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Budapest University of Technology (BME)


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The Budapest University of Technology is one of the leading technical universities of Central Europe. Its historical excellence is demonstrated with the numerous Nobel Prize holders of former graduates of BME. The Department of Electron Devices is a worldwide recognized research organization in the field of thermal, electro-thermal issues in microelectronic devices.

The Department deals with all aspects of microelectronics, from semiconductor physics through device manufacturing to system level design. Its design excellence is demonstrated by the fact that the Department hosts the only European Mentor Graphics Educational Demonstration Laboratory. The multi physics knowledge of the researchers is exploited by their work in a number of MEMS related European projects. The first EU supported international project of the Department THERMINIC resulted in the creation of the THERMINIC Workshop, that has grown since then into a worldwide recognized leading scientific event with participants from 30-40 countries regularly. This project has also led to the creation of MicReD, the spin off company of the Department. The international reputation of the Department is recognized by the fact, that in 2008 this department will host the biennial European Microelectronics Education Workshop.
In the present project BME has undertaken research and development tasks that will enable the partners, first of all MicReD to create tools which will enable measuring the thermal resistance of TIM materials with at least one order of magnitude higher accuracy than it is possible today.  In addition, BME will carry out characterization and reliability assessment tasks for the benefit of practically all the partners. BME will be responsible for coordinating the work in WP4.
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Staff Members Profile
Professor Marta Rencz, the Head of department, will be responsible for the scientific work BME carries out in the project. She has published her research results in about 300 scientific papers, out of which about 200 deals with various aspects of characterization of the thermal issues in electronics. For her research in thermal modeling in electronics together with Vladimir Székely she was honored with the Harvey Rosten award of excellence by the international community of researchers.
Professor Vladimir Székely is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published his research results in about 400 papers. He has developed the mathematical background of the structure function based thermal transient methodology about 20 years ago. This methodology is used today worldwide by the electronics industry (from Intel to Samsung, including practically all the major players) to assess the quality of thermal interfacing. He will work on refining the mathematical methodology to increase the resolution of the method to enable it for the characterization of the novel material developed in the project.
Under the guidance of these professors several staff members and PhD students are expected to work on various aspects of the TIM characterization research at BME.


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Project co-funded by the European Commission under the "Information and Communication Technologies" Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013)
Contact: Dr. Afshin Ziaei, NANOPACK Coordinator,