Principle Investigator        
    Dr. Theodore Moustakas   resume  
    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 B.S. degree in Physics from Aristotle University (Greece) in 1964 and the Ph.D. 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. Moustakasí 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 eight books and 240 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He served as a special editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology in 1984 and 1986 and of the Journal of Electronic Materials in 1995. He presented 90 invited and plenary talks in national and international conferences. He has been granted twenty-five U.S. patents (and five 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 the two major manufactures of blue LEDs and lasers (Cree in United States and Nichia in Japan).
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 MBE Conference. 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.

In 2010, Dr. Moustakas was further recognized for his contributions to the field of MBE nitride growth when he became the eighth recipient of the MBE Innovator Award.
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  Laboratory Manager        
    Dr. Alexey Nikiforov    
    Ph. D., Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

Ultrahigh vacuum techniques, electron microscopy of widebandgap semiconductors, characterization of optical, electronic and structural properties and modeling of III-nitride optoelectronic devices
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  PhD Students        
    Gordon Brummer    
    Gordie finished his undergraduate studies in Physics and Mathematics at Colgate University, where he studied Josephson junction arrays. He joined the WBSL in 2011, and is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering.   e-mail address
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    Adam Moldawer    
    Adam finished his Master's degree at BU in Electrical Engineering focused on the development of textured bulk A-plane GaN templates by HVPE. Having worked with the WBSL since 2003, he is now persuing his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering based on further developing the HVPE method for III-Nitrides.   e-mail address
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    Haiding Sun    
    Haiding received his B.S in Huazhong Univ of Sci & Tech, China in June 2008 and right after he joined Wuhan National Lab for Optoelectronics as a research assistant for LED packaging technology. He joined the WBSL in May 2010 and is pursuing his PhD on theoretical, computational and experimental aspects of LED device fabrication and III-Nitrides growth by MBE.   e-mail address
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    Jeff Woodward    
    Jeff completed his undergraduate studies in physics at Connecticut College in 2008, where he gained experience studying Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). He joined the WBSL in 2010, and is pursuing his PhD in electrical engineering.   e-mail address
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    Wei Zhang    
    Wei received his B.S. in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Science and Techology of China (USTC) in 2007. He is conducting research on nitride based intersubband optoelectronic devices as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. T.D.Moustakas and Prof. R. Paiella.   e-mail address
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  Former Students        
Andre WernerPost-doctoral
Robert VaudoPost-doctoral
Salim KhasawinahPost-doctoral
Gopinath MenonMS EE1990
Charles EddyMS EE1990
Rajminder SinghMS, PhD EE1993, 1997
Ting LeiPhD Physics1993
Shu JinPhD Physics1994
Marco FanciulliPhD Physics1994
Richard MolnarPhD EE1994
Dimitris KorakakisPhD EE1998
Dharanipal DoppalapudiPhD EE1999
Hock Min NgMS, PhD EE1997, 2000
Kyung-Jun NamMS EE1998
Mira MisraPhD EE2000
Kshitij SethMS EE2000
Jeffrey ChanMS EE2001
Anand SampathPhD EE2002
Eleftherios IliopoulosPhD EE
James ForesiMS EE
Jeff KroeseMS EE
Sandeep IyerMS EE
Christos ThomidisRA, MS EE2004
Ian FrielPhD Physics2005
Jasper CabaluPhD EE2006
Ryan FranceMS EE2006
Adrian WilliamsPhD EE2006
Tao XuPhD EE2007
Wei LiPhD EE2007
Papo ChenPhD EE2007
Ramya ChandrasekaranPhD EE2007
Josh AbellPhD EE2008
Yi-Chung ChangMS EE2008
Anirban BhattacharyyaPhD EE, Post-Doctoral2005
Manos DimakisPost-Doctoral
Yitao LiaoPhD EE2010