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Message from Interim Director Li

Diversity is a prerequisite to excellence. I would like to echo the messages from the Dean, "Our Shared Equality and Dignity" and "ShutDownSTEM," and reaffirm our commitment to diversity, and condemn any form of discrimination. 

As you know, our very own Prof. Lynford Goddard is the inaugural director of the IDEA Institute. I strongly encourage you to check out the resources recommended by IDEA and the college anti-racism task force. I look forward to discussing with all of you on what we can do to make sure the climate and culture in HMNTL is welcoming to all. Together, we can help build and maintain an environment that reflects the rich diversity of the HMNTL community and the campus at large.

Thank you for all you do to make HMNTL a better place for all. 

Dicky Liu 
Allie Arp, CSL

For the last 25 years, the Lemelson-MIT Program Lemelson-MIT Program has rewarded exceptional student inventors who strive to improve people’s lives. This year one of their finalists is Holonyak Lab's own Dicky Liu. Read more

Stephen Boppart 
Ryann Monahan and Joseph Park, ECE

An award-winning innovation developed by Holonyak Lab faculty member Stephen Boppart is set to dramatically change how children's ear problems are evaluated, diagnosed, and treated. Read more

Brian D. Li 
Joseph Park, ECE

As part of ECE 443's final research project, Holonyak Lab graduate student Brian D Li proposed an effective and sustainable system for disinfecting and reusing N95 masks in Haiti. Read more

Yan Zhang 
Lizzie Roehrs, CSL

Ph.D. student Yan Zhang has been awarded the Yunni and Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship. Read more

A sketch of the earth from space 
Joseph Park, ECE

Every spring, the ECE 443 course encourages the class to address a grand societal challenge. This year, the final exam was replaced with a final project to inspire photonic engineering solutions including help to fight against COVID-19. Read more

Honors and accolades

No new update this month.


John Dallesasse, II-VI Foundation. $85,000 for 1 year starting 7/1/2020, "Transverse Mode Control of High-Performance Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers."

Lynford Goddard, NSF, REU. $8,000 for 3 years started 9/1/20, "Volumetric Optical Integrated Circuit Elements (VOICE)."

Xiuling Li, NSF, REU. $16,000 for 3 years started 8/1/18, "Non-Conventional Etching and MOCVD Regrowth for Beta-GaO/AIGaO 3D HEMTs."

Around Holonyak Lab

Communications team here to serve you
The HMNTL Communications team is responsible for promoting the activities that support the mission/vision of the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab. These activities may include research efforts, conference awards, faculty/student accomplishments, participation in national organizations/publications, etc. Communications services includes the development of press announcements, event flyers/signage, marketing collateral, videos, web design/maintenance, graphic design, and more. We also provide design and video support for proposals, particularly large, interdisciplinary centers that are put through HMNTL. These are usually time-consuming activities with multiple rounds of iterations, so please provide 4 weeks of notice so that we can meet your deadline. Please feel free to reach out directly if you have questions: kgudeman@illinois.edu.

Here is a quick look at the communications team and our various roles:

  • Kim Gudeman: Director of Communications – Strategic planning, project management, etc.
  • Allie Arp: Communications coordinator – PR, social media, newsletters, etc.
  • Lizzie Roehrs: Digital media specialist – videos, infographics, photography, etc.
  • Wes Moore: Graphic designer – flyers, digital signs, technical illustrations, etc.

Remembering Bob Kolbas
We were recently made aware of the passing of one of our distinguished alums, Bob Kolbas. A former student of Nick Holonyak, Jr., Bob graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his Ph.D. in Physics in 1979 before beginning a career that included becoming an IEEE Fellow and a member of the American Physical Society, among other distinctions. We express our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. More information about Bob can be found here.

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around Holonyak Lab
Follow the Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology lab on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and now Youtube for the latest news and updates. Have a story you'd like to share? Email aarp@illinois.edu.

Equipment update and processing tips

New etching machines
Holonyak Lab is excited to realize new capabilities from the Investment for Growth funding received last year. In addition to the multidimensional Dektak profiler that has been installed, we will be receiving two new etch tools. A Reactive Ion Etcher and an Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactive Ion Etcher from Oxford Instruments should arrive in the next few weeks and are expected to be available to users in July. Both of these tools will incorporate a wide selection of etch chemicals allowing for more exotic materials to be precisely etched.

Facility information

Laboratory training available online
HMNTL facility and laboratory access process has been streamlined to include online training, in order to be more responsive to onboarding new researchers and to accommodate social distancing protocols. Follow the correct link below to find the steps you need:

External opportunities

MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize
This prize recognizes postdoctoral researchers for their intellectual merit and for their ability to promote effective writing and communications through an interest in scientific publications. Candidates should show promise for future scientific contributions and scholarship in the broad materials field as well as demonstrated interest in scientific writing and communications. Visit mrs.org/bulletin-prize for additional information, including application requirements and process.

KAUST seeks faculty
The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a fast-growing electrical engineering (EE) program, we constantly look for excellent individuals to join EE as faculty. Read more about the
EE Program: https://bit.ly/2ymQG4x and the available openings: https://bit.ly/2z1Rs70.

Attollo Engineering looking for candidates
Attollo Engineering is looking to hire smart, innovative, hard-working, and collaborative engineers and scientists. Specifically students interested in a career in opto-electronics at a small company. Email Andrew Hood, Vice President of Engineering, for more information.

2020 Lester Eastman Conference call for papers
Planned for August 3-5 at the University of Notre Dame, the 2020 Lester Eastmen Conference is looking for research abstracts that emphasize innovative device concepts and physical phenomena leading to new devices are particularly encouraged. Abstracts should state the purpose of the work, specific results, and how high-performance device technology is advanced. More information can be found at leconference2020.nd.edu.

Polytechnique Montreal seeks engineering physics professor
Polytechnique is searching for a candidate with an excellent level of knowledge of physics and an extensive research experience in the field of experimental or theoretical physics of materials or energy. This professor will actively participate in the development of the department's research activities, which continues to have significant impacts on several major socio-economic sectors, including aerospace, information and communications technologies, energy, environment or health. More information and the application can be found here.

Upcoming events

HMNTL Webinar: Dry etch profile tweaking
Tuesday, June 16, noon

Contact us

Have you recently gotten published? Won an award? Just have something cool to share? Let us know by emailing aarp@illinois.edu.