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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


Office hours 8:30a - 5:00p


Phone: 217-333-3097
Fax: 217-244-6375


Eric Pop

Eric Pop

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005

Research Statement:
The Pop lab studies energy efficient nanoelectronics, with focus on carbon nanotube and graphene devices, phase-change memory, and nanoscale energy transport. On a practical level, we seek to design devices which push the limits of energy dissipation per bit. On a fundamental level, we wish to understand and engineer energy transport, conversion, and recovery at the nanoscale, along with the properties of low-dimensional (1- or 2-D) devices and interfaces. Our experimental work spans electrical and thermal transport, transistors, interconnects, and material interfaces. Our simulations cover the multi-scale from atomistic to compact circuit models.
Research Interests:
  • Energy efficient nanoscale electronics
  • Carbon nanotubes and graphene for electronic and thermal applications
  • Phase-change materials for low-power memory devices
  • Fundamental aspects of nanoscale energy dissipation and transport
  • Multi-scale simulation, from analytic models to Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics
  • Characterization of devices and material interfaces
For more information:
Pop Lab website:

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching:

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • Outstanding Presentation Award, E\PCOS Symposium, Zurich Switzerland
  • Best Paper in Session Award, SRC TechCon
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • Center for Advanced Study (CAS) Fellowship
  • PECASE (Presidential Early Career) Award from the White House, the highest honor given by the US government to scientists and engineers in early stages of their independent research careers (via ARO/DOD)
  • ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award
  • Platinum (best) Poster Award, Beyond Moore's Law (BML2) Winter School, with Dr. M.-H. Bae
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award
  • SRC-IBM Graduate Fellowship
  • SRC TECHCON Best Paper & Best Poster Awards
  • Sigma Pi Sigma

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Public Service:

  • IEEE Electron Device Letters, Golden List of Reviewers