Events at Department of Energy Technology

Industrial/PhD Course: Design of Modern Power Semiconductor Components (ONLINE)


09.11.2020 kl. 08.30 - 11.11.2020 kl. 16.00



Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, Aalborg University


Prof. Eckart Hoene, AAU and Fraunhofer IZM
Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, AAU
Prof. Kjeld Pedersen, AAU
Prof. Vladimir Popok, AAU



The main component of modern Power Electronics circuits is the semiconductor power switch. This course presents the fundamentals of Power Switches operations from a physical point of view, together with the specific peculiarities and the reason to use them in a special application.

An overview on different packaging technologies and their properties, advantages and disadvantages, is also given. Requirements from the applications and possibilities to tackle them with a semiconductor package solution will be proposed.

Day 1
Lecture 1: 08.30-12.30 (V. Popok, K. Pedersen)

  • Diodes and transistors: fundamentals of semiconductor physics
  • Promising semiconductor materials for power electronics/The potential of GaN for future power electronics

Lecture 2: 13.15-16.30 (F. Iannuzzo)

  • Power electronic devices switching theory
  • Abnormal operations of Silicon and WBG power devices
  • Introduction and Motivation for WBG-Electronics

Day 2
Lecture 3: 08.30-12.00 (E. Hoene)

  • Introduction on packaging techniques for modern semiconductor power switches.
  • Challenges in terms of power density, stray inductance/resistance and reliability.
  • Modern interconnection solutions: copper bond wires, low-profile packaging, bondless packaging, etc. 

Group work, part 1: 13.30-16.30

Day 3
Group work, part 2: 08.30-12.00
Final lecture: 13.00-16.30 (F. Iannuzzo, E. Hoene)

Project presentations by groups, Collective project verification and discussion


Basic knowledge of circuit theory

Form of evaluation

The participants will be grouped and asked to work in team on a real design. Groups will compare and deeply discuss the achievements and the design choices in the final 1-day lecture. Attendees are asked specific questions about the developed design to be answered individually.




6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology