IMEC Promotes Guido Groeseneken and Paul Heremans to Fellow

IMEC admitted Guido Groeseneken, scientific advisor for the department CMOS device and technology research, and Paul Heremans, scientific advisor for the department solar and organic technologies, to the degree of IMEC fellow for their exceptional scientific research advancing IMEC’s technical position, their very strong world-wide recognition as expert in their field and their renown academic activities and mentoring skills.

“Excellent scientific research is the fundament of IMEC’s success. To stimulate this, IMEC has set up a scientific career path next to the purely managerial career. It starts at senior scientist and goes up to senior fellow level. This parallel scientific career path makes IMEC an interesting and rewarding institute for researchers to build out their scientific talents proven by the more than 1,500 employees from over 50 different countries,” said Gilbert Declerck, president and CEO of IMEC.

Guido Groeseneken received this promotion for his extensive contribution to many IMEC projects and technology transfer to IMEC industrial partners in the field of reliability research, high-voltage technology, electro-static discharge and nanotechnology. Since 1992, he managed the reliability group at IMEC and since 2005 he is program director of the post-CMOS nanotechnology program. In 2006, he was granted the IEEE Fellowship. He’s also professor at the K.U.Leuven and is strongly involved in PhD coaching.

Paul Heremans has started his scientific career with pioneering work on reliability of MOS transistors, more specifically on hot carrier degradation. Subsequently his research field shifted to optical interconnects at inter-chip level and to breakthrough high-efficiency thin-film light-emitting diodes. He laid the foundation of IMEC’s research on organic electronics. Last year, Scientific American classified his team’s research on organic diodes for RFID’s within the 50 best scientific achievements of 2006. Paul Heremans is also professor at the K.U.Leuven where he set the course on semiconductor devices for the third Bachelor year of electrical engineering. He is advisor of many Ph.D. thesis students at the university.

About IMEC
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC’s research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide position IMEC as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.

IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister company in the Netherlands, IMEC Nederland, concentrating on wireless autonomous transducer solutions, and has representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1500 people includes more than 500 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2006, its estimated revenue (P&L) was EUR 231 million.