Newswise — Pennington, NJ – The Electrochemical Society (ECS) honored Hiroshi Iwai, Vice Dean and Distinguished Chair Professor at the International College of Semiconductor Technology, Taiwan, and Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, with the 2021 ECS Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science & Technology. He delivers his Award Address, “Impact of Micro-/Nano-Electronics, Miniaturization Limit, and Technology Development for the Next 10 Years and After,” at the 239th ECS Meeting with IMCS18. The address can be seen live online at 2100h EDT, Thursday, June 3, after which it will be available through June 26, 2021. There is no cost to participate, however pre-registration is required.

Hiroshi Iwai’s presentation is a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of micro-/nano electronics, miniaturization, and the future development of the technology, from a pioneer in the field. He introduced many new process technologies which were the first, or one of the first, in the world: BPSG planarization, source/drain ion-implantation, reactive ion etching for poly Si gate, rapid thermal annealing for shallow doping, rapid thermal oxidation for ultra-thin gate oxides, rapid thermal nitridation for oxynitride gate oxides, and NiSi silicide. Best known for the miniaturization of MOSFETs from 8 μm to recent sub-50 nm generations, Iwai contributed to the continuation of Moore’s law for 50 years. An RF CMOS project he initiated in 1995 resulted in the success of Bluetooth. From the early period of large scale integrated circuits, he was involved in developing product technologies: the first NMOS LSI technology at Toshiba in 1975, several generations of memories—1k SRAM, 64 k DRAM, and 1M SRAM—and bipolar and BiCMOS technologies for analog and RF.

The 239th ECS Meeting with IMCS18, from May 30-June 3, 2021, showcases today’s and tomorrow’s top researchers in the fields of electrochemistry and solid state science and related technologies. Symposia with over 2,000 abstracts cover 14 different topic areas: Batteries and Energy Storage; Carbon Nanostructures and Devices; Corrosion Science and Technology; Dielectric Science and Materials; Electrochemical/Electroless Deposition; Electrochemical Engineering Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, and Energy Conversion; Electronic Materials and Processing; Electronic and Photonic Devices and Systems Organic and Bioelectrochemistry; Luminescence and Display Materials, Devices, and Processing; Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry, Electrocatalysis, and Photoelectrochemistry; and Electrochemical Sensors and Solid State Sensors. Access to all technical presentations is freely available during the event, and later almost all can be accessed through June 26, 2021, via digital presentation files.  

The ECS Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science & Technology was established in 1971 as the Solid State Science and Technology Award to honor distinguished contributions to the field of solid state science and technology. The award was renamed in honor of longtime ECS member Gordon E. Moore in 2005. What would become Moore’s Law—the number of transistors that would fit on a computer chip would double every year—was first articulated by Moore at a Society meeting in 1964. Four years later, he cofounded Intel Corporation, now the largest manufacturer of silicon microchips in the world. The award is presented biennially to a leader in the field nominated by the 8,000+ ECS members. Many renowned researchers have received the award since its founding, including in 1999, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics Laureate and ECS member, Isamu Akasaki.

Hiroshi Iwai joined Toshiba in 1973, contributing to the development of integrated circuit devices for 26 years. He joined the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1999, and engaged in research of semiconductor device technologies for 21 years. The author and/or coauthor of more than 1,000 international journal and conference papers and 500 Japanese journal and conference papers, Iwai holds 80 U.S. and 65 Japanese patents. He received his BE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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