Electronic and Photonic Materials

Lying at the interface between chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering, the study of electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of materials has broad applications to microelectronic devices, communications, phononic and photonic devices, recording, and others.

Associated Graduate Program Faculty

Akinwande, Deji
Carbon-based nano electronics, wireless flexible electronics, medical electronics

Banerjee, Sanjay K.
MOS and nanostructured microelectronic device modeling; heterostructure microelectronic devices; ultra-shallow junction technology and process modeling

Becker, Michael F.
Nanoparticles and nanomaterials for electronic interconnects, linear and nonlinear photonic materials and devices, and micro-mechanical actuators; optical signal processing using various types of nonlinear and modulation optical devices

Benedek, Nicole
First-principles theoretical techniques, like density functional theory, to determine likely crystal structures of new materials; correlations between atomic structure and material properties; complex oxides; superconductivity, ferroelectricity, photocatalysis, magnetism and interesting electronic and ionic transport properties; interface structures

de Lozanne, Alex
High temperature superconductors and colossal magnetoresistance phenomena studied using scanning probe microscopy

Dodabalapur, Ananth
Organic transistors and circuits; conjugated organic and polymer semiconductor-based chemical and biological sensors and sensor circuits; organic displays; organic laser and photonic crystal laser physics; organic memories and hybrid organic-silicon circuits and systems

Ekerdt, John G.
Surface, growth and materials chemistry of metal, dielectric, ferroelectric, and polymer films and silicon nanostructures; kinetics and chemistry of biomass conversion to hydrocarbon products

Ferreira, Paulo
Atomic structure and defect behavior through in-situ and high-resolution TEM techniques; copper nanoscale interconnects; carbon nanostructures

Goodenough, John B.
Physical properties encountered at the transition from magnetic to metallic behavior in transition-metal oxides; thermoelectric materials; high pressure synthesis and characterization

Ho, Paul S.
Reliability of nanostructured Cu interconnects; electromicrogration and intermetallic formation in Pb-free solder joints

Huang, Rui
Integrated materials and structures of small dimensions (from micro to nano scales); micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) reliability of advanced interconnects and packaging for microelectronics; mechanical instability of thin films and nanostructures; computational mechanics, multiscale modeling and simulations

Hwang, Gyeong
First principles-based multiscale modeling; synthesis-structure-property relationships of nanostructured materials; surface and interface chemistry; defect and dopant structure and dynamics; semiconductor processing

Johnston, Keith
Colloid and interface science; materials chemistry; magnetic/optical nanocrystals for imaging and therapy in atherosclerosis and cancer

Keto, John W.
Nanocomposite and nano-heterogeneous materials produced by laser ablation of microparticle aerosols (LAMA); devices with “size-tunable” properties produced by a direct-write process; nonlinear photonic devices; laser spectroscopy

Korgel, Brian A.
Synthesis of nanostructured materials, fabrication of devices based upon these materials, and study of their properties with a focus on investigating size-tunable material properties, and the rational self-assembly and fabrication of nanostructures with atomic detail. Applications include microelectronics and photonics, spintronics, coatings, sensors and biotechnology

Li, Xiaoqin (Elaine)
Light-matter interactions in quantum-confined systems; ultrafast optical spectroscopy to study electronic dynamics and coupling for applications in opto-electronics, quantum electronics and quantum computing; nonlinear optical spectroscopy tools including four-wave-mixing (FWM) and two dimensional (2D) Fourier transform spectroscopy

Liechti, Kenneth M.
Deformation and failure mechanisms in multilayered materials and structures using a combination of experimental and numerical stress analytical techniques; nanoindentation of ultra thin films and self-assembled monolayers; mechanics of adhesion and friction; interfacial fracture mechanics microelectronics packaging

Lu, Nanshu
Mechanics of thin films on compliant substrates, mechanics of flexible electronics with extreme deformability and compliance, mechanics at bio-electronics interfaces, development of novel bio-integrated soft electronics for cardiac, neural and epidermal applications

Rabenberg, Llewellyn K.
Electron microscopy and electron diffraction for the characterization of the ultrastructures of engineering materials; mapping of strains in Si devices using geometric phase analysis of annular dark-field images

Shih, Chih-Kang Ken
Quantum control of condensed matter systems; engineering materials with atomic precision to control system dimensionalities at different length scales; nanostructures with length scales at which the interplay of electronic, photonic and spin degrees of freedom result in novel material properties; semiconductor nanostructures, metallic thin film nanostructures, plasmonics

Willson, C. Grant
Block Copolymer Nanolithography; Materials for double Exposure Lithography; E-Beam Resists; Immersion Lithography; Non-linear optical Materials

Wide bandgap semiconductors for electronics and optoelectronics; spin-based semiconductor devices

Self-assembled nanosystems for flexible electronics and optoelectronics; hybrid inorganic-organic nanomaterial systems for functional interfaces with biological systems

Yuebing Zheng
Nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interfaces of photonics, fluidics, and molecular engineering. Interactions between light and matter at the nanoscale; nanomaterials and nano devices for disease diagnosis and therapy and solar energy; Molecular Motors, Molecular Plasmonics, and Plasmofluidics.