Rob N. Candler Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering

Faculty Director
Nanoelectronics Research Facility

6731-H Boelter Hall 
| Sensors and Technology Laboratory


  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 2000
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2006

Awards and Recognitions

  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (ARO YIP), 2012
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2000
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2012
  • Stanford University College of Engineering Fellowship, 2000

Research Interests

  • Fundamental limitations of nano/microelectromechanical systems
  • Nano/microelectromechanical systems for free electron lasers
  • Nano/microelectromechanical systems for scientific and medical tools
  • Interface of microsystems with chemistry and biology

Recent Papers

  1. Iyer S.S., Vedad-Ghavami R., Lee H., Liger M., Kavehpour H.P., Candler R.N. “Nonlinear damping for vibration isolation of microsystems using shear-thickening fluid.” Applied Phys. Lett. 102, 251902 (2013).
  2. Hwang Y., Candler R.N. “Fabrication Process for Integrating Nanoparticles with Released Structures Using Photoresist Replacement of Sublimated p-dichlorobenzene for Temporary Support.” JMEMS Letters, 2012, 21(6):1282-1284.
  3. Harrison J., Joshi A., Lake J., Candler R.N., Musumeci P. “Surface-micromachined magnetic undulator with period length between 10 um and 1 mm for advanced light sources.” Physical Review Special Topics on Accelerators and Beams. 2012, 15(7): 070703.
  4. Hwang Y., Gao A., Hong J., Candler R.N. “Porous Silicon Resonators for Improved Vapor Detection.” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2012. 21(1):235-242.
  5. Kim S.M., Song E.B., Lee S., Seo S., Seo D.H., Hwang Y., Candler R.N., Wang K. “Suspended few-layer graphene beam electromechanical switch with abrupt on-off characteristics and minimal leakage current.” Applied Physics Letters. 2011. 99:023103.
  6. Kim J., Hong A.J., Kim S.M., Shin K.-S., Song E.B., Hwang Y., Xiu F., Galatsis K., Chui C.O., Candler R.N., Choi S., Moon J.-T., Wang K.W. “A stacked memory device on logic 3D technology for ultra-high-density data storage.” Nanotechnology. 2011. 22:254006.
  7. Tsai K.L., Ziaei-Moayyed M., Candler R.N., Hu W., Brand v., Klejwa N., Wang S., Howe R.T. “Magnetic, Mechanical, and Optical Characterization of a Magnetic Nanoparticle-Embedded Polymer for Microactuation.” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2010. 20(1):65-72.
  8. Yoneoka S., Roper C.S., Candler R.N., Chandorkar S.A., Graham A.B., Provine J., Maboudian R., Howe R.T., Kenny T.W. “Characterization of Encapsulated Micromechanical Resonators Sealed and Coated with Polycrystalline SiC.” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2010. 19(2):357-366.
  9. Bahl G., Melamud R., Kim B., Chandorkar S.A., Salvia J.C., Hopcroft M.A., Elata D., Hennessy G., Candler R.N., Howe R.T., Kenny T.W. “Model and Observations of Dielectric Charge in Thermally Oxidized Silicon Resonators.” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2010. 19(1):162-174.
  10. Chandorkar S.A., Candler R.N., Duwel A., Melamud R., Agarwal M., Goodson K.E., Kenny T.W. “Multimode thermoelastic dissipation.” Journal of Applied Physics. 2009. 105:043505.