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M. Saif Islam



M. Saif Islam

Director of CITRIS and Banatao Institute, UC Davis
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Integrated Nanodevices & Nanosystems Research Lab
University of California - Davis
3135 Kemper Hall, Davis, CA, 95616
Ph: (530) 754-6732, Fax: 530-752-8428




Office Hours: Please send me an email to schedule an appointment

Biographical Background


Education and Appointments:      

  • Director, The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute, UC Davis, 2022-present
  • Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2011-present
  • Professor and Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2017-2020
  • Director, Center for Nano & Micro-Manufacturing (CNMM), 2012-2014
  • Vice Chair , Electrical & Computer Engineering, Univ. of California, Davis, CA, 2011-2013
  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, 2008-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, 2004-08
  • Affiliate Faculty, Berkeley Sensors & Actuator Center, BSAC, 2005-2015
  • Affiliate Faculty, Davis MM-Wave Research Center (DMRC), 2011-present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of EE, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 2002-03
  • Postdoc Research Fellow, Quantum Science Res., Hewlett-Packard Labs, 2002-04, Dr. R. Stanley Williams
  • Senior Scientist, Gazilllion Bits, Inc., San Jose, CA, 2001-02, Dr. Shih-Yuan (SY) Wang
  • Staff Scientist, Optical Networking Research, JDS Uniphase Corp./SDL Inc., 2000-01, Dr. David F. Welch
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Univ of California, Los Angeles, 2001, Prof. Ming C. Wu          
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Univ of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1999, Profs. Ming C. Wu & Tatsuo Itoh   
  • M.Sc. Physics, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey 1996, Prof. Ekmel Ozbay   
  • B.Sc. Physics with Highest Honors, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, 1994, Prof. Sinan Bilikmen

Honors and Awards:

  • Aden and Marjorie Meinel Technology Achievement Award: SPIE, 2024 Link
  • Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award: College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2022 Link
  • Fellow, IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020 Link
  • Fellow, AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2018 Link
  • Fellow, NAI: National Academy of Inventors, 2014 Link
  • Fellow, OSA: Optical Society of America, 2018 Link
  • Fellow, SPIE: International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2017 Link
  • Best Ph.D. Dissertation Mentor: Nano-bridges for the Fabrication of 3D Gate-All-Around Field Effect Transistors, 2014 Link
  • Outstanding Mid-career Research Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2012, Link
  • Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award: The Highest Teaching Honor University of California Davis Bestows on its Faculties, 2010, Link
  • IEEE Best Paper Award, IEEEICE, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010
  • IEEE Outstanding Professor of the Year, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, 2005 & 2009
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UC Davis, 2006, Link
  • NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (2006-11), Link
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Photonics Journal, IEEE Transaction of Nanotechnology, IEEE Access, Journal of Nanophotonics, (2007-8), Nanphotonics for Communications
  • Editorial Board: (i) Science of Advanced Materials, (ii) Nano Communications, and (iii) ISRN Nanomaterials
  • Conference Chair, Nanosensing Materials, Devices and Systems 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007; Nanomaterial Synthesis and Integration for Sensors, Electronics, Photonics, and Electro- Optics 2005, 2006, 2007; Nanophotonics for Communication: Materials, Devices and Systems 2006, 2007; Micro-Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; Nanoepitaxy: Homo and Heterogeneous Synthesis, Characterization and Device Integration of Nanomaterials 2009, 2010.
  • Symposium Co-organizer,  MRS Negative Index materials: Microwave to Optical, 2006 & Nanocontacts, 2012
  • Guest Editor, (a) International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2006-7, Focused Issue on Nanosensors, (b) Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 2006-7, Focused Issue on Negative Index Materials
  • University of California Chancellor's Fellowship, 2000 Link
  • IEEE Laser and Electro-Optic Society (IEEE/LEOS) Fellowship, 2000, News Link
  • President's Award: The President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (1989) for ranking first in both secondary (SSC) and higher secondary (HSC) exams in entire Bangladesh (Rajshahi Cadet College)
Prof. Islam is a member of the Graduate Group of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and is affiliated with Davis MM-Wave Research Center (DMRC) NEAT, CITRIS, BSAC and National Institute for Nano Engineering (NINE), Sandia National Laboratories, UCD-METU AOC and NAIST, Japan.

Keywords: nanoscale science and technology, nanodevices, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, optoelectronics, nanosensors, nanoepitaxy, nanowire, micro-nanopillars, MEMS/NEMS, molecular junction, molectronics, nanomanufacturing, nano-interfacing, self-assembly, images sensors, photovoltaics, devices for energy conversion and storage, substrateless device fabrication, transfer-printing, field ionization and emission, devices based on charged particles, negative index materials, metamaterials.


Selected Publications:

  • Cansizoglu et al., “Surface-illuminated photon-trapping high-speed Ge-on-Si photodiodes with improved efficiency up to 1700nm arrays”, Photonic Research, 2018. PDF
  • Gao, Cansizoglu et al., “Photon-trapping microstructures enable high-speed high-efficiency silicon photodiodes arrays”, Nature Photonics, 2017. PDF
  • Kaya, Dryden et al., “Spontaneous delamination via compressive buckling facilitates largescale Ga2O3 thin film transfer from reusable GaAs substrates arrays”,physica status solidi, 2017. PDF
  • M. M. Ombaba et al., “Precision stress localization during mechanical harvesting of vertically oriented semiconductor micro- and nanostructure arrays”, Applied Physics Letters, 2014. PDF
  • Mark Triplett et al., "High-Precision Transfer-Printing and Integration of Vertically Oriented Semiconductor Arrays for Flexible Device Fabrication, Nano Research, 2014. PDF
  • Jin Yong Oh et al., “3D-Transistor Array Based on Horizontally Suspended Silicon Nano-bridges Grown via a Bottom-up Technique”, Advanced Materials, 2014. PDF
  • Hakan Karaagac et al., “Enhanced Field Ionization Enabled by Metal Induced Surface States on Semiconductor Nanotips”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2013. PDF
  • Matthew Ombaba et al., “Seamless integration of an elastomer with electrode matrix and its in-situ conversion into a solid state electrolyte for robust Li-Ion batteries”, Advanced Functional Materials. 2013. PDF
  • Ramin B. Sadeghian et al., "Ultralow-voltage field-ionization discharge on whiskered silicon nanowires for gas sensing applications", Nature Materials, 2011. PDF
  • Logeeswaran VJ et al., "A Perspective on nanowire photodetectors: Current status, future challenges and opportunities", IEEE Jour. Selected Topics Quantum Electronics, 2011 (invited). PDF
  • M. Saif Islam et al. “Nanoscale Materials and Devices for Future Communication Networks”, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2010. PDF
  • Logeeswaran VJ et al., "Ultra-smooth silver thin films deposited with a Ge nucleation layer",Nano Letters, 2009. PDF
  • A. Choudhry et al., "Ultra-low contact resistance of epitaxially interfaced Si nanowires", Nano Letters, 2007. PDF
  • M. Saif Islam, et al., "Ultrahigh-density semiconductor nano-bridges formed between two semiconductor surfaces", Nanotechnology, 2004. PDF
  • M. Saif Islam et al., "High power and highly linear monolithically integrated distributed balanced photodetectors", IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2002. PDF



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