Alexander A. Balandin
Alexander A. Balandin received his MS (1991) degrees Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his PhD (1997) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 till 1999, he worked as Research Engineer in UCLA. In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in UCR, where he is presently UC Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center and Associate Director of DOE EFRC Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES). Professor Balandin served as a Founding Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCR. His research interests are in the area of advanced materials, nanostructures and devices for electronic, optoelectronic and energy conversion applications. Professor Balandin is a recipient of The MRS Medal and IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for his graphene, phonon engineering and nanotechnology research. He is a Fellow of IEEE, MRS, APS, OSA, SPIE, IOP and AAAS. His h-index is 64 and his papers were cited more than 19,500 times. He presently serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Applied Physics Letters in the area of nanoscale science and technology. His research at UCR has been supported though grants and contracts from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, NASA, DOE, SRC, DARPA, CRDF, UC MICRO, and industry at the level of ~$1.5M per year for the last 12 years. He is co-founder of Quantum Seed LLC – a startup company focused on graphene commercialization.