Mark Brongersma, PhD

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

(650) 736-2152

My research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of nanometer-size optoelectronic devices.  The ability to engineer materials and devices at the nanoscale has opened myriad possibilities to accelerate progress in information technology, energy harvesting, chemistry, and biology.  My current research is aimed at the development of Si-based nanophotonic functionality and plasmonic devices.



PhD, FOM Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MS, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands


Research Interests

  • Nanoscale electronic and photonic materials and devices
  • Plasmonics, metamaterials
  • Optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals and nanowires
  • Fundamentals of ion beam modification of materials
  • Nanoscale thermal engineering with light



  • Research and development of nanoscale source, modulators, and detectors
  • New photon management strategies for solar cells and photocatalysis
  • Nanoscale thermal engineering and radiative decay engineering with optical antennas
  • Non-periodic nanophotonics
  • Hybrid nanophotonic devices in which multiple electronic and optical functions are realized in the same physical space



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