5 ECTS credits
125 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4016978ENR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (E) Master - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
Students of the Master in Electronics and Information Technology Engineering who want to register for this ‘Option package’ course must have successfully accomplished or must at least be registered for 30 ECTS of compulsory courses of the common core.
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Engineering
Electronics and Informatics
Educational team
Johan STIENS (course titular)
Bertrand PARVAIS
Activities and contact hours
24 contact hours Lecture
18 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
36 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

Chap 1: Introduction: More Moore versus More than Moore

Chap 2: Nano-scaled field effect transistors

Chap 3: SOI and FIN-FET devices

Chap 4: Quantum phenomena in (opto)electronic devices

Chap 5: Tunneling field effect transistors

Chap 6: Optical processes

Chap 7: Photodetectors

Chap 7: Sensor applications for nano-sclaed devices

Chap 8: Miscellaneous: sensor applications for nano-scaled devices, graphene base devices

Course material
Course text (Recommended) : Nano and Opto-electronic Devices
Additional info

An understanding of advanced (opto)electronic devices allows to cope with the design of modern ICT and sensor systems where electronic and opto-electronics converge more and more. The downscaling of transistors has been following for more than 40 years Moore’s law. However, the fabrication of “traditional” nanoscale transistor designs is getting everyday more difficult. Hence a future device engineer is forced to prepare for the dramatic changes of the future. In this course the student will acquire insights in the physical limitations on transistor designs when following classic downscaling rules for bipolar and field effect transistors and the course also prepares the student to invent alternative transistor designs, which push the limits again further away. Several of the options will be treated in more detail, such as FIN-FETS, carbon-based devices, plasma wave devices.

Designing opto-electronic devices at the nano-scale level forces us also to take into account quantum, strain and kinetic effects, but the nano-scale also brings a myriad of new (opto)-electronic sensor applications in the biotech and biomedical field where the nano-scale interface is of paramount importance.

During the lectures the 5 first chapters will treat the treat the mentioned topic in more detail. Chapter 6 will give a bird’s eye overview of the wide range of applications of nan-devices in various field of engineering.  A few exercise sessions will be organised to acquire a better understanding of some novel device concepts and to get better insight into some quantitative aspects of the device modeling.

Finally a project will be worked out by a group of students applying an advanced device concept in an exciting sensor application.

The course material will include references to literature.

Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The Master in Engineering Sciences has in-depth knowledge and understanding of
1. exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering
3. the advanced methods and theories to schematize and model complex problems or processes

The Master in Engineering Sciences can
4. reformulate complex engineering problems in order to solve them (simplifying assumptions, reducing complexity)
6. correctly report on research or design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a scientific paper
7. present and defend results in a scientifically sound way, using contemporary communication tools, for a national as well as for an international professional or lay audience
8. collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team

The Master in Engineering Sciences has
13. a critical attitude towards one’s own results and those of others
16. an attitude of life-long learning as needed for the future development of his/her career

The Master in Electronics and Information Technology Engineering:
17. Has an active knowledge of the theory and applications of electronics, information and communication technology, from component up to system level.
18. Has a profound knowledge of either (i) nano- and opto-electronics and embedded systems, (ii) information and communication technology systems or (iii) measuring, modelling and control.
20. Is able to analyse, specify, design, implement, test and evaluate individual electronic devices, components and algorithms, for signal-processing, communication and complex systems.
21. Is able to model, simulate, measure and control electronic components and physical phenomena. 



The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 60% of the final mark.
SELF Practical Assignment determines 40% of the final mark.

Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 60% of the final mark.

Within the SELF Practical Assignment category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Project Assignment with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Oral examination: Students get a few questions about the content of the course with a very small moment to consult the course material. After this small inspection moment, the students prepare their answers in a closed book format. Finally an oral discussion follows with the examinator.

 The report of the project assignment will be prepared in group and evaluated as a group work. Afterwards an oral discussion about the written report will take place on an individual base. Course and report material may be consulted during this oral evaluation

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Electronics and Information Technology Engineering: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Electrical Engineering: Standaard traject BRUFACE J