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People » Masahiro Ishigami

Dr. Ishigami received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He has been on the faculty at UCF since 2008.

I am an expert on scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, transport measurements on nanoscale materials, and nanoscale friction measurements at speeds reaching 1 m/sec. Using these techniques, I study

  • The impact of atomic scale defects and adsorbates on transport properties in novel 2D materials with exotic electronic structures.
  • The transport properties of chiral-angle known nanotubes (particularly, how individual atoms and molecules affect the device properties)
  • The origin of friction and wear

Results are useful to develop a broad scientific foundation for nanotechnology including novel electronic, sensor and friction-reduction technologies.



  • Christian W. Smith; Doug Maukonen; R. E. Peale; C. J. Fredricksen; M. Ishigami; J. W. Cleary, Wavelength-selective visible-light detector based on integrated graphene transistor and surface plasmon coupler, Proc. SPIE 9083, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VI, 90832Q (4 June 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2050018


Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship 2005-2007
Hertz Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 1997-2002

Oversees the following Graduate Students