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Peckerar, Martin

Martin Peckerar
Professor Emeritus
2225 A.V. Williams

Research Interests 

  • Microelectronics
  • Integrated circuits
  • Microstructure science and technology
  • Analog and mixed signal design


Dr. Peckerar received a B.S. from Stony Brook University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. In 1976 he joined the Westinghouse Advanced Technology Laboratory where led a group working in advanced MOS process development. At Westinghouse, he developed the deep-depletion CCD for x-ray and for IR imaging. In 1981, he became head of the Nanoelectronics Processing Facility at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and, subsequently, head of the Surface and Interface Sciences Branch. Here, he developed devices for deep-UV imaging and was co-inventor of the laser-plasma source for x-ray lithography. This source is the primary radiation source used by the Intel-led EUV consortium. He has been Principal Navy Technical Officer on the DARPA Advanced Lithography Program (1989-2003). He was also assigned the role of US Navy consultant to the State Department on issues relating to strategic arms control for electronic weapons systems. Dr. Peckerar is now Professor of Microelectronic Engineering at the University of Maryland. His current research continues to be centered on analog and mixed signal design. In particular, he is active in incorporating new materials systems and processes into the system-on-a-chip tool-set. He has developed algorithms for e-beam proximity control, which are essential for e-beam mask manufacture. He was the co-inventor of the polysiloxane self-assembled film imaging process. He has also developed instruments for improvement of e-beam pattern placement using local-fiducial networks. He is also an expert in the area of imaging system technology. Among his achievements in this area is the development of a maximum-entropy image reconstruction chip. This chip represented the first application of entropy regularization to integrated circuit signal processing. He has developed fast-Fourier chips based on neural net principles and a tomographic imager chip (also based on maximum entropy principles).  Most recently, he is developing “super-capacitor” power sources for distributed ad hoc sensor arrays. He is co-author of the textbook Electronic Materials: Science And Technology. editor of the book Synthetic Microstructures in Biological Research, and co-author of the book The Korean Electronics Industry.  Dr. Peckerar was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1993.

Related News 

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

Liu Wins Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
ECE graduate student recognize for research that lead to the development of the first integrated solid state gas sensor. April 29, 2015

Ph.D. Student Guannan Liu Develops Novel Micro-Heater
ECE researchers earn cover page spot in Microelectronic Engineering, a Elsevier journal. December 4, 2014

Professors Goldsman & Peckerar Win Award from University System of Maryland

USM Board of Regents Honors Three Inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees; two are Clark School faculty members. May 14, 2013

Trento Funds Collaborative International Projects
Partnership will support joint research in solar power, cell-based systems and ultra low-power systems. February 16, 2012

Zhao Wins Best Poster Award at ISDRS 2011
Zhao receives best poster award for "Design of a Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting System for an Unmanned Airplane." December 21, 2011

ECE Faculty Earn Promotions
Professors Jacob, Martins, Peckerar, Ulukus, and Wu are approved to receive new faculty appointments, effective July 1. May 17, 2011

ECE Researchers Publish Article in RSC Journal on High Energy Density Flexible Galvanic Cell
Flexible galvanic cell is non-toxic, low-cost and environmentally friendly. April 1, 2011

Students Selected as Finalists for Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
Filiz Yesilkoy and Timir Datta are among 33 finalist teams, chosen from 146 entries from across the U.S. March 29, 2011

Faculty Start-Up Wins Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Award
Created by Martin Peckerar & Neil Goldsman, FlexEl is developing flexible, thin-film, rechargeable batteries. June 17, 2010