The award-winning Greek physicist with 62 patents
Theodore Moustakas is a professor of Boston University.
In 1964, Moustakas received his BS in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and decided to relocate to the United States to pursue his academic studies. In 1974, he received his Masters and PhD from Columbia University. He later worked at Harvard University as a Research Fellow and Exxon Corporate Research Laboratories as a Senior Scientist. In 1987 he was appointed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a position he has been holding to date. He is also a Professor of the Department of Physics and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Moustakas’ research contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics in optoelectronic materials and devices, including nitride semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors, III-V compounds, diamond thin films and metallic multi-layers. He has been granted 62 patents, including the gallium nitride thin film, used in the manufacturing of mobile and tablet devices by a popular brand. Currently, he’s legally claiming indemnity from the brand for the intellectual ownership over the patent since November 1997. (T. D. Moustakas «Highly Insulating monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films», US Patent No. 5,686,738 – Nov. 11, 1997).
Dr. Moustakas is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society. He holds an honorary doctoral degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he also received the MBE Innovator Award in 2010 and the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Innovator Award, a scientific elite honour awarded to just 8 scientists up to now.
Moreover, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the BU College of Engineering and after being elected Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, he also received the Innovator of the Year Award by Boston University.
Dr. Theodore Moustakas has authored 8 books and 338 scientific papers.