Prof. Deji Akinwande at the White House to receive the U.S.  PRESIDENTIAL (PECASE) AWARD by President Obama.


President Barack Obama greets Dr. Deji Akinwande, a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in the East Room of the White House, May 5, 2016. (Official White House Photo)


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Welcome to Prof. Akinwande’s nano research group’s online portal. We are conducting basic and applied research at the frontier of nanomaterials, memory device and applications, flexible nanoelectronics, bioelectronics, RF integrated circuits, and electromagnetics. Our passion lies in the discovery, understanding, and application of new paradigms to enable novel ubiquitous systems that can address societal needs.

We are looking for bright, motivated students and scholars to join the group. A strong work ethic and an abundance of passion is essential for our research activities. Please click here for more information.


Deji Akinwande is an Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on 2D materials, pioneering device innovations from lab towards applications. He received the PhD degree from Stanford University in 2009. Prof. Akinwande has been honored with the 2018 Fulbright Specialist Award, 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, the U.S Presidential PECASE award, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, several DoD Young Investigator awards, and was a past recipient of fellowships from the Kilby/TI, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 3M, and Stanford DARE Initiative. His research achievements have been featured by Nature news, Time and Forbes magazine, BBC, CNN, Discover magazine, Wall Street Journal, and many media outlets. He serves as an Editor ACS Nano and Nature NPJ 2D Materials & Applications, and on the editorial board for Science. He was the co-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on 2D electronics, and was a past Chair of the 2018/2019 Device Research Conference (DRC), and the Nano-device sub-committee for the 2018 IEEE IEDM Conference. He co-authored a textbook on carbon nanotubes and graphene device physics by Cambridge University Press, and was recently a finalist for the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching award from the University of Texas System.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, MRS, APS, and AAS societies.

Honors and Awards

  • Inaugural ScholarGPS Highly Ranked Scholar, 2024 – present
  • Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, 2023 – present
  • Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) – Top 100 Futurist & Innovators, 2024
  • Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #8, 2023-present
  • MRS Fellow, 2023
  • African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Fellow, 2022
  • IEEE Fellow, 2021
  • Editor, ACS Nano, 2021-present
  • Board of Reviewing Editors, Science Magazine, 2020-present
  • Editorial Board, Nanoletters, 2020-present
  • Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship, 2020-2023
  • Gordon Research Conference on 2D Electronics, Co-Chair, 2018-2022
  • Fulbright Specialist Fellow, 2018 – present
  • Device Research Conference (DRC), General Chair, 2018/2019
  • IEDM, Chair of Nano Device Committee; 2018
  • UT-Austin Office of Technology Commercialization Inventor Award, 2018
  • Lybarger Endowed Professor, 2017-2020
  • APS Fellow, 2017
  • Bessel Research Award, Humboldt Foundation, 2017
  • Plenary Talk, SPIE, San Diego, 2017; largest photonic society meeting
  • Visiting Professor and Pembroke Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2016
  • Inaugural Gordon and Betty Moore Inventor Fellow Award, 2016
  • U.S. Presidential (PECASE) Award from President Obama
  • Past Editor, IEEE Electron Device Letters
  • Editor, Nature NPJ 2D Materials and Applications
  • IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award, 2015
  • UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award Finalist, 2015, 2016
  • TI/Jack Kilby Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2013-2016
  • IEEE Senior Member, 2013
  • IEEE NANO Geim and Novoselov (Inaugural) Graphene Prize 2012
  • NSF Faculty CAREER Award 2012
  • DTRA Young Investigator Award 2012
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award 2012
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award 2011
  • Office of Naval Research Grant Award 2010
  • Stanford Future-Faculty DARE Fellow, 2008-2010 (12 fellows selected out of 110 senior Ph.D Candidates from all the Schools at Stanford University)
  • Ford Foundation Fellow, 2006-2009 (60 fellows out of over 1000 applicants)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, 2006-2008 (Selected Stanford Ph.D Candidate)
  • Stanford EE314 Course (RF Integrated Circuit Design): “Design Award” for outstanding Low-Noise Amplifier Designs by Prof. Thomas Lee (1 of 3 out of a class of ~150 students)

Major Achievements

  • Demonstration of clinically accurate wearable blood pressure monitor, 2022
  • Demonstration of smallest memory unit: ~1×1 nm2 cross-section, 2020
  • Discovery of Atomristors: Memory effect in vertical TMD Monolayers, 2018
  • Invention of graphene electronic tattoo sensors, 2017
  • First demonstration of silicene transistors after 20yrs of international research, 2015
  • Pioneering advancement of flexible electronics based on graphene/2D sheets, 2014
  • Development & commercialization (with Aixtron) of wafer-scale graphene from 4-12in wafers  for Si CMOS integration, 2014

Representative Publications

  • D. Kireev, K. Sel, B. Ibrahim, N. Kumar, A. Akbari, R. Jafari, and D. Akinwande, “Continuous cuffless monitoring of arterial blood pressure via graphene bioimpedance tattoos,” Nature Nanotechnology, 2022.

  • Hus, Ge, Chen, Liang, Donnelly, Ko, Huang, Chiang, Li, and Akinwande, “Observation of single-defect memristor in an MoS2 atomic sheet,” Nature Nanotechnology, 2020.

  • Kim, Pallecchi, Ge, Wu, Ducournau, Lee, Happy, and Akinwande, “Analogue switches made from boron nitride monolayers for application in 5G and terahertz communication systems,” Nature Electronics, 2020.

  • Akinwande, Huyghebaert, Wang, Serna, Goossens, Li, Wong, and Koppens, “Graphene and two-dimensional materials for silicon technology,” Nature,  2019.

  • Ge, Wu, Kim, Shi, Sonde, Tao, Zhang, Lee, and Akinwande, “Atomristor: Nonvolatile Resistance Switching in Atomic Sheets of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides,” Nano Letters, 2018.

  • Ameri, Ho, Jang, Tao, Wang, Wang, Schnyer, Akinwande, and Lu, “Graphene Electronic Tattoo Sensors,” ACS Nano, 2017.

  • Tao, Cinquanta, Chiappe, Grazianetti, Fanciulli, Dubey, Molle, and Akinwande, “Silicene field-effect transistors operating at room temperature,” Nature Nanotechnology, 2015.

  • Akinwande, Petrone, and Hone, “Two-dimensional flexible nanoelectronics,” Nature Communications, 2014.

  • Rahimi, Tao, Chowdhury, Park, Jouvray, Buttress, Rupesinghe, Teo, and Akinwande, “Toward 300 mm Wafer-Scalable High-Performance Polycrystalline Chemical Vapor Deposited Graphene Transistors,” ACS Nano, 2014.


Prof. Deji Akinwande

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Microelectronics Research Center
Texas Materials Institute
The University of Texas at Austin

MER 1.206L, 10100 Burnet Rd. Bldg 160, Austin, TX 78758
deji AT ece.utexas.edu