Dr. Matt Kim is the Founder and President of QuantTera (2004 to present, Scottsdale, AZ), a microelectronics research and development company that specializes in nano-engineered devices for photonic telecommunications and energy applications. He is responsible for the development of novel processes and device structures for improvements in photonics device performance and for the design and manufacture of integrated photonic components and subsystems for communications and energy applications. He specializes in the physics of low dimensional quantum based device structures. He is an expert: in the crystal growth of GaAs and InP based technology for photonic application and; the microelectronic fabrication and testing of semiconductor devices. Through his career he has set-up many research and development labs through manufacturing facilities. He has been awarded numerous small business innovative research (SBIR) grants and contracts from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development of cutting edge lasers, transistors and integrated electronics.
He is presently the Chairman of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster which is a 501c3 non-profit corporation for the nanotechnology education of the general public. The Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster provides many educational resources for students at the middle, high school and college levels as well as many programs for the general public. In 2006 Dr. Kim was recognized at the Governorís Celebration of Innovation and awarded the Chairmanís Award for his contributions to technology in Arizona
In 2000, Dr. Kim co-founded MicroLink Devices, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance transistors for cellular communications in Niles, IL. At MicroLink he was Vice President of Operations and supervised the transistor manufacturing program. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Kim served as Principal staff scientist at Motorolaís corporate research laboratory, for prototyping high speed transistors, microwave devices and optical devices. From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Kim was a senior scientist at Bandgap Technology Corporation where he was in charge of the characterization of transistors and LASERs for telecommunication applications.
He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and has a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is member of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).