School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Enrique Escobedo-Cousin

Research Associate

Background

Background

I was born and raised in Mexico City. My background is in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, having done my first degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I specialised in microsystems engineering and signal processing, and graguated with a thesis on noise reduction for infra-red astronomical images following a one year research placement at the Astronomy Institute. Shortly after graduating in 2003, i moved to Newcastle to study an MSc in Microelectronics and continued with a PhD in Semiconductor Technology,  graduating in 2008.

My current interests are related with neuroelectronic interfaces technologies, more specifically neural micro probes technologies with recording and stimulation capabilities.

My previous experience include epitaxial graphene and strained silicon/silicon-germanium technologies for electronic device applications. Other areas of expertise are semiconductor micro and nano characterisation techniques using Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman-AFM integration, XPS, electrical analysis and micro-fabrication work in clean room environment. I am at home with all three phases of electronic device production: design, fabrication and characterisation, as well as data analysis and presentation.

Currently i work in a joint project between the Institute of Neuroscience and the School of Engineering which aims control epilepsy using optogenetics.

Qualifications

2004 - 2008: PhD Semiconductor Technology. Newcastle University. Thesis: Material characterisation of strained Si/SiGe MOSFETs
2003 - 2004: MSc Microelectronics. Newcastle University. Thesis: Impact of virtual substrate Ge composition on the series resistance of strained Si/SiGe MOSFETs
1996 - 2001: BSc Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Thesis: Image noise reduction for an infra-red camera/spectro 

Areas of expertise

Neuroelectronic interfaces
Neural probes design and microfabrication
Semiconductor technology

Languages

Spanish, English, German, French (basic), Russian (basic).

Informal interests

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Research

Research Interests

Design, fabrication and characterisation of electronic materials and devices, development of nanoscale physical analysis techniques. Extensive experience using atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photo-spectroscopy (XPS) and electrical I-V, C-V and Hall measurements. Characterisation of semiconductor properties using micro-electromechanical systems based structures. Work in clean room environment: photolithography, film deposition by e-beam evaporation and sputtering, chemical etching and thermal process.

Teaching

2010 - 2011: EEE8103/EEE8019 Semiconductor Device Fabrication

Publications