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

My research is focused on near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy of semiconductor materials and devices. In addition, I look at the design, processing, characterization, and simulation of semiconductor optoelectronic devices. Further research looks at nanoscale imaging of biological samples and biosensors. Other areas include, nano-optics, biophotonics, high-speed and Resonant Cavity Enhanced (RCE) photodetectors, time and spatially resolved optical characterization of semiconductor materials and thermal imaging.

Selected Publications:

"Digital Sensing and Sizing of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Pseudotypes in Complex Media: A Model for Ebola and Marburg Detection," G. G. Daaboul, C. A. Lopez, J. Chinnala, B. B. Goldberg, J. H. Connor, and M. S. Ünlü, Acs Nano, Vol. 8, No. 6, 19 May 2014, pp. 6047–6055

"Label-free and dynamic detection of biomolecular interactions for high-throughput microarray applications," E. Ozkumur, J. Needham, D. A. Bergstein, R. Gonzalez, M. Cabodi, J. Gershoni, B. B. Goldberg, and M. S. Ünlü, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Vol. 105, 10 June 2008, pp. 7988-7992

"Strong Extinction of a Far-Field Laser Beam by a Single Quantum Dot ,"A. N. Vamivakas, M. Atature, J. Dreiser, S. T. Yilmaz, A. Badolato, A. K. Swan, B. B. Goldberg, A. Imamoglu, and M. S. Ünlü, Nano Letters, Vol. 7, No. 9, September 2007, pp. 2892-2896

"High spatial resolution subsurface microscopy," S. B. Ippolito, B. B. Goldberg, and M. S. Ünlü, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 78, No. 26, 25 June 2001, pp. 4071-4073

"Resonant Cavity Enhanced Photonic Devices," M. S. Ünlü, and S. C. Strite, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 78, No. 2, 15 July 1995, pp. 607 – 639

For a full list of publications, please see the attached CV


  • B.S. in electrical engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


  • 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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