James Harris

James S Harris

Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering
Member, Bio-X
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
PhD, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering (1969)
MS, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering (1965)
BS, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering (1964)
Harris utilizes molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of III-V compound semiconductor materials to investigate new materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices. He utilizes heterojunctions, superlattices, quantum wells, and three-dimensional self-assembled quantum dots to create metastable engineered materials with novel or improved properties for electronic and optoelectronic devices. His early work in the 1970's demonstrating a practical heterojunction bipolar transistor led to their application in every mobile phone today and record setting solar cell efficiency. He has recently focused on three areas: 1) integration of photonic devices and micro optics for creation of new minimally invasive bio and medical systems for micro-array and neural imaging and 2) application of nanostructures semiconductors for the acceleration of electrons using light, a dielectric Laser Accelerator (DLA), and 3) novel materials and nano structuring for high efficiency solar cells and photo electrochemical water splitting for the generation of hydrogen.