Umberto Ravaioli Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Beckman Institute
Institution Disciplines
University of Illiinois Electronics Nanostructures Nanotubes
City State / Provence
Urbana Illinois
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(217) 333-2922

Dr. Ravaioli research interests are in computational electronics, with emphasis on Monte Carlo methods for device simulation, transport in quantum nanostructures, simulation of conduction phenomena in biological ionic channels, properties of carbon nanotubes, and supercomputation.

Umberto Ravaioli is a member of the Computational Electronics group and his main research efforts are in the area of transport simulation in nanostructures. His group has developed self-consistent 2-D and 3-D Monte Carlo simulators for nanoscale silicon devices, which have been applied to the study of ultra-scaled conventional and double-gate MOSFETs and FinFETs. These simulation tools are being used by research groups at the major semiconductor companies, including Intel, Motorola and AMD. Methodologies for the quantum simulation of nanostructures are also pursued and have been merged with Monte Carlo simulation to formulate quantum corrections to extend the validity of semi-classical transport. Other projects involve the coupling of particle simulation with phonon transport for the evaluation of thermal limitation of ultra-scaled integrated circuits.

Recent efforts have been devoted to the development of simulation tools for the study of ionic transport in biological ion channels, building a hierarchical simulation infrastructure for multi-scale simulation, ranging from continuum to particle simulation. The goal is to develop understanding of artificial biomimetic structures designed to behave like biological one, to make possible the realization of new classes of nanoscale sensors and devices.

Professor Ravaioli’s sources of research funding include NSF, SRC and ARO.


Umberto Ravaioli received a Laurea in Electronics Engineering in 1980 and a Laurea in Physics in 1982, both from the University of Bologna, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from Arizona State University.


Fellow, Institute of Physics (1999); Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2003).


Contributor of the Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, Second Edition (CRC Press) 2007.

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