Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research interests: amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon electronics on flexible substrates; flexible thin film solar cells; synthesis of new multifunctional nanostructures​


A main focus of Professor Andrei Sazonov’s research is the development of materials and low-temperature techniques for the fabrication of low cost, flexible electronics. Nano-crystalline silicon is another focus of Sazonov’s research because it can be deposited over larger areas. The maximum size of a crystalline silicon wafer is only 13 inches in diameter; nano-crystalline silicon, on the other hand, can be deposited over several square metres. This will make the fabrication process simpler and potentially cheaper, because it will be possible for more devices to be fabricated in the same run or even printed through a roll-to-roll process, much like newspaper press printing.

Sazonov was born in Ostrov, Russia, in 1968. He received the Dipl.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (Technical University), Moscow, Russia, in 1991 and 1997, respectively. From 1991 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer with Materials Science Department, Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, and Research Engineer at Elma Corp., and Mikron Semiconductors Corp. (Moscow, Russia). From 1995 to 1996, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Physical Electronics, University of Stuttgart, Germany, under a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship.

In 1998, he joined Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, as a Post-doctoral Research Associate; in 2000, he became an Assistant Professor and the DALSA/Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Junior Research Chair in sensor technology, and since July 2006, he serves as an Associate Professor. His research interests include thin film technology, amorphous, nanocrystalline, and polycrystalline semiconductors and dielectrics, and their device applications (solar cells, radiation sensors, memory devices, RF ID tags) for flexible electronics.

Sazonov is a recipient of a 2004 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Institution Premium, 2002 Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, 2001 Canadian Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Award, and 1997 Outstanding Young Scientist Research Fellowship of Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Materials Research Society, the Electrochemical Society, the Society for Information Displays, and Professional Engineers Ontario.


  • PhD, Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Russia, 1997
  • Dipl.Eng, Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Russia, 1991

Andrei Sazonov

University of Waterloo