Wide Bandgap Electronics Group
Center for Power Electronics Systems
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Our group explores wide bandgap (WBG) and ultra-wide bandgap (UWBG) materials and devices in electronic applications. Our research interests span the physics, design, simulation, fabrication, characterization, reliability, robustess, packaging, and circuit applications of WBG and UWBG devices. Our research emphasizes on the fundamental understanding of UWB/UWBG devices, their new applications in power, RF, sensing, and computing applications, as well as the relevant material-device co-design with machine learning. Our group highlights a full-stack research scope from materials and devices to circuits and algorithms, and the seamless collaborations with the industry.

OPENINGs: We have Ph. D. openings in the Fall 2024. The ideal candidates are expected to have a background in semiconductor devices or power electronics. Device physics background and cleanroom fabrication experience are strong plus. We also have immediate postdoc opening with a desired background in gallium nitride device process and IC designs.

For anyone interested in the above opportunities, feel free to contact Prof. Yuhao Zhang with a CV and representative publications.


2023/09        Our work on avalanche GaN devices was selected as the Cover of the Octorber issue of the IEEE Electron Device Letters
2023/09        Zhang received the FY24 ONR YIP award
2023/09        Our work on the first demonstraiton of vertical Ga2O3 superjunction is accepted by IEDM 23
2023/08        Congratulations to Yunwei Ma and Ruizhe Zhang on passing the PhD defense!
2023/08        Zhang gave a talk at GOX 23.
2023/07         We collaborate with Nanjing University on demonstrating the avalanche in Ga2O3 (published on Nature Communications)
2023/07         We demonstrate the first 10 kV Ga2O3 power device! The work has been covered Semiconductor Today
2023/05         Our work on NiO edge termination for Ga2O3 devices was selected as the Feature of Applied Physics Letters
2023/04         We published a review paper on stability, reliability, and robustness of GaN power device at T-PEL
2023/02-05    Zhang gave several talks at Cornell, OSU, Infineon, ECPE User Forum, and Compound Semiconductor Week
2023/03         Congratulations to Ruizhe Zhang for receiving the Best Presentation Award (GaN session) of APEC 2023
2022/11         Our review article is published on Nature Electronics: Multidemensional device architectures for efficient power electronics
2022/11         Dr. Zhang gave a tutorial on GaN power devices in WiPDA 2022
2022/10         Our work on the first demonstration of vertical GaN superjunction is accepted by IEDM 22
2022/10         Our 10kV GaN work is covered by Compound Semiconductor: Stretching GaN power devices to 10 kV
2022/10          Dr. Zhang gave an invited talk at IWGO 2022 on Ga2O3 thermal management through packging
2022/09          Dr. Zhang gave an invited talk at SSDM 2022 on MV power devices beyond SiC
2022/09          Welcome Jessie Guo and Matt Porter as new PhD students
2022/09          4-year NSF ASCNET project kick-off; another 3-year NSF GOLI project kick-off
2022/07          Dr. Zhang gave talks in Infineon, SUSTC, Silergy, Innoscience, Qorvo, ADI in recent months of 2022
2022/05          Dr. Zhang gave an tutorial on MV GaN devices in ISPSD 2022, and an invited talk on GaN robustness in 241th ECS meeting
2022/03          Joe's big review paper on oxide materials is published on Applied Physics Reviews
2022/03          Dr. Zhang gave an tutorial on 10 kV GaN diodes and HEMTs in EDTM 2022
2022/01          Welcome Bixuan Wang join as a new PhD student and Dr. Yuan Qin join as a new postdoc
2021/12         Our IEDM 21 work is covered by Nature Electronics: A gallium nitride HEMT that enhances
2021/10         Congratulations on the acceptance of Ming's paper by IEDM 2021 for the demonstration of the first 10 kV E-mode GaN HEMT!
2021/10         Dr. Zhang delieved two invited talks in the 240th ECS Meeting, one on 10 kV GaN diodes and the other on Ga2O3 thermal management
2021/09         Dr. Zhang's research was covered by Virginia Tech News, read the article here
2021/09         A new NSF project kicks off, read the news here.
2021/09         Welcome Yifan Wang to join the group as a Ph. D. student.
2021/09         Congratulations to Dr. Ming Xiao on promoting to Research Scientist!
2021/08         Congratulations to Matthew on being awarded the PowerAmerica Undergraudate Research Scholarship!
2021/08         Dr. Zhang made an invited talk at TSMC entitled "Exploring New Application Space of GaN Power Devices."
2021/08         Congratulations to Boyan and Ming on their EDL paper, which has been selected as the Editor's Pick!
2021/07         Congratulations to Joe on wining the IEEE PELS Ph. D. Thesis Talk Award!
2021/06         Congratulations to Qihao on wining the Presentation Award of APEC 2021!
2021/06         Qihao will do oral presentaion at APEC 21, and Dr. Zhang was invited to present in an industry session as a panelist
2021/05         Congratulations to Joe on becoming the Graduate Student Speaker for the Spring 2021 University Commencement Ceremony!
2021/05         Congratulations to Joe on wining the 2nd Prize in Torgersen Award (VT Engineering PhD Poster Presentation Award)!
2021/05         Ming and Boyan will do oral presentations at CSW 21, and Yunwei will do oral presentations at ISPSD 21
2021/05         A NSF-sponsored project started in collaboration with Prof. DiMarino @ CPES
2021/05          Dr. Zhang received the Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award of Virginia Tech Engineering
2021/04          Congratulations to Joe on passing his Ph. D. defense!
2021/03          We have two papers presented in IRPS this year on GaN robustness
2021/03          A ONR-sponsored project started in collaboration with Naval Research Lab and Penn State
2021/02          Dr. Zhang received the 2021 National Science Foudation CAREER Award
2021/02          A US-UK NSF-EPSRC sponsored project started in collaboration with Univ. of Southern California and The University of Cambridge
2020/12          Congratulations to Ruizhe, Boyan, and Yunwei on passing the Ph.D. qualifying exam
2020/12          Our IEDM paper has been reported by Nature Electronics: "Gallium nitride gets wrapped up"
2020/11          Congratulations to Jingcun for completing his fruitful one-year visit, we hope he will come back soon
2020/10          We have three papers accepted by IEDM this year
2020/04-10    We have a series of papers on robustness of WBG devices presented in IRPS, APEC, ECCE, and ECS Fall meeting (invited)
2020/06           Dr. Zhang's EDL paper was awarded the 2019 IEEE George Smith Award (Best EDL paper of the year)
2020/05           Congratulations to Joe on being named 2020 Graduate Student of the Year! Read the VT News here
2020/02           A new project funded by PowerAmerica, DOE, started in collaboration with Lockheed Martin
2019/12           Our APL paper has been selected as the Editor's pick
2019/12           Congratulations to Joe on passing the Ph.D. prelim! Defense will come soon
2019/06           Congratulations to Noah on starting his career at Lawrance Livermore National Lab