Short Biographical Sketches

  • Andrea Redaelli received the Laurea (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. During the Ph.D. thesis he worked on Phase Change Memories in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Politecnico di Milano), collaborating with the Non-Volatile Memory Technology Development Group of the Advanced Research and Development of STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza. His research interests include the modelling and characterization of transport properties and phase-change transition of chalcogenide- based devices. From 2007, he joined STMicroelectronics working on advanced technologies for non volatile memories, being also involved in EU funded projects on emerging memories. Since 2008 he is working on 45 nm PCM technology developments, firstly in Numonyx (the INTEL-ST spin-off for non volatile memories) and then in Micron, following the incorporation of Numonyx in Micron Technology. His work areas include memory array architecture definition, design of test structures and electrical testing. He mainly focused his efforts on electrical performance improvement through process and programming algorithms. From 2005 to 2009, he also cooperated with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, in holding master’s classes on electronics and signal conditioning. Andrea is author and co-author of about 30 papers and 20 patents and filed patent applications. During his working experience Andrea developed high level technical skills as well as coordination ability interacting with several groups inside the company, located on a world-scale environment. He is used to collaborate with different areas such as material science, process development, device design and testing. In PASTRY, he will be in charge of the overall project management and coordination of the demonstration activity done in work-package 5.

  • Enrico Varesi was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966. He received the Laurea degree in nuclear engineering and the PhD degree in materials engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1992 and 1998, respectively. From 1998 to 2003 he has been worked as Research Fellow at different research institutions (ICMAB Barcelona, Spain; ENEA Frascati, Italy; MDM-INFM Agrate Brianza, Italy) on materials characterization and processing of high temperature superconductor oxide (HTS) and phase change chalcogenide. In 2003 he joined STMicroelectronics (then Numonyx) working on characterization of materials for Non- Volatile Memory and on development and physical failure analysis (PFA) of Phase Change Memory (PCM). He has (co-)authored more than 50 publications in international journals and 5 patents, on materials characterization and PCM. He is currently SMTS in the Physics and Materials Characterization Laboratory of Micron R&D, Agrate – Italy, leading the material characterization activity on new materials for PCM devices and supporting PFA. In Pastry he will take care of physical analysis on the materials.

  • Mattia Boniardi was born in Milan, Italy, in 1982. He graduated in Electronic Engineering in 2007 with a thesis work on Phase-Change Memory (PCM) electrical characterization and modeling; he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Politecnico di Milano in 2011, co-working with Numonyx, now Micron, on the 90nm and 45nm PCM technology development. Since 2011 he is with Micron Semiconductor Italia, working on PCM technology. His main research interests are related to the time dependent phenomena in amorphous materials, to the study of PCM performance as related to the phase change material composition and to the PCM cell architecture analysis and design. Since 2010 he has been teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, on electron devices’ bachelor classes and he is currently involved in tutoring activities. He is author and co-author of about fifteen papers and congress proceedings.

  • Matthias Wuttig: Born in 1960, he is Full Professor of Physics at RWTH Aachen, Germany, since 1997 where he teaches “Solid State Physics“, “Solid State Technologies” and “General Physics”. He received the doctor degree (summa cum laude) in Thin Film Physics in 1988; and was a staff scientist at the Jülich Research Center from 1988 to 1997. From 1988-89 he worked as a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, CA, USA on the structural characterization of surfaces and thin films. From 1995-97 he was Visiting Scientist at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, working on novel storage technologies employing near-field concepts. He is presently the speaker of the strategy board of RWTH Aachen, advising the president of the university in strategic decisions and was Dean of the Faculty of Sciences before. As a guest professor he taught in Marseille (France), Nairobi (Kenya), Hangzhou and Shanghai (China), as well as Singapore and Stanford University, and worked at IBM Research Center Almaden (USA). He has received several prices for his work including an Einstein professorship of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2009) and the Stanford R. Ovshinsky Price (2007), has written three books and is co-author of more than 220 papers published in international journals which have been cited more than 7000 times. Over the last two decades he has built a world-wide network of cooperation partners from both industry and academia focussing on fundamental scientific question with high application potential. In PASTRY, he will be in charge of coordinating the activities in work package 3 (device development).

  • Raffaella Calarco received the M.S. degree in physics in 1996 from the University of Rom Tor Vergata, Italy, and the Ph.D. degree in material science in 2001 from the University of Rom La Sapienza, Italy, with a scholarship obtained as result of national competition (successful in 2 competitions). She worked for one year on the spintronics subject as a Research Scientist with the Technical University of Aachen, Germany. From 2001 to 2010 she was with the Research Center Jülich, Germany, at first in the “Tenure- track”- excellence program and then as a Senior Research Scientist, focusing on III-nitride nanowires. In February 2010 she received the habilitation from the Physics faculty of the Technical University of Aachen. In September 2011 she successfully completed the Helmholtz Academy for Managers - program for excellent young scientists. In addition she attended advanced professional training courses; and over the years she has been given additional management accountability and project responsibility. Since September 2010 is with PDI, her current research interests include on the one hand epitaxy of III-nitride nanostructures and layers on the other hand epitaxial growth of phase-change materials for memory applications. She is author or coauthor of more than 60 publications (on semiconductors in peer- reviewed international journals (8 in Nano Letters - impact factor 12.18), 22 invited talks, 2 book chapters, 2 invited review papers, and 1 patent.

  • Prof. John Robertson is a Professor in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. He graduated with a BA and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University. He worked for 19 years as a research scientist in the Central Electricity Generating Board. He is a ISI highly cited researcher in Materials Science with ~550 papers, with an H-index of 80 and over 26,000 citations. He was awarded a Humboldt research award in 2007 for work on diamond-like carbon and carbon nanotubes. He is a Fellow of American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. He has coordinated several EC projects in NMP and ICT. He has worked on electronic materials, semiconductors and disordered semiconductors for many years, following a PhD on the electronic structure of amorphous Se. He recently worked on models of the atomic structure of amorphous phases of GeSbTe materials and their defects [1-3]. His high level skills on amorphous semiconductors, background in materials design, working with semiconductor companies and EC project management will be valuable to this project.

  • Prof. Fulvio Parmigiani is full professor of Physics (Condensed Matter) at the Faculty of Science, Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy). He is head of the Scientific Programs of the FERMI@elettra Free Electron Laser project and facility, of the T-REX laboratory for ultrafast spectroscopy at Elettra, and of the beam line BACH for advance dichroism on the Elettra storage ring (Trieste). He is a ISI highly cited researcher in Materials Science with ~220 papers, with an H-index of 30 and over 3000 citations. He is member of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committees of several Synchrotron Light Sources. He is holder of the Zernike Chair 2012 at the Groningen University (The Netherlands). He has led several EC projects. His expertise is in synchrotron radiation, FEL radiation and ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter.

  • Dr. Marco Malvestuto is a researcher in Physics and beamline scientist at the Sincrotrone Trieste and at the Physics Department, Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy). He received the Laurea (summa cum laude) in Physics from the University of L’Aquila and the PhD Degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2002 and 2006 respectively. His research interests are in the study of phases and phase transitions in low dimensional strongly interacting electron systems. He utilizes novel state of the art experimental tools to uncover the electronic properties of materials including conventional and time- resolved X ray absorption (XAS, XMCD and X-ray linear dichroic XAS), Resonant X-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES), X-ray photoemission (PES, spin resolved PES, resonant PES). He is author and co- author of about 30 papers. He is an expert beamline scientist with a deep knowledge of magnetic and electronic properties in strongly electron correlated mixed oxides. In PASTRY, he will be in charge of the EXAFS and time resolved XAS activities.

  • Prof. Bart J. Kooi is a professor in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen. He received his MSc (cum laude) and PhD degrees in Materials Science from the Delft University of Technology in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He worked since 1995 as post-doc, assistant and associate professor in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen. His research focus is on nanostructured materials and interfaces, structure-property relations and micro- and nano-structural evolution of materials. His expertise is strongly related to the use of (High Resolution and Analytical) Transmission Electron Microscopy. He published 160 papers, with an H-index of 22. Only focussing on phase-change materials, he published last ten years about 12 publications in International (peer-reviewed) journals and 12 in conference proceedings. The last 17 years Bart developed and demonstrated strong expertise in applying transmission electron microscopy down to the atomic scale to a wide range of advanced materials systems including thin films and devices. For thin films, multilayers and devices, cross-sectional TEM sample preparation is a crucial aspect and under Bart’s supervision a large number of high quality samples were produced and analysed. In PASTRY, he will be responsible for atomic scale structural and chemical analysis of the multilayers and devices produced in the various work-packages with an emphasis on WP 3 focusing on device development.