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Jim Merz

Jim Merz

Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus

Department of Electrical Engineering

Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-3111


Ph.D, Harvard University, 1967

M.S., Harvard University, 1961

B.S., Physics University of Notre Dame, 1959


Jim Merz received the B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1959. He attended the University of Gottingen, Germany, as a Fulbright Fellow in 1959-60. He then attended Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Danforth Fellow, receiving the M.A. degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics in 1967. He joined basic research at Bell Laboratories in 1966, where he investigated the optical properties of compound semiconductors. In 1978 he joined the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, where he served in several administrative positions. He moved to the University of Notre Dame as Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1994. At Notre Dame he served as Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the Graduate School from 1996 to 2001. He was appointed Concurrent Professor of Physics in 2001. Jim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Linkoping University, Sweden, in 1993. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, and received an Alexander von Humboldt Award to carry out research at the Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics in Berlin, Germany in 2002. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS). He and his wife Rose-Marie have four children and seven grandchildren. Their interests include swimming on Cape Cod and Maui, skiing in Utah, scuba diving, travel, photography, reading, music, art, Notre Dame football, and each other.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Semiconductor physics, materials, and devices; optical properties of solids; defects; and nanostructures. Current Projects include "Spatial and Intensity Modulation of Light Emission in Fluorescent Molecules, Quantum Dots, and Nanowires", "Tailoring the Properties of Dilute Nitride Semiconductor Alloys", "Whispering Gallery Modes in Semiconductor Microdisks with Embedded Quantum Dots", and "Acquisition of Ultrafast Spectroscopy Instrumentation". 


Irish Eyes Are Smiling at Expanded Opportunities for Collaboration

April 14, 2014

The College of Engineering recently hosted a collaborative workshop with several faculty from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities for collaboration between ND and Tyndall, especially in the context of existing collaborative funding opportunities between the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Science Foundation Ireland.