Zakaria (Zak) Al Balushi joined the Atwater group in 2017 as a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Physics and Materials Science. Prior to joining the Atwater group, Zak received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2017), his M.S. (2012) and B.S. (2011) in Engineering Science all from The Pennsylvania State University. During his graduate work, Zak focused on MOCVD growth, characterization and integration of electronic and photonic materials from thin films to atomically thin layers. At Caltech, his research focused on band alignment in two-dimensional and layered materials in order to design new heterojunctions for photonic and optoelectronic devices.
He is currently Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley.