Tomás Palacios' Group @ MIT

Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices


tomasProfessor Tomás Palacios

We enjoy developing completely new semiconductor devices for advanced electronic and biosensing applications. Our research group is growing fast and we are always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students. If you think, you may be interested in these topics, please send us an email and we can schedule a meeting where we will try to answer all your questions about our work.

  Administrative Coordinator
mtlmit_headshots_joseph_baylon-751 Mr. Joseph Baylon, Administrative Assistant II, Phone: 617-253-0987, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA Building 39-567  email:jbaylon at mit dot edu
Palacios Group Members
Visiting Scientists
Dr. Hironori Okumura, Visiting Scientist from Tsukuba University. He received his PhD degree in 2012 at Kyoto University in Japan. Through a postdoc in UCSB holding a JSPS fellowship, he worked as a research associate in NTT-BRL and was a visiting scientist at EPFL. His research interest include crystal growth and physics of wide band-gap semiconductors (SiC, GaN, AlN, and Ga2O3). 
Post Docs
Dr. Jie Hu received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science  at MIT. With a broad set of technological and characterization skills, he focuses on device-level design to tackle key challenges of GaN technology for RF and power applications.
NVicoTrivino Dr. Noelia Vico Triviño received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland in Photonics. Her work focused on GaN-based photonic crystals under the supervision of Prof. Nicolas Grandjean at EPFL. Noelia’s research is focused on wide bandgap III-nitride semiconductors.
Dr. Xu Zhang received his B.S. in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2010 and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2012.  Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2017, so he is currently working on two-dimensional material-based electronics and spectroscopy study.
Dr. Yuhao Zhang received the B.S. degree in physics from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2011, and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2013.  Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2017, so his current research interest includes simulation, modeling, fabrication and characterization of III-V power electronics.
Graduate Students
Mr. Nadim Chowdhury received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from  Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.  His research focuses on using GaN in logic operation at sub-10 nm channel length. He is also interested in GaN based high speed devices, optoelectronics and nanosystems.
mtlmit_headshots_marek_hempel-158 Mr. Marek Hempel received his B.S and M.S from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2010 and 2013, respectively. For his Master’s thesis, he worked at GLOBALFOUNDRIES on the trap reduction of transistors in the 28 nm HKMG technology. He has a strong background in semiconductor processing and cleanroom related works. Currently, as a Ph.D. candidate, his area of research involves the efficient of graphene onto flexible substrates using roll-to-roll transfer as well as exploring new applications for 2D materials devices in microscopic sensor platforms.
img_9729_final Mr. Cosmi (Yuxuan) Lin is pursuing a PhD degree in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Prior to joining the group, he received his B.S. degree in microelectronics from Tsinghua University, China. His current research interests include graphene-based image sensors for mid-to-far-infrared imaging, optoelectronics of transition-metal dichalcogenides, and synthesis and characterization of 2D heterostructures.
charles Mr. Charles Mackin received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2012. Charles’ interests include the application of two-dimensional materials to chemical and biological sensors.
Elaine_bio_photo Ms. Elaine McVay received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering at MIT in 2015.  She is currently working on 3D printing electronic two dimensional materials.  Her work has focused on large area applications of molybdenum disulfide and graphene.
daniel-piedra Mr. Daniel Piedra received his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees from the MIT in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focuses on GaN processing technology for power electronics.
Ms. Mantian Xue is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.  She received her B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Material Science and Electrical Engineering. She worked on biodegradable medical devices on self-rolled-up membrane integrated with passive electronics.  She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical Enginnering and Computer Science at MIT.  Her focus is developing semiconductor devices with novel 2D materials.
  Mr. Mengyang Yuan received his B.S. degree in Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics from Tsinghua University, China, in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His current research focuses on high temperature application of GaN based devices.
mtlmit_headshots_ahmad_zubair-120 Mr. Ahmad Zubair is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.  He received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2011 and S.M. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2014. He interests are in the physics and application of semiconductor heterostructures with a focus on two dimensional materials and III-Nitrides.

MIT Undergraduates (UROP)
ayrtonmunoz Ayrton Munoz is a Ph.D.  candidate at MIT
Ertem Nusret Tas is an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. He is working on graphene-based strain sensors and photodetectors with Cosmi Yuxuan Lin under the supervision of Professor Tomas Palacios. His research interests include applications and development techniques of 2-D materials, especially graphene. 
erik.koch Eric W. Koch is a freshman at MIT.  His research interests include processing and application of two-dimensional materials, especially molybdenum disulfide and graphene. (completed March 2016) Hui Tang… UROP Student (completed Fall 2006) Ryan Sheffler… VI-A student (Physics and EECS Department)



 Dr. Sameer Joglekar, MIT, Ph.D., 2017
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Robert Radway
MIT, MEng. 2017
Dr. Lili Yu
MIT, Ph.D., 2017
Prof. Yonhua Tzeng National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan  Dr. Amir Nourbakhsh, Micron Semiconductor
Dr. Min Sun, MIT, Ph.D., 2017
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Maddy Aby
MIT, MEng. 2015
Jordan Addison
MIT, B.S. 2015
 Dr. Sumitomo    Sumitomo Electronics Dr. Rennesson CNRS-France
Dr. Marco de Fazio STMicroTech
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Prof. Jesus Grajal de La Fuente (UPM) Maximilian Prexl
Visiting Student
Dr. Puneet Srivastava
Dr. Sungjae Ha
Dr. Allen Hsu
SRI International 
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Prof. Taylor Barton   Univ. of Texas – Dallas Theresa Yeh 
Rachel Luo    
Graduate Student
Prof. Elison Matioli    EPFL (Switzerland) Prof. Alex Paschoal (UFC-Brazil)
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Dr. Dong Seup Lee
Texas Instruments
Dr. Feng Gao
Goldman Sachs    
Dr. Mohamed Azize Research Scientist
Dr. Hyung Seok Lee
Samsung Korea
Dr. Tatsuya Fujishima
A.T. Kearney
Bin Lu
Benjamin Mailly
Mariko Medlock
Tadahiro Imada
Han Wang
Dr. Bin Lu
MIT Ph.D. 2013
Benjamin Mailly
EDF (Paris France)
Mariko Medlock
2012 MEng Student
Dr.  Tadahiro Imada
Visiting Scientist
Prof. Han Wang
Will Chung
Kevin Ryu
Andrew Potter
Jose Maria Tirado Frederic Mieville
Will Chung
International Rectifier
Dr. Kevin K. Ryu (Lincoln Lab) Andrew Potter    Ph.D. Student
Jose Maria Tirado     Visiting Scientist
Frederic Mieville  Master’s Student
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Willie Huang (SMART-Singapore) Dr. Zhihong Liu (SMART-Singapore) Xing Weichuan (SMART-Singapore) Dr. Omair Saadat
MIT, Ph.D. 2014
Mr. Xu Zhao  EECS, MIT 2008
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