Chris G. Van de Walle (he/him/his)

Herbert Kroemer Distinguished Professor, Materials


(805) 893-7144
2510 Engineering II
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050

Materials Research Areas: 


John Bardeen Award, TMS
Medard W. Welch Award, AVS
Fellow of the IEEE
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow of the Materials Research Society

Research Description: 

Research interests lie in novel electronic materials, including wide-band-gap semiconductors (III-V nitrides, II-VI compounds), transparent conductors, and complex oxides; loss mechanisms in light emitters; two-dimensional conductors; quantum information science; and physics and chemistry of hydrogen interactions with solids. First-principles computational techniques are used to study atomic and electronic structure of crystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous materials; interfaces, surfaces, and defects; and heterojunctions and superlattices.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University 
Burgerlijk Elektrotechnisch Ingenieur, Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Belgium