Key Info

Basic Information

Portrait: Prof. Dr. Max Christian Lemme © Copyright: Stefan Hense
Prof. Dr. Max Christian Lemme
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Organizational Unit:
Chair of Electronic Devices
Project duration:
01.09.2012 to 31.08.2017
EU contribution:
1.498.687 euros
  EU flag and ERC logo This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (Grant agreement No. 307311)  


Integrating Graphene Devices


Technology requirements for future IC systems include low power computing and communication, sensing capabilities and energy harvesting. These will unlikely be met with silicon technology alone. The proposed research therefore investigates graphene as a potential alternative technology and contributes to bridging the “valley of death” in innovation that is all too present in Europe. In detail, the proposal focuses on the experimental exploration of novel (opto-) electronic devices and systems based on graphene. Strong emphasis is put on integration, defined as an interdisciplinary approach combining graphene manufacturing, graphene process technology, device engineering and -physics as well as system design. This kind of approach is urgently needed in order to open new horizons for graphene, because it enables a transition from fascinating science to a realistic demonstration of graphene’s application potential in electronics and optoelectronics. The first requirement for the applicability of graphene in ICT is a scalable graphene fabrication technology that can be co-integrated with silicon. The second logical aspect to be investigated is the intricate relationship between process technology and graphene device performance. The third aspect to be considered when discussing integration is how devices can be integrated in existing or future systems, including questions of circuit design. Will graphene systems outperform existing solutions and thus replace them? Will new functionalities emerge and generate novel applications? Hence, the key objectives of this proposal are: 1) a scalable, CMOS compatible large area fabrication technology for graphene and graphene devices, 2) demonstration and assessment of performance advantages and new functionalities of RF graphene devices, 3) high performance graphene-based optoelectronic devices integrated with silicon technology and 4) experimental exploration of the performance potential of graphene-based integrated systems.

Additional information

Prof. Lemme transferred his grant to University of Siegen, where it was also finalised in 2018, from his former Host Institution, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH).