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Leland Nordin

Leland Nordin

Assistant Professor

Office: ENG I, Suite 207


Nordin is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, holding a joint appointment between the Department of Materials Science and Engineering department and the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL). His research lab specializes in semiconductor materials/device design, growth, fabrication and characterization. The lab focuses on semiconductor devices that emit or detect light, and employs nanostructuring techniques to enhance light-matter interactions and significantly improve device performance.

Nordin earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Grinnell College, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. During his graduate studies, he was associated with Professor Dan Wasserman’s group, where he concentrated on III-V ultra-thin plasmonic infrared detectors and emitters. After completing his graduate studies, Nordin held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University’s Geballe Lab for Advanced Materials, focusing on dissimilar III-V and IV-VI semiconductor heteroepitaxial devices for mid-infrared applications.


  • Epitaxial materials
  • Semiconductors
  • Light-matter interaction
  • Photonics
  • Optoelectronic devices


  • Nordin and D. Wasserman, “Epitaxial mid-ir nanophotonic optoelectronics”, Applied Physics Letters 120, 220501 (2022).
  • Nordin, A. J. Muhowski, and D. Wasserman, “High operating temperature plasmonic infrared detectors”, Applied Physics Letters 120, 101103 (2022).
  • Nordin, P. Petluru, A. Kamboj, A. J. Muhowski, and D. Wasserman, “Ultra-thin plasmonic detectors”, Optica 8, 1545–1551 (2021).
  • Nordin, A. Kamboj, P. Petluru, E. Shaner, and D. Wasserman, “All-Epitaxial Integration of Long-Wavelength Infrared Plasmonic Materials and Detectors for Enhanced Responsivity”, ACS Photonics 7, 1950–1956 (2020).
  • Nordin, K. Li, A. Briggs, E. Simmons, S. R. Bank, V. A. Podolskiy, and D. Wasserman, “Enhanced emission from ultra-thin long wavelength infrared superlattices on epitaxial plasmonic materials”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 116, Editor’s Pick (2020).


  • Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Stanford University)
  • Margarida Jacome Dissertation Prize (UT Austin)
  • Ben Streetman prize for “Outstanding Research in Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices” (UT Austin)
  • Thrust 2000 – Jeff Heller Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Engineering (UT Austin)
  • Dr. Brooks Carlton Fowler Endowed Presidential Graduate Fellowship in ECE (UT Austin)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (NSF)


  • Materials Research Society
  • Optica