Professor, Associate Chair for Research, and University of Waterloo Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology

Contact InformationZbigniew Wasilewski

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31742
Location: QNC 4606


Biography Summary

Zbig Wasilewski is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor cross-appointed to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. In addition, Professor Wasilewski is also the University of Waterloo Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology. He is internationally renowned for his contributions to the field of Molecular Beam Epitaxy, quantum-dot and quantum-well photonic devices, as well as quantum structures and devices based on high mobility 2D electron gases.

Professor Wasilewski’s research interests include Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and nanofabrication of III-V semiconductor structures for quantum optics, nano-photonics, nano-electronics and quantum computing applications. The MBE laboratory, led by Professor Wasilewski, has demonstrated the world’s highest operating temperatures for GaAs/AlGaAs-based THz Quantum Cascade Lasers. These devices are among the most complex man-made quantum structures. In addition, the MBE laboratory also originally developed the In-flush method, which is the best technique for creating and fine-tuning MBE-grown InAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) systems.

Professor Wasilewski is a co-author of close to 500 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings with some of the highest citation records in the field (over 12,000 citations to his work with an h-index of 54). In 2012, Professor Wasilewski was awarded the title of Professor of Physics by the President of Poland, in recognition of his exceptional track record of international standing research and his role in developing the field of GaN-based optoelectronics in Poland.

Research Interests

  • Sensors and devices
  • Nano-electronics
  • Nano-materials
  • photonics
  • Molecular Beam Epitaxy
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Self-assembled nanostructures
  • Quantum Cascade Lasers and related devices
  • Advanced Manufacturing


  • 1986, Doctorate, Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 1979, Master of Science, Physics, University of Warsaw
  • 1978, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Physics, University of Warsaw


  • ECE 730 - Special Topics in Solid State Devices
    • Taught in 2015
  • NANO 701 - Fundamentals of Nanotechnology
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • NANO 702 - Nanotechnology Tools
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • NE 345 - Photonic Materials and Devices
    • Taught in 2016
  • NE 202 - Nanomaterials and Environmental Impact; Nanotechnology Engineering Practice
    • Taught in 2017
  • ECE 633 - Nanoelectronics
    • Taught in 2017
  • NE 471 - Nano-electronics
    • Taught in 2017, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Ban, Dayan and Wen, Boyu and Dhar, Rudra Sankar and Razavipour, Seyed Ghasem and Xu, Chao and Wang, Xueren and Wasilewski, Zbig and Dixon-Warren, Sinjin, Electrical scanning probe microscopy of electronic and photonic devices: connecting internal mechanisms with external measures, Nanotechnology Reviews, 5(3), 2016, 279 - 300
  • {l}asa, K and Molas, MR and Goryca, M and Kazimierczuk, T and Smoleński, T and Golnik, A and Kossacki, P and Nicolet, AAL and Potemski, M and others, Excitonic complexes in natural InAs/GaAs quantum dots, Physical Review B, 91(8), 2015
  • {l} and Wasilewski, Zbig and Go{l}aszewska, Krystyna and {L}aszcz, Adam and P{l}uska, Mariusz and Trajnerowicz, Artur and Sakowicz, Maciej and Walczakowski, Micha{l} and others, Processing of AlGaAs/GaAs quantum-cascade structures for terahertz laser, Journal of Nanophotonics, 9(1), 2015, 093079 - 093079
  • Muziol, G and Turski, H and Siekacz, M and Wolny, P and Sawicka, M and Grzanka, S and Perlin, P and Suski, T and Wasilewski, ZR and Grzegory, I and others, True-blue laser diodes grown by plasma-assisted MBE on bulk GaN substrates, physica status solidi (c), 11(3-4), 2014, 666 - 669
  • {l}aw and Turski, Henryk and Muziol, Grzegorz and Wolny, Pawe{l} and Cywiński, Grzegorz and Grzanka, Szymon and Smalc-Koziorowska, Julita and Sawicka, Marta and Perlin, Piotr and Wasilewski, Zbig R and others, AlGaN cladding-free 482 nm continuous wave nitride laser diodes grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, 32(2), 2014

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