M. Selim Ünlü

M. Selim Ünlü

Affiliate Faculty (Professor - ENG/ECE)
Office: PHO, Room 826. 617-353-5067


Research Interests:

* near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy of semiconductor materials and devices * design, processing, characterization, and simulation of semiconductor optoelectronic devices * Nanoscale imaging of biological samples, biosensors

Selected papers:

  • 07/02/07 Scaling of exciton binding energy with external dielectric function in carbon nanotubes
  • 05/09/07 Screening of Excitons in Single, Suspended Carbon Nanotubes
  • 01/07/07 Optical Determination of Electron-Phonon Coupling in Carbon Nanotubes
  • 11/03/06 Exciton-mediated one-phonon resonant Raman scattering from one-dimensional systems
  • 11/01/06 Tunable Resonant Raman Scattering From Singly Resonant Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes
  • 03/31/06 Temperature Dependence of the Optical Transition Energies of Carbon Nanotubes: The Role of Electron-Phonon Coupling and Thermal Expansion


Ph.D., 1992 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


M. Selim Ünlü (M'90-SM'95-F'07) received his B.S. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1986, and his M.S.E.E. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in electrical engineering. Since 1992, he has been a professor at Boston University, currently appointed in electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, and graduate medical sciences. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in engineering as well as Associate Director of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology. His research interests are in the areas of nanophotonics and biophotonics, focusing on high-resolution solid immersion lens microscopy of integrated circuits and the development of biological detection and imaging techniques, particularly in high-throughput, label-free microarrays.

Dr. Ünlü was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards in 1996. He was selected as a Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-2007 and a Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN) Distinguished Lecturer for 2007. He was elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow in 2007 for his contributions to optoelectronic devices. In 2008, he was awarded the Science Award by the Turkish Scientific Foundation. Professionally he has served as the former chair of photodetectors and imaging, founding chair of Nanophotonics, and current chair of Biophotonics technical committees for the IEEE Photonics Society, and Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.


  • IEEE Lasers and Electro-optics Society (LEOS) Distinguished Lecturer, 2005
  • ONR Young Investigator Award, 1996
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1996
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
  • BU ECE Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001'-02


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