Carnegie Mellon University

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


Lisa Porter received Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from N.C. State University and Cornell University, respectively. She serves as a research and academic advisor to both graduate and undergraduate students and is actively involved in several outreach activities and societies. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), an international society pertaining to the Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. She is also the Program Vice-Chair for the AVS 62ndInternational Symposium. Her awards include the Philbrook Prize in Engineering from CMU (2012), “Women Driving the Material World” Award from the Women & Girls Foundation (2006), a National Science Foundation Career Award (1999-2004) and a National Swedish Foundation Visiting Professorship (2000-2002).


Ph.D., North Carolina State University


Professor Porter's research activities are focused on the analysis of chemistry, microstructure, and electrical properties of electronically-functional interfaces. We are interested in a range of materials including wide band-gap semiconductors; transparent conductors based on nanostructured composite materials, and two-dimensional semiconductors. We are also interested in a range of applications and devices, including solar cells, chemical sensors, and devices for high-power, high-temperature and other extreme conditions. Examples of current research projects include organic photovoltaics (OPV) with nanostructured transparent conductors; electrical contacts to 2D semiconductors; and materials characterization and device processing for wide bandgap semiconductor devices based on Ga2O3.


S. Narayanan, J.R. Hajzus, C.E. Treacy, M.R. Bockstaller, and L.M. Porter, “Polymer embedded silver-nanowire network structures – A platform for the facile fabrication of flexible transparent conductors,” ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 3(11), P363-P369 (2014). DOI: 10.1149/2.0131411jss

F. Liu, L. Huang, R.F. Davis, L.M. Porter, D.K. Schreiber, E.A. Preble, T. Paskova, and K.R. Evans, “Composition and interface analysis of InGaN/GaN Multi-Quantum-Wells on GaN Substrates Using Atom Probe Tomography,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 32(5), 051209.1-7 (2014).

F. Liu, L. Huang, R. Kamaladasa, Y. Picard, E.A. Preble, T. Paskova, K. Evans, R.F. Davis, and L.M. Porter, “Site-Specific Comparisons of V-defects and Threading Dislocations in InGaN/GaN Multi-Quantum-Wells Grown on SiC and GaN Substrates,” J. Cryst. Growth, 387, 16-22 (2014).

J.H. Melby, R.F. Davis, and L.M. Porter, “Modeling the electrical response of hydrogen sensors based on AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors,” ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 2 (11) Q214-Q219 (2013). DOI: 10.1149/2.031311jss

S. Narayanan, J. Choi, L.M. Porter, and M.R. Bockstaller, “Flexible Transparent Metal/Polymer Composite Materials Based on Optical Resonant Laminate Structures,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5 (10), 4093-4099 (2013).

P. Kerber, L.M. Porter, L.A. McCullough, T. Kowalewski, M. Engelhard, and D. Baer, “Study of Surface Cleaning Methods and Pyrolysis Temperatures on Nano-structured Carbon Films Using X–ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A. 30(6), 061407.1-6 (2012).

Z. Su, L. Huang, F. Liu, L.M. Porter, R.F. Davis, and J.A. Malen, “Layer-by-layer Thermal Conductivities of the Group III Nitride Films in Blue/Green Light-Emitting Diodes,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 201106 (2012).

L. Huang, F. Liu, J. Zhu, L.M. Porter, E.M. Preble, T. Paskova, K. Evans, and R.F. Davis, “Microstructure of Epitaxial GaN Films Grown on Chemomechanically Polished GaN(0001) Substrates,” J. Cryst. Growth 347, 88 (2012).