Cluster 10: Semiconductor Materials and Devises Engineering

Cluster 10: Semiconductor Materials and Devises Engineering

Prerequisites: Chemistry and Introductory Physical Sciences

Instructor: Michael Oye, PhD, UCSC

Semiconductor Processing

Basic semiconductor materials synthesis techniques will be covered, as well as standard device fabrication sequences necessary for functional engineering applications. Semiconductor processing encompasses techniques not only for integrated circuit (i.e. computer chips) fabrication, but also for other engineering applications, such as DNA and biomolecular detection, chemical and biological sensing, battery technologies, display screens for TVs, cell phones, and computers. Therefore, this course will describe the basic processes necessary to make these various technological applications possible. Topics will cover semiconductor growth (i.e. wafer manufacturing), oxidation, diffusion, lithography, ion implantation, deposition, and etching. After taking this course, students will understand the basic principles necessary for semiconductor processing, as well as developing an appreciation of the complex engineering challenges necessary for advanced processing applications in the future.

Semiconductor Devices  

Fundamental principles of semiconductors (such as silicon) and how they are applied toward engineering applications. The basic science and operation of semiconductor devices (such as computer chips, memory devices, and LEDs) will be discussed. An overview of the basic solid state scientific principles, such as energy bandgaps, electrical charge carriers, conductors and insulators will be covered. In addition, the processes necessary for incorporating these different principles into a functioning device will be discussed, as well as current engineering challenges required for further development. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to describe the basic principles of what makes semiconductors different from other materials, and how these differences can be utilized toward the engineering of functional semiconductor devices.


Transferable Skills: Tools for Success

The transferable skills will be the basic engineering principles and processes widely used in the semiconductor and related industries, especially those involving materials engineering in the Silicon Valley. Additionally, current engineering challenges will be discussed to develop an appreciation of addressing unknown questions and answers -- There are many times in engineering practice where there is no "right" answer or it is unknown and decisions still need to be made, and therefore leads to compromises between various scientific, economic, and technical issues. The tools that students will develop are the basic scientific and engineering principles, as well as how to apply these principles in practice.