James S. Speck

 James S. Speck

Seoul Viosys Distinguished Professor, Materials


(805) 893-8005
2518 Engineering II
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050

Materials Research Areas: 


University of Michigan Alumni Society Merit Award
IEEE Photonics Society – Aron Kressel Award
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, Materials Research Society (Inaugural Class)
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics – Best Paper Award

Research Description: 

Prof. Speck's early work focused on epitaxial oxide films on semiconductors, ferroelectric thin films, and strain relaxation in highly misfitting epitaxial systems. He has worked extensively on the materials science of GaN and related alloys. Major aspects of his work on nitrides include elucidating basic growth modes and defect generation, the development of MBE growth of GaN, and the development of nonpolar and semipolar GaN. In 2008, Speck and his longtime collaborators founded Soraa. Speck has over 725 publications in the referred archival literature.


Sc.D. in Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M. in Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Michigan