Full Professor of Electronics at the Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently teaching “Electron Devices“ and “Electronic Circuit Design”. Since 1992 he has been Head of the Micro and Nanoelectronics Lab of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI). IEEE Fellow.
He received the Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1985. From 1987 to 1992 he was Researcher of the CNR (Italian National Research Council). Since 1992 he has been EE Professor at the Politecnico di Milano (full professo since 2000). He has been Visiting Scientist/Professor at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (1989-90), IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY (1999). He has been serving in several scientific committees: IEEE-IEDM (2001-02), IEDM European Chair (2003-04), ESSDERC (2005), IEEE VLSI Symposium (2005-2008). From 2006 to 2008 he has served as Department Chair of the Dipartimento di Elettronica ad Informazione and he was member of the Academic Senate (2007-08).
He began the research activity in 1987 working on physics and technology of SPAD’s (Single Photon Avalanche Diode) and related electronics. He contributed to understand the ultimate performance and potentials of these detectors (Photonics Circe of Excellence Award, 1988 - AEI Award, 1993) and pioneered their applications in the infrared. In 1992 he established the Micro and Nanoelectronics Lab starting two research lines; one addressing carrier transport and quantum effects in submicron MOSFET’s, the other aiming at analog integrated circuit design.
In the field of device physics he has contributed to study quantum effects as well as experimental characterization techniques and numerical models of non-volatile memories, both Flash and emerging (PCM,RRAM). In the field of integrated circuit design he has developed design methodologies of low noise fully integrated VCO’s, developing the Harmonic Transfer Function Theory, and designing novel PLL frequency synthesizers for multistandard terminals. Some of the results are described in the book “Integrated frequency synthesizers for wireless systems”, Cambridge University Press (2007). More recently (2003) he has broadened the Lab activity entering the field of integrated systems for neuroscience.
He is co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals or presented to international conferences, patents and several educational books in Electronics.