Dr. Christophe Py

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Director of Research

Principal Research Officer and Director of R&D, Materials and Devices for Information and Communications Technologies at the National Research Council of Canada. ICT currently focuses its efforts on Printable Electronics, Advanced Photonic Component and Quantum Photonics for Security and Sensing programs.

In this position I manage 5 research teams and ensure they have the means to achieve current program objectives as well as making the strategic long-term investments that will ensure the sustainability of our Research and Technology Organisation model. 

Current research and/or projects

We currently focus our efforts on Printable Electronics, Advanced Photonic Component and Quantum Photonics for Security and Sensing programs.

We study novel functional materials and develop fabrication processes to incorporate them in novel photonic and electronic devices with performance unattainable using current technologies.

We contribute to the priorities stated in the Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda and enable Canadian companies to reach new markets, notably in the telecommunications and sensing areas, by designing and prototyping new photonic and electronic components.

Professional activities / interests

Microfabrication process development, semi-conductor physics, plastic electronics, photonics.

Education and awards

Electrical Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

MSc in engineering, Optolectronics and Microwave, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

PhD in Physics, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

International experience and/or work

JVST Post-doctoral fellow, Electrotechnical Laboratory, MITI, Japan (1994-1995)

Key publications

I have authored 102 papers, patents and client reports as well as 109 invited and conference presentations.

Significant examples of my publications are:

C.Py, “Transistor fabrication technologies for printed Radio Frequency IDentification”, internal review, NRC, Sept 2012

C. Py, M. Martina, G.A. Diaz-Quijada, C.C. Luk, D. Martinez, M.W. Denhoff, A. Charrier, T. Comas, R. Monette, A. Krantis, N.I. Syed and G.A.R. Mealing, “From understanding cellular function to novel drug discovery: the role of planar patch-clamp array chip technology”, invited review in Special Topic on “Ion channel screening: advances in technologies and analysis” in Frontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies, 2(51) pp 1-16, 2011

R.Voicu, K.Faid, A.Farah, F.Bensebaa, R.Barjovanu, C.Py and Y.Tao, “Nanotemplating for 2D Molecular Imprinting”, Langmuir, 23 (10), 5452 -5458, 2007.

T. Gorjanc, D. Leong, C.Py and D. Roth, “Room Temperature Deposition of ITO Using RF Magnetron Sputtering”, Thin Solid Films, 413(1-2), p181-185, 2002. 

C.Py, J.Itoh, T.Hirano & S.Kanemaru, "Beam focusing characteristics of silicon microtips with an in-plane lens", IEEE Trans. On Electron Devices, 44(3), p498-502, 1997.

Research facility

1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6


Adjunct Professor, Physics Department, University of Ottawa