Morteza Monavarian

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Morteza Monavarian

Research Specialist, University of California — Santa Barbara


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2012
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University 2016
  • Postdoc in Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico 2019


Morteza Monavarian is currently a Senior Research Specialist at Materials Department & Solid-State Lighting and Energy Electronic Center (SSLEEC) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

He received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) in 2012 (ranked 57th out of over 400,000 students in 2007 National Entrance Exam) and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Then, he did a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of New Mexico (UNM), prior to joining UCSB.

Research Interests

Monavarian's research interest and experience span a wide range of areas within electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and applied physics with a focus on fundamental concepts, design and experimental investigations of planar and nanoscale electronics, optoelectronics, and photonics as well as quantum materials for a wide variety of applications, including lighting, display, sensing, energy conversion, electric vehicles, wireless communication, internet of things (IoT), imaging, and disinfection. 

Selected Publications

Monavarian has authored or co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceeding publications and holds 10 provisional patents.