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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
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.01.2019 to 30.06.2020
EU contribution:
149.750 euros
  EU flag and ERC logo This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 825968)  


Silicon-Integrated Graphene Photodetectors for Future Photonic Integrated Circuits


The goal of the Graph-IC proof of concept proposal is to verify the innovation potential of silicon-technology-integrated graphene photodetectors for high-speed and broadband light conversion. The idea of this PoC is to use such graphene photodetectors as an enabling technology for integrated optoelectronic systems with extremely high data rates. The new technology will be fully integrated and allow the utilization of the entire transmission window of optical fibers. Such systems have the potential to decisively outperform existing systems in terms of data-rate, cost and energy consumption, which are becoming major challenges in large data systems. Within this PoC, we plan to establish the viability and identify technical issues of integrated graphene photodetectors with high electrical bandwidth for optical wavelengths. Graph-IC prepares the PI and his team to embark on a very high-risk, very high-gain endeavor, where the goal is to compete in a multi-billion Euro global market. This proposal is based on the scientific results of the ERC starting grant “InteGraDe – Integrating Graphene Devices (307311)”, where the PI has demonstrated the integration of graphene with silicon technology up to the wafer scale.

Additional information

This grant is hosted at AMO (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mikro- und Optoelektronik GmbH).