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Physical electronics and photonics research

The Physical electronics and photonics curriculum includes five upper-division undergraduate and 14 graduate courses in the areas of semiconductor devices and materials, characterization, photonic/photovoltaic devices, semiconductor processing/intelligent control, nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, transport, and computational electronics as well as occasional specialty courses.

Research activities

The faculty in the Physical Electronics and Photonics program are actively pursuing research in many areas of semiconductor materials and devices. They engage students in the MSE, MS, and PhD programs. Research is typically supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and private industry.

Courses

Senior Level Undergraduate Courses

EEE 434 – Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
EEE 435 – Microelectronics
EEE 436 – Fundamentals of Solid-State Devices
EEE 437 – Optoelectronics
EEE 439 – Semiconductor Facilities and Cleanroom Practices
EEE 465 – Photovoltaic Energy Conversion

Graduate Courses

EEE 530 – Advanced Silicon Processing
EEE 531 – Semiconductor Device Theory I
EEE 532 – Semiconductor Device Theory II
EEE 533 – Semiconductor Process/Device Simulation
EEE 534 – Semiconductor Transport
EEE 535 – Electron Transport in Nanostructures
EEE 536 – Semiconductor Characterization
EEE 537 – Fundamentals of Optoelectronics
EEE 538 – Optoelectronic Devices
EEE 539 – Introduction to Solid-State Electronics
EEE 565 – Solar Cells

Physical electronics and photonics faculty research interests

Devices for bio environments and bio-inspired materials

Junseok Chae

Junseok Chae
Professor and Associate Dean for Research of FSE

Research Interests
Wireless sensors, Micro-sensors/stimulators, Biomedical sensors/actuators

Jennifer Blain Christen

Jennifer Blain Christen
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Bio-compatible integration techniques for CMOS electronics/sensors, microfluidics and soft lithography, bio-MEMS, low power analog and mixed-mode circuits for bio-medical/analytical instrumentation, systems engineering focusing on multi-physics/multi-modal and feedback including neural, electrochemical and optical/fluorescence systems

Michael Goryll

Michael Goryll
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Surface and interface physics, new materials in CMOS processing, fabrication of nanoscale semiconductor devices, transport phenomena in nanopores, integration of biomineralized structures with silicon MEMS, electrophysiological properties of cell membrane ion channels, low-noise analog amplifier design, electronic instrumentation for biophysical measurements

Richard Kiehl

Richard Kiehl
Professor

Research Interests
Nanoelectronics: self-assembled nanostructures, novel nanodevice concepts, locally connected circuit architectures and non-Boolean computing paradigms.

Nongjian Tao

Nongjian Tao
Professor, Director, Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

Research Interests
Chemical and biological sensors, molecular and nano electronics, mobile health devices, wireless sensors

Chao Wang

Chao Wang
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructures, nanoimprint lithography, nanooptics, biomolecular sensing, nanofluidics, DNA hydrodynamics, ferroelectrics.

Flexible electronics

David Allee

David Allee
Professor, Associate Director

Research Interests
Flexible electronics, large area sensing arrays, VLF electric and magnetic fields, fundamental and external electrical noise, nuclear amplifiers, nanometer scale device and nanofabrication

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips
Professor, Director, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Research Interests
Applications and integration of microsystems including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics, microactuators, neural recording and neural stimulation; applications of systems and control including adaptive control, control of microsystems, prosthetics, feedback control over nondeterministic networks

Hongbin Yu

Hongbin Yu
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructure and nano device fabrication and characterization; flexible, transparent and wearable electronics; wide bandgap semiconductor electronic and optoelectronics; quantum size effect in metallic and semiconducting nanostructures; integrated microwave and power devices

Lasers, LEDs, optoelectronics

Stephen Goodnick

Stephen Goodnick
Professor

Research Interests
Solid state device physics, transport in nanostructures, nanoelectronic devices and circuits, computational electronics, RF and microwave devices, optoelectronic, energy conversion devices

Cun-Zheng Ning

Cun-Zheng Ning
Professor

Research Interests
Nanophotonics, nanowires, nanolasers, surface plasmonic enhanced light emitters, nanomaterials based solar cells

Yu Yao

Yu Yao
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Electronic transport and optic properties of semiconductor nanostructures, two dimensional materials, nanophotonic structures and their applications in advanced optoelectronics and reconfigurable optical devices; mid-infrared technology and its application for infrared sensing, medical and imaging

Yong-Hang Zhang

Yong-Hang Zhang
Professor

Research Interests
Optoelectronic materials and devices such as solar cells, laser diodes and photodetectors

Yuji Zhao

Yuji Zhao
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Electronics and photonics; MOCVD growth and device applications of GaN wide bandgap semiconductors, including LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and power transistors; nanofabrication and nanoscale characterizations; new physics, materials, devices for future solid-state electronics

MEMS

Jennifer Blain Christen

Jennifer Blain Christen
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Bio-compatible integration techniques for CMOS electronics/sensors, microfluidics and soft lithography, bio-MEMS, low power analog and mixed-mode circuits for bio-medical/analytical instrumentation, systems engineering focusing on multi-physics/multi-modal and feedback including neural, electrochemical and optical/fluorescence systems

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips
Professor, Director, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Research Interests
Applications and integration of microsystems including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics, microactuators, neural recording and neural stimulation; applications of systems and control including adaptive control, control of microsystems, prosthetics, feedback control over nondeterministic networks

Trevor Thornton

Trevor Thornton
Professor

Research Interests
Silicon-on-insulator MESFETs, molecular electronics and sensors, microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS)

Research Interests
Silicon-on-insulator MESFETs, molecular electronics and sensors, microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS)

Chao Wang

Chao Wang
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructures, nanoimprint lithography, nanooptics, biomolecular sensing, nanofluidics, DNA hydrodynamics, ferroelectrics.

Nanostructures

David Allee

David Allee
Professor, Associate Director

Research Interests
Flexible electronics, large area sensing arrays, VLF electric and magnetic fields, fundamental and external electrical noise, nuclear amplifiers, nanometer scale device and nanofabrication

Yu Cao

Yu Cao
Professor

Research Interests
Physical modeling of nanoscale technologies, design solutions for variability and reliability, and neural-inspired hardware and algorithms for learning

David Ferry

David Ferry
Regents’ Professor Emeritus

Research Interests
Quantum effects in submicron semiconductor devices and nanostructures, general development of quantum transport in open systems

Stephen Goodnick

Stephen Goodnick
Professor

Research Interests
Solid state device physics, transport in nanostructures, nanoelectronic devices and circuits, computational electronics, RF and microwave devices, optoelectronic, energy conversion devices

Zachary Holman

Zachary Holman
Trustee Professor

Research Interests
Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, light management in solar cells, transparent conductive oxides, semiconductor nanoparticles, optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials, plasma synthesis of powders, deposition of powders and thin films

Richard Kiehl

Richard Kiehl
Professor

Research Interests
Nanoelectronics: self-assembled nanostructures, novel nanodevice concepts, locally connected circuit architectures and non-Boolean computing paradigms.

Ying-Cheng Lai

Ying-Cheng Lai
ISS Professor

Research Interests
Nonlinear dynamics, complex networks, quantum transport in nanostructures, graphene physics, signal processing, biological physics

Cun-Zheng Ning

Cun-Zheng Ning
Professor

Research Interests
Nanophotonics, nanowires, nanolasers, surface plasmonic enhanced light emitters, nanomaterials based solar cells

Nongjian Tao

Nongjian Tao
Professor, Director, Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

Research Interests
Chemical and biological sensors, molecular and nano electronics, mobile health devices, wireless sensors

Chao Wang

Chao Wang
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructures, nanoimprint lithography, nanooptics, biomolecular sensing, nanofluidics, DNA hydrodynamics, ferroelectrics.

Yu Yao

Yu Yao
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Electronic transport and optic properties of semiconductor nanostructures, two dimensional materials, nanophotonic structures and their applications in advanced optoelectronics and reconfigurable optical devices; mid-infrared technology and its application for infrared sensing, medical and imaging

Hongbin Yu

Hongbin Yu
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructure and nano device fabrication and characterization; flexible, transparent and wearable electronics; wide bandgap semiconductor electronic and optoelectronics; quantum size effect in metallic and semiconducting nanostructures; integrated microwave and power devices

Photovoltaics

Mariana Bertoni

Mariana Bertoni
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Defect engineering of solar cell materials, transparent conducting oxides, defects in semiconductors, synthesis, growth and deposition of semiconductors, electrical and optical characterization, X-ray microscopy and spectroscopys

Stephen Goodnick

Stephen Goodnick
Professor

Research Interests
Solid state device physics, transport in nanostructures, nanoelectronic devices and circuits, computational electronics, RF and microwave devices, optoelectronic, energy conversion devices

Zachary Holman

Zachary Holman
Trustee Professor

Research Interests
Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, light management in solar cells, transparent conductive oxides, semiconductor nanoparticles, optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials, plasma synthesis of powders, deposition of powders and thin films

Richard R. King

Richard R. King
Professor

Research Interests
High-efficiency silicon and III-V photovoltaics, solid-state device physics, recombination at semiconductor defects and interfaces, multijunction solar cells, thin-film compound semiconductor growth and characterization.

Meng Tao

Meng Tao
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductor surfaces, interfaces and thin films; terawatt-scale solar photovoltaics; chemical vapor deposition; electrochemistry in solar photovoltaics; solar photovoltaic systems and applications; and two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides.

Dragica Vasileska

Dragica Vasileska
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductor device physics, semiconductor transport, 1-D to 3-D device modeling, quantum field theory and its application to real nanoscale device structures, heating effects in nano-scale devices, current collapse in GaN HEMTs, optoelectronics including modeling of solar cells and photodetectors

Yong-Hang Zhang

Yong-Hang Zhang
Professor

Research Interests
Optoelectronic materials and devices such as solar cells, laser diodes and photodetectors

Semiconductor device modeling

Hugh Barnaby

Hugh Barnaby
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductors for hostile environments, device physics and modeling, microelectronic device and sensor design and manufacturing, analog/RF/mixed signal circuit design and test

Yu Cao

Yu Cao
Professor

Research Interests
Physical modeling of nanoscale technologies, design solutions for variability and reliability, and neural-inspired hardware and algorithms for learning

David Ferry

David Ferry
Regents’ Professor Emeritus

Research Interests
Quantum effects in submicron semiconductor devices and nanostructures, general development of quantum transport in open systems

Stephen Goodnick

Stephen Goodnick
Professor

Research Interests
Solid state device physics, transport in nanostructures, nanoelectronic devices and circuits, computational electronics, RF and microwave devices, optoelectronic, energy conversion devices

Meng Tao

Meng Tao
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductor surfaces, interfaces and thin films; terawatt-scale solar photovoltaics; chemical vapor deposition; electrochemistry in solar photovoltaics; solar photovoltaic systems and applications; and two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides.

Dragica Vasileska

Dragica Vasileska
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductor device physics, semiconductor transport, 1-D to 3-D device modeling, quantum field theory and its application to real nanoscale device structures, heating effects in nano-scale devices, current collapse in GaN HEMTs, optoelectronics including modeling of solar cells and photodetectors

Semiconductor materials science

Mariana Bertoni

Mariana Bertoni
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Defect engineering of solar cell materials, transparent conducting oxides, defects in semiconductors, synthesis, growth and deposition of semiconductors, electrical and optical characterization, X-ray microscopy and spectroscopys

Zachary Holman

Zachary Holman
Trustee Professor

Research Interests
Amorphous silicon/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, light management in solar cells, transparent conductive oxides, semiconductor nanoparticles, optical and electronic properties of nanoscale materials, plasma synthesis of powders, deposition of powders and thin films

Richard Kiehl

Richard Kiehl
Professor

Research Interests
Nanoelectronics: self-assembled nanostructures, novel nanodevice concepts, locally connected circuit architectures and non-Boolean computing paradigms.

Richard R. King

Richard R. King
Professor

Research Interests
High-efficiency silicon and III-V photovoltaics, solid-state device physics, recombination at semiconductor defects and interfaces, multijunction solar cells, thin-film compound semiconductor growth and characterization.

Cun-Zheng Ning

Cun-Zheng Ning
Professor

Research Interests
Nanophotonics, nanowires, nanolasers, surface plasmonic enhanced light emitters, nanomaterials based solar cells

Brian Skromme

Brian Skromme
Professor, Assistant Dean

Research Interests
Compound semiconductor materials and devices, especially wide bandgap materials for optoelectronic, high frequency, high-power and high-temperature applications; optical characterization of semiconductor materials; development of GaN and SiC-based materials and devices; development of educational software for engineering courses, engineering education

Nongjian Tao

Nongjian Tao
Professor, Director, Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

Research Interests
Chemical and biological sensors, molecular and nano electronics, mobile health devices, wireless sensors

Hongbin Yu

Hongbin Yu
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructure and nano device fabrication and characterization; flexible, transparent and wearable electronics; wide bandgap semiconductor electronic and optoelectronics; quantum size effect in metallic and semiconducting nanostructures; integrated microwave and power devices

Yong-Hang Zhang

Yong-Hang Zhang
Professor

Research Interests
Optoelectronic materials and devices such as solar cells, laser diodes and photodetectors

Yuji Zhao

Yuji Zhao
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Electronics and photonics; MOCVD growth and device applications of GaN wide bandgap semiconductors, including LEDs, lasers, solar cells, and power transistors; nanofabrication and nanoscale characterizations; new physics, materials, devices for future solid-state electronics

Sensors

David Allee

David Allee
Professor, Associate Director

Research Interests
Flexible electronics, large area sensing arrays, VLF electric and magnetic fields, fundamental and external electrical noise, nuclear amplifiers, nanometer scale device and nanofabrication

Hugh Barnaby

Hugh Barnaby
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductors for hostile environments, device physics and modeling, microelectronic device and sensor design and manufacturing, analog/RF/mixed signal circuit design and test

Junseok Chae

Junseok Chae
Professor and Associate Dean for Research of FSE

Research Interests
Wireless sensors, Micro-sensors/stimulators, Biomedical sensors/actuators

Jennifer Blain Christen

Jennifer Blain Christen
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Bio-compatible integration techniques for CMOS electronics/sensors, microfluidics and soft lithography, bio-MEMS, low power analog and mixed-mode circuits for bio-medical/analytical instrumentation, systems engineering focusing on multi-physics/multi-modal and feedback including neural, electrochemical and optical/fluorescence systems

Michael Goryll

Michael Goryll
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Surface and interface physics, new materials in CMOS processing, fabrication of nanoscale semiconductor devices, transport phenomena in nanopores, integration of biomineralized structures with silicon MEMS, electrophysiological properties of cell membrane ion channels, low-noise analog amplifier design, electronic instrumentation for biophysical measurements

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips
Professor, Director, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Research Interests
Applications and integration of microsystems including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microelectronics, microactuators, neural recording and neural stimulation; applications of systems and control including adaptive control, control of microsystems, prosthetics, feedback control over nondeterministic networks

Nongjian Tao

Nongjian Tao
Professor, Director, Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

Research Interests
Chemical and biological sensors, molecular and nano electronics, mobile health devices, wireless sensors

Chao Wang

Chao Wang
Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Nanostructures, nanoimprint lithography, nanooptics, biomolecular sensing, nanofluidics, DNA hydrodynamics, ferroelectrics.

Transistors, integrated circuits

Hugh Barnaby

Hugh Barnaby
Professor

Research Interests
Semiconductors for hostile environments, device physics and modeling, microelectronic device and sensor design and manufacturing, analog/RF/mixed signal circuit design and test

Jennifer Blain Christen

Jennifer Blain Christen
Associate Professor

Research Interests
Bio-compatible integration techniques for CMOS electronics/sensors, microfluidics and soft lithography, bio-MEMS, low power analog and mixed-mode circuits for bio-medical/analytical instrumentation, systems engineering focusing on multi-physics/multi-modal and feedback including neural, electrochemical and optical/fluorescence systems

David Ferry

David Ferry
Regents’ Professor Emeritus

Research Interests
Quantum effects in submicron semiconductor devices and nanostructures, general development of quantum transport in open systems

Trevor Thornton

Trevor Thornton
Professor

Research Interests
Silicon-on-insulator MESFETs, molecular electronics and sensors, microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS)

Research Interests
Silicon-on-insulator MESFETs, molecular electronics and sensors, microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS)

Yu, Shimeng

Shimeng Yu
Adjunct Faculty

Research Interests
Emerging nano-devices and circuits beyond CMOS technology, new computing paradigms beyond Von-Neumann architecture