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Nicolas Wainstein

Nico is a Ph.D. student co-advised by Prof. Shahar Kvatinsky and Prof. Eilam Yalon. He received a degree in electrical engineering (5-year program) from the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2014. His research focuses on reconfigurable radiofrequency circuits using high-performance switches based on emerging memory technologies, such as phage-change memory (PCM), resistive RAM (ReRAM), and conductive-bridge RAM (CBRAM). Currently, he is working on the development, fabrication, and modeling of high-performance PCM RF switches as well as circuit design and fabrication of reconfigurable RF front-end circuits based on these devices.

Nico was a recipient of the 2020 IEEE Electron Devices Society Ph.D. Student Fellowship, the 2020 Yablonovitch Research Prize, the 2020 RBNI Prize for Excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the 2020 RBNI Scholarship, the 2019 Jury Award for Outstanding Students, and the Excellence Scholarship from the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Teaching has also played an important role in his career; being involved in teaching activities since his B.Sc. in Uruguay. He was a TA in Physics and EE courses at the EE faculty, Universidad de la República. At the Technion, he is a TA in several courses, such as Introduction to VLSI and Advanced Architectures and Circuits using Memristors. He was also a TA of the Advanced Analog Integrated Circuit Design course, given by Prof. Willy Sansen (KU Leuven). In his free time, he enjoys running, playing football, going to the beach, and traveling.


1. N. Wainstein, G. Adam, E. Yalon, and S. Kvatinsky, “Radiofrequency Switches Based on Resistive Memory Technologies – A Survey,” Proceedings of the IEEE, (in press).

2. N. Wainstein, G. Ankonina, S. Kvatinsky, and E. Yalon, “Compact Modeling and Electro-thermal Measurements of Indirectly-Heated Phase Change RF Switches,” IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 5182-5187, November 2020.

3. L. Danial, E. Pikhay, E. Herbelin, N. Wainstein, V. Gupta, N. Wald, Y. Roizin, R. Daniel,
and S. Kvatinsky, “A two-terminal floating-gate memristive device for analog neuromorphic systems,” Nature Electronics, vol. 2, pp. 596-605, 2019.

4. M. Ramadan*, N. Wainstein*, R. Ginosar, and S. Kvatinsky, “Adaptive Programming in Multi-Level Cell ReRAM,” Microelectronics Journal, vol. 90, pp. 169-180, August 2019. * Indicates equal contribution.

5. N. Wainstein and S. Kvatinsky, “A Lumped RF Model for Nanoscale Memristive Devices and Non-Volatile Single-Pole Double-Throw Switches,” IEEE Transactions on Nanoelectronics, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 873-883, September 2018.

6. L. Danial, N. Wainstein, S. Kraus, and S. Kvatinsky, “Breaking Through the Speed-Power-Accuracy Tradeoff in ADCs using a Memristive Neuromorphic Architecture,” IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 396-409, October 2018.

7. N. Wainstein and S. Kvatinsky, “TIME—Tunable Inductors using MEmristors,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, vol. 65, no. 5, pp. 1505-1515, May 2018.

8. L. Danial, N. Wainstein, S. Kraus, and S. Kvatinsky, “DIDACTIC: A Data Intelligent Digital-to-Analog Converter with a Trainable Integrated Circuit using Memristors,” IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 146-158, March 2018.


Conferences and Workshops

1. N. Wainstein, G. Ankonina, S. Kvatinsky, and E. Yalon, “Nanosecond Probing of Phase Transition Properties in Chalcogenides using Embedded Heater-Thermometer”. MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA, USA, to be held on November 2020.

2. N. Wainstein, G. Ankonina, S. Kvatinsky, and E. Yalon, “Electrothermal Compact Modeling of Indirectly Heated Phase Change RF Switches”. Device Research Conference (DRC), Columbus, Ohio, 21-24 June 2020.

3. N. Wainstein, T. Tsabari, Y. Goldin, and S. Kvatinsky, “A Dual-Band CMOS Low-Noise Amplifier using Memristor-Based Tunable Inductors,” IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI), May 2019.

4. N. Wainstein and S. Kvatinsky, “An RF Memristor Model and Memristive Single-Pole Double-Throw Switches,” IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), May 2017.

5. N. Wainstein, S. Kvatinsky. “RF Memristor Modeling,” Seiden Beyond-CMOS Workshop, Haifa, Israel, June 2017.

6. N. Wainstein, S. Kvatinsky. “RF Memristor Modeling,” International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices & Systems (MEMRISYS), Athens, Greece, April 2017.

7. M. Gonzalez, J. Schandy, N. Wainstein, L. Barboni, A. Gomez, C. Croce, “Wireless image-sensor network application for population monitoring of lepidopterous insect pest (moths) in fruit crops,” IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) Proceedings, May 2014.

8. M. Gonzalez, J. Schandy, N. Wainstein, M. Beltran, N. Martinez, L. Barboni, A. Gomez, “A Wireless Sensor Network Application with Distributed Processing in the Compressed Domain,” Second International Workshop on Activity Monitoring by Multiple Distributed Sensing (AMMDS), July 2014.

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