Dr. Moustakas is the Distinguished Professor of Photonics and Optoelectronics at Boston University. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1974. The research towards his thesis was conducted at IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratories. He held research positions at Harvard University and Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory prior to joining Boston University in 1987 as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a Professor of Physics and Associate Head of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Moustakas's research contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics in opto-electronic materials and devices, including nitride semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors, III-V compounds, diamond thin films and metallic multi-layers. He is the co-editor of eight books, including Gallium Nitride I (Academic Press, 1998) and Gallium Nitride II (academic Press, 1999), the author of chapters in eight books and 340 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings (Google citations 11,360, h index 53). He served as a special editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology and of the Journal of Electronic Materials. He presented 139 invited and plenary talks in national and international conferences. He has been granted 31 U.S. patents and several are pending in the fields of nitride semiconductors, amorphous silicon and diamond materials. Intellectual property that resulted from his work has been licensed to a number of companies, including major manufacturers and users of blue LEDs and lasers (Cree, Nichia, Philips, OSRAM, Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, LG, Sony etc.).
Dr. Moustakas is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1994), the Electrochemical Society (1997), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers-IEEE (2014), and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2012). He holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Aristotle University (2003); he received the MBE Innovator Award in 2010; in 2011 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the BU College of Engineering and in 2013 he received the Boston University Innovator of the Year Award.