Professor Chennupati Jagadish

Professor Chennupati Jagadish
Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor
Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
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Jagadish received the B.Sc. degree from Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India in 1977, the M.Sc(Tech) degree from Andhra University, Waltair, India in 1980 and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Delhi, India in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He was a Lecturer in Physics and Electronics at S.V. College, University of Delhi, during 1985-88 and worked at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, during 1988-90 as a post-doctoral research fellow. He moved to Australia in 1990 and established a major research program in the field of optoelectronics and nanotechnology. He is currently a Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Australian National University. He is also serving as Director of Australian National Facbrication Facility, ACT node and Convenor of the Australian Nanotechnology Network.  He holds honorary positions at  University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu; University of Tokyo, Anna University and Nanjing University.   He is serving as Vice-President and Secretary Physical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science.  His research interests include compound semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology.

Jagadish is a winner of 2000 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (USA) (IEEE) Third Millennium Medal and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC), IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) and IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS). He has published more than 820 research papers (550 journal papers), holds 5 US patents, co-authored a book, co-edited 6 books, guest edited 15 special issues of journals and edited 12 conference proceedings. Jagadish has served as President of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council  (2008 and 2009), Vice-President (Publications) of NTC (2004-2005), President-Elect of NTC (2007), Past-President (2010-2011) and Vice-President (Membership and Regional Activities- Asia-Pacific) of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (2006 and 2007) and Vice-President (Finance and Administration) of IEEE Photonics Society (2012-14). He served as an elected member of EDS AdCom (1999-2004), and as Chair of Optoelectronic Devices Technical Committee of EDS (1998-2003) and Vice-President (Publications) of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2004-2005) and served as a member of the nanotechnology technical committee of EDS (2003-2005)and Chair of the NTC Nano-Optoelectronics, Nano-Optics and nano-photonics technical committee (2003-2006) and Chair of the NTC Awards Committee (2006-2008). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (USA), the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Optical Society of America, the Australian Institute of Physics, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Institute of Nanotechnology (UK), SPIE-the International Society for Optical Engineering, Electrochemical Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, American Association for Advancement of Science, American Vacuum Society, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Academecian of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, Fellow of the Elecromagnetics Academy and Honorary Member of Materials Research Society of India. Jagadish served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001-2005), as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology(2003-2008) and an Editor of IEEE Electron Device Letters (2008-2014). He is currently serving as an Editor of Progress in Quantum Electronics (2008-), an Editor of the Journal Semiconductor Technology and Science (2009-) and an Associate Editor of Applied Physics Reviews, an Associate Editor of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics and Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. He is a member of editorial boards of 19 journals. He chaired many conferences (Program Chair of IEEE NANO2003, San Francisco, Co-Chair ICONN 2006, Brisbane,  ICONN 2016, Canberra, Co-Chair, IEEE NMDC 2006, 2008, General Chair, IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting, 2010, Co-Chair of Materials Research Society Fall 2012 Meeting) and served on many international professional society committees. He advises high tech industries in Australia and overseas in the field of photonics and nanotechnology and collaborated with researchers from 25 different countries. He received Peter Baume Award (ANU's prestigious and highest award) for excellence in research and research leadership. He has also been awarded Australian Federation  Fellowship (2004-2009) and Australian Laureate Fellowship (2009-2014) by the Australian Research Council and Distinguished Professor position (since 2009) by the Australian National University. He received 2010 The Quantum Device Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. He has been awarded IEEE Photonics Society 2010 Distinguished Service Award, 2011 IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Service Award, 2010 Top Supervisor Award for excellence in research student supervision by the Australian National University, Peter Baume award from the ANU, 2012 Electronics and Photonics Division award of the Electrichemical Society, Walter Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics in 2013, 2015 IEEE Pioneer in Nanotechnology Award, 2015 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award and 2016 Silver Jubilee International Award from Materials Research Society of India.

Research interests

Our research interests are based on compound semiconductor optoelectronics, nanotechnology, photovoltaics and materials science. 

Compound Semiconductor Nanotechnology

  • Epitaxial Growth of Quantum Dots and Nanowires
  • Optical and Electronic Processes in Quantum Dots and Nanowires
  • Nano-Optoelectronics and Nano-Photonics

Compound Semiconductor Optoelectronics (III-V semiconductors)

  • Quantum Well, Quantum Dot and Nanowire Lasers
  • Quantum Well and Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetectors
  • Saturable Absorbers, Optical Modulators, Waveguides and Switches
  • Photonic Integrated Circuits, THz Photonics and Photonic Crystals
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials

Compound Semiconductor Materials Science

  • Epitaxial growth of III-V semiconductors
  • Defects in semiconductors (ion implantation, plasma processing)
  • Zinc Oxide - Doping, Defects and Processing
  • Selective Area Epitaxy, Quantum Well / Dot Intermixing

High Efficiency Compound Semiconductor Photovoltaics

  • High Efficiency Multi-junction III-V semiconductor Solar Cells
  • Novel Quantum Dot III-V semiconductor Solar Cells
  • III-V Semiconductor Nanowires for Solar Cells


Authored Book:

1. H.L. Hartnagel, A.L. Dawar, A. Kumar and C. Jagadish, Semiconducting Transparent Thin Films, Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd, Bristol, UK 1995, pp.358.

Edited Books:

 1.  C. Jagadish and S.J. Pearton (Eds), Zinc Oxide Bulk, Thin films, Nanostructure: Processing, Properties and Applications, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, 2006, pp 589.

 2.  E.H. Lee, L. Eldada, M. Razeghi and C. Jagadish (Eds),  VLSI Micro and Nanophotonics: Science, Technology, and Applications, Taylor and Francis/CRC   Press, 2011, pp. 632.

 3. S. D. Gunapala, D.R.  Rhiger and C. Jagadish (Eds), Advances in Infrared Photodetectors, Semiconductors and Semimetals Book Series, Academic Press/Elsevier, vol. 84, 2011, pp. 341.

4. J.J. Coleman, A.C. Bryce and C. Jagadish (Eds), Advances in Semiconductor Lasers, Semiconductors and Semimetals Book Series, Academic Press/Elsevier, vol. 86, 2012, pp. 500.

5. B.G. Svensson, S.J. Pearton and C. Jagadish (Eds), Oxide Semiconductors, Semiconductors and Semimetals Book Series, Academic Press/Elsevier, vol. 88, 2013, pp 384.

6. Lucia Romano, Vittorio Privitera and C. Jagadish (Eds), Defects in Semiconductors, Semiconductors and Semimetals Book Series, Academic Press/Elsevier, vol. 91, 2015, pp. 445.

ScienceWise research articles

ScienceWise Magazine - Golden Seeds Grow Nanowire Lasers
ScienceWise Magazine - Taking the Strain out of Quantum Lasers
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