William Wong

Professor and Director of the Giga-to-Nanoelectronics Centre
William Wong

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31121
Location: DC 3734

Biography summary

William S. Wong is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Giga-to-Nanoelectronics Centre and a researcher at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo.

The Advanced Flexible Electronics Technology (AFET) group, led by Professor Wong, focuses on innovative solutions to enable high-performance and low-cost flexible electronics. The group is investigating heterogeneous integration of silicon-based and Group III-nitride materials and devices for the development of flexible large-area electronics on plastic substrates. This technology is used to create novel mechanically flexible systems for applications in displays, image sensors, and energy generation systems having enhanced functionality. The group uses the capabilities of Giga-to-Nanoelectronics (G2N) Centre to synthesize nanowire materials, process thin-film devices and develop novel nanowire/thin-film hybrid devices through novel ink-jet printing and thin-film layer transfer processes. The goal of the research is to develop innovative processes and materials that will improve system performance and reduce fabrication costs.

Professor Wong is the holder more than 80 U.S. patents and has 110 publications, including 45 invited talks, in the area of electronic materials growth, processing and characterization. He is a member of the IEEE, the Materials Research Society, a committee member of the Electronic Materials Conference, and is on the Editorial Board of IEEE Electron Device Letters.

Research interests

  • Large-area systems
  • Flexible electronics
  • Printed electronics
  • Heterogeneous Integration
  • Nano- and Microfabrication


  • 1999, Doctorate, Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1995, Master of Science, Materials Science, University of California, San Diego
  • 1990, Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles


  • ECE 209 - Electronic and Electrical Properties of Materials
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • ECE 231 - Semiconductor Physics and Devices
    • Taught in 2020, 2022
  • ECE 331 - Electronic Devices
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • ECE 631 - Microelectronic Processing Technology
    • Taught in 2023
  • ECE 730 - Special Topics in Solid State Devices
    • Taught in 2019

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • M. Asad, R. Wang, Y.-H. Ra, P. Gavirneni, Z. Mi, and W.S. Wong, Optically invariant InGaN nanowire light-emitting diodes on flexible substrates under mechanical manipulation, Flexible Electronics, 3(16), 2019, 1 - 6
  • M. Asad, Q. Li, C.-H. Lee, M. Sachdev, and W.S. Wong, Integration of GaN light-emitting diodes with a-Si:H thin-film transistors for flexible displays, Nanotechnology, 30(32), 2019
  • A. Tari and W.S. Wong, Effect of dual-dielectric hydrogen-diffusion barrier layers on the performance of low-temperature processed transparent InGaZnO thin-film transistors, Applied Physics Letters, 112(7), 2018
  • B. Iheanacho, W.S. Wong, Infrared optical absorption from hybrid 3-D a-Si:H/ZnO nanowire structures, Journal of Applied Physics, 122(1), 2017
  • C.H. Lee, N. P. Papadopoulos, M. Sachdev, and W.S. Wong, Effect of Mechanical Strain on Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin-Film Transistors and Compensation Circuits on Flexible Substrates, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 64(5), 2017, 2016 - 2021
  • Pathirane, Minoli K and Wong, William S, Optical and Electrical Characteristics of Hybrid ZnO Nanowire/a-Si: H Solar Cells on Flexible Substrates under Mechanical Bending, Small, 12(19), 2016, 2554 - 2558

Graduate studies