Photonics and Nano Devices Research at UW EE includes quantum electronics, nanoscale optics, novel photon sources, and optical metamaterials, with applications in quantum science, imaging, biomedical sensing, and other areas. Our faculty work closely with colleagues in the Department of Physics and several faculty hold joint and secondary appointments in Physics. UW EE is the host for the Washington Nanofabrication Facility and a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), supporting academic institutions and companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond in designing and fabricating nanoscale materials and structures.
Nanoscale Materials and Structure
Modeling and fabrication of novel nanoscale materials and nanoscale structures and the design and fabrication of novel devices.
Integrated Photonics and Optoelectronics
Design and fabrication of integrated photonic, optoelectronic, and quantum devices for applications in computation, communication, sensing, and quantum information.
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
micro-machining, lithography, x-ray and diamond patterning
Sensors and Sensor Systems
- Nano Optoelectronic Integrated System Engineering (NOISE) Lab
- Nanotechnology Modeling Laboratory
- Optical Spintronics and Sensing lab
- Photonics Laboratory
- Sensor Systems Lab
- Microfabrication Laboratory
- Microelectromechanical Systems Lab
- Distributed Microsystems Laboratory
- Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL)
- Washington Nanofabrication Facility
- Kai-Mei Fu
- Arka Majumdar
- M.P. (Anant) Anantram
- Karl F. Böhringer
- Robert Bruce Darling
- Scott T. Dunham
- Lih Lin
- Alex Mamishev
- Matt Reynolds
- Joshua R. Smith
- Denise M. Wilson
- Babak Parviz
- Tai-Chang Chen
Professor Bruce Darling receives COE Faculty Award in TeachingThe College of Engineering award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding contributions to engineering education.
UW researchers develop world's first battery-free phoneThe breakthrough technology harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light to energize the device.
Battery-free cellphone research featured in WiredThe breakthrough device by Professor Josh Smith and alum Vamsi Talla (Ph.D. '16) makes calls through harvesting ambient power.
EcoCar receives first place for NSF Innovation AwardSponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR is a multi-year, multi-phase challenge in which students work to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car.
Researchers deliver the future in optical display through freeform opticsAssistant Professor Arka Majumdar and his team have developed visible frequency freeform optical elements by leveraging metasurfaces. This advancement can transform optical use.
- Smart Eyewear
- Active self-cleaning technology for solar panels
- Enabling district shared parking via energy harvesting wireless sensing technology
- On-chip single photon detectors for hybrid photonic quantum networks
- Semiconductor-diamond nanophotonic transmitter for long-distance communication
- Ultrathin Flexible Quantum Dot Devices on Nanocellulose Paper
- Sub-diffraction photon guidance by quantum dot cascades
- Remote switching of cellular activity and cell signaling using light in conjunction with quantum dots
- Dynamic focus-tracking MEMS scanning micromirror with low actuation voltages for endoscopic imaging
- Fluorescent porous silicon biological probes with high quantum efficiency and stability
- Photonic Crystal Optical Tweezers with High Efficiency for Live Biological Samples and Viability Characterization
- Ultrathin (< 1 μm) Substrate-Free Flexible Photodetector on Quantum Dot-Nanocellulose Paper