study programme

Microelectronics and Technology

Faculty: FEECAbbreviation: DKA-METAcad. year: 2021/2022

Type of study programme: Doctoral

Study programme code: P0714D060008

Degree awarded: Ph.D.

Language of instruction: English

Accreditation: 28.5.2019 - 27.5.2029

Mode of study

Combined study

Standard study length

4 years

Programme supervisor

Doctoral Board

Fields of education

Area Topic Share [%]
Electrical Engineering Without thematic area 100

Study aims

The doctor study programme is devoted to the preparation of the high quality scientific and research specialists in various branches of microelectronics, electrotechnology and physics of materials, namely in theory, design and test of integrated circuits and systems, in semiconductor devices and structures, in smart sensors, in optoelectronics in materials and fabrication processes for electrical engineering, in sources of electric energy, nanotechnology and defectoscopy of materials and devices.
The aim is to provide the doctor education in all these particular branches to students educated in university magister study, to make deeper their theoretical knowledge, to give them also requisite special knowledge and practical skills and to teach them methods of scientific work.

Graduate profile

The doctors of the program "Microelectronics and technology" are able to solve scientific and complex engineering tasks from the area of microelectronics and electrical technology. Wide fundamentals and deep theoretical basis of the study program bring high adaptability and high qualification of doctors for the most of requirements of their future creative practice in all areas of microelectronics and electrotechnology. Graduates are also equipped with the knowledge and experience from, in particular, physics of semiconductors, quantum electronics and will be able to independently solve problems associated with micro- and nanotechnologies.
The doctors are competent to work as scientists and researchers in many areas of basic research or research and development, as high-specialists in the development, design, construction, and application areas in many institutions, companies, and organisations of the electrical and electronics research, development, and industry as in the areas of electrical services and systems, inclusively in the special institutions of the state administration. In all of these branches they are able to work also as the leading scientific-, research-, development- or technical managers.

Profession characteristics

Graduate of a doctoral program "Microelectronics and technology" is able to solve complex and time-consuming tasks in areas such as designer of integrated and/or electronic circuits and complex electronic devices. Graduate has a very good knowledge of the field of modern materials for electronics and their use in the electrical industry. Graduate is also able to orient himself in the field of physics of materials and components, nanotechnology and others.
This means that the graduate will be able to become a member of the development team of integrated circuits, complex electronic devices and equipment, their testing and service. In addition, graduate would be as a technologist in the electronic components fabrication process, a researcher in the field of material engineering for the electrical industry, a scientist n basic or applied research and in the introduction, implementation and application of new prospective and economically beneficial procedures and processes in the field of electronics, electrical engineering, non-destructive testing and reliability and material analysis. Likewise, graduate is also able to lead the entire team of workers in presented areas.
A typical employer of a graduate of the Microelectronics and Technology study program is a manufacturing and / or research enterprise that focuses on the areas mentioned above. Another possible employer may be a research organization i.e. the Institute of the Czech Academy of Science. The graduate finds his / her application also on the university campus as an academic at the position of a professional assistant.

Fulfilment criteria

Doctoral studies are carried out according to the individual study plan, which will prepare the doctoral student in cooperation with the doctoral student at the beginning of the study. The individual study plan specifies all the duties stipulated in accordance with the BUT Study and Examination Rules, which the doctoral student must fulfill to successfully finish his studies. These responsibilities are time-bound throughout the study period, they are scored and fixed at fixed deadlines. The student enrolls and performs tests of compulsory coursed. Additionally, with regard to the focus of dissertation it is compulsory to enroll and pass at least one of the following courses: Modern microelectronic systems; Electrotechnical materials, material systems and production processes; and/or Interfaces and nanostructures; and other obligatory elective subjects with regard to the focus of his dissertation, and at least two elective courses (English for PhD students, Solutions for Innovative Entries, Scientific Publishing from A to Z).
The student may enroll for the state doctoral exam only after all the tests prescribed by his / her individual study plan have been completed. Before the state doctoral exam, the student prepares a dissertation thesis describing in detail the goals of the thesis, a thorough evaluation of the state of knowledge in the area of the dissertation solved, or the characteristics of the methods it intends to apply in the solution. The defense of the controversy that is opposed is part of the state doctoral exam. In the next part of the exam the student must demonstrate deep theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of microelectronics, electrotechnology, materials physics, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, electronics, circuit theory. The State Doctoral Examination is in oral form and, in addition to the discussion on the dissertation thesis, it also consists of thematic areas related to compulsory and compulsory elective subjects.
To defend the dissertation, the student reports after the state doctoral examination and after fulfilling conditions for termination, such as participation in teaching, scientific and professional activity (creative activity) and at least a monthly study or work placement at a foreign institution or participation in an international creative project.

Study plan creation

The doctoral studies of a student follow the Individual Study Plan (ISP), which is defined by the supervisor and the student at the beginning of the study period. The ISP is obligatory for the student, and specifies all duties being consistent with the Study and Examination Rules of BUT, which the student must successfully fulfill by the end of the study period. The duties are distributed throughout the whole study period, scored by credits/points and checked in defined dates. The current point evaluation of all activities of the student is summarized in the “Total point rating of doctoral student” document and is part of the ISP. At the beginning of the next study year the supervisor highlights eventual changes in ISP. By October, 15 of each study year the student submits the printed and signed ISP to Science Department of the faculty to check and archive.
Within the first four semesters the student passes the exams of compulsory, optional-specialized and/or optional-general courses to fulfill the score limit in Study area, and concurrently the student significantly deals with the study and analysis of the knowledge specific for the field defined by the dissertation thesis theme and also continuously deals with publishing these observations and own results. In the follow-up semesters the student focuses already more to the research and development that is linked to the dissertation thesis topic and to publishing the reached results and compilation of the dissertation thesis.
By the end of the second year of studies the student passes the Doctor State Exam, where the student proves the wide overview and deep knowledge in the field linked to the dissertation thesis topic. The student must apply for this exam by April, 30 in the second year of studies. Before the Doctor State Exam the student must successfully pass the exam from English language course.
In the third and fourth year of studies the student deals with the required research activities, publishes the reached results and compiles the dissertation thesis. As part of the study duties is also completing a study period at an abroad institution or participation on an international research project with results being published or presented in abroad or another form of direct participation of the student on an international cooperation activity, which must be proved by the date of submitting the dissertation thesis.
By the end of the winter term in the fourth year of study the students submit the elaborated dissertation thesis to the supervisor, who scores this elaborate. The final dissertation thesis is expected to be submitted by the student by the end of the fourth year of the studies.
In full-time study form, during the study period the student is obliged to pass a pedagogical practice, i.e. participate in the education process. The participation of the student in the pedagogical activities is part of his/her research preparations. By the pedagogical practice the student gains experience in passing the knowledge and improves the presentation skills. The pedagogical practice load (exercises, laboratories, project supervision etc.) of the student is specified by the head of the department based on the agreement with the student’s supervisor. The duty of pedagogical practice does not apply to students-payers and combined study program students. The involvement of the student in the education process within the pedagogical practice is confirmed by the supervisor in the Information System of the university.

Issued topics of Doctoral Study Program

  1. Advanced circuit- and architecture-level solutions for true low-voltage analog-to-digital converters for energy harvesting and biomedical applications

    The aim of this work is to provide a research of advanced and optimized circuit- and architecture-level solutions for true low-voltage high power efficient analog-to-digital converters for energy harvesting and biomedical applications. The voltage supply target is in range of 0.5-0.3V with power consumption in range of nanowatts. The function of the proposed structures will be described and simulated by using 0.18 µm CMOS technology from TSMC. The verified design of this low-voltage convertor should be the main result.

    Tutor: Khateb Fabian, prof. Ing. et Ing., Ph.D. et Ph.D.

  2. Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of lignin

    Popis (AN): The object of the work is to investigate the dielectric behaviour of lignin at the frequency interval 1 mHz – 1 GHz and in the temperature interval 20 K – 400 K. Lignin, an irregular polymer of three basic alcohols, makes up about 15 – 30 % of wood and is responsible for the mechanical strength and rigidity and, thus, for the growth of trees. For years, it has stood in the shadow of its more applicable counterpart, cellulose, but in the recent years, the commercial attention starts to turn to its favour. Lignin can be used for different industrial and biomedical applications, including biofuels, chemicals and polymers, and also for the development of nanomaterials for drug and gene delivery. Also, hormones supporting the increase of lignin share in wood, have been recently patented by CEITEC research team from the Masaryk University in Brno together with their Norwegian research colleagues. Equipment available: measurement equipment for the frequency range 10-3 – 109 Hz and Janis helium cryostat CCS-400/204 for the temperature range 10 – 500 K. Among the most powerful systems is Novocontrol ALPHA-AT high-resolution high-frequency analyzer with frequency range 3 μHz – 40 MHz and Nicolet 8700 FTIR-spectrometer with wave number range 20 000 – 350 cm-1.

    Tutor: Liedermann Karel, doc. Ing., CSc.

  3. Graphene based sensors of physical quantities

    Graphene, as a monoatomic layer of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms, currently requires a strong research effort. Due to its unique structure and electrical properties, this material is destined for use in modern electronics, for example as an extremely sensitive gas or liquid sensors. Unique sensitivity and chemical selectivity can be enhanced by measuring noise response instead of measuring mean voltages and currents. Noise processes are generally monitored for many electronic components and are associated with their local/volume electrical stress, change of doping, act of charge capture/release etc. Dominantly, noise 1 / f is observed, which, in conjunction with the 2D structure of graphene, provides a unique opportunity to extend knowledge in the field of sensorics and modern graphene-based electronics.

    Tutor: Macků Robert, Ing., Ph.D.

  4. Microscopic methods for local processing and characterization of solar cells

    Generally, local defects in the structure of solar cells indicate critical issue, which significantly reduce the efficiency of optical energy conversion, reliability and durability. At present, a number of scientific methods are available for studying the surface, finding the physical origin of the defects and removing them. For example, electron microscopy (SEM), ion surface treatment (FIB, RIE), elemental analysis (EDS) and local material response mapping (EBIC) can be used. These methods represent a unique possibility of defects and layers properties detecting. The aim of the scientific work is a detailed analysis of modern materials for photovoltaics (CIGS, GaAs, perovskite) defect cataloging and possible modification of production technology.

    Tutor: Macků Robert, Ing., Ph.D.

  5. New circuit principles for low-voltage low-power analog circuits design

    Utilizing new circuit principles for low-voltage low-power analog circuit design. These circuits serve mainly in biomedical area. Theoretical design and experimental evaluations using program Cadence with technology 0.18 um from TSMC. The verified design of a current conveyor should be the main result.

    Tutor: Khateb Fabian, prof. Ing. et Ing., Ph.D. et Ph.D.

  6. Operational amplifiers design techniques with extremely low voltage supply

    New design techniques for operational amplifiers with extremely low voltage supply. The voltage supply target is in range of 0.5-0.3V with power consumption in range of nanowatts. The function of the proposed structures will be described and simulated by using 0.18 µm CMOS technology from TSMC. The verified design of this operational amplifier should be the main result.

    Tutor: Khateb Fabian, prof. Ing. et Ing., Ph.D. et Ph.D.

1. round (applications submitted from 01.04.2021 to 15.05.2021)

  1. Advanced Storage Battery Technologies and their Influence on Material and Energy Requirements during their Manufacturing

    In the course of the work will be studied new development trends in the field of Li-ion batteries and other modern battery systems and their future applicability to commercial production and their applications, in particular in the field of electromobility. In relationship to the growing penetration of rechargeable batteries into the automotive industry, a prediction will be made of the development of the production of these batteries, especially in the European Union. Also, their subsequent impact on material needs and energy demands of the manufacturing process of these batteries from material extraction to production will be quantified. At the same time, the total CO2 footprint generated during the production of these new battery systems will be evaluated, including the inclusion of potential recycling options and battery second-life option. Publicly available data and data from selected databases as well as data from battery manufacturers and data from other industry representatives of the production and use of such batteries will be used for work up of the battery development prediction. The resulting work will provide an overview of future technologies, their material and energy demand and an idea of the ideal use of material resources for the production of these rechargeable batteries in the EU.

    Tutor: Kazda Tomáš, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

Course structure diagram with ECTS credits

Any year of study, winter semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DKA-ET1Electrotechnical Materials, Material Systems and Production Processesen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-FY1Junctions and Nanostructuresen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-EE1Mathematical Modelling of Electrical Power Systemsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-RE1Modern Electronic Circuit Designen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-ME1Modern Microelectronic Systemsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-TK1Optimization Methods and Queuing Theoryen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39 / S - 39yes
DKA-AM1Selected Chaps From Automatic Controlen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-VE1Selected Problems From Power Electronics and Electrical Drivesen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-TE1Special Measurement Methodsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-MA1Statistics, Stochastic Processes, Operations Researchen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKX-JA6English for post-graduatesen4ElectiveDrExCj - 26yes
DKA-EIZScientific Publishing A to Zen2ElectiveDrExK - 26yes
DKA-RIZSolving of Innovative Tasksen2ElectiveDrExK - 39yes
Any year of study, summer semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DKA-TK2Applied Cryptographyen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-MA2Discrete Processes in Electrical Engineeringen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-ME2Microelectronic Technologiesen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-RE2Modern Digital Wireless Communicationen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-EE2New Trends and Technologies in Power System Generationen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-TE2Numerical Computations with Partial Differential Equationsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-ET2Selected Diagnostic Methods, Reliability and Qualityen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-AM2Selected Chaps From Measuring Techniquesen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-FY2Spectroscopic Methods for Non-Destructive Diagnosticsen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKA-VE2Topical Issues of Electrical Machines and Apparatusen4Compulsory-optionalDrExK - 39yes
DKX-JA6English for post-graduatesen4ElectiveDrExCj - 26yes
DKA-CVPQuotations in a Research Worken2ElectiveDrExK - 26yes
DKA-RIZSolving of Innovative Tasksen2ElectiveDrExK - 39yes
Any year of study, both semester
AbbreviationTitleL.Cr.Com.Compl.Hr. rangeGr.Op.
DKX-QJAEnglish for the state doctoral examen4ElectiveDrExK - 3yes