Alexander Balandin

Alexander Balandin Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director, Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM)

Interim Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)

Founding Chair, Materials Science and Engineering Program

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1997

Research Areas

Power Systems and Smart Grid

Contact Information

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

Alexander A. Balandin received his BS (1989) and MS (1991) degrees Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his second MS (1995) and PhD (1996) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as Research Engineer at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California – Riverside (UCR), where he is presently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E). He is Director of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), which he organized in 2000 entirely with external funding. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

Prof. Balandin is a recipient of IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for 2011. His research was recognized by election to the Fellow grade of many professional societies. In addition to being a fellow of multiple organizations, Prof. Balandin earned the University of California Regents Award and Merrill Lynch Innovation Award.

He authored ~ 185 technical journal papers, 15 invited review chapters, edited/coauthored 7 books and the five-volume Handbook of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Nanodevices. He has given more than 80 plenary, keynote and invited talks at international conferences, universities and government organizations. Prof. Balandin’s papers have been cited ~10,000 times. His h-index is 50 (in the end of 2012).

Prof. Balandin serves as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO), and as an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics. His research has been supported though grants and contracts from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, NASA, DOE, SRC, DARPA, CRDF, UC MICRO, IBM, TRW and Raytheon at the level of ~$1M per year for the last 10 years. 


MRS Fellow, 2014
IEEE Fellow, 2013
Institute of Physics Fellow, 2012
IOM3 Fellow, 2012
APS Fellow, 2011
IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, 2011
IOP Fellow, 2011
OSA Fellow, 2010
SPIE Fellow, 2010
AAAS Fellow, 2007
Associate Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 2005
ONR Young Investigator Award, 2002
NSF CAREER Award, 2001
UC Regents Faculty Award, 2000
Merrill Lynch Innovation Award New York, 1998
U.S. Civil Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Young Investigator Award, 1997
Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society, 1994