Professor Johnson’s research interests lie in the realm of nanotechnology. His research activities have covered a wide variety of systems and approaches: growth –from chemical synthesis to molecular beam epitaxy; patterning –from self-assembly to electron-beam, ion and optical lithography; characterization –including scanning probe microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. His research efforts naturally lend themselves to collaboration which has included bio-mimetics, fuel cells, tribology, superconductivity, ferro-electrics, and novel infra-red laser and detectors.
Prof. Johnson received his BSc in Physics from the University of Waterloo, Canada as an NSERCScience Scholar. After industrial posts at Nortel and the National Research Council of Canada, he attended the California Institute of Technology where he was both a Millikan and IBM Fellow, receiving a MS in Physics in 1984 and PhD in Applied Physics in 1988. He then joined IBM Research, first as a postdoctoral research staff member at Yorktown Heights, NY and then in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1995, he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma. He became the Ted and Cuba Webb Presidential Professor in 2007 and was recognized with the Vice-President for Research award for Outstanding Research Engagement in 2013. He was the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the Director of the Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures, an NSF MRSEC (2000-2012). He moved to West Virginia University in 2016.