Hooman Mohseni

Email: hmohseni@northwestern.edu








Northwestern University
Professor, EECS Department

Director, Solid-state and Photonics Initiative (SSPI)
Faculty, Applied Physics Program
Member, International Institute of Nanotechnology
Member, Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)




Northwestern University
Associate Professor, EECS Department
Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, EECS Department
Sarnoff Corporation
Member of Technical Staff, Photonic Integration Group

Awards and Honors

W. M. Keck Foundation Award
For Research on Ultra-sensitive Bio-inspired Infrared Camera and its Implementation in Telescopes for Exoplanet Detection
Frontiers of Engineering
National Academy of Engineering
OSA Fellow
Optical Society of America, Recognized for "Significant contribution in the field of photon detectors and related".
Faculty Roll Honor
Northwestern University Associated Student Government
SPIE Fellow
International Society for Optical Engineering, Recognized for "Specific achievements in optoelectronic devices for photon detection."
Top Researcher Award
EECS Department, Northwestern University
Young Faculty Award
Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA)
US-Korea Nano-manufacturing Award
Selected and Funded by NSF for the first US-Korea Nano-manufacturing and Direct Self-Assembly Program
National Science Foundation
US-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Award
Selected and funded by NSF for NSF-MEXT US-Japan Young Scientist Exchange Program on Nanotechnology
Searle Junior Fellow
Northwestern University
Best Ph.D. Thesis Award
Robert McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University.
Best Student Paper Award
(first place among 52 selected papers internationally) International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium, Virginia.
Walter P. Murphy Fellowship Award
Northwestern University

External Activities and Services

Recent Invited and Keynote Talks:

  1. IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), Reston, VA (2015)
  2. Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics, Kyoto, Japan (2015) {Keynote}
  3. The 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Near-field Optics, Hokkaido, Japan (2015)
  4. International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies, Suntec, Singapore (2015)
  5. Biomedical Engineering Department, Brown University, Providence, RI (2015)
  6. Frontiers in Optics (FIO), San Jose, CA (2015)
  7. Rowland Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2015)
  8. Future Trends in Microelectronics, Mallorca, Spain, (2015)
  9. University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Colloquium, Tuscan, AZ (2015)
  10. Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2014)
  11. Quantum Structured Infrared Photodetector International Conference, Santa Fe, NM (2014)
  12. UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering Seminar, CA (2014)
  13. Nano & Giga Challenges in Electronics, Photonics & Renewable Energy, Phoenix, Arizona (2014)
  14. International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics & Photonics, Philadelphia (2014)
  15. SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing , Baltimore, MD (2014)
  16. PITTCON, Chicago, IL (2014)
  17. SPIE Photonic West, San Jose, CA (2014)

Editorial Board

  1. Associate Editor, IEEE Photonics Journal
  2. Associate Editor, Optics Letters
  3. Guest Editor, IEEE Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
  4. Associated Editor, Frontiers in Optics and Material

Advisory/Steering Committees

  • Elected TC Chair for Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics Division, IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society (2007-2010).
  • International Advisory Committee Member, International Joint Journal Conference in Engineering (2009-2010).
  • International Advisory Committee Member, International Conference on Control, Communication and Power Engineering - CCPE (2010-2012)

Conference Chair & Co-Chair

  • Bio-sensing and Nano-medicine, SPIE Optics & Photonics (2012)
  • Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics: Materials and Devices (2012)
  • Bio-sensing-III, SPIE Optics & Photonics (2010)
  • Optics and Photonics, IEEE-MWSCAS (2009)
  • Integrated Optics & Optoelectronics, LEOS Annual Meeting (2008)
  • Nano-Science and Engineering symposium, SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference (2008)
  • Enabling Photonic Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications, SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, Orlando FL (2007)

Technical Program Committees

  • Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics, Benicassim, Spain (2011)
  • IEEE/ICNSC International Conference on Networking Sensing and Control, Delft, The Netherlands (2011)
  • Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics, Helsinki, Finland (2010)
  • IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, Chicago, IL (2010)
  • SPIE International Symposium, Quantum Sensing, Photonics West, San Jose CA (2007)
  • IEEE Laser Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) 20th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada (2006)
  • SPIE International Symposium, Photonics West, San Jose CA (2006)
  • IEEE Laser Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) 19th Annual Meeting, Sydney Australia (2005)

Review Panels (for confidentiality, older than 4 yrs.)

  • Department of Energy (DOE), Basic Energy Sciences (2011)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), International Research Fellowship Program (2011)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant review panel (2010)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - EPDT (2010)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - EPDT (2009)
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) - Challenge Grant (2009)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) -Physics Division (2009)
  • US-Isreal Bi-national review panel (2009)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - Major Equipment Grants (2009)
  • European Research Council (ERC) review panel (2008-2012)
  • National Science Foundation review panel for Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT-2007)
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2007)


  1. H. Mohseni and O.G. Memis, US Patent # 9,054,247 "Single-photon nano-injection detectors" 2015.
  2. H. Mohseni, US Patent Application # 20140268371 "Apparatuses and Methods to Image Surfaces with Small Spot-Size and Large Field of View" 2014.
  3. H. Mohseni, US Patent Application # 20140264025 "SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR CONVERTING LIGHT WAVELENGTHS" 2014.
  4. H. Mohseni, US Patent # 7,745,816 "Single-photon detector with a quantum dot and a nano-injector" 2010.
  5. H. Mohseni, US Patent # 8,445,188 "Process for formation of highly uniform arrays of nano-holes and nano-pillars" 2013.
  6. H Kwakernaak, H. Mohseni, and G. Pajer, US Patent # 7,546,011 "Monolithically integrated optical devices with amorphous silicon arrayed waveguidi gratings and INGaAsP gain " 2009.
  7. H. Mohseni, J. Abeles, M. Kwakernaak, and V. Khalfin, U.S. Patent# 7,376,319 "Vertically Coupled Large Area Amplifier" 2008.
  8. H. Mohseni and W. Chan, US Patent # 7,026,641 "Electrically tunable quantum dots and methods for making and using for same" 2006.
  9. H. Mohseni, US Patent # 7,064,881 "InP-based phase modulators and methods for making and using for same" 2006.
  10. US Patent application #20050117844 "Method and system for coupling waveguides" 2005.
  11. US Patent J. Abeles, A. Braun, V. Khalfin, M. Kwakernaak, R. Martinelli, H. Mohseni, US Patenet # 7,477,670 "High power diode laser based source" 2009.
  12. US Patent application # 20070147762, International Patent # WO2007044543 "Interface for a-Si waveguides and III/V waveguides." 2007.
  13. US Patent application # 20070160326, International Patent Application # WO2007044545 "Monolithically integrated optical devices with amorphous silicon arrayed waveguide gratings and InGaAsP gain" 2007.
  14. US Patent application # 20050721007 "A Single-photon Detector and Application of Same" 2007.
  15. US patent application # 20050724535; International Patent application # WO2007044542 "Method of reducing edge height at the overlap of a layer deposited on the edge of a stepped substrate" 2007.
  16. International Patent application # WO2007044554 "Amorphous silicon waveguides on III/V substrates with a barrier layer" 2007