Centre Member Profile

Francesca Iacopi
Employer: University of Technology Sydney
Centre Role: Chief Investigator
Job Title in TMOS: Professor of Electronic Engineering, Chair of the Industry Liaison Committee
Research Interests:
- Nanoelectronics
- Nanophotonics
- Semiconductors
- 2D Materials
- Miniaturised energy Storage
- Miniaturised biosensors

M.Sc. in Physics, 1996, Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering, 2004, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Francesca Iacopi has over 20 years’ international industrial and academic expertise in the miniaturisation of semiconductor technologies. She has led large R&D projects for IMEC (Belgium) and Globalfoundries Inc (USA) in interconnects, electronic devices and packaging. Her focus is the translation of basic scientific advances into nanomaterials and device concepts into integrated technologies. She is known for her influential work in porous dielectrics for interconnects, and, more recently, graphene for on-chip applications.

Recipient of an MRS Gold Graduate Student Award (2003), an ARC Future Fellowship (2012), and a Global Innovation Award in Washington DC (2014), she was listed among the most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia (2018). Francesca is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and currently serves in the Awards Committee of the Materials Research Society, the Electronic Materials Committee of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, and in the Emerging Research Materials Chapter of the International Roadmap for Systems and Devices (irds.ieee.org). She leads the Integrated Nanosystems Lab, in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney. She is a Chief Investigator and Chair of the Industry Liaison Committee of the Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS). She is also founder and inaugural Chair of the IEEE New South Wales EDS Chapter.