Balandin, Alexander A
Program Chair, Material Science & Engineering
- Bourns College of Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- BCOE Dean's Office
Professor Alexander A. Balandin received his M.S. degree with Summa Cum Laude distinctions in Applied Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia in 1991. He received his second M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining UCR he worked as a Research Engineer in UCLA until 1999. Professor Balandin is a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award (2002) for his work on GaN transistors, NSF Faculty CAREER Award (2001) for the development of the concept of phonon engineering, UC Regents' Faculty Award, and Merrill Lynch Award for "commercially valuable engineering research" related to the electronic applications of semiconductor quantum dots. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at Cambridge University and Associate Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK. Professor Balandin is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics (JNO). He served as a Conference Chairman of the SPIE International Conference on Noise in Electronic Devices and Circuits, Austin, Texas; and in Program Committees for many other international conferences.
In 2000, Professor Balandin organized the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) at the Department of Electrical Engineering. The mission of his research group is investigation of the properties of nanostructured and low-dimensional materials and development of novel electronic and optoelectronic devices on the basis of these materials. NDL is equipped with the nanoscale characterization systems (probe station, IV, CV, Hall), state-of-the-art micro-Raman spectrometers (visible and UV), time-resolved fluorescence spectrometer and several transient thermal conductivity measurement setups operating over a wide temperature range.
Professor Balandin serves as a Chair of the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Program at the Bourns College of Engineering. In 2007-08 he led the College’s efforts for the development of the undergraduate MS&E major and currently works toward creation of the campus-wide graduate (MS and PhD) MS&E program.
Electrical Engineering Department, University of California - Los Angeles
- M.S. Applied Physics 1991
- Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (Summa Cum Laude)
- M.S. Electrical Engineering 1995
- University of Notre Dame
- Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1997
- University of Notre Dame
2011 Pioneer in Nanotechnology Award, Nanotechnology Council of IEEE
2010 International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Fellow
2010, Optical Society (OSA) Fellow
2009, 2010 Semiconductor Research Corp. Inventor Recognition Award
2007 American Association for The Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2005 Associate Scholar, University of Cambridge
2002 ONR Young Investigator Award
2001 NSF Early Career Development Program
2001 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2000 UC Regents Faculty Award
1998 Merrill Lynch Innovation Award, New York
1994 Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society
Professor Balandin’s research interests include electronic, optoelectronic and thermoelectric materials and devices; nanostructures and nanotechnology; photovoltaic solar cell technology; noise in electronic devices; nanoscale phonon engineering and thermal management of devices and circuits. His most recent research activities were focused on graphene and its devices applications. Together with his group members, he conducts experimental and theoretical research in the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), which he organized in 2000. For more information on his research visit his web-site at http://ndl.ee.ucr.edu/
Professor Balandin authored more than 100 journal publications, 10 invited book chapters and edited three books. Below is a list of some of his publications.
 A.A. Balandin, S. Ghosh, W. Bao, I. Calizo, D. Teweldebrhan, F. Miao and C.N. Lau, "Superior thermal conductivity of single-layer graphene," Nano Letters, 8, 902 (2008)
 F. Parvizi, D. Teweldebrhan, S. Ghosh, I. Calizo, A.A. Balandin, H. Zhu and R. Abbaschian, "Properties of graphene produced by the high pressure – high temperature growth process," Micro & Nano Letters, 3, 29 (2008)
 I. Calizo, A.A. Balandin, W. Bao, F. Miao and C.N. Lau, "Temperature dependence of the Raman spectra of graphene and graphene multi-layers," Nano Letters, 7: 2645 (2007)
 M. Shamsa, W.L. Liu, A. A. Balandin, C. Casiraghi, W.I. Milne, A.C. Ferrari, "Thermal conduction in diamond-like carbon thin films," Applied Physics Letters, 89, 161921 (2006)
 V.A. Fonoberov and A.A. Balandin, "Giant enhancement of the carrier mobility in silicon nanowires with diamond coating," Nano Letters, 6, 2442 (2006)
 V.A. Fonoberov, K.A. Alim, A.A. Balandin, F. Xu and J.L. Liu, "Photoluminescence investigation of the carrier recombination processes in ZnO quantm dots and nanocrystals," Physical Review B, 73, 165317 (2006)
 K. Alim, V.A. Fonoberov, A.A. Balandin, "Origin of optical phonon frequency shifts in ZnO quantum dots", Applied Physics Letters, 86, 053103 (2005)
For additional information, please see Professor Balandin's faculty webpage.