Faculty Profile

Can Bayram

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Can Bayram
Can Bayram
Assistant Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
3264 Micro and Nanotechnology Lab
208 N. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-0978


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Research Area

  • Microelectronics and Photonics


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2011


Prof. Can Bayram is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is in development and application of novel photonic and electronic devices. He invented GaN-on-Graphene and GaN-on-Si(100) technologies for novel device architectures. His work has been recognized widely. He is the recipient of a 2017 NSF CAREER Award, a 2016 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the 2014 IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career Award, and the Best Paper Award at the 11th International Conference on Infrared Optoelectronics.

His postdoctoral work at IBM on a novel means of thin film technology achieved record-breaking specific power solar cells and was featured on the cover of Advanced Energy Materials. He has - for the first time - integrated GaN-based devices on CMOS-compatible silicon substrates. This work was highlighted as the frontispiece in the Advanced Functional Materials issue. His thesis work has demonstrated the first ultraviolet regime single photon detection, the first hybrid LED, and the first GaN intersubband devices. He received IEEE Electron Devices and IEEE Photonics Societies' fellowship awards and the Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Award from SPIE. He was an IBM and Link Foundation PhD fellow and the recipient of Boeing Engineering and Dow Sustainability Innovation awards.

Prof. Bayram is an affiliate faculty of Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. He has (co-) authored 37 journal papers (h-index ≥ 20), 27 conference proceeding papers, 2 book chapters, and has ≥ 41 patents issued/pending. For his achievements in ultraviolet-to-terahertz engineering of III-V semiconductor materials and devices, SPIE and IEEE recognized him with senior member status. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY from 2011 till 2014. He received the Ph.D. degree from EECS of Northwestern University, IL with a focus on Solid State and Photonics in 2011.

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Teaching Statement

Fundamental concepts in semiconductors are essential in understanding everyday electronic and photonic devices. I believe the undergraduate education should provide a solid foundation in semiconductors and useful solid state devices. My goal as an instructor is to get students explain the behavior of devices from the atomic scale up. I achieve this via first motivating the class for the big picture then focusing on the atomic scale and describing what leads to macroscopic effects observed in the devices. By building up the device behavior through atomic engineering, students tend to understand the main fundamentals that govern everyday semiconductor devices.

It is notable that fundamentals of physics, engineering, and science remain almost the same since decades; however, their applications ￿ which I deem most important as an engineering faculty ￿ diverse speedily. I see my role as a faculty not only to teach the fundamentals to the students but also making them aware of the many out-there opportunities in the world. I believe, in the face of constantly developing technology, one way to enable this is updating the teaching material. My goal is showing the students that microelectronics and photonics area is beyond the conventional applications in solid state devices and it is critical to bring this area into new fields of excitement and the excitement into the classroom.

I firmly believe teaching and research go hand-in-hand. Hence I provide real-life examples to students. I believe that students need to leave their comfort zone and extend their reach. I also believe as a faculty it is my responsibility to enable students￿ reach so that they can benefit from the existing knowledge and create a unique approach for their own work. This is especially important for graduate students.

Research Statement

Our research is focused on next generation photonic and electronic devices for applications in solid state lighting, power electronics, and bio-medicine. Our work relies heavily on solid state physics and device design/simulation, micro/nano-fabrication, and measurement/analysis of compound semiconductor devices (e.g. GaN) including light emitting diodes and transistors. Our goal is to enable energy-efficient, green, and reliable semiconductor devices for advanced applications in lighting and energy conversion. Further details can be found at our group webpage (icorlab.ece.illinois.edu).

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

Our group currently has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher who has hands-on experience in the micro/nano-fabrication of compound semiconductor devices (including light emitting diodes and transistors based on Gallium Nitride devices) in a cleanroom environment. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and should attach their CV and the contact information for at least two references) for consideration. The position is now open until filled.

Graduate Research Opportunities

We welcome highly motivated graduate students - with interest in compound semiconductor devices - join our research group. Our on-going projects are focused on photonics (e.g. light emitting diodes) and micro/nano-electronics (e.g. transistors). Further details can be found at our group webpage (icorlab.ece.illinois.edu). Our graduate students are recognized nationally (as NSF Graduate Research Fellows, NASA Space Technology Research Fellows) and internationally (as Conference Travel Grantees). Incoming and/or interested graduates are encouraged to browse our group webpage and contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and should attach their CV and unofficial UG/GRAD transcripts). Our lab is located in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and is in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our group welcomes highly motivated undergraduate researchers currently enrolled at our University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our group historically welcomed students from ECE, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering Departments. Particularly, students who have strong background in solid state physics and semiconductor devices and who are passionate about creating next generation photonic and electronic devices are encouraged. Historically, students who join our research team as early as in their freshman and sophomore years are recognized internally (as UIUC College of Engineering Scholars, UIUC ECE Robert C. MacClinchie Scholars, UIUC ECE Distinguished Research Fellows, UIUC ECE Distinguished Fellows) and externally (as Goldwater Scholars, NSF Graduate Research Fellows) before graduation. UG researchers are expected to continue research during the summer term to use/develop simulation tools; perform hands-on microfabrication in the MNTL cleanroom, and carry out measurements as necessary. Interested students should contact Prof. Can Bayram directly via email (and should attach their CV and unofficial transcript showing their courses) to inquire about UG position/project openings.

Research Interests

  • III-Nitride Devices
  • Solid State Lighting & Light Emitting Diodes
  • Next Generation Electronics & Gallium Nitride Transistors
  • Flexible Devices for Therapeutic Applications
  • Heterointegrated Devices for Advanced Applications

Research Areas

  • Efficient energy management and conversion for lighting, communications, information technology, transportation, and appliances
  • Electromagnetics and Optics
  • Energy storage conversion, management, and control
  • Gallium nitride power semiconductors
  • Microcavity lasers and nanophotonics
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Microelectronic and photonic device modeling
  • Microelectronics and Photonics
  • Microwave devices and circuits
  • Microwave integrated circuits
  • Millimeter wave integrated circuits
  • Nano-electronics and single electronics
  • Nano-materials
  • Nano-photonics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonic crystals
  • Photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Quantum nanostructures for electronics and photonics
  • Semiconductor electronic devices
  • Semiconductor lasers and photonic devices
  • Semiconductor materials
  • Sensors

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Magazine Articles

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board Member of "International Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanosurgery"
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member of "Recent Patents on Nanotechnology"

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, USA, February, 2018
  • International Conference on Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits, Taipei, October, 2017
  • SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego, USA, August 6-10, 2017
  • SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego, USA, August 28-Sept. 1, 2016
  • CNST 14th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, May 5-6, 2016
  • SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego, USA, August 9-13, 2015
  • SPIE NanoScience + Engineering, San Diego, USA, August 9-13, 2015
  • SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, USA, February 7-12, 2015
  • SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, USA, February 1-6, 2014
  • OPTIC, Chungli City, TAIWAN, Dec 5-7, 2013
  • SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, USA, February 2-7, 2013

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Technical Committee, EDS Optoelectronic Devices, 2017 - present
  • SPIE Scholarship Committee, 2017
  • Link Foundation Fellowship Committee, 2013 to 2016

Professional Societies

  • Member 2005-present Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Member 2008-present Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Member 2008-present American Physical Society (APS)
  • Member 2009-present American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member 2009-present Electrochemical Society (ECS)
  • Member 2010-present Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Senior Member 2013-present SPIE Society (member since 2006)
  • Senior Member 2016-present IEEE Society (member since 2005)
  • Senior Member 2016-present IEEE Photonics Society (member since 2007)
  • Senior Member 2016-present IEEE Electron Devices Society (member since 2009)

Service on University Committees

  • MNTL Search Committee / Diversity Advocate, MOCVD Research Engineer Position, 2016/04 to present
  • MNTL Search Committee Chair, Cleanroom Manager Position, 2015/12 to 2016/10
  • MNTL Search Committee / Diversity Advocate, Research Engineer Position, 2015/04 to 2016/06
  • MNTL Equipment Committee Chair, 2015/01 to present

Service on Department Committees

  • ECE Curriculum Committee, 2014 Fall to present
  • ECE Colloquium Committee, 2014 Fall to present

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Department of Energy (DOE), 2012
  • European Research Council (ERC), 2015
  • Dutch Research Council, 2016
  • Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, 2017
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), 2017, 2016
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency ￿ Energy (ARPA-E), 2017
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), 2017, 2013
  • Singapore National Research Foundation, 2017

Teaching Honors

  • Collins Scholar (2015)

Research Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2017)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2016)
  • IEEE Society Senior Membership (2016)
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society Early Career Award (2014)
  • FRONTISPIECE COVER - "Cubic Phase GaN on Nano-grooved Si (100) via Maskless Selective Area Epitaxy"￿ in the Advanced Functional Materials journal (2014)
  • SPIE Society Senior Membership (2013)
  • IBM Invention Achievement Awards (2013, 2013, 2014)
  • INSIDE COVER - "Ultra-Light High-Efficiency Flexible InGaP/(In)GaAs Tandem Solar Cells on Plastic"￿, in the Advanced Energy Materials journal (2013)
  • Best Paper Award at Infrared Optoelectronics Materials and Devices Conference, MIOMD-XI (2012)
  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship (2010)
  • Link Foundation Energy Fellowship (2010)
  • IEEE Electron Devices Society PhD Fellowship (2010)
  • Boeing Engineering Student of the Year (2009)
  • IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2009)
  • SPIE Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship (2009)
  • Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship (2009)
  • Dow Sustainability Innovation Award (2008)
  • IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society Travel Award (2005)

Public Service Honors

  • Docent (Associate Professor) title in Electrical Engineering from the Turkish Council of Higher Education (2014)