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Edwin Chihchuan Kan

  • Edwin Chihchuan Kan
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: Room 227 Phillips Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3998
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Professor Edwin Kan received his B.S. in 1984 from the National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He was a Senior CAD Engineer at Dawn Technology from 1992-1994. From 1994-1997 he was a Research Associate at Stanford University. He joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Cornell in 1997 as an assistant professor. Professor Kan is now a full professor.

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale CMOS systems: Device and interconnect scaling to the 10nm technology. New structures and materials for logic and memory devices. New low-voltage and low-power circuits to support further technology scaling and new system functions.
  • CMOS molecular interface biosensors: Integrated chemical, molecular and biological sensors and actuators based on charge-controlled surface electrochemistry. Functional specificity towards ion, molecules (DNA, mRNA, proteins and vesicles), action potential, pressure, impedance and morphology such as cell metastasis, and molecular folding.
  • RFID and UWB wireless links: mixed-signal waveform shaping by nonlinear transmission lines and active devices, ultra-low power oscillator-free millimeter-sized radio link, and harmonic backscattering for indoor locating.
  • Technology CAD for VLSI design: Device and process simulation, SPICE compact models, numerical methods and software engineering. Construction of model hierarchy for better analysis and synthesis of the complex design.
  • Si and C based nanostructure integration: Integrated nanotube/graphene devices for low-power and high speed applications

Teaching Interests

His course in Spring 2010 is a pioneering graduate course on semiconductor memories, spanning from conventional to newly proposed. He is now teaching the senior level Digital Circuit Design in Spring 2011.

Service Interests

Prof. Kan serves as the ECE Director of Graduate Studies from 2010 to present.

Selected Publications

  • Ma, Y., Edwin Chihchuan Kan. 2015. "Enabling Robust Indoor Ranging and Control of Quality with Omnidirectional Antennas for RFID Applications." Paper presented at IEEE MTT 2015 International Microwave Symp. (IMS)
  • Ma, Y., H. Rong, Edwin Chihchuan Kan. 2014. "Millimeter Accuracy Passive Tag Ranging via Second Harmonics RF Backscattering Against Body Movement Interference." Paper presented at IEEE GlobalCom, Austin, TX, December 8.
  • Gordon, P. H., K. Jayant, Y. Cao, K. Auluck, J. H. Phelps, Edwin Chihchuan Kan. 2014. "Circuit Models for Non-faradic CMOS Electrochemical Sensing." Paper presented at IEEE Sensors Conf., Valencia, Spain, November 2.
  • Cao, Y., N. Rakhilin, X. Shen, Edwin Chihchuan Kan. 2014. "Nonamperometric CMOS Sensing of Intestinal Action Potential." Paper presented at 18th International Conference Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Science (uTAS), October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 26.
  • Auluck, K., S. R. Rajwade, Edwin Chihchuan Kan. 2014. "A Unified Circuit Model for Ferroelectrics." Paper presented at 19th International Conference Simulation of Semiconductor Processes adn Devices (SISPAD), Yokohama, Japan, September 9.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Cornell Inventor Award (Cornell University) 2006
  • Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell College of Engineering) 2003
  • Cornell Inventor Award (Cornell University) 2003
  • Best Chapter Chair Award (IEEE) 2002
  • PECASE (Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) Award (US Government) 2000



  • BS (Electrical Engineering), National Taiwan University, 1984
  • MS (ELectrical and Computer Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • Ph D (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992