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Industrial/PhD Course: Design of Modern Power Semiconductor Components


09.11.2022 kl. 08.30 - 11.11.2022 kl. 16.30



Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo,


Prof. Eckart Hoene, Fraunhofer IZM Berlin, Germany
Prof. Francesco Iannuzzo, AAU Energy
Prof. Kjeld Pedersen, AAU MP                     
Associate Professor, Vladimir Popok, AAU VP



he 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

  1. Lecture : 08.30-12.00 (V. Popok, K. Pedersen)
    • Junction theory, PN- and PIN-diodes.
    • Fundamentals of bipolar junction and field-effect transistors.
    • MOSFET and IGBT in power electronics.
    • Emerging (wide band-gap) technologies.
  2. Lecture 2: 13.00-16.30 (F. Iannuzzo)
    • Operation of MOSFETs and IGBTs. On state, off state, switching theory. Miller plateau, voltage/current overshoots and voltage/current tails. Power loss calculation.
    • Overview of abnormal operations: Safe Operating Area (SOA), unclamped inductive switching (UIS) and short circuit.
    • Principle of instability theory: current crowding and thermal runaway. Negative capacitance.
    • Modern driving strategies: including two-level turn off and desaturation protection

Day 2

  1. 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. 
  2. Group work, part 1: 13.00-16.30

Day 3

  1. Group work, part 2: 08.30-12.00
  2. 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.


AAU Energy


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.015, 9220 Aalborg East

Registration Deadline

19.10.2022 kl. 23.59

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