Theodore Moustakas


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Physics
Director, Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Lab
College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, Columbia University
(617) 353-5431

Research Interests:

  • Solid state lighting
  • Inorganic photovoltaic materials

Courses Taught:

ENG EC411 Electronics
ENG EC471 Physics of Semiconductor Devices
ENG EC577 and MS577 Electric, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
ENG EC700 Advanced Special Topics
ENG EC771 Physics of Compound Semiconductor Devices
ENG EC892 Seminar: Electro-Physics

Brief Biography:

Theodore D. Moustakas has been a Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boston University since 1987. He has also been a Professor of Physics since 1991 and a Faculty Member of the Center for Photonics Research since 1994. He received the BS degree in Physics from Aristotle University (Greece) in 1964 and the PhD degree in Solid State Science and Engineering from Columbia University in 1974. He held research and visiting faculty positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aristotle University, IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory and Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory.

Dr. Moustakas’ research contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics in opto-electronic materials and devices, including nitride semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors, III-V compounds, diamond thin films and metallic multi-layers. He is the co-editor of eight books, including Gallium Nitride I (Academic Press, 1998) and Gallium Nitride II (Academic Press, 1999), the author of chapters in nine books and 290 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He served as a special editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology and of the Journal of Electronic Materials. He presented 107 invited and plenary talks in national and international conferences. He has been granted 25 U.S. patents and several are pending in the fields of nitride semiconductors, amorphous silicon and diamond materials. Intellectual property that resulted from his work has been licensed to a number of companies, including two major manufactures of blue LEDs and lasers (Cree in United States and Nichia in Japan). This work is cited in the 2006 edition of Technology Transfer Works: 100 Cases From Research to Realization, published by The Association of University Technology Managers as part of the Better World Project.

Dr. Moustakas is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society. He is also active member in the Materials Research Society, the Electronic Materials Committee and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the North America Molecular Beam Epitaxy. He organized a number of symposia for the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the Electrochemical Society and participated in the organization of numerous national and international conferences. In 2003 he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Aristotle University for outstanding contributions to research and teaching.