Marcus Dahlem Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Assistant Professor - Microsystems Engineering
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Assistant Professor - Microsystems Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9104


Dr. Marcus Dahlem received his Licenciatura degree (BS + Masters) in Applied Physics (Optoelectronics and Lasers) from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2000. He earned his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 and 2011 respectively, working in the Optics and Quantum Electronics group at the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), under the supervision of Professor Erich P. Ippen.

From 1999 to 2002, he worked as a laboratory instructor in the Physics Department at the University of Porto, and at the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto). In 2003 and 2005 he served as a teaching assistant in EECS at MIT, and between 2003 and 2011 he worked as a research assistant at the MIT RLE. During the summer and fall of 2008, he worked at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, in the Exploratory Photonics group.

For more information, please visit Dr. Dahlem's profile at the Nano-Optics and Optoelectronics Research (NOOR) Laboratory website.


Courses/Teaching Interests:

  • Photonics Technology (FDN475)
  • Electromagnetics and Applications (MIC505)
  • Fundamentals of Photonics (MIC630)
  • Electromagnetic Wave Theory
  • Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer


Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students






Research Interests:

Electronic-photonic integrated circuits, on-chip optical interconnects, integrated photonic components (modulators, switches, resonators, delay lines, detectors), light management in solar cells, optical sensors and near-field optics.


Current Research Projects:

Light Management in PV Cells

Duration: 2.5 years
Funding (direct): €100k / year
TwinLab 3D IC - Low-Power Frequency Tuning of Optical Filterbanks
Duration: 2 years
Funding (direct): $100k / year
Design of Novel Photonic Crystal Structures for Solar Photovoltaic Applications
Duration: 1 year
Funding (direct): $100k (MIRSG)


Selected Publications:


More available on Dr. Dahlem's Google Scholar page.