Jean-Pierre Leburton Ph.D.

Leburton, Jean-Pierre
Position Department / Business Unit
Gregory E. Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Beckman Institute
Institution Disciplines
University of Illinois Electronics Nanobiology Nanostructures Quantum Dots
City State / Provence
Urbana Illinois
Country Website
US link
(217) 333-2922

Dr. Leburton is the Gregory E. Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois and a full-time faculty member in the Computational Electronics group in the Beckman Institute.

His fields of professional interest are semiconductor devices, nonlinear transport in semiconductors, electronic and optical properties of quantum nanostructures, quantum wires and quantum dots, spintronics in nanostructures, and bio-nanotechnology.

Beckman Institute Research
Jean-Pierre Leburton's research at the Beckman Institute deals with transport and optical processes in semiconductor nanostructures such as quantum wires and quantum dots that exhibit a high degree of quantization dependent on the semiconductor materials and geometrical confinement. This important property has far-reaching technological consequences as it creates new opportunities for making high performance electronic and photonic devices with non-conventional quantum mechanical principles of operation. More recently, Leburton's research has focused on the manipulation of spin effects in quantum nanostructures for applications in solid state quantum computing. He is also involved in the investigation of protein and DNA molecule transport in artificial silicon ion channels and the design of a novel nanoscale detector for DNA sequencing. His approach to these problems involves use of advanced numerical techniques such as three-dimensional self-consistent Schroedinger-Poisson modeling based on the density functional theory.

Leburton is interacting with R. Martin on modeling of quantum devices. He is presently collaborating with G. Timp, K. Shulten, A. Bezryadin and N. Aluru on bio-nanotechology.

Leburton's sources of research support include the NSF, ARO, DARPA, ONR and SRC.


Jean-Pierre Leburton received his Ph.D. from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 1978.

Career Highlights

Fellow, Electrochemical Society (2005); Quantum Devices Award, Eudyna Corp. (2004); Fellow, AAAS (2001); Fellow of the Optical Society of America (2001); Associate, U of I Center for Advanced Study (1999); Fellow, American Physical Society(1999); Fellow, IEEE (1996); Member, New York Academy of Sciences (1996); Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Government (1993); Hitachi Ltd. Quantum Materials Chair, RCAST, University of Tokyo, Japan (1992); U. S. Patent #5,021,841 on "Semiconductor Devices with Controlled Negative Differential Resistance" (issued June 4, 1991); ESIS Fellowship, Belgian Government; Who's Who in the World, 9th and 10th Editions; Who's Who in American Education 5th &6th Edition; Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 4th & 5th Editions; American Men and Women of Science, 20th and 21st Editions; Who’s Who in America, 58th Edition (2004); Gold Medal for Scientific Achievement, Alumnus Assoc., U of Liege, Belgium (2004).


Contributor to the Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, Second Edition (CRC Press) 2007.

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