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Professor Vladimir Bulovic

Professor Vladimir Bulović
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Office: 13-3138
Phone: 617.253.7012

Vladimir Bulović holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology and is the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation. He co-directs the MIT Innovation Initiative and is the faculty leading the design and construction of MIT's new nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility. He also co-directs the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, one of MIT's largest sponsored research programs. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory (ONE Lab), which he developed as a unique open nanotechnology facility.

Prior to joining the School of Engineering leadership, Vladimir directed the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), which during his tenure grew to support over 700 investigators and $80M of research programs from across the Institute. His research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and inorganic nanostructured films and structures and their applications in novel optoelectronic devices. His academic papers have been cited over 10,000 times, while his 60 U.S. patents and numerous patent disclosures have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies.

A practicing entrepreneur, Vladimir is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Lexington, MA (along with ONE Lab alum Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, Bawendi group alum Dr. Jonny Steckel, and Sloan graduate Greg Moeler), which is manufacturing quantum dot optoelectronic components. Together with ONE Lab alums Dr. Conor Madigan and Dr. Jianglong (Gerry) Chen, Prof. Marty Schmidt, and Dr. Valerie Leblanc, Vladimir founded Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park, CA, which is focused on development of printed organic electronics. Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. was co-founded in 2011 with ONE Lab collaborator Dr. Miles Barr and ONE Lab alum Dr. Richard Lunt III and is developing nanostructured solar technologies. These start-ups presently employ over 200 researchers in the U.S. and a similar number of employees abroad.

Vladimir received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where his academic work and patents contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award, and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching. Recognized as an authority in the field of applied nanotechnology, Vladimir was named to the Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of quantum dot technology.

In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, honoring his contributions to energy education leading to the launch of the MIT Energy Studies minor, the first academic program spanning all five schools at MIT. In 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition. Most recently, Vladimir was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network and the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer in recognition of his continued contribution to innovation of practical applied nanotechnologies.

Prof. Bulovic's RLE video profile at MIT TechTV | Hi-Resolution Photo of Prof. Bulovic

Administrative Assistant
Monica Pegis
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Office: 13-3146
Phone: 617.253.3282
Group Members

Patrick Brown
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Office: 13-3078
Phone: 617.452.5403

Patrick Brown joined the group in September 2009 as a first-year graduate student in Physics. While earning his B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame, Patrick investigated the use of carbon nanostructures for optimizing charge collection and transfer in dye-sensitized and quantum dot solar cells. In the summer of 2008, Patrick participated in a research internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO, where he studied the growth of carbon nanotubes on conductive metal substrates for supercapacitors and hydrogen storage. He returned to NREL in the summer of 2009 to investigate the use of semiconducting and metallic single-walled carbon nanotube networks for transparent electrodes in organic photovoltaics. Patrick’s current work at ONE Lab focuses on understanding the physics of charge transport in multijunction quantum dot photovoltaics (QD PVs) and the development of novel all-inorganic QD PV architectures.

Wendi Chang

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Office: 13-3149

Phone: 617.253.0830


Wendi Chang joined ONE Lab in August 2011 as a Ph.D candidate in Electrical Engineering. She received her B.S. in Optics and B.A. Physics in from University of Rochester (2011). Her current research focuses on optical properties of J-aggregate materials and possible device applications, with broader interest in optoelectronic devices. Her past research experience includes building automated RF pulse-shaping system for superconducting qubit testing and reliability study for high voltage SiC VJFET at Northrop Grumman Corporation.


Matthew D'Asaro

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Office: 13-3157

Phone: 617.452.4778

Matthew D’Asaro joined ONE Lab in June 2012 as a Ph.D candidate in EECS. He holds an SM in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Before joining the ONE lab, he worked under Professor Joel Schindall where he designed and fabricated a miniature, planar, high speed ultracapacitor using carbon nanotubes grown directly on silicon. His current research, under Professors Jeffrey Lang and Vladimir Bulovic, focuses on fabricating tunneling MEMS switches ("squitches") for use in microprocessors.


Parag Deotare

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Office: 13-3149

Phone: 617.253.0830

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Parag joined ONE Lab in June 2012 as a postdoctoral associate. His doctoral work at Prof. Marko Loncar's lab at Harvard University involved optical micro-cavities for reconfigurable photonics, nonlinear optics and quantum electrodynamics. Prior to that, he earned his MS degree from Texas A&M University and BE degree from University of Pune, India in Electrical Engineering. At ONE Lab, his work focuses on light matter interaction between optical micro-cavities and organic materials. Apart from his research he enjoys astronomy, amateur radio, gardening and cooking.

Joel Jean

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Office: 13-3078

Phone: 617.452.5403

Personal website

Joel Jean joined ONE Lab in August 2011 as a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering. Joel graduated from Stanford University in June 2011 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford, he worked on a new solar energy conversion technique called photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE), developing a Monte Carlo simulation of electron dynamics and photoemission in semiconductor nanostructures with Dr. Igor Bargatin and Prof. Roger Howe. Joel is a co-author of the forthcoming MIT Future of Solar Energy Study. His current work in ONE Lab focuses on the development of quantum dot and nanomaterial-based photovoltaics, while his broader research interests include nanoelectronics, device physics, and renewable energy systems.

Jill Macko
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Office: 13-3078
Phone: 617.452.3181

Jill joined ONE Lab in Spring 2007 as an undergraduate researcher studying photo-generated charge recombination at organic semiconductor interfaces with the objective of enhancing responsivity of organic heterojunction photoconductors. She received her S.B. from MIT Course 3 in Spring 2008 and continued within ONE Lab as a PhD candidate in Course 3. Her current research works to develop cost-effective, power-efficient nanostructured solar cells via novel fabrication methods, materials, and device structures, with strong collaborations through MITEI. She focuses on understanding and manipulating processes occurring at the photoactive interface in organic photovoltaics through modification of the nanostructure.

Thomas Mahony

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Office: 13-3153

Phone: 617.258.9139

Tom Mahony joined ONE Lab during the Fall of 2012 as a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of New Mexico. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked as an intern at Sandia National Laboratories, where he built a microscope for stimulated emission depletion microscopy (STED), worked on a time domain spectroscopy (TDS) system for characterizing metamaterials in the long infrared, and created plasmonic nano-antennas for the visible spectrum. In ONE Lab, Tom's work focuses on integrating quantum dots and organic materials into photonic crystals to create low threshold lasers.

Andrea Maurano

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Office: 13-3078

Phone: 617.542.3181

Andrea joined ONE Lab in the fall of 2011 as a postdoctoral associate. He earned his Master degree in Physics at the Federico II University in Naples, Italy in 2005 to then receive his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College London in the groups of Profs. James Durrant and John deMello. During his PhD he investigated recombination mechanisms that limit the performance of polymer solar cells. He then joined as a postdoc Merck Chemicals research labs in UK to study inverted structures for polymer solar cells. In ONE Lab he is investigating fabrication of nanostructured photovoltaic devices consisting of molecular and polymeric thin films and colloidal quantum dots.  

Apoorva Murarka

apoorva [at]

Office: 13-3078

Phone: 617.452.5403

Read more about Apoorva in EECS-newsletter

Farnaz Niroui

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Office: 13-3145

Phone: 617.324.8110

Farnaz joined ONE Lab in August 2011 as a first-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She received her B.ASc in Honours Nanotechnology Engineering from University of Waterloo in 2011. While completing her undergraduate studies she worked on synthesis of ZnO nanostructures, utilizing them in development of flexible glucose sensors. She also focused on developing multimodal contrast agents with imaging and therapeutic capabilities. In 2009, Farnaz worked as a research assistant in Professor Robert Langer’s lab at MIT focusing on development of biomaterials and nanoscale systems for efficient DNA and siRNA delivery. During her senior years of undergraduate studies, she investigated various methods of fabricating MEMS-based supercapacitors for integration with micropower generators. Her undergraduate thesis focused on designing a system for aptamer-based multiple cancer detection using magnetic quantum dots coupled with magnetophoretic separation and fluorescence detection. Farnaz’s current work at ONE lab focuses on developing low power electronic switches and circuits using polymer nanocomposites.

Qi Qin

qiqin [at]

Office: 13-3150

Phone: 617.452.3194

Qi Qin joined ONE Lab in September 2013 as a postdoctoral associate. His doctoral work at Prof. Qing Hu's lab at MIT involved development of tunable terahertz quantum cascade lasers with the world-record tuning range. Prior to that, he earned his MS degree from China, working on gallium nitride LEDs and HEMTs. At ONE Lab, his work focuses on quantum dot LEDs, solar cells, bio-sensors, and optics-related applications. Apart from his research, he enjoys entrepreneurial activities, sports, music, and cooking.

Melany Sponseller

melanys [at]

Office: 13-3078

Phone: 617.452.3181

Melany Sponseller joined ONE Lab in September 2013 as a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at MIT. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in June 2013. While an undergraduate, she interned at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Institut für Silizium-Photovoltaik, where she investigated the CVD growth of ZnO nanostructures. Most recently, she investigated the MOCVD growth of III-V thin films for nanostructured solar cell applications in the Harris Group at Stanford. Her research in ONE Lab focuses on the development of quantum dot solar cells.

Geoffrey Supran

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Office: 13-3154

Phone: 617.452.3194

Geoffrey Supran matriculated as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT and joined ONE Lab in September 2009. He obtained a First Class Honours degree (B.A.) in Natural Sciences (physics) from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, in 2009. As an undergraduate and high-school student Geoffrey was fortunate to participate in a number of optoelectronics summer research projects. In 2005, under the supervision of Professor Richard Friend at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, he investigated phase separation in polyfluorene-based electroluminescent spin-cast thin films, with particular emphasis on incorporation of random copolymers into organic LEDs. In the Alivisatos Group at UC Berkeley in 2006, he investigated morphological control in all-inorganic solar cells comprising tetrapod shaped nanocrystals. In 2008 he investigated injection and transport mechanisms of the recombination region of high-efficiency polymer tandem solar cells in the Heeger Group at UC Santa Barbara. Geoffrey’s current work focuses on understanding the photo-physics of quantum dot LEDs and applying these underlying principles to the development of novel device structures.

Annie Wang

aiwang [at]

Office: 13-3153

Phone: 617.258.9139

Annie joined ONE Lab in 2011 as a joint postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Bulovic and Prof. Jeffrey Lang after completing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at MIT. Her graduate work in Prof. Tayo Akinwande's group (EECS, MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory) focused on developing organic and oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) for large area flexible electronics, particularly a low-temperature-budget, scalable fabrication process for oxide TFT circuits. Now in ONELab, her research interests will focus on the design and fabrication of polymer nanocomposites for ultra low power electronic switches and circuits.

Mengfei Wu

mwu1 [at]

Office: 13-3145

Phone: 617.324.8110

Mengfei Wu joined ONE Lab in September 2013 as a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at MIT. She received her B.A. in Engineering and M.Eng. from the University of Cambridge in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked on graphene photodetectors enhanced by surface plasmon polaritons under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Ferrari. Her current research at ONE lab focuses on hybrid solar cells based on organic materials and quantum dots, as well as the study of charge transport in these disordered materials. Mengfei is co-advised by Prof. Marc Baldo in the Soft Semiconductor Group at MIT.

Sihan (Jonas) Xie

sxie3 [at]

Office: 13-3078

Phone: 617.452.3181

Jonas joined ONE Lab in September 2014 as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. He graduated from University of Rochester in May 2014 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. As an undergraduate research assistant, he worked on developing highly efficient and stable blue phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) under the supervision of Prof. Ching Tang. Jonas's current research in ONE lab focuses on the development of quantum dot LEDs.

Tony Zhu

hanz [at]

Office: 13-3154

Phone: 617.452.3194


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