Distinguished Professor

Alexander Balandin

Director, Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM)

Director, Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL)


  • Electronic Materials
  • Nanostructures and Devices
  • Phonon Transport

900 University Ave.

Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-1012



Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (MIPT), Russia

B.Sc. Applied Physics and Mathematics


Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology (MIPT), Russia

M.Sc. Applied Physics and Mathematics


University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. Electrical 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 and Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his second MS (1995) and PhD (1997) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 till 1999, he worked as a Research Engineer at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1999 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California – Riverside (UCR), where he is presently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Presidential Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), Director of the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center, Associate Director of DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES) and Interim Director of UCR’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) – UCR Nanofabrication Cleanroom. He is also a Founding Chair of the campus-wide Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Program at UCR.

Professor Balandin’s expertise and research interests cover a broad range from solid-state physics theory to experimental investigation of advanced materials and devices with applications in nano-electronics and energy conversion. He is recognized as a pioneer of the graphene thermal field who discovered unique phonon transport and heat conduction properties of this two-dimensional (2D) material. He made key contributions to the development of nanoscale phonon engineering and phononics fields. He is also known for his works on low-frequency 1/f electronic noise and device applications of graphene and other 2D materials. The present activities of Balandin group are focused on development 2D and 1D devices based on charge-density waves; Brillouin – Mandelstam spectroscopy of phonons and magnons; thermal management applications of graphene; low-frequency electronic noise spectroscopy of advanced materials and devices.

Professor Balandin is a recipient of The MRS Medal (2013) and IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award (2011) for his graphene, phonon engineering and nanotechnology research. He was also recognized by the ONR Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Merrill Lynch Innovation Award. He is an elected Fellow of eight professional societies: MRS, APS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IOP, IOM3 and AAAS. He is also an elected Visiting Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, U.K. He published more than~ 200 journal papers. His h-index is 74, and his papers were cited more than 20,500 times (April, 2017). He has given more than a hundred of plenary, keynote and invited talks at conferences, universities and government organizations. He presently serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Applied Physics Letters for Nanoscience and Nanoelectronics fields. His research at UCR has been supported though competitive grants from NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO, NASA, DOE, SRC, DARPA, CRDF, UC MICRO, as well as industry at the level of ~$1.5M per year for the last 17 years.

Honors + Awards

MRS Medal, The Materials Research Society, 2013

MRS Medal, The Materials Research Society, 2013

Fellow, The Materials Research Society (MRS), 2013

Fellow, The American Physics Society (APS), 2012

IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, 2011

Fellow, The Institute of Physics, U.K. (IOP), 2011

Fellow, The Optical Society (OSA), 2010

Fellow, The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), 2010

Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2007

Associate Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 2005

US Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, 2002

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 2001

UC Regents Faculty Award, 2000

Merrill Lynch Innovation Award, New York, 1998

US Civil Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Young Investigator Award, 1997

Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society, 1994


EE116: Engineering Electromagnetics-I

EE117: Engineering Electromagnetics-II

EE133: Solid State Electronics

EE133: Additional Course Description

EE175: Senior Design Project

EE175: Senior Design Project

EE117: Electromagnetics - II

EE130: Engineering Quantum mechanics

EE133: Solid State Electronics

EE134: Digital Circuit Layout and Design

EE135: Analog Circuit Layout and Design

EE136: Semiconductor Device Processing

EE137: Intro to Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices

EE160: Fiber Optic Communication Systems