Photonics, Electronics and Nanotechnology

Integration of novel materials at nanoscales and of innovative design concepts into optoelectronic devices and optical systems enables photonic technologies that empower the next-generation of light sources, smart lighting detectors and sensors, biodetection, and on-chip communication. At BU we have a strong history of innovative research in the photonics and nanotechnology fields, including the development of novel photonic and electronic materials from metamaterials to two-dimensional materials over plasmonics. Integrated optoelectronics, silicon photonics, quantum optics, optical devices and systems, fiber sources and power electronics pave pathways towards high-speed communication, novel detectors, MEMS/NEMS sensors and next-generation laser and ultrafast optics. Sophisticated customized fabrication, design and modeling combined with state-of-the art characterization techniques down to nanoscales enables the demonstration of high performance photonic devices. All these technologies are centered around the detection, transmission and manipulation of light and photons and drive interdisciplinary applications in fields as smart lighting, optical characterization and biomedical instrumentation. Research activities in Photonics, Electronics and Nanotechnology strongly connect ECE to the Photonics Center and the Nanotechnology Innovation Center that serve as a fertile ground for cross-disciplinary collaborations. We invite you to explore our research activities, meet our teams, and read about our success stories by visiting faculty, lab and research center pages below.

Affiliated Faculty

Enrico Bellotti, David Campbell, Luca Dal Negro, William Klein, Robert KotiugaMin-Chang LeeRoberto Paiella, Miloš Popović, Siddharth Ramachandran, Michelle Sander, Alexander Sergienko, Sahar Sharifzadeh, Alex SushkovAnna Swan, Selim Ünlü, Tianyu Wang, Chen Yang, Rabia Yazicigil, Xin Zhang

Affiliated Labs
Affiliated Research Centers
In the news:
  • April 18, 2024

    Siddharth Ramachandran Joins Ranks of AAAS Fellows

    The Distinguished Professor of Engineering is being honored for “pioneering contributions to the generation, control, and propagation of singular states of light, enabling applications spanning classical and quantum communications, imaging, and high-power lasers.” [ More ]

  • April 2, 2024

    Professor Cheng Receives Spectrochemical Analysis Award

    Professor Ji-Xin Cheng has been named the recipient of this year’s American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Spectrochemical Analysis Award. [ More ]

  • March 18, 2024

    Bringing the Brain Into Focus

    Professor Tianyu Wang receives grant from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative for reinventing a quantum-inspired light source to improve deep-tissue imaging. [ More ]

  • February 20, 2024

    Professor Ji-Xin Cheng receives SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

    Professor Ji-Xin Cheng is the recipient of the 2024 SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award. He earned this prestigious award for the “invention and commercialization of mid-infrared photothermal microscopy that allows highly sensitive dye-free bond-selective imaging of living cells and organisms.” The mIRage system, based on Cheng’s IP on mid-infrared photothermal microscopy and produced by Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp at Santa Barbara, has been delivered to over 100 research labs in 15 countries worldwide. [ More ]

  • January 22, 2024

    A Bright New Light: Tianyu Wang Joins ECE

    BU ECE’s newest Assistant Professor believes in the power of convergent research to spark novel technological advances. [ More ]