏𝒆𝒘!”
Both his greatest challenge and what he has most enjoyed has been participating in a project for two organizations that have different approaches. Working at CEA-Leti has taught him to better understand real-work applications for his thesis, along with issues around the transfer of his innovation to the industry market. 
To close, his experience reminds us that sometimes, reorganizing what exists is a way of finding innovative solutions for tomorrow’s technologies.

Best Thesis award from the EEA Club 2022

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