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Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.techn.
Horst Zimmermann

Tel.: +43 (0)1 58801 - 354 600


TU Wien
Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering
Gusshausstrasse 25/354
1040 Vienna


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Publication list, arranged by media (all);
Author and coauthor of 9 Springer books;
More than 500 publications

More than 40 advised Ph.D. theses

Curriculum Vitae:


Sept. 1968 - Jun. 1977 Math.-nat. Gymnasium, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria
Oct. 1978 - Sept. 1984 Studies of Diploma Physics at Bayreuth University;
Diploma thesis in experimental physics:
“X-ray scattering at micels”

Professional experience:

Professional experience
Oct. 1984 - Sept. 1985 Scientific assistant in Experimental Physics I at Bayreuth University:
inelastic X-ray scattering with high resolution
Oct. 1985 - April 1991 Scientific assistant at the Chair for Electron Devices at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Dept. B, in Erlangen, Germany:
process and device simulation, modelling
April 1991 Dr.-Ing. degree in Semiconductor Engineering Title of Ph.D. thesis:
“Measurement and modelling of Au and Pt profiles in silicon”
May 1991 - Aug. 1992 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow in Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke Univ., Durham, N.C:, USA:
modeling of diffusion in Si, GaAs and InP, development of a measurement method via photoconductive decay for vacancies in silicon
Oct. 1992 - March 1993 Scientific employee at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Dept. B, in Erlangen, Germany:
planning of projects for SiGe and GaAs process simulation
July 1993 - Aug. 2000 Assistant professor at the Chair for Semiconductor Engineering at Kiel University, Germany:
group leader OEICs, supervision of 4 Ph.D. students;
Nov. 1999 Habilitation for Semiconductor Electronics at Kiel Univ.
since Sept. 2000 Full professor for Circuit Engineering at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Institute of Electrodynamics, Microwave and Circuit Engineering (until 2008: Institute of Electrical Measurement and Circuit Design)
2002 Senior Member IEEE

Scientific interests:

  • Full custom analog CMOS and BiCMOS circuit design
  • Deep-sub-μm and nanometer CMOS circuits
  • Optoelectronic integrated devices and circuits, photonics
  • Optical wireless communication (OWC)
  • Optical distance measurement sensors
  • Characterisation and measurement techniques

5 most important projects (of more than 35):

“Integrated Silicon Photodiodes for Infrared Applications with Enhanced Data Rate” (INSPIRED), European Commission, IST-200-28013, 10/2001-12/2004, 892.375€: PIN photodiode integration and new circuit concepts for DVD and optical data receivers

“DVD Embedded Optical System” (DEOS), FFG, FIT-IT #811118 + Austriamicrosystems AG, 03/2006-11/2009, 314.300: PIN photodiode integration and integrated optical frontends for DVD and BluRay

“Grundlagen optischer 3D-SENSoren im Automobil für SicherheitsFunktionen in Echtzeit” (SENSAFE), FFG, A3 #810739 + Siemens-VDO, 3/2006-8/2008, 338.300: Line sensors for realtime application in cars

“High Resolution 3-DIM imaging (HR3DIM)”, WWTF Wien, ICT 08/11, 1/2009-6/2012, 540.000: Interferometric distance measurement principle with frequency shifted feedback (FSF) laser

“Integrated Reconfigurable Silicon Photonic Switch (IRIS)”, European Commission, FP7 - 619194, 1/2014-12/2017, 435.300: Heater control for 48*16 optical switch

International Cooperation Partners:

  • Ams AG, Premstätten, Austria
  • X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG, Erfurt, Germany
  • IHP, Frankfurt a. d. O., Germany
  • CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France
  • IMEC, Leuven, Belgium
  • Infineon Technologies AG, Munich + Villach, Germany + Austria
  • ST Microelectronics, Milano, Italy
  • Ericsson, Pisa, Italy
  • University of Montenegro, Montenegro
  • University of Trento, Trento, Italy
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy
  • TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • University Paris Sued, Paris, France
  • University of Surrey, U.K.
  • Alcatel Thales, Elancourt, France
  • Photline, Besancon, France
  • Siemens-VDO (now Continental), Regensburg + Wien, Germany + Austria
  • FhG Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute), Berlin, Germany


IEEE J. Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Special Issue on Optical Detectors Technology and Applications, Vol. 20, No. 6, 11/12.2014, Primary Guest Editor


Since 1998 Member IEEE
Since 2002 Senior Member IEEE
2006 Panel for evaluation of research proposals in the field of
electronics and telecommunications of the Finnish Academy of Science
Since 2006 Curatorship of Vienna Academy Foundation
(Wiener Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung)

Activity as reviewer for scientific journals:

Activity as reviewer for scientific journals
Since 2002 IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Since 2002 Journal of Lightwave Technology
Since 2003 IEEE Trans. Electron. Devices
Since 2004 IEE/IET Electronics Letters
Since 2005 IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems I + II
Since 2005 IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits
Since 2010 J. Solid-State Electronics
Since 2018 Scientific Reports, Springer Nature

Tasks on conferences:

Tasks on conferences
1998 Session Chairman, 5th Int. Conference on Solid-State and Integrated-Circuit Technology (ICSICT’98), Peking, China: CMOS/BiCMOS ICs
2001 Member of Technical Program Committee, 1st Int. Symposium on Advanced Microelectronic/Optoelectronic Device Technology, Part of SPIE’s Int. Symp. on Optoelectronics and Microelectronics, Nanjing, China
2001 Conference Co-Chairman, 9th IEEE Int. Symposium on Electron Devices for Microwave and Optoelectronic Applications (EDMO’2001), Vienna University of Technology
2002, 2003 Member of Technical Program Committee, IEEE Int. Symposium on Electron Devices for Microwave and Optoelectronic Applications (EDMO)
2004 Member of Technical Program Committee, Int. Symposium on Signals, Systems, and Electronics (ISSSE), Linz, Austria
Since 2004 Member of Technical Program Committee, Austrochip
Since 2005 Member of Technical Program Committee, European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC)
Since 2006 Member of Technical Program Committee, Mikroelektronik-Informationstagung, Vienna
2009 Member of Technical Program Committee, European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC)
2010 Program Vice Chair, IEEE International Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems (DDECS)
2011 Organisation of Austrochip 2011