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Christou, Aris

Aris Christou
Department of Materials Engineering
Department of Nuclear Engineering
2309A Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Materials processing and manufacture technology
  • Strained engineered materials for optoelectronics
  • Physics-of-failure in electronic materials
  • Opto-electronic monolithically integrated optoelectronics
  • Analog mm-wave integrated circuits
  • Molecular nanoelectronics devices using 1D and 2D Structures
  • Tribology of ceramics and surface lubricants
  • Finite element methods applied to metal alloys, metal-nonmetal composites and electronic packaging
  • Phase transformations
  • Defects in metastable structures


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1971

Honors and Awards 

  • Fellow of the IEEE
  • IEEE National Lecturer in Optoelectronic Devices and Materials Reliability Physics (2000)
  • University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award in the Physical Sciences (1999)
  • IEEE National Lecturer in Electron Devices (1999)
  • Navy (NRL) Patent Award for Electron Device Inventions (1991)
  • The Naval Research Laboratory Outstanding Performance Award (1989, 1990)
  • 1985 Fulbright Scholar Award
  • 1976 & 1977 Alan Berman Publication Award; 16 US Patents

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Fellow)
  • American Physical Society (Fellow)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Society of Photonic and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
  • University Materials Council (member since 1993)
  • The Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization (NEDHO) (member since 1993)
  • Board of Trustees of Federation of Materials Societies
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability, IEEE Transactions on Electronic Devices
  • Editorial Board, Reliability and Quality International, John Wiley Publisher
  • Editorial Board Member and Technical Committee Member of GaAs Applications Conference, IEEE
  • Chair of MRS Symposium on Molecular and Nanomolecular Electronics (April 2001)
  • Member of a number of NSF Review Panels

Selected Publications 


  • M. Linnik and A. Christou, "Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser with GaInSbAs/AlInSbAs Bragg Mirrors for Operation at 1.5 µm", Journal of Applied Physics, 2000.
  • M. Linnik and A. Christou, "AlGaInAs/InP and GaInSbAs/InP Highly Reflective Mirrors for VCSEL Applications Operating at 1.5 µm", Electronic Letters, 2000.
  • L.Guan, A. Christou, and D. Barbe, "The Effect of Corrosion on the Performance of High Speed Multi-Chip Module Interconnects", Quality and Reliability Engineering International, 16, pp.1-6, 2000.
  • L. Zhu, A. Christou, and D. Barbe, "high Temperature Device Performance and Thermal Characteristics of GaAs MESFETs on CVD Diamond Substrates". To be published in Quality and Reliability Engineering International, 2000.
  • A. Christou, "Charge Transport in Low Dimensional Nitride Semiconductor Heterostructures". To be published in Physica B, 2000.

Related News 

Offshore Wind Energy and Reliability
Clark School professors support the State of Maryland's efforts to establish a resilient wind farm. May 25, 2014

Exploring Offshore Wind Energy for Maryland
Md. Higher Education Commission funds Clark School study of reliability, cost-effectiveness of wind-generated energy. September 10, 2013

NRC Funds Development of New Grad-Level Corrosion Courses
Ankem, Christou, and Moderres to create new modules for nuclear, reliability, and sustainability engineering programs. June 14, 2010

Christou Receives ASM Award
International society recognizes original research, leadership. March 28, 2007