Matt Brubaker is currently pursuing a PhD in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder with Dr. Victor Bright as his research advisor. His research project is focused on the growth of GaN nanowires and their incorporation into micro-opto-electromechanical (MOEMS) devices. In collaboration with Dr. Kris Bertness and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this project entails selective growth of nanowires by Chemical Beam Epitaxy (CBE), control of electrical properties by incorporation of suitable dopants, and fabrication of devices sensitive to electrical, optical, and mechanical stimulus.
Prior to joining Dr. Bright’s research group, Matt spent eight years in research and development in the microelectronics industry. He developed ferroelectric and correlated electron materials, processes, and devices for non-volatile memories while at Symetrix Corporation. At Primaxx Corporation, he developed novel thin film deposition equipment and supporting processes including Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD), Liquid Source Misted Chemical Deposition (LSMCD), and a MEMS dry release etch. Several commercial products resulted from these research activities as well as patents and publications. He also served as an adjunct lecturer teaching semiconductor fundamentals at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Matt received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Penn State University in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department in 1995 and 1998, respectively. His research at Penn State focused on gas phase conditioning of silicon surfaces, surface photovoltage measurements, and ultra-thin gate oxides.
Research Project: GaN Nanowires for MEMS and Optoelectronic Applications