Andrea Ballo

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Andrea Ballo was born in Catania (Italy) in 1990. He received the laurea degree (with honors) from the University of Catania in 2016 discussing a thesis whose main topic was the design and hardware implementation of electronic circuits to monitor nano-material deposition by means of dielectrophoresis.
In the years 2016-2017 he joined Vibatech sas as a technical manager, mainly working on electrical and electronics installations to control: anthropomorphic robots for macro and micro handling, palletization and storage, cutters and multi-axis lathes, CNCs.
From 2017 he's attending the Ph.D. course in Electronic Engineering at the "Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica e Informatica (DIEEI)", University of Catania. In 2019 he was a visiting Ph.D. student at the IC design lab of the University of Shizuoka, Japan, local advisor Prof. T. tanzawa, where he further perfected his knowledge about fully-integrated DC-DC converters, also known as Charge Pumps. Currently, he is continuing his research activity on " electronic systems for energy harvesting applications", advisor Prof. A. D. Grasso.

[1]          M. Camarda et al., ‘Theoretical and experimental study of the role of cell-cell dipole interaction in dielectrophoretic devices: application to polynomial electrodes’, Biomed. Eng. OnLine, vol. 13, no. 1, p. 71, 2014, doi: 10.1186/1475-925X-13-71.

[2]          M. Camarda et al., ‘Theoretical and experimental study of the kinetics of particle chains near electrodes in dielectrophoretic devices’, in 2014 IEEE 9th Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC), Oct. 2014, pp. 58–61, doi: 10.1109/NMDC.2014.6997421.

[3]          S. Baldo et al., ‘Carbon nanotube-based sensing devices for human Arginase-1 detection’, Sens. Bio-Sens. Res., vol. 7, pp. 168–173, Mar. 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.sbsr.2015.11.011.

[4]          A. Ballo, G. Giustolisi, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘A Clock Boosted Charge Pump with Reduced Rise Time’, in 2018 25th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS), Dec. 2018, pp. 605–608, doi: 10.1109/ICECS.2018.8617930.

[5]          A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, G. Giustolisi, and G. Palumbo, ‘Optimized Charge Pump with Clock Booster for Reduced Rise Time or Silicon Area’, IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. II Express Briefs, pp. 1–1, 2019, doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2019.2898716.

[6]          A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘A Review of Charge Pump Topologies for the Power Management of IoT Nodes’, Electronics, vol. 8, no. 5, p. 480, May 2019, doi: 10.3390/electronics8050480.

[7]          A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and S. Pennisi, ‘Active load with cross-coupled bulk for high-gain high-CMRR nanometer CMOS differential stages’, Int. J. Circuit Theory Appl., vol. 47, no. 10, pp. 1700–1704, 2019, doi: 10.1002/cta.2684.

[8]          A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘A High-Performance Charge Pump Topology for Very-Low-Voltage Applications’, IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. II Express Briefs, pp. 1–1, 2019, doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2019.2932471.

[9]          A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘A simple and effective design strategy to increase power conversion efficiency of linear charge pumps’, Int. J. Circuit Theory Appl., vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 157–161, 2020, doi: 10.1002/cta.2704.

[10]        A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and S. Pennisi, ‘CMOS Differential Stage with Improved DC Gain, CMRR and PSRR Performance’, in 2019 26th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS), Nov. 2019, pp. 154–157, doi: 10.1109/ICECS46596.2019.8964907.

[11]        A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, G. Palumbo, and T. Tanzawa, ‘Linear distribution of capacitance in Dickson charge pumps to reduce rise time’, Int. J. Circuit Theory Appl., vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 555–566, 2020, doi: 10.1002/cta.2761.

[12]        A. Ballo, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘Charge Pump Improvement for Energy Harvesting Applications by Node Pre-Charging’, IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. II Express Briefs, pp. 1–1, 2020, doi: 10.1109/TCSII.2020.2991241.

[13]        A. Ballo, G. Bruno, A. D. Grasso, and M. G. G. Vaiana, ‘A Compact Temperature Sensor with a Resolution FoM of 1.82 pJ·K2’, IEEE Trans. Instrum. Meas., pp. 1–1, 2020, doi: 10.1109/TIM.2020.2992839.

[14]        A. Ballo, M. Bottaro, A. D. Grasso, and G. Palumbo, ‘Regulated Charge Pumps: A Comparative Study by Means of Verilog-AMS’, Electronics, vol. 9, no. 6, Art. no. 6, Jun. 2020, doi: 10.3390/electronics9060998.