-Early Stage Researchers (ESR)

-Early Stage Researchers (ESR)

ESR 1 Michele Cito

Michele CitoESR 1 Michele Cito


Michele Cito received the Bachelor degree in Electronic and Telecommunication in 2016 and the Master Degree (cum Laude) in Electronics in 2018 from Politecnico di  Bari.

During the second year of the Master he collaborates with the Optoelectronics Lab. of Politecnico di Bari lead By Prof. Caterina Ciminelli when he learns about Modelling and simulation of micro, nano and optoelectronic devices.

He also collaborates with Politecnico di Bari as a member of the academic senate and as a tutor for students with disabilities.


He spent 4 months at York University for his master thesis under the supervision of prof. Thomas Krauss, working on an Optoelectronic device in SOI tech. for the study of bacteria Biofilm evolution.

He expanded his knowledge of electronic devices experiencing fabrication and characterization techniques in the clean room.


His research interests cover the field of electronic devices with emphasis for the Biomedical applications.

He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the photonics devices group, University of Glasgow(UK), under the supervision of Prof. Richard Hogg (Head of Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering).


As a member of TeraApps Program, he works at the Resonant Tunnelling Diode: Epitaxial Wafer Design, Manufacture and Characterisation.


Other interest/hobby: Rock and Funk Music, painting, cooking, sports, martial arts, classic English Literature and Oriental culture.

Completely immersed in J.R.R.  Tolkien world. 

ESR 2 Simone Clochiatti

ESR 2 Simone Clochiatti Simone_Clochiatti


Originally from Italy, completed a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where he followed the 'Wireless Engineering' study line, which provides knowledge in the areas of RF, microwave engineering, and antennas. In a broad sense, these topics were also his research interest and the main motivation that pushed him to move from Italy to Denmark for the Master.

Currently, employed as a Ph.D. student in engineering at the department of components for High-Frequency Electronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Within the TeraApps project, he aims to design, characterize and measure integrated circuits for signal generation and detection, based on the Resonant Tunneling Diode (RTD) semiconductor device, operating at the THz frequencies. This circuits will be constituting the power sources needed for THz applications.

ESR 3 Yaksh Rawal

ESR 3 Yaksh Rawal
ESR 3 Yaksh Rawal

Yaksh is originally from India, where in 2008, he received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics from Mumbai University, Mumbai, India. In the year 2010, his interest in microelectronics and semiconductor devices led him to join as project research assistant at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. In 2011, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as full-time masters student where he worked on fabrication and characterization of metal-insulator-metal tunnel diodes for energy harvesting. After receiving his Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Microelectronics in 2014, he joined again as project research assistant where he worked on contact resistivity reduction for n-Ge source/drain using novel techniques. He has also been teaching assitant at Indian Institute of Technology for courses Solid State Devices, Physics of Transistors, Microelectronics Lab and Electronics Devices and Circuits. During his 5 years(2010-2015) at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, he has mentored one graduate student working on MIM capacitors, one intern and one undergraduate student working on Memristor and one undergraduate student working on dielectric constant measurement through capacitance sensing in microuidic channels. In the year 2015-2017, he was employed as Senior Engineer, Integration and Yield, 14nm FinFET group at GlobalFoundries Engineering Private Limited, Bangalore. Working at the forefront of driving yield improvement and product performance during ramp up of advanced technology nodes, 14LPP and 14LPE on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' strategic roadmap. He supported ramp up of these technologies in the new Fab 8 in Malta, NY from GLOBALFOUNDRIES' India centre at Bangalore. He achieved this by monitoring the baseline trends, device parametrics (HOL, FEOL and BEOL) and inline meterology parameters. His main area of focus is on the baseline monitoring and datamining for FEOL parameters. 

Currently employed at JMU Wuerzburg as Ph.D student where he'll be working on the design, fabrication (epitaxial growth and nano-structuring) and characterization of resonant tunneling structures in the InAs and antimonide material system on InAs and GaSb-substrates. Electrical transport measurements will be conducted to characterize the electrical performance of the grown resonant tunneling structures as high-speed and MIR optoelectronic devices.


ESR 4 Begum Yavas Aydin

Begum Yavas AydinBegum Yavas


Begum is originally from Turkey, She completed her bachelor degree in Physics department from Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey at 2014. During her B.Sc., she studied the role of growth temperature on the number of graphene layers grown by low pressure CVD. Raman spectroscopy was used to identify the number of graphene layer on Cu foil.


At 2017, she got her master degree in Material Science and Engineering from Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey. During her master studies, she have experienced about Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) systems and also ex-situ characterization methods such as Raman, x-ray diffraction and AFM. In her master study, ZnSe films have been grown on (211) GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). She gained thin film growth with molecular beam epitaxy and    also opportunity to characterize her sample different characterization equipment.


Currently employed at JMU Wuerzburg as Ph.D student in Physic Depatrment. She will focus on the design, growth and nano-fabrication of high-speed (In)GaAs/AlGaAs-based Resonant tunneling diode (RTD) single photon detectors for the visible and near infrared wavelengths with the goal of room-temperature operation low dark count rates and high quantum efficiencies.

ESR 5 Matteo Villani

Matteo Villani


Matteo Villani got his Master degree in Nanotechnologies for ICTs at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Its formation is based on deep knowledge of solid state and quantum physics and electronic device theory with a strong direction towards applicability. His final project verted on electrical characterization of Graphene-based nanostructures obtained with self-assembles processes, to verify applicability in switching devices. This research was performed in CEA-LETI laboratories in Grenoble, France.

Within the TeraApps network Matteo has the role of providing simulations support to other partners. Expertise in SSP, quantum physics and photonics are key tools to provide help in analyzing experimental data of other groups in the network.

ESR 6 Davide Cimbri

ESR 6 Davide CimbriESR 6 Davide Cimbri


Davide Cimbri holds a First Class Honours B.Sc. in Physical Engineering and a First Class Honours M.Sc. in Nanotechnologies for ICTs (Electronic Engineering class degree), both received from Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

At the end of the B.Sc. program he spent six months at the Department of Physics at Politecnico di Torino fabricating and characterizing Ag-based nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced-Raman- Spectroscopy (SERS) applications (in collaboration with Microla Optoelectronics S.r.l.).

During the M.Sc. he spent six extra months at Grenoble INP Phelma (France) attending classes and experiencing fabrication and characterization techniques in cleanroom regarding the realization of electronic devices, ICs and MEMS/NEMS. Moreover, he spent four extra months at the Quantum Devices and Nanotechnology Department at Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM) in Torino (Italy), as a Research Assistant, developing Josephson’s junctions for microwave photon detection. The project was carried out in cleanroom and exploiting FIB as post-cleanroom process and SEM for the characterization step.

At the end of the M.Sc. program he spent eight months at the Computational Electronics Depart- ment at Boston University (Massachusetts, USA) and at the Electronics and Telecommunications Department at Politecnico di Torino modeling the electronic structure of antimonides-based type-II superlattice photodetectors for mid-IR applications, exploiting the kp perturbation theory with Finite Elements.

His research interests cover the field of high speed electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the High Frequency Electronics (HFE) Group, Division of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, University of Glasgow (UK), under the supervision of Prof. Edward Wasige and Prof. David Cumming.

His research project, part of the TeraApps program, aims at developing a novel, low cost, energy- efficient and compact ultra-broadband short-range wireless communication transceiver technology which, employing Resonant Tunnelling Diode (RTD) devices operating at frequencies exceeding 1 Thz, is capable of addressing predicted future network usage requirements.

ESR 7 Jehn Zoltan

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I have done my Bachelor studies at the Technical University of Budapest as physicist, and chemical engineer, and I received my Master diploma at the Technical University of Munich in applied physics.  I was involved with the development of the nextnano projects and XienceSim software products. In this project I am mainly interested in the high frequency properties of Semiconductor structures, that can be used for Terahertz radiation. My project is basically a proof of concept of microstrip RTD oscillators, and I am working towards to achieve that. At first on lower frequencies, and then moving to higher frequencies.

In my free time I tend to build anything from wood, and when my schedule allows I watch art movies.

ESR 8 Meng Zhang

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Meng Zhang, come from China. He got his bachelor and master degree from Beijing Institute of Technology at 2015 and 2018, respectively. He majored in Electrical Engineering in bachelor period. In the master period, his research and study areas are mainly in the Millimetre wave and Terahertz technology. He participated in the research topics such as, metamaterial, quasi-optical device, THz on-chip antenna, compact antenna test range and so on.

Currently, he is employed as a Ph.D student in General and Theoretical Electrical Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In the TeraApps project. He mainly charges for the antenna design for Resonant Tunneling Diode (RTD) semiconductor device that operates at terahertz frequency. In transmitter, the same antenna will be used to achieve the wireless sub-harmonic injection locking to improve the performance the RTD. In receiver part, a broadband high gain on-chip antenna will be designed.

ESR 9 Saif Alomari

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I have a bachelors’ degree in electrical engineering from the university of Jordan, and around 6 years of industry experience. In 2017 I graduated from the university of Leeds with a master’s degree in electronics and electrical engineering. I am extremely interested in novel semiconductor devices, particularly those utilizing quantum mechanical effects and their huge potential use as enabling technologies for next generation circuits and systems. I have worked on the fabrication of resonant tunneling diodes during my master’s project using GaAs wafers. For my PhD I am aiming at deepening my understanding in optoelectronics and hoping to produce opto-electronic circuits based on RTDs and laser diodes that can work as high sensitivity, high speed photo detectors.

In my free time, I like to read books, sketch, and sometimes go on hiking.

ESR 10 Sebastian Gebert

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Sebastian Gebert conducted his studies at the University of Regensburg (UR) in Germany. During his bachelor thesis he began working on 2D topological insulators by investigating THz radiation induced photocurrents. Subsequently, he worked as a student assistant focusing on photogalvanic spectroscopy of (Bi,Sb)Te based 3D topological insulators. He is currently finishing his Master of Science (Physics) dedicated to nonlinear photocurrents and photoconductivity induced by intense THz radiation in HgTe-based quantum well structures and will participate the TeraApps project at Montpellier later this year.  His focus will be the investigation of new 2D materials for Imaging and telecommunication applications.


ESR 12 Thomas Nowack

Thomas NowackESR 12 Thomas Nowack


For his Bachelor’s, he choose to study Functional Materials Technology at the JMU in Würzburg since it provided a broad scientific background and significant technological viewpoints as an applied science. Towards the end of his B.Sc., the field of organic electronics caught his interest due to it’s interdisciplinary approach, which is why he joined the international Master’s program Organic and Molecular Electronics at the TU Dresden. The program deepened background and interest in molecular physics, electronics, nanotechnology and semiconductor technology and especially in optoelectronics. For his Master’s Thesis, he joined IMEC as international scholar of the KU Leuven to work on the process-integration of organic thin-film transistors by photolithography.

He is consequently especially interested in the tailored development of advanced materials and their integration into functional optoelectronic devices.

Within the TeraApps project, he aspires to design improved meta-material absorbers for Terahertz radiation and integrate them into functional sensor-arrays. He then aims to utilize these sensors together with his background in molecular analytics to explore the potential of Terahertz radiation for chemical detection and even for biomedical applications e.g. for non-invasive cancer detection and as non-mutagen alternative to X-ray imaging.

ESR 13 Iliya Tikhomirov

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Iliya Tikhomirov obtained his first M.Sc at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) in Russian Federation. During his Master thesis he was working on developing spectroscopy equipment suitable for various laboratory applications.

In 2013, he became master student at The University of Tokyo, where he studied Nuclear Engineering and Applied Physics and work on first-principal simulation of electron dynamics induced by high field phenomena. After graduation he continued his work as Research Assistant until 2016, when he was offered research engineer position in All-Russian Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements (VNIOFI).

Currently, Iliya is employed as an Early Stage Researcher in Electromagnetic Department at the National Physical Laboratory and PhD student in Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). His position is embedded in the TeraApps project, which aims to extend the current implementation of Terahertz Technologies for Imaging, Radar and Communication Applications. For this purpose, his research is focused on demonstrating applications of Terahertz Technology for non-destructive testing (NDT) and condition monitoring (CM) in the context of pharmaceutical process monitoring and quality control, and developing a novel, efficient and compact  device, either RTD-based or any other available THz source.

ESR 15 Robin Schmidt

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Originally from France, Robin graduated in 2018 as an Electrical Engineer from l'Ecole Superieur d'Electricite and got his master's degree from Paris Sud university the same year. Moved by his profound interest in applied physics, he has been searching to marry this passion with electronic design, which led him fast towards high frequency electronics.
Introduced to Terahertz technologies within Paris Sud, his interests for the domain grew since there is still a lot of fundamental research to follow in that domain, particularly for metrology, which demand a strong physic background, programming skills, and statistical modeling.
Now employed as an Early Stage Researcher by Keysight Technology Belgium, his focus will be the development of metrology level calibration structures for on wafer S-parameters measurements in mm and sub-mm-wave frequency. A comprehensive study on uncertainties pending in those measurements will be followed.
Within the TeraApps network, he will provide the knowledge to choose for the best measurement strategy for any relevant devices designed.
Sharing good moments, nature and music are his main resources.