ASCENT+ provides easy access to state-of-the-art facilities at CEA-Leti in France, Fraunhofer in Germany, imec in Belgium, INL in Portugal and Tyndall National Institute in Ireland.

The Research Accelerator Programme gives early career researchers an on-site introduction to the technology/facilities available through ASCENT+. ASCENT+ will sponsor PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers to attend advanced nanoelectronics technology training courses. This will give the ASCENT+ sponsored researchers a clear insight to nanofabrication and outline how they can benefit from the ASCENT+ offerings to accelerate their own research. An expected outcome of the programme is that sponsored researchers will apply for access at any of the five facilities to enhance their studies.

Upcoming Training Events
Location Description Duration Schedule
imec (Belgium) GaN-IC Platform for Power Electronics 2 days 2-3 March 2023
Tyndall National Institute
Nanoelectronics Fabrication and Characterisation 3 days 6-8 September 2022

Registration is currently closed. For more detailed information go to Research Accelerator Info below. Please visit us soon for new ASCENT+ training opportunities …

ASCENT+ Research Accelerator courses (2023)

ASCENT+ Research Accelerator

Detailed Information

Who should apply
Any PhD student or early-career postdoctoral researcher (up to 2 years after their PhD) interested in nanoscale fabrication and nanoelectronics characterisation of next generation materials and devices, who is based outside Belgium.
Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd March (2 days) at imec, Leuven (Belgium)
This course is free of charge to successful applicants. ASCENT+ will provide financial support towards flights, accommodation and subsistence. Any additional costs must be met by the attending PhD students or their Universities.
Use the Online Application Form above. Deadline for applications is Thursday 22nd December 2022 (@23:59 CET). Registration is currently closed
Selection process
An ASCENT+ panel will review all applications and select up to 6 most suitable candidates. The decision of the panel will be final.


GaN-IC Platform for Power Electronics

imec, Leuven, Belgium

Imec’s unique GaN-on-SOI process with deep trench isolation enables the manufacturing of complex monolithic GaN ICs for power electronics. In this 2-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the process, components and get hands-on with a first design exercise.

Programme Overview
Day 1
  1. Welcome note / GaN-IC Value Chain
  2. ASCENT+ & Europractice projects
  3. imec’s GaN-IC Platform
  4. imec’s GaN-IC MPW Service
  5. Introduction to GaN Materials & Devices
  6. imec’s GaN-on-SOI Process Flow
  7. Introduction to Compact Model for GaN HEMTs
  8. GaN-IC Design: considerations and challenges
  9. Design Overview
Day 2 (Hands-on)
  1. Introduction to GaN-IC PDK & library devices
  2. Demo on GaN-IC Circuit Design – Part 1
  3. Demo on GaN-IC Circuit Design – Part 2
  4. Design your GaN-IC Circuit
  5. Imec’s 300mm cleanroom tour

ASCENT+ Research Accelerator courses (2022)

ASCENT+ Research Accelerator

Nanoelectronics Fabrication, Characterisation and Devices

Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland

This short course will involve hands-on practical training on fabrication and characterisation of nanoelectronic technologies.

The topics covered will include:
  • Nanofabrication: e-beam lithography, molecular doping, etching, and metal/dielectric deposition in the nanoscale
  • Characterisation techniques: electrical, optical and magnetic, physical
  • Materials growth (ALD, CVD, MOVPE) and device fabrication (2D materials and quantum devices)

Programme overview

The course is divided into 6 modules
Module 1Introduction to nanofabrication
Module 2Metals and dielectrics
Module 3Physical characterisation
Module 4Electrical and optical characterisation
Module 5Advanced materials and integration into devices
Module 6Future issues – ASCENT+ Offer

Research Accelerator – Tyndall, 6-8 September 2022