Fundamentals of electronic device fabrication

By Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 801
The course is intended to provide an understanding of current fabrication practices used in the semiconductor industry, along with the challenges and opportunities in device fabrication. It caters to UG and PG students from diverse backgrounds such as Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Metallurgy, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry. The course provides an overview on the integrated circuit fabrication along with practices and challenges to continue to satisfy Moore’s law. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Engineering and Science students at the UG and PG level 

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  Semiconductor device fabrications companies such as TSMC and Applied Materials will value this course
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
  • Electronic Materials
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

This is a four week course, which deals with the various steps involved in integrated circuit fabrication, starting with quartz (silica), which is the raw material for making silicon wafers. The course contents are divided into four weeks as per the plan below. 

Week 1: Introduction and overview of semiconductor device fabrication
Week 2: Fabrication operations: Oxidation, doping, and lithography
Week 3: Fabrication processes: etching and growth. Process evaluation
Week 4: Process yield, clean room design, and IC logic and packaging

Lectures videos are available for each week and there will be an assignment at the end of the week. There will also be a summary PPT for each week.

Along with this, optional additional reading material will also be available. Some of the alternate fabrication techniques, especially printed electronics, will be included in this reading material. 

Books and references

There is one textbook for this course. This is a book that I published in 2017 and covers the topics associated with semiconductor materials, devices, and fabrication. 

  1. Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Fabrication, Parasuraman Swaminathan, Wiley India, 2017. Amazon link. Flipkart link. 


  1. Microchip Fabrication: A Practical Guide to Semiconductor Processing, 6th Edition, Peter Van Zant, McGraw-Hill, 2013. Amazon link. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan

IIT Madras
Prof. Parasuraman Swaminathan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME), IIT Madras. He joined the institute in 2013. He has a B. Tech and M. Tech dual degree in MME from IIT Madras, and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He then did a post doc in Johns Hopkins University and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA on microelectronics device fabrication. He also worked in Intel Corp. for two years, primarily in their development fab facility. His research group is called the Electronic Materials and Thin Films group and they work in the area of printed electronics and thin film deposition. His research page can be accessed at https://mme.iitm.ac.in/swamnthn. Dr. Parasuraman has been offering this online course since 2016. He has published a textbook in this topic. 

Link to the YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYP3gjCN8-VNUL439PSGxjw/ 


Garikapati Nagasarvari is doing her doctoral studies in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. She has done courses on electronic materials and devices, technical ceramics and thin film technology. She is working on the encapsulation of printed electronic devices using polymer nanocomposites.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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