Professor, Director

Contact InformationSiva Sivoththaman

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35319
Location: ERC 1001


Biography Summary

Dr. Sivoththaman received the PhD degree from University of Paris XII - Creteil Val de Marne (France) in 1993. After his PhD he worked at the Interuniversity Micro Electronic Center - IMEC (Belgium) as a Research Scientist for six years. In year 2000 he moved to Canada to join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor, and became Full Professor in year 2007. Dr. Sivoththaman was a recipient of the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2002. He served as the inaugural director of University of Waterloo's Nanotechnology Engineering Program during 2004-2006 and as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in ECE during 2008-2012. Dr. Sivoththaman has held an NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Radio Frequency Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (RF-MEMS) during 2002-2006, and the Ontario Research Chair (ORC) in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health during 2010-2015. He is also the Director of the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic and Display Systems (CAPDS) at Waterloo. Dr. Sivoththaman is a Senior Member of the IEEE and currently serves as the Chapter Chair for the Electron Devices Society of the IEEE Kitchener-Waterloo section.

Research Interests

  • Solar Photovoltaic Cells and Modules
  • Microelectronic Fabrication
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Sensors
  • Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Materials
  • Nanofabrication Technologies
  • Synthesis of Nanomaterials and Quantum Dots
  • Smart Circuits for Solar PV Systems
  • Backplane Electronics for Displays
  • Quantum Dot-enabled Emission Devices for Displays
  • MEMS Fabrication
  • Nanotechnology


  • 1993, Doctorate, Engineering Sciences, University of Paris Est - Creteil Val de Marne (UPEC), Paris
  • 1989, Master's, Energy Technology, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok
  • 1987, Bachelor's, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


  • ECE 433 - Fabrication Technologies for Micro and Nano Devices
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2017
  • ECE 730 - Special Topics in Solid State Devices
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2017
  • ECE 632 - Photovoltaic Energy Conversion
    • Taught in 2015, 2017, 2018
  • ECE 209 - Electronic and Electrical Properties of Materials
    • Taught in 2015, 2017
  • NE 343 - Microfabrication and Thin-film Technology
    • Taught in 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Sadeghimakki, Bahareh and Zheng, Yaxin and Jahed, Navid and Sivoththaman, Siva, Synthesis of CIS Quantum Dots in Low Temperature Regime: Effects of Precursor Composition and Temperature Ramps, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 16, 2017, 659 - 666
  • Baldus-Jeursen, Christopher and Tarighat, Roohollah and Sivoththaman, Siva, , Analysis of Recombination Mechanisms in Heterojunction Silicon Solar Cells with Rapid Thermally Annealed Thin Film Emitters, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50(175501), 2017, 1 - 6
  • Gao, Zhen and Sivoththaman, Siva, Large Area Self-Powered Al-ZnO/(n)Si Heterojunction Photodetectors with High Responsivity, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 29, 2017, 1171 - 1174
  • Gao, Zhen and Jahed, Navid and Sivoththaman, Siva, Biased Photoresponse Analysis of Al-ZnO Heterojunctions with N and P Type Silicon, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 64, 2017, 1100 - 1107
  • Dykaar, Doug and Tarighat, Roohollah and Chen, Feng and Davidson-Hall, Tyler and Hill, Graham and Vieth, John and Brown, Chris and Aziz, Hany and Sivoththaman, Siva, Active Backplane Design for Digital Video Walls, Society for Information Display (SID) Symposium Digest of Technical Papers, vol.48, 05 2017, Los Angeles, 1020 - 1023