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Thesis defense by Maxime Legallais

Published on October 12, 2017
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PhD Defense November 15, 2017
1h30 pm - Ground Floor M001 - Phelma
Grenoble INP - Phelma
3 parvis Louis Néel - 38000 Grenoble
Accès : TRAM B arrêt Cité internationale
Free entrance - No registration

Design, study and modeling of a new generation of silicon nanowire transistors for biosensing applications

Keywords :

Nanonet silicon, field effect transistor, percolation, Monte Carlo simulations, electrical properties, electrical detection of DNA

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Abstract :

A nanonet exhibits remarkable properties which arises from, not only, the intrinsic properties of each nanostructure but also from their assembly into network which makes them particularly attractive for various applications, notably in the field of optics, electronics or even biomedical. During this Ph.D. work, silicon nanowire-based nanonets were integrated for the first time into field effect transistors with a back gate configuration. The developed technological process is perfectly suitable with a large-scale and massive production of these devices at low cost without exceeding a thermal budget of 400°C. Major technological breakthroughs were achieved through the control of the sintering of nanowire junctions, the contact silicidation and the nanowire passivation with alumina. The as-fabricated nanonet transistors display outstanding, air stable and reproducible electrical characteristics which can compete with single nanowire-based devices. An in-depth study of percolation using experimental measurements and Monte-Carlo simulations highlighted that the conduction limitation by nanowire junctions allow to enhance drastically the electrical performances. After device integration into biosensors, it has been shown that transistors are electrically sensitive to DNA hybridization.
Beneficiating from a fabrication process compatible with the microelectronic industry, a 3D integration of these nanonet-based transistors onto a readout circuit can therefore be envisioned which opens new avenues for portable biosensors, allowing direct and label-free detection of DNA. Furthermore, mechanical flexibility and optical transparency offer other opportunities in flexible electronic field.

 jury members :

Prof. J-P. Cloarec - INL - Ecole Centrale de Lyon - France - Examinateur
Dr. C-S. Cojocaru -  LPICM UMR7647 – Ecole Polytechnique - France - Examinateur
Prof. J. Grisolia -  INSA Toulouse – Département de Génie Physique – France -  Rapporteur
M. C. A-C. Salaün IETR- Université de Rennes 1 - France -  Rapporteuse
DR  M. Mouis - IMEP-LaHC -  Grenoble -  Directrice de thèse
M. C. C. Ternon - LMGP - Grenoble -  Co-directrice de thèse

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Date of update October 12, 2017

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