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EU PSES 2022 Speaker

Dr. Rodney Pelzel

  • IQE
  • Chief Technology Office
  • Biography

Dr. Rodney Pelzel has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, with deep expertise in semiconductor materials engineering and the epitaxial growth of compound semiconductors. Dr. Pelzel joined IQE as a Production Engineer in 2000. For the first twelve years of his career with IQE, Dr. Pelzel held various engineering and operational management roles focusing on scaling leading edge epitaxial technology for volume manufacturing for wireless applications. In 2012, Dr. Pelzel was appointed as the head of R&D for the IQE Group and was tasked with creating unique materials solutions that enable IQE’s customers and provide them with a competitive edge. Throughout his career, Dr. Pelzel has been involved in numerous new product introductions, the most recent being IQE’s highly successful launch of 6” VCSELs for consumer applications. Dr. Pelzel is a chemical engineer by training, holding a BS (High Distinction) from the University of Colorado (1995) and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000). He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Pelzel’s work has been widely published and he is the co-inventor of 30+ patents.

  • Presentation

Compound Semiconductors for Power Electronics

The next generation of power electronics are enabled at the fundamental materials level using compound semiconductors. Specifically, GaN and SiC are needed for efficient, robust high voltage applications. The stringent performance requirements of next generation devices requires that these materials be engineered at the atomic level using epitaxy. In addition, this precision engineering must be done at scale in order to meet the volume requirements of the market. The combination of atomic engineering at scale presents unique challenges and possibilities that will be discussed.

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  • Company Profile


IQE is the leading supplier of compound semiconductor wafer products and advanced material solutions to the global semiconductor industry. IQE is essential to technology growth markets, as the only compound semiconductor epitaxy foundry with a global footprint and proven ability to manufacture at scale

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