Chris Palmstrøm

Chris Palmstrom

Chris Palmstrøm

Distinguished Professor
​Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials


(805) 893.3618
2508 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Physical Society (APS), Materials Research Society (MRS), American Vacuum Society (AVS)


North American MBE Innovator Award; Department of Defense's National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow; David Adler Lectureship Award; Honorary Doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University


Electronic and Photonic Materials

​The Palmstrom group's research interests are on the heteroepitaxial growth of novel materials and structures to form the basis for making new electronic, optoelectronic, magnetic and micromechanical devices. Critical to the advancement of materials and structures is the fundamental understanding of growth. A key to developing structures with novel properties is the ability to control, at the atomic level, the interface structure and chemistry. His program has a strong emphasis on heteroepitaxial growth of dissimilar materials. These include materials with different crystal structure, bonding, electronic, optical and magnetic properties.


California NanoSystems Institute


PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Leeds