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Learn about the fundamentals of nanoelectronics in a set of broadly accessible short courses.  Selected semester courses in the nanoHUB-U format are also available at nanoHUB-U.

Lessons from Nanoscience Lecture Notes Series

More than 50 years of research and development have created the sophisticated technologies that have shaped the world we live in. The transformation of engineering education from the practice-driven vacuum tube era to our science-driven semiconductor era played an important role in this success. Today we face new challenges in educating students, engineers, and applied scientists for a new era of electronics. Engineers will continue to need a deep understanding of their specialty, but they now also need a much broader understanding of science and technology than in the past. They need to be comfortable working from the atomic scale to the macroscale – from the materials and devices level to the system level. Lessons from Nanoscience aims to bring new approaches and new ways of thinking to materials, devices, and systems. The goal is to re-think the way we teach these topics so that working from the nanoscale to the system scale is seamless and intuitive. The Lessons from Nanoscience lecture notes series is one component of an ambitious educational initiative that includes free, online short courses offered through

NEEDS Workshops

9th International MOS-AK Workshop (2016)

The MOS-AK Association, a global compact/SPICE modeling and Verilog-A standardization forum, held its annual Q4 event on December 7, 2016 UC Berkeley as its 9th consecutive International MOS-AK Workshop. The event was coordinated by Larry Nagel, OEC (USA) and Andrei Vladimirescu, UCB (USA); ISEP (FR) representing the International MOS-AK Board of R&D Advisers. The workshop was hosted by Prof. Jaijeet Roychowdhury of EECS at the University of California at Berkeley and co-sponsored by Keysight Technologies and NEEDS.

Modelling using Verilog-A in MAPP: A Hands-On Workshop (2016)

This hands-on workshop will focus on the newly developed Verilog-A to ModSpec device model translator for MAPP, dubbed VAPP (Verilog-A Parser and Processor). The goal of the workshop is to illustrate how VAPP/MAPP facilitates the development of simulation ready compact models. An overview of MAPP's multi-physics modelling and simulation capabilities will also be provided. A hands-on refresher on MAPP will be provided for those who have no prior experience with it.

8th IEEE/ACM Workshop on Variability Modeling and Characterization (VMC) (2015)

Variability has emerged as a fundamental challenge to IC design in scaled CMOS technology; and it has profound impact on nearly all aspects of circuit performance. While some of the negative effects of variability can be handled via improvements in the manufacturing process, comprehensive methods are necessary to assess and manage the negative effects of variability, which in turn requires accurate and tractable variability models. The goal of the VMC workshop is to provide a forum for theoreticians and practitioners to freely exchange opinions on current practices as well as future research needs in variability modeling and characterization. The 2015 VMC was co-organized with NSF-SRC NEEDS.

NCN-NEEDS Summer Schools (2015)

Annual summer schools address nanoelectronics from science to circuits and systems. (2015 Summer School on Uncertainty Quantification is now available.)

Getting Started with Berkeley’s MAPP: A Hands-On Workshop (2015)

This workshop is designed to help attendees get started using MAPP in a hands-on manner. Attendees will learn how to write and test models in MAPP, how to translate them to Verilog-A, and how to use MAPP to validate Verilog-A models.

NEEDS UC Berkeley Workshop (2014)

This workshop presented a tutorial introduction to the Matlab-based compact model development platform being developed at UC Berkeley.

How to Write, Develop and Implement a Real Compact Model (2014)

Compact models must get the physics right, work reliably over bias, geometry, and temperature, interact properly with the circuit simulators in which they are implemented, run efficiently, and follow impeccable software development practices. This workshop will be a detailed deep-dive into an industrial strength Verilog-A code for the R3 model for JFETs, diffused resistors, and polysilicon resistors. Do not think that a “resistor” is a trivially simple device to model: real resistors are affected by depletion pinching, velocity saturation, and self-heating, and to properly account for all of these effects, while ensuring no unphysical model behavior, is not trivial. But it is not as complex as a complete MOS or bipolar transistor model – so is ideal as a training vehicle for compact modeling.


NEEDS Seminar Series

Seminar series on a variety of topics in nanotechnology – from materials to compact models to circuits, systems, and applications.

Device Options and Trade-offs for 5 nm CMOS Technology Seminar Series (2015)

ECE 670: Landau Electronics (2015)


NEEDS Seminars

Seminars on a variety of topics in nanotechnology – from materials to compact models to circuits, systems, and applications.

The Berkeley Model and Algorithm Prototyping Platform (Roychowdhury)

Flat Photonics Using High Contrast Metastructures (Chang-Hasnain)

Circuits on Cellulose: From Transistors to LEDS, from Displays to Microfluidics on Paper (Steckl)

Common Materials for Uncommon Microsystems (Ziaie)

Radiative Heat Transfer at the Nanoscale (Reddy)

Heat Under the Microscope: Uncovering the Microscopic Processes that Govern Thermal Transport (Minnich)

Auger Generation as an Intrinsic Limit to Tunneling Field-Effect Transistor Performance (Teherani)

The Revolution in Wide Band Gap (WBG) Power Devices (Agarwal)

Progress Toward Wafer-Scale Thermionic Energy Conversion (Howe)

Molecular Transistors (Reed)

Magnetic Nanowires: Revolutionizing Hard Drives, Random Access Memory, & Cancer Treatment (Stadler)

Predictive Simulations of Materials and Devices with Quantified Uncertainties (Strachan)

Non-Equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF): A Different Perspective  & (IWCE paper) (Datta)

High-Frequency Carbon Nanotube Transistors: Fabrication, Characterization, and Compact Modeling (Claus)

High-Frequency Carbon Nanotube Transistors: A Multi-Scale Simulation Framework (Claus)

Statistical SPICE Modeling Using Backward Propagation of Variance (BPV) (McAndrew)

Impedance Spectroscopy Methods Applied to Thermoelectric Materials and Devices (García-Cañadas)

The Berkeley Model Development Environment: A MATLAB-based Platform for Modeling and Analyzing Nanoscale Devices and Circuits

The MVS Nanotransistor Model: A Primer (Lundstrom)

New Directions in MEMS for Wireless Harsh-Environment Sensors (Peroulis)

Implantable Networks of Wireless Nanoelectronic Devices (Irazoqui)

Design and Compact Modeling of CMOS-MEMS Resonant Body Transistors (Weinstein/Daniel/Bahr)

Transistor Scaling – The Age of Innovation (Mistry)

Sequencing a Genome by a Torrent of Ions – How an Old pH-Meter Got Its Groove Back (Alam)

Xyce – An Open Source SPICE Engine (Keiter)

Silicon MEMS + Photonic Systems (Bhave)

RF Solid-State Vibrating Transistors (Weinstein)

Microelectronics in Transition (Buss)

Tunnel FETs – Device Physics and Realizations (Knoch)

The Road Ahead for Carbon Nanotube Transistors (Franklin)

From Lilienfeld to Landauer – Understanding the nanoscale transistor (Lundstrom)

Forum on the Future of Electronics (Mark Lundstrom, Supriyo Datta, Gerhard Klimeck, Muhammad Alam, Timothy S Fisher)

Analysis of Techniques for Measuring Carrier Recombination Lifetime

SPICE Models for Magnetic Tunnel Junctions Based on Monodomain Approximation

Overview of Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM)

The Role of Graphene in Semiconductor Technologies

Non-Local RSO Datta-Das Spin Transistor

Non-Local Inverse Spin Hall Effect Experiment

ModSpec/MDE Tutorial

ModSpec and the MVS Model

DAEAPI Wrapper


Related paper/thesis


Title Author(s)
Physics and Simulation of Nanoscale Electronic and Thermoelectric Devices Raseong Kim
Landauer Approach to Thermoelectrics Changwook Jeong
III-V Nanoscale MOSFETS: Physics, Modeling, and Design Yang Liu
Device Physics Studies of III-V and Silicon MOSFETS for Digital Logic Himadri Pal
Quantum and Atomistic Effects in Nanoelectronic Transport Devices Neophytos Neophytou
Inelastic Transport in Carbon Nanotube Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices Siyu Koswatta
Electron Phonon Interaction in Carbon Nanotube Devices Sayed Hasan
Exploring New Channel Materials for Nanoscale CMOS Anisur Rahman
Device Physics and Simulation of Silicon Nanowire Transistors Jing Wang
Carbon Nanotube Electronics: Modeling, Physics, and Applications Jing Guo
Modeling Quantum Transport in Nanoscale Transistors Ramesh Venugopal
Physics and Simulation of Quasi-Ballistic Transport in Nanoscale Transistors Jung-Hoon Rhew
Nanoscale MOSFETS: Physics, Simulation and Design Zhibin Ren
Two-Dimensional Scattering Matrix Simulations of Si MOSFET'S Carl R. Huster
Direct Solution of the Boltzmann Transport Equation in Nanoscale Si Devices Kausar Banoo
Computational and Experimental Study of Transport in Advanced Silicon Devices Farzin Assad


Other educational resources


Title Authors
Exams for Semiconductor Device Fundamentals Robert F. Pierret
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals Testbook Module A: Semiconductor Basics Robert F. Pierret
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals Testbook Module B: Diode Basics Robert F. Pierret
Semiconductor Device Fundamentals Testbook Module C: Transistor Basics Robert F. Pierret