Can Bayram

Can Bayram
Can Bayram he/him/his
Associate Professor
(217) 300-0978
3264 Micro & Nanotechnology Lab

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Prof. Bayram is the Intel Alumni Endowed Faculty Scholar and an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a resident faculty at the Nick Holonyak, Jr Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA.

Prof. Bayram is the recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Medal, the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a CS Mantech Best Paper Award, an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career Award, and a Best Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Infrared Optoelectronics. For his achievements in ultraviolet-to-terahertz engineering of III-V semiconductor materials and devices, OSA, SPIE, and IEEE recognized him with senior member status.

Prof. Bayram supervised(supervising) 4(4) Ph.D. theses, 2(0) M.S. thesis, 6(1) senior theses, 1(0) postdoctoral research scientist, and (co-) authored 62 journal papers (h-index ≥ 29), 42 conference proceeding papers, 4 book chapters, and has ≥ 50 patents issued/pending.

Teaching Statement

The 21st century is the age of semiconductors. In all aspects of modern life, we utilize semiconductor technologies. From lighting to communication and computing to transportation, we rely on semiconductors for comfort, safety, and sustainability. Today, we are switching to solid-state lighting for halving our lighting electricity usage, 5G communication for networked devices, and autonomous systems for land/sea/air transportation. Our reliance on semiconductors is only to evolve as solid-state lighting extends into horticulture and medicine, new communication spectra above 95 gigahertz open opportunities for 6G and beyond networking, and space exploration leads to space settlements. Thus, it is imperative to understand, control, and exploit semiconductor technologies and to create an innovative education platform considering the needs of not only the current but also of the next generation.

Research Statement

The fundamental particle of optics, a photon, is unique as it rarely interacts with other fundamental particles. If a photon hardly interacts with another photon or an electron/hole, how can we create photons of interest efficiently? The answer is through man-made semiconductor materials. I research electron/hole and photon interactions in semiconductors and use the emergent understanding to design novel semiconductors and semiconductor devices. Particularly, I engineer semiconductor quantum structures with unique electronic band properties for high-speed transport and energy states for ultraviolet, visible, and terahertz optical transitions.

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

Our group does not have an opening for a postdoctoral research scientist. Exceptions can be made for OUTSTANDING candidates who have extensive SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FABRICATION expertise in a CLEANROOM environment. We also encourage SELF-, GOVERMENT- and COMPANY-funded candidates to apply. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and should attach their CV and the contact information for at least two references) to inquire about the position/project openings.

Graduate Research Opportunities

Our group invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for PhD thesis openings. Incoming and/or interested graduates are encouraged to browse the group webpage and contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and should attach their CV and unofficial UG/GRAD transcripts) to inquire about the position/project openings.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our group invites highly motivated undergraduates, currently enrolled at our University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to join our research team. Particularly, students who wish to have experience in semiconductor devices and who are passionate about creating next generation photonic and micro/nano-electronic devices are welcomed. Please contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and attach your CV and unofficial transcript showing your courses) to inquire about any position/project openings.

Research Areas

  • OLD Integrated Devices and Systems
  • OLD Optoelectronics and Microelectronics
  • OLD Quantum Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics
  • Photonic Technologies
  • Power Electronics
  • Ultra High Speed Electronic System

Selected Articles in Journals

Teaching Honors

  • Faculty Advisor, UIUC Campus Nominee, CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition (2022)
  • Faculty Advisor, Best Student Poster Honorable Mention, DOE Lighting R&D Workshop (2021)
  • Faculty Advisor, Graduate Finalist, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize (2020)
  • Faculty Advisor, Outstanding Presentation Trophy, Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (2019)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, ECE 443 LEDs and Solar Cells (2018)
  • Faculty Advisor, Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH) (2017)
  • Collins Scholar, Grainger College of Engineering, UIUC (2015)

Research Honors

  • Dean's Award for Early Innovation for Associate Professor (2024)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Associate Professor (2024)
  • EDITOR'S PICK & FRONT COVER ARTICLE - Green-emitting Cubic GaN/In0.16Ga0.84N/GaN Quantum Well with 32% Internal Quantum Efficiency at Room Temperature, Applied Physics Letters journal (2024)
  • TOP Downloaded Article - Diamond p-type lateral Schottky barrier diodes with high breakdown voltage (4612 V at 0.01 mA/mm), IEEE Electron Device Letters. (2023)
  • Intel Alumni Endowed Faculty Scholar in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2023)
  • EDITOR'S PICK & TOP Downloaded Article - Design tradeoffs between traditional hexagonal and emerging cubic InGaN/GaN-based green light-emitting diodes, Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2023)
  • Andrew T. Yang Research and Entrepreneurship Award in ECE (2022)
  • EDITOR'S PICK - Structural and Optical Properties of Cubic GaN on U-grooved Si (100), Applied Physics Letters (2022)
  • FRONT COVER ARTICLE - Band Alignments of Ternary Wurtzite and Zincblende III-Nitrides Investigated by Hybrid Density Functional Theory, ACS Omega journal (2020)
  • Finalist, Collegiate Inventors Competition, National Inventors Hall of Fame (2019)
  • Invitation, China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, hosted by Qualcomm and organized by the National Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Engineering (2019)
  • Young Scientist Medal, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (2018)
  • Early Career Award, IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2018)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Assistant Professor (2018)
  • Young Scholar Award, Turkish American Scientists & Scholars Association (2018)
  • Senior Membership, OSA Society (2018)
  • CAREER Award, NSF (2017)
  • Best Student Paper Award, CS MANTECH Conference (2017)
  • Young Investigator Award, AFOSR (2016)
  • Senior Membership, IEEE Society (2016)
  • Early Career Award, IEEE Electron Devices Society (2014)
  • FRONTISPIECE COVER ARTICLE - Cubic Phase GaN on Nano-grooved Si (100) via Maskless Selective Area Epitaxy, Advanced Functional Materials journal (2014)
  • Senior Membership, SPIE Society (2013)
  • Invention Achievement Awards (three times), IBM Company (Twice in 2013 & once in 2014)
  • INSIDE COVER ARTICLE - Ultra-Light High-Efficiency Flexible InGaP/(In)GaAs Tandem Solar Cells on Plastic, Advanced Energy Materials journal (2013)
  • Best Paper Award, Infrared Optoelectronics Materials and Devices Conference (2012)
  • EDITOR'S CHOICE - High-efficiency thin-film InGaP/InGaAs/Ge tandem solar cells enabled by controlled spalling technology, Applied Physics Letters (2012)
  • Ph.D. Fellowship, IBM Company (2010)
  • Energy Fellowship, Link Foundation (2010)
  • PhD Fellowship, IEEE Electron Devices Society (2010)
  • Engineering Student of the Year, Boeing Company (2009)
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, IEEE Photonics Society (2009)
  • Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship, SPIE Society (2009)
  • Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, International Centre for Diffraction Data (2009)
  • Sustainability Innovation Award, Dow Chemical Company (2008)
  • TOP Downloaded Article - A hybrid green light- emitting diode comprised of n-ZnO/(InGaN/GaN) multi-quantum wells/p-GaN (2008)
  • Travel Award, IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (2005)

Public Service Honors

  • Docent (Associate Professor) title in Electrical Engineering, Turkish Council of Higher Education (2014)
  • Community Champion, SPIE Society (2019)

Recent Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 CB - Individual Study
  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 443 - LEDs and Solar Cells
  • ECE 498 CB1 (ECE 498 CB2, ECE 498 CB3, ECE 498 CB4, ECE 498 CB5, ECE 498 CB6, ECE 498 CB7, ECE 498 CL1) - LEDs and Solar Cells