Trevor Thornton

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Research expertise
Silicon-on-insulator MESFETs, molecular electronics and sensors, microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS)

Trevor Thornton joined the ASU faculty in 1998 after having spent eight years at Imperial College in London and two years as a member of the technical staff at Bell Communications Research in New Jersey. He is currently the director of the Southwest regional node of the NSF-supported National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network (NNIN). Thornton has published more than 150 journal and conference papers and has seven issued patents related to the commercial development of CMOS compatible MESFETs.

Professional preparations
Ph.D., physics, Cambridge University, 1987
M.S., physics, Cambridge University, 1985

Recognition and awards
Microwave and Wireless Components Letters Tatsuo Itoh Prize from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, Plenary lecture entitled “University Innovation: How Today’s Academic Research Seeds Tomorrow’s Commercial Breakthroughs” presented at the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis (ISTFA) (2012), Best Student Paper, High Temperature Electronics Network (2009), ASU Co-Curricular Programs Last Lecture Award (2001)

Selected Publications

W. Lepkowski, S. J. Wilk, and T. J. Thornton “Scaling SOI MESFETs at the 45nm CMOS Node” IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol. 36, pp. 14-16 (2015).

S.J. Wilk, W. Lepkowski, P. Habibimehr and T.J. Thornton “4-Terminal Angelov Model for SOI CMOS MESFETs” IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium, Phoenix, AZ, 17 – 19 May (2015)

W. Lepkowski, S. J. Wilk, A. Parsi, M. Saraniti, D. Ferry, and T. J. Thornton “Avalanche breakdown in SOI MESFETs” Solid-State Electronics, vol. 91, pp. 78-80 (2014).

S. J. Wilk, W. Lepkowski, and T. J. Thornton, “32 dBm Power Amplifier on 45 nm SOI CMOS” IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, vol. 23, pp. 161-163 (2013).

W. Lepkowski, S. J. Wilk, J. Kam, T. J. Thornton “40V MESFETs Fabricated on 32nm SOI CMOS” IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC 2013), Digest of Papers, pp. 1-4, DOI: 10.1109/CICC.2013.6658399 (2013).

M. R. Ghajar, S. J. Wilk, W. Lepkowski, B. Bakkaloglu, and T. J. Thornton, “Backgate Modulation Technique for Higher Efficiency Envelope Tracking” in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 61, pp. 1-9 (2013).

W. Lepkowski, S. J. Wilk, M. R. Ghajar, A. Parsi, and T. J. Thornton, “Silicon-on-Insulator MESFETS at the 45nm node” International Journal of High Speed Electronics & Systems, vol. 21, pp. 1250012 (2012).