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Philippe M. Fauchet

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Fauchet's current research interests are in photonics, energy, and the semiconductor/biology interface, all using silicon-based nanoscience and nanotechnology. His group is involved in multidisciplinary projects including silicon-based light sources and lasers; silicon photonic bandgap structures for optical modulation and switching; intra-chip optical interconnects; materials science and fundamental physics of nanoscale silicon objects; electrical and optical silicon-based biosensors; in-vitro and in-vivo cell growth on nanostructured silicon; silicon nanomembranes for particle separation; betavoltaic and photovoltaic applications of nanostructured silicon. In the past, he has also worked on ultrafast phenomena in semiconductors, superconductors, and polymers, ultrafast optoelectronics, optical characterization of semiconductors, and laser-solid interactions.


Recipient of the William H. Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2011
Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society, 2011
Elected Fellow of the SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2010
Recipient of an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2002
Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1999
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), 1998
Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), 1998
Prix Guibal Devillez, 1990–1993
Alfred Rheinstein Class of 1911 Faculty Award, 1988
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1988 – 1990
NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1987–1992
IBM Faculty Development Award, 1985–1987
Prix Macquet, 1984
IBM Post-doctoral Fellowship, 1983–1984
Materials Research Society 1983 Student Award Winner
Rotary International Foundation Fellowship 1979–1980
Belgian American Educational Fellowship, 1978–1979
Prix Honoré Moiny, 1979
Prix des Electriciens du Hainaut, 1978

Selected Publications:

Influence of silicon dioxide capping layers on pore characteristics in nanocrystalline silicon membranes. Qi, CZ; Striemer, CC; Gaborski, TR; McGrath, JL; Fauchet, PM, NANOTECHNOLOGY, 26, 055706 , (2015) View Abstract

Numerical study of sensitivity enhancement in a photonic crystal microcavity biosensor due to optical forces. Heiniger, AT; Miller, BL; Fauchet, PM, OPTICS EXPRESS, 23, 25072-25083 , (2015) View Abstract

Plasmonic effects in ultrathin amorphous silicon solar cells: performance improvements with Ag nanoparticles on the front, the back, and both. Winans, JD; Hungerford, C; Shome, K; Rothberg, LJ; Fauchet, PM, OPTICS EXPRESS, 23, A92-A105 , (2015) View Abstract

Highly Porous Silicon Membranes Fabricated from Silicon Nitride/Silicon Stacks. Qi, CZ; Striemer, CC; Gaborski, TR; McGrath, JL; Fauchet, PM, SMALL, 10, 2946-2953 , (2014) View Abstract

Suppression of free carrier absorption in silicon using multislot SiO2/nc-Si waveguides. Fu, YJ; Krzyzanowska, H; Ni, KS; Fauchet, PM, OPTICS LETTERS, 38, 4849-4852 , (2013) View Abstract