Eric Pop

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Eric Pop

Primary Research Area

  • Nanotechnology

For more information



  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005


Eric Pop joined the Electrical Engineering (EE) faculty at Stanford in July 2013. Previously he was with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, first as an Assistant Professor (2007-12) and then as an Associate Professor with tenure (2012-13). His interests are in energy efficient electronics, with focus on carbon nanotubes, graphene, phase-change materials, and nanoscale energy transport. Between 2005-2007, he worked at Intel on non-volatile memory, and did post-doctoral work at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford (2005), M.Eng./B.S. in EE and B.S. in Physics from MIT (1999). In 2010 he was named a Presidential (PECASE) award winner by the White House, the highest honor given by the US government to Early-CAreer Scientists and Engineers. He is also a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award (2010), the NSF CAREER Award (2010), the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2010), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2008), the Arnold O. Beckman Research Award (2007), several best paper/poster and teaching/advising awards. He currently serves as the technical program vice-chair of the Device Research Conference (DRC). He is an IEEE Senior member and a member of MRS and APS.

Research Statement

The Pop lab studies energy efficient nanoelectronics, with focus on carbon nanotube and graphene devices, phase-change memory, and nanoscale energy transport. On a practical level, we seek to design devices which push the limits of energy dissipation per bit. On a fundamental level, we wish to understand and engineer energy transport, conversion, and recovery at the nanoscale, along with the properties of low-dimensional (1- or 2-D) devices and interfaces. Our experimental work spans electrical and thermal transport, transistors, interconnects, and material interfaces. Our simulations cover the multi-scale from atomistic to compact circuit models.

Research Interests

  • Characterization of devices and material interfaces
  • Multi-scale simulation, from analytic models to Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics
  • Fundamental aspects of nanoscale energy dissipation and transport
  • Phase-change materials for low-power memory devices
  • Carbon nanotubes and graphene for electronic and thermal applications
  • Energy efficient nanoscale electronics

Research Areas

  • Advanced carbon-based materials and nanoscale devices
  • Computational nanotechnology
  • Device modeling
  • Digital integrated circuits
  • Integrated circuit reliability
  • Nano-electronics and single electronics
  • Nano-materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Semiconductor electronic devices
  • Semiconductor materials

Selected Articles in Journals

  • F. Xiong, M.-H. Bae, Y. Dai, A.D. Liao, A. Behnam, E.A. Carrion, S. Hong, D. Ielmini, E. Pop, "Self-Aligned Nanotube-Nanowire Phase-Change Memory," Nano Letters, vol. 13, pp. 464-469 (2013)
  • S. Islam, Z. Li, V.E. Dorgan, M.-H. Bae, E. Pop, “Role of Joule Heating on Current Saturation and Transient Behavior of Graphene Transistors,” IEEE Electron Device Lett. vol. 34, pp. 166-168 (2013)
  • E. Pop, V. Varshney, A.K. Roy, "Thermal Properties of Graphene: Fundamentals and Applications," [Invited Review] MRS Bulletin vol. 37, p. 1273 (2012)
  • A. Behnam, A.S. Lyons, M.-H. Bae, E.K. Chow, S. Islam, C.M. Neumann, E. Pop, "Transport in Nanoribbon Interconnects Obtained from Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition," Nano Letters vol. 12, p. 4424 (2012)
  • M.-H. Bae, S. Islam, V.E. Dorgan, E. Pop, "Scaling of High-Field Transport and Localized Heating in Graphene Transistors," ACS Nano vol. 5, p. 7936 (2011)
  • A.D. Liao, J. Wu, X. Wang, K. Tahy, D. Jena, H. Dai, E. Pop, "Thermally-Limited Current Carrying Ability of Graphene Nanoribbons," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 106, p. 256801 (2011)
  • F. Xiong, A. Liao, D. Estrada, E. Pop, "Low Power Switching of Phase-Change Materials with Carbon Nanotube Electrodes," Science vol. 332, p. 568 (2011), cover article of April 29, 2011 issue
  • Y.K. Koh, M.-H. Bae, D.G. Cahill, E. Pop, "Reliably Counting Atomic Planes of Few-Layer Graphene (n>4)," ACS Nano vol. 5, p. 269 (2011)
  • M.-H. Bae, Z.-Y. Ong, D. Estrada, E. Pop, "Imaging, Simulation, and Electrostatic Control of Power Dissipation in Graphene Devices," Nano Letters vol. 10, p. 4787 (2010), cover article of December 2010 issue
  • Y.K. Koh, M.-H. Bae, D.G. Cahill, E. Pop, "Heat Conduction across Monolayer and Few-Layer Graphenes," Nano Letters vol. 10, p. 4364 (2010)
  • V.E. Dorgan, M.-H. Bae, E. Pop, "Mobility and Saturation Velocity in Graphene on SiO2," Appl. Phys. Lett. vol. 97, p. 082112 (2010)
  • E. Pop, "Energy Dissipation and Transport in Nanoscale Devices," Nano Research vol. 3, p. 147 (2010).
  • D. Estrada, S. Dutta, A. Liao, E. Pop, "Reduction of Hysteresis for Carbon Nanotube Mobility Measurements Using Pulsed Characterization," Nanotechnology vol. 21, p. 085702 (2010).
  • F. Xiong, A. Liao, E. Pop, "Inducing Chalcogenide Phase Change with Ultra-Narrow Carbon Nanotube Heaters," Appl. Phys. Lett. vol. 95, p. 243103 (2009).
  • Y. Zhao, A. Liao, E. Pop, "Multiband Mobility in Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes," IEEE Elec. Device Lett. vol. 30, p. 1078 (2009).
  • I. Chen and E. Pop, "Compact Thermal Model for Vertical Nanowire Phase-Change Memory Cells," IEEE Trans. Elec. Dev. vol. 56, p. 1523 (2009).
  • P. Martin, Z. Aksamija, E. Pop, U. Ravaioli, "Impact of Phonon-Surface Roughness Scattering on Thermal Conductivity of Thin Si Nanowires," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 102, p. 125503 (2009). Selected as Editor's Suggestion in Phys. Rev. Lett. Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology April 13, 2009 issue.
  • A. Liao, Y. Zhao, E. Pop, "Avalanche-Induced Current Enhancement in Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes," Phys. Rev. Lett. vol. 101, p. 256804 (2008). Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology Jan 5, 2009.
  • E. Pop, D. Mann, K. Goodson and H. Dai, "Electrical and Thermal Transport in Metallic Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes on Insulating Substrates," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 101, p. 093710, 2007. Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology May 28, 2007.
  • E. Pop, S. Sinha, K. E. Goodson, "Heat Generation and Transport in Nanometer-Scale Transistors," Proceedings of IEEE, special On-Chip Thermal Engineering issue, vol. 94, p. 1587, 2006.
  • E. Pop, D. Mann, J. Cao, Q. Wang, K. E. Goodson and H. Dai, "Negative Differential Conductance and Hot Phonons in Suspended Nanotube Molecular Wires," Physical Review Letters, vol. 95, p. 155505, 2005. Selected for Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology Oct 17, 2005.
  • E. Pop, R. W. Dutton and K. E. Goodson, "Analytic Band Monte Carlo Model for Electron Transport in Si Including Acoustic and Optical Phonon Dispersion," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 96, p. 4998, 2004.

Teaching Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2011, 2010)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2009)

Research Honors

  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2011)
  • IEEE Senior Member (2011)
  • Center for Advanced Study (CAS) Fellowship (2011)
  • PECASE (Presidential Early Career) Award from the White House, the highest honor given by the US government to scientists and engineers in early stages of their independent research careers (via ARO/DOD) (2010)
  • ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2010)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2010)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award (2010)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) (2008)
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award (2007)

Public Service Honors

  • IEEE Electron Device Letters, Golden List of Reviewers (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

Courses Taught

  • ECE 340 - Semiconductor Electronics
  • ECE 598 - Special Topics in ECE