The presence of water and ions will trigger corrosion inside chips and micro-electronics. The key challenge of the project is to equip a chip with an early warning sensor for ions and water. Therefore, profound knowledge is needed of the physics of electric field driven water and ion transport at low concentrations, along (metallic) interfaces, such as leads and wires, in chips and printed circuit boards. Sources for ions and water might be from the environment or the chip-materials itself.
Your task is to investigate and model transport processes leading to degradation of micro-electronics, focusing on ion and water transport, combined with finding the driving forces (electric fields) as well as preferential pathways (interfaces).
This PhD work is laying the foundation for warning principles in micro-electronic systems. This project is part of a larger TTW-NWO Perspectief Program (‘Circular Circuits’) with the ambition to design extremely robust or fully reusable or recyclable microelectronics in the future. Understanding the processes in current microelectronics using models and measurements can help to assess the impact on the major damage originating processes, allowing fast development of future microelectronic products. Together with other PhD's in this program, the work should lead to predictive models and a demonstrator of a health sensor.
The work will be performed in the group Transport in Permeable Media (TPM) in the Applied Physics department of the Eindhoven University of Technology.
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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