Patrick Reynaert

Prof. Patrick Reynaert has a team of 9 researchers working on RF power amplifiers, polymer-microwave fibers and mm-wave and THz circuits for telecommunication and sensing. He also manages the 'IC-Lab' measurement laboratories of MICAS and is the Admissions Advisor for the Master EE at KU Leuven.

He currently serves as a member of the technical program committee of RFIC, PRIME and Benelux RF Conference, and has served on the TPC of ISSCC and ESSCIRC. He is currently Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State circuits, and has been associate editor of TCAS-II and Guest Editor of JSSC.

He has been supervisor of 20+ Ph.Ds, author of 19 ISSCC papers, 5 books, 80+ journal papers and 160+ conference papers. He is teaching worldwide on RF power amplifiers and mm-wave IC design in CMOS. 

His research has led to the creation of two KU Leuven startups: Hammer-IMS in 2016 and Tusk-IC in 2018. He currently serves in the board of directors of both startups.

Patrick Reynaert
Patrick Reynaert
Academic staff
RF, mm-wave and THz circuits
Wireline and Optical Circuits

Current research topics

  • High-Speed Dielectric Waveguide Communication Links - PHD students: Kristof Dens
  • D-band Power Amplifiers for wireless communication in 22nm FDSOI technology. - PHD students: Giacomo Venturini
  • Linearization and Bandwidth enhancement of mmWave Power Amplifiers & Front Ends - PHD students: Bharat Kalyan Thota
  • THZ range detector circuit for plasmonic wave computing - PHD students: Xuan Wu
  • Design of efficient transmitter architectures for 6G mm-wave communication - PHD students: Senne Gielen
  • J-band Communication Circuits in 16nm FinFET - PHD students: Berke Güngör
  • THz power detection in CMOS for imaging applications
  • Cryogenic oscillators - PHD students: Faedra Webers
  • High-Speed Communication Circuits at mm-Wave and THz Frequencies

Career overview

  • Master of Engineering (ing.) - 1998 - KdG - Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Master of Science (ir.) - 2001 - KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • PhD in Engineering - 2006 - KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley (2006-2007), Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Assistant professor KU Leuven (2007 - 2011)
  • Associate professor (2011 - 2015)
  • Full Professor (2015 - now)


Volkaerts, W., Van Thienen, N., Reynaert, P. (2015). An FSK Plastic Waveguide Communication Link in 40nm CMOS. Digest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference: Vol. 58. ISSCC. San Francisco, 22-25 February 2015 ( 10.2) IEEE.

Steyaert, W., Reynaert, P. (2015). A THz Signal Source with Integrated Antenna for Non-Destructive Testing in 28nm bulk CMOS. Proceedings of IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC). IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC). Xiamen, Fujian, China, 9-11 November 2015 (pp. 117-120).

Kaymaksut, E., Reynaert, P. (2014). A Dual-Mode Transformer-Based Doherty LTE Power Amplifier in 40nm CMOS. Digest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference: Vol. 57. IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. San Francisco, 9-13 Feb 2014 (pp. 64-65) IEEE.

Zhao, D., Reynaert, P. (2014). A 0.9V 20.9dBm 22.3%-PAE E-Band Power Amplifier with Broadband Parallel-Series Power Combiner in 40nm CMOS. IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC): Vol. 57. ISSCC. San Francisco, 9-13 Feb 2014 (pp. 248-249).

Reynaert, P., Steyaert, M. (2005). A 1.75GHz GSM-EDGE Polar Modulated CMOS RF Power Amplifier. IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, February 5-11 (pp. 312-313).

Awards & honors

2006: BAEF Francqui Foundation Grant for postdoctoral research in the USA

2009: Senior Member IEEE

2011: TSMC-Europractice innovation award

2014: 2nd Bell Labs Prize for polymer microwave fibers

Top contributor to RFIC



H0P28A - Analoge geïntegreerde schakelingen en sensoren
D0H30A - Elektronische schakelingen, systemen en informatieverwerking
H01D4B - Probleemoplossen en ontwerpen, deel 3
H08T5A - Electronic Components, Circuits and Sensors
H09I9A - Design of RF and mm-Wave Integrated Circuits
H09L9A - P&D Electronics and Chip Design (coordinator for ESAT)
H0E83A - Ontwerp en implementatie van elektronische schakelingen
H0E92A - Design and Implementation of Analog Circuits

Research team