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Research interests

Our research is interdisciplinary encompassing fundamental scientific and technological activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology with focus on materials physics and engineering. The primary objective of our activities has been the development of processes for controlled nanoscale fabrication and manipulation of integrative and flexible semiconductor systems with actual or potential impact on electronics, photonics, optoelectronics, environmentally friendly energy conversion, and bio-integrated technologies. Particularly, we have been developing and employing unique combinations of nanofabrication and integration tools to enable a variety of novel complex and nanostructured materials thereby generating building blocks for scalable, high-performance, and multifunctional devices. For more details, visit our web page:

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2002 Materials processing/fabrication
  • 2009 Semiconductors
  • 2010 Thin films/interfaces
  • 2014 Crystals
  • 3303 Surfaces, interfaces and thin films
  • 3402 Surface and interfacial chemistry
  • 3407 Crystallography - physical chemistry


Journal article
Mukherjee, S., Givan, U., Senz, S., De la Mata, M., Arbiol, J. & Moutanabbir, O. (2018). Reduction of thermal conductivity in nanowires by combined engineering of crystal phase and isotope disorder. Nano Letters, 18(5), 3066-3075. Retrieved from
Journal article
Assali, S., Nicolas, J., Mukherjee, S., Dijkstra, A. & Moutanabbir, O. (2018). Atomically uniform Sn-rich GeSn semiconductors with 3.0-3.5 µm room-temperature optical emission. Applied Physics Letters, 112(25), 5 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Mukherjee, S., Nateghi, N., Jacobberger, R.M., Bouthillier, E., de la Mata, M., Arbiol, J., Coenen, T., Cardinal, D., Levesque, P., Desjardins, P., Martel, R., Arnold, M.S. & Moutanabbir, O. (2018). Growth and luminescence of polytypic InP on epitaxial graphene. Advanced Functional Materials, 28(8). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Abboud, Z., Chagnon, D., Assali, S., Fortin-Deschenes, M., Coia, C. & Moutanabbir, O. (2018). Hermetic Wafer-Level Packaging of Microbolometers for Uncooled Thermal Cameras [Abstract]. Paper presented at the AiMES 2018 Meeting, Cancun, Mexico. (Published in ECS Meeting Abstracts, MA2018-02(29)). Retrieved from
Journal article
Jung, D., Faucher, J., Mukherjee, S., Akey, A., Ironside, D.J., Cabral, M., Sang, X., Lebeau, J., Bank, S.R., Buonassisi, T., Moutanabbir, O. & Lee, M.L. (2017). Highly tensile-strained Ge/InAlAs nanocomposites. Nature Communications, 8, 7 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Fortin-Deschenes, M., Waller, O., Mentes, T.O., Locatelli, A., Mukherjee, S., Genuzio, F., Levesque, P.L., Hebert, A., Martel, R. & Moutanabbir, O. (2017). Synthesis of antimonene on germanium. Nano Letters, 17(8), 4970-4975. Retrieved from
Journal article
Mukherjee, S., Watanabe, H., Isheim, D., Seidman, D.N. & Moutanabbir, O. (2016). Laser-assisted field evaporation and three-dimensional atom-by-atom mapping of diamond isotopic homojunctions. Nano Letters, 16(2), 1335-1344. Retrieved from
Journal article
Mukherjee, S., Givan, U., Senz, S., Bergeron, A., Francoeur, S., De La Mata, M., Arbiol, J., Sekiguchi, T., Itoh, K.M., Isheim, D., Seidman, D.N. & Moutanabbir, O. (2015). Phonon Engineering in Isotopically Disordered Silicon Nanowires. Nano Letters, 15(6), 3885-3893. Retrieved from
Journal article
Xiong, G., Moutanabbir, O., Reiche, M., Harder, R. & Robinson, I. (2014). Coherent X-ray diffraction imaging and characterization of strain in silicon-on-insulator nanostructures. Advanced Materials, 26(46), 7747-7763. Retrieved from
Journal article
Balois, M.V., Hayazawa, N., Tarun, A., Kawata, S., Reiche, M. & Moutanabbir, O. (2014). Direct optical mapping of anisotropic stresses in nanowires using transverse optical phonon splitting. Nano Letters, 14(7), 3793-3798. Retrieved from


PHS2109: Cristallographie

PHS8302: Dispositifs Électroniques

PHS6910: Séminaires de Génie Physique

PHS2108: Mécanique Quantique I

PHS2114: Science et Génie des Matériaux

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Post-doctoral fellowship (6)

    • Assali, Simone. Group IV Infrared Materials and Devices.
    • Bayram, Sirine. Metal-free plasmonics.
    • Jendi, Zeina. Modeling of semiconductor structures and devices for energy applications.
    • Mukherjee, Samik. Growth and characterization of group IV semiconductor quantum structures.
    • Phan, Duy-Thach. 2D materials and sensors.
    • Waller, Olga. Growth and in situ Characterization of New 2D Materials.
  • Ph.D. (4)

    • Attiaoui, Anis. Electronic and optical properties of group IV quantum structures.
    • Kumar, Aashish. Fundamentals of non-equilibrium group IV epitaxy.
    • Luo, Lu. Tensile strained germanium optoelectronic devices.
    • Nicolas, Jérôme. Growth of SiGeSn and GeSn materials and optoelectronic device structures.


  • Ph.D. Thesis (3)

    • Fortin-Deschênes, M. (2020). Real-Time and Atomic-Level Studies of the Growth, Phase Transformations and Stability of Two-Dimensional Pnictogens (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Chagnon, D. (2018). Encapsulation hermétique de microbolomètres pour caméras infrarouges : optimisation et études in situ de l'instabilité des interfaces (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Mukherjee, S. (2017). Isotope Engineering and Lattice Disorder in Group IV Nanoscale and Quantum Semiconductors (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
  • Master's Thesis (7)

    • Daligou, G.T.E.G. (2021). Silicon-Integrated GeSn Mid-Infrared Emitters : Theoretical Modeling and Device Demonstration (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Abdi, S. (2020). Towards Ultra-Low Specific Contact Resistance On High Sn-Content GeSn For Mid-Infrared Optoelectronics (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Groell, L. (2020). Passivation de la surface du GeSn pour le développement de l'optoélectronique intégrée opérant dans l'infrarouge moyen (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Bouthillier, É. (2019). Non-Equilibrium Germanium-Tin Microstructures for Silicon-Compatible Mid-Infrared Photonics (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Attiaoui, A. (2018). Non-Equilibrium SiGeSn Group IV Heterostructures and Nanowires for Integrated Mid-Infrared Photonics (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Abboud, Z. (2016). In situ studies of volatile molecules trapping in zirconium alloy-based non-evaporable getter (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Fournier-Lupien, J.-H. (2015). Les alliages germanium-étain et silicium-germanium-étain: croissance, propriétés structurales et stabilité thermique (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from

News about Oussama Moutanabbir

BLOG | March 17, 2022
A compact camera that sees through snow and fog | Read
NEWS | March 9, 2021
Polytechnique Montréal’s Professor Oussama Moutanabbir will receive $8.3 million for a project also supported by the CFI and the Government of Quebec | Read
NEWS | November 25, 2019
Advanced materials: $3M in funding for projects led by Professors Fabio Cicoira and Oussama Moutanabbir | Read
NEWS | August 12, 2019
Projects led by three Polytechnique professors receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Government of Québec | Read
NEWS | October 15, 2018
Four Canada Research Chairs at Polytechnique Montréal are advancing knowledge in several areas | Read
NEWS | August 13, 2018
Projects by two Polytechnique Montréal professors receive NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants | Read
NEWS | February 15, 2017
Projects led by three Polytechnique Montréal professors awarded NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants | Read

Press review about Oussama Moutanabbir

April 4, 2022, CJAD | The Elias Makos Show, New technology being developed in Montreal allows self driving cars to see through snow and fog Oussama Moutanabbir, professeur titulaire au Département de génie physique et titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada de niveau 2 sur les semiconducteurs quantiques et nanoscopiques, discute à propos du développement d'un photodétecteur qui est fait de semi-conducteurs fabriqués maison sur puces de silicium.
March 26, 2022, Le Nouvelliste, Une nouvelle caméra infrarouge pour «voir» à travers la neige et le brouillard Cet article de l’agence La Presse canadienne porte sur un photodétecteur fait de semi-conducteurs fabriqués maison sur puces de silicium que le professeur titulaire en génie physique Oussama Moutanabbir développe avec son équipe.
March 15, 2021, UdeM Nouvelles, Un investissement majeur de la FCI pour des installations de pointe Huit projets de recherche menés par des chercheurs de l'Université de Montréal récoltent près de 21 M$ de la Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation pour des installations de pointe, dont le projet de Farida Cheriet (professeure titulaire au Département de génie informatique et génie logiciel de Polytechnique Montréal) et de Philippe Jouvet (Faculté de médecine, Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine). L'Université de Montréal est également engagée dans 6 autres projets au Canada dont celui d'Oussama Moutanabbir (professeur titulaire au Département de génie physique de Polytechnique Montréal) et de Sjoerd Roorda (Faculté des arts et des sciences).
August 13, 2018, Agenparl, Des projets de deux professeurs de Polytechnique Montréal reçoivent des subventions de partenariat stratégique du CRSNG Plus de 2,1 millions de dollars seront consacrés sur trois ans à trois projets de recherche en génie physique qui sont dirigés par les professeurs Stéphane Kéna-Cohen et Oussama Moutanabbir de Polytechnique Montréal.