Dr. John Carlin is a member of the technical staff of the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and has over 12 years of experience in semiconductor materials epitaxy, device processing and structural and electrical characterization. He also serves as a researcher for OSU's Wright Center for Photovoltaic Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), established in 2007 to work toward the development and commercialization of III-V and polymer based advanced solar cells and strengthen the PV research base in Ohio. Among other responsibilities, John heads OSU's III-V metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) effort for the epitaxy of arsenide, phosphide, antimonide and dilute nitride compounds.
Prior to joining OSU in 2007, John worked as a research scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Labs in Dayton, OH where he worked on wafer bonding, epitaxy and characterization of GaN and other III-V materials. John also spent time as a researcher at Cree Inc. where he worked on the development of next generation high brightness GaN-based blue and green light emitting diodes after serving as a Program Manager and Epitaxial Operations Manager at Amberwave Systems Corporation. At start-up Amberwave, John worked on the development of engineered Si substrates using SiGe epitaxy for application to novel Si FET structures (strained Si) and the integration of optical devices on Si (laser and photovoltaics).
On 01 November 2012, John was named the first Associate Director of the Nanotech West Lab.
John received his Ph.D. from OSU in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001 under Prof. Steven Ringel working on the modeling, epitaxy, processing and characterization of single and dual junction III-V solar cells on Si for space applications. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty technical papers and conference proceedings.