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Oana Malis

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Oana Malis
PHYS 170
PHYS G42 (Lab)
(765) 494-3039
(765) 494-6857
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Ph.D. in Physics, Boston University, 1999
M.S. in Physics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 1993

Research Areas:

  • condensed matter physics (experimental)
  • optical physics (experimental)
  • nanoscience and nanotechnology
Research Interests:

Our group is studying the structural and optical properties of nanostructured materials. In particular we are creatively exploring the properties of complex semiconductor nanostructures for infrared light emission and detection. Our work involves material design, synthesis and characterization, as well as device processing and testing.

Professional Experience:

08/14-Present Associate Professor of Physics
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

01/09-08/14 Assistant Professor of Physics
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

09/06-12/10 Assistant Professor in Physics
State University of New York at Binghamton, Physics Department, Binghamton, NY

04/03-08/06 Research Scientist
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ

09/01-03/03 Product Development Engineer
IQE, Inc., Bethlehem, PA

9/99-09/01 Postdoctoral Associate
School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Professional Memberships:
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)


  • 2013 Career Award from the National Science Foundation
  • 2007 Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Selected Recent Publications
  1. C. Edmunds, J. Shao, M. Shirazi-HD, M. J. Manfra, and O. Malis, "Terahertz intersubband absorption in non-polar m-plane AlGaN/GaN quantum wells", Applied Physics Letters 105, 021109 (2014).
  2. V. Mukundan, S. Shan, J. Yin, P. Joseph, J. Luo, C.-J. Zhong, O. Malis, "Nanoalloying and phase tranformations during thermal treatment of physical mixtures of Pd and Cu nanoparticles", Science and Technology of Advanced Materials 15, 025002 (2014).
  3. O. Malis, "Quantum cascade lasers", invited chapter for the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology (2014).
  4. O. Malis, C. Edmunds, D. Li, J. Shao, G. Gardner, W. Li, P. Fay, and M. J. Manfra, "Quantum band engineering of nitride semiconductors for infrared lasers", Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers XIII, edited by Alexey A. Belyanin, Peter M. Smowton, Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Vol. 9002, 90021D (2014).
  5. V. Mukundan, J. Yin, C.-J. Zhong, and O. Malis, "Phase transformations in physical mixtures of Pd-Cu nanoparticles", Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, vol. 1528, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2013.367 (2013).
  6. M. I. Hossain, Z. Ikonic, J. Watson, J. Shao, P. Harrison, M. J. Manfra, and O. Malis, "Heavy-to-light hole intersubband absorption in the valence band of GaAs/AlAs heterostructures", Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, vol. 1509, DOI: 10.1557/opl.2013.349 (2013).
  7. C. Edmunds, L. Tang, M. Cervantes, M. Shirazi-HD, J. Shao, A. Grier, A. Valavanis, J. D. Cooper, D. Li, G. Gardner, D. N. Zakharov, Z. Ikonic, D. Indjin, P. Harrison, M. J. Manfra, and O. Malis, "Comparative study of intersubband absorption in AlGaN/GaN and AlInN/GaN superlattices: Impact of material inhomogeneities", Physical Review B 88, 235306 (2013).
  8. J. Shao, D. Zakharov, C. Edmunds, O. Malis and M. J. Manfra, "Homogeneous AlGaN/GaN superlattices grown on free-standing (1-100) GaN substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy", Applied Physics Letters 103, 232103 (2013).
  9. J. Shao, L. Tang, C. Edmunds, G. Gardner, O. Malis, and M. J. Manfra, "Surface morphology evolution of m-plane (1-100) GaN during molecular beam epitaxy growth: impact of Ga/N ratio, miscut direction, and growth temperature", Journal of Applied Physics 114, 023508 (2013).
  10. D. Li, J. Shao, L. Tang, C. Edmunds, G. Gardner, M. J. Manfra, O. Malis, "Temperature-Dependence of Negative Differential Resistance in GaN/AlGaN Resonant Tunneling Structures", invited paper in Semiconductor Science and Technology 28, 074024 (2013).
  11. M. I. Hossain, Z. Ikonic, J. Watson, J. Shao, P. Harrison, M. J. Manfra, and O. Malis, "Strong heavy-to-light hole intersubband absorption in the valence band of carbon-doped GaAs/AlAs superlattice", Journal of Applied Physics 113, 053103 (2013).
Current Research Funding:
  • National Science Foundation
  • Research Corporation
Positions Open:

Highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to contact me about research opportunities in our Infrared Nanostructured Devices Lab. 

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