Prof. Oussama Moutanabbir

Prof. Oussama Moutanabbir Oussama Moutanabbir is a Full Professor of Engineering Physics, holding a Canada Research Chair in Nanoscale and Quantum Semiconductors. Before taking the position in Montreal, he was Project Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics (Germany) and held a joint appointment as Invited Researcher at RIKEN Institute of Advanced Science (Japan). Since 2014 he has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University Center for Atom Probe Tomography.

His research in materials physics and engineering includes fundamental scientific and technological activities. His work on fundamental subjects enabled an atomistic-level understanding of the basic physical properties of a variety of nanoscale and quantum structures and interfaces as well as the elucidation of the mechanisms governing their growth and fabrication. He also made significant contributions at the industrial level through numerous joint collaborations with high-tech companies focusing primarily on large scale integration of devices and on developing materials for cost-effective and high-performance optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and electronic technologies. He has been playing leadership roles in the International Union of Materials Research Societies and is a coordinator of the Global Materials Network – a platform for researchers from around the world to communicate and collaborate in materials research and education. He filed 5 patents on wafer-scale integration of optoelectronic materials, quantum engineering, and mid-infrared imaging. He is currently leading a national network on compact mid-infrared and terahertz photonics funded by Defence Canada through its program Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security. His collaborative work with Université de Sherbrooke and Teledyne-Dalsa, leading to the development and commercialization of uncooled thermal cameras, received the 2015 ADRIQ’s Innovation Award, the 2015 ADRIQ’s University-Industry Partnership Award, and the 2019 NSERC’s Synergy Award.

He is also the founder of Wáhta Semiconductors Inc. – a Startup developing infrared sensing and communication technologies.