Lindsay Grant

Lindsay Grant, Imaging Technical Director,
ST Microelectronics, Edinburgh

Lindsay Grant is currently a Technical Director and Fellow of ST Microelectronics with over 30 years of experience in semiconductor device physics and process technology development. He works at the ST Microelectronics research and development site in Edinburgh.

Lindsay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1961. He received a 1st Class BSc degree in Physics from St. Andrews University in 1984 and embarked on a career in the semiconductor industry. Having initially worked for a manufacturer of plasma etch equipment as a process development engineer, he then spent 3 years with STL, Harlow working on BiCMOS device design and modelling. Returning to Scotland in 1988 he joined Seagate Microelectronics and worked on Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS and BiCMOS technologies. At Seagate he held positions in product, device and process engineering. In 1999 he joined STMicroelectronics, Edinburgh at the time of their acquisition of VLSI Vision, one of the pioneers in CMOS Imaging. He played a key role in the introduction and development of CMOS Image Sensor pixel & process technology inside ST Microelectronics. He worked on the development and industrialization to high volume production of multiple generations of pixel technology from 5.6um pitch in 0.35um CMOS in 1999 to 1.1um pitch in 65nm in 2015. For 5 years from 2007 he held the position of Process Development Manager for ST Imaging Division. Since 2006 he has managed research and development of SPAD devices in CMOS technology through a close collaboration with external partners. ST SPAD technology was successfully industrialized for mass production in 2014.

Lindsay has been key player in three European funded programs in sensor development during the last decade. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical papers and conference presentations in imaging technology. He was an invited speaker at the ISSCC Forum on Image Sensors 2005 and 2014, at Fraunhofer IMS Workshops in 2006 & 2010, at ESSDERC 2008; he has been on the Technical Program Committee for International Image Sensors Workshop 2009 - 2015, and from 2008 to 2014 chaired the Image Sensors Europe conference in London.

Lindsay says: “My Physics degree from St. Andrews was ideal to give me the fundamental knowledge in semiconductor devices to get me started and continues to support me in my work in electronics and image sensors. In STMicroelectronics, Edinburgh we have been happy to take students from the Masters in Photonics and Optoelectronics course for their placement in industry. The project work coming from this program has been valuable for both the students and the company, and I hope we have all had some fun as well. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St. Andrews and am happy to continue to be connected with the University and Physics department.”