ICT for Sustainability - The Challenge of Making It Real

Gian-Luca Bona 

Thursday, February 14





Source of Picture: ETH Zürich/ Ernst Spycher




Gian-Luca Bona, Prof. Dr. for Photonics ETHZ and EPFL

Gian-Luca Bona studied physics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he received a Ph.D. degree in 1987 for his investigations of surface magnetic structures with short pulsed laser excitation. Subsequently, he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory and first conducted research in optical sampling of ultra-fast opto-electronic devices and later shifted his focus to the design and characterization of intense, high-speed quantum-well semiconductor lasers. In 1994, he initiated work on integrated optical devices with high index contrast which led to a series of reconfigurable planar lightwave circuits and later on expanded to  photonic bandgap concepts for high speed interconnects in computer applications. From 2004 to 2008, he led as department group manager the Science & Technology function in the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, with a strong focus on advanced materials for the next generation semiconductor industry as well as on expanding CMOS fabrication methods and on the development of nonvolatile memory devices. From mid 2008 until mid 2009, he was director Tape Storage Solutions in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, located in Tucson, AZ and responsible for the development of magnetic tape media, heads and tape drives as well as storage subsystems which include tape automation, interconnects and controllers.

Gian-Luca Bona is currently CEO of EMPA the Swiss Materials Science & Technology Laboratory and Professor for Photonics at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology ETH & EPFL. His personal scientific interest focuses on photonic materials and its testing for novel applications such as for communication, interconnects and sensors.

He holds various memberships in scientific societies and committees, mostly with strong emphasis in knowledge and technology transfer.



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