Canek Fuentes-Hernandez

Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


Research Focus

Flexible and stretchable organic microelectronics and optoelectronics, device physics and engineering for sensing and energy generation, high throughput manufacturing and heterogeneous integration


Canek Fuentes-Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern in August 2021, he was a Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His past research included multiple areas of physical optics and photonics, investigations of the physical properties of organic semiconductors, and the physics and engineering of microelectronic and optoelectronic organic semiconductor devices, including organic thin-film transistors, organic photovoltaics, organic photodetectors, high energy density capacitors, and organic light-emitting diodes. They also included encapsulation, reliability, and sustainability of organic devices and their applications.

His current research interests lie at the intersection between electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and material science. They include novel flexible and stretchable sensors capable of autonomous operation and fabricated using high throughput manufacturing methods. His goal is to enable low-cost multimodal sensing surfaces that operate at a local level or as part of a wireless network infrastructure to create new ways for users to interact with the living environment and in areas that support global-scale applications ranging from healthcare to smart agriculture and large scale sensing.

Dr. Fuentes-Hernandez received a BS in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México in 1998. He received a PhD from the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona in 2004. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2005 to 2007 and a research faculty from 2007 to 2021.


  • PhD, Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, 2004

Research Overview

Flexible and stretchable organic microelectronics and optoelectronics, device physics and engineering for sensing and energy generation, high throughput manufacturing and heterogeneous integration

Prof. Canek Fuentes-Hernandez leads the electronic surfaces and organic interfaces laboratory (eSOIL) at Northeastern University (NU). Our research interests lie at the intersection between electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and material science. Our research focuses on the use of earth-abundant semiconducting materials, green-fabrication methods and novel device and system designs that operate by harvesting energy from the environment and contribute to the development of resilient human-centric ubiquitous intelligent systems that seamlessly integrate into everyday objects.

Our goal is to develop scalable power autonomous smart & connected surfaces that sense, compute and communicate information to address meaningful societal problems in areas such as healthcare, infrastructural and environmental monitoring.

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • Zhang D., Fuentes-Hernandez C., Vijayan R., Zhang Y., Li Y., Park J-W, Wang Y., Zhao Y., Arora N., Mirzazadeh A., Do Y., Cheng T., Swaminathan S., Starner T., Andrew T.L., and Abowd G.D. “Flexible Computational Photodetectors for Self-Powered Activity Sensing” npj Flexible Electronics, 2022 DOI: 10.1038/s41528-022-00137-z.
  • Park, Y, Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Kim, K., Chou, W.-F., Larrain, F.A., Graham, S., Pierron, O.N, Kippelen, B. “Skin-like low-noise elastomeric organic photodiodes”, Science Advances, 7, eabj6565, 2021.DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abj6565.
  • Larrain, F.A., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Rodriguez-Toro, V.A., Abraham, S., Kippelen, B. “Increasing free volume in conjugated polymers to facilitate electrical doping with phosphomolybdic acid”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 13, pp. 23260-23267, 2021.DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c05133
  • Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Chou, W.-F., Khan, T.M., Diniz, L., Lukens, J., Larrain, F.A., Rodriguez-Toro, V., Chang, Y.-C., Kippelen, B. “Large-area low-noise flexible organic photodiodes for detecting faint visible light”. Science, vol. 370, pp. 698, 2020. DOI: 10.1126/science.aba2624
  • Zhang, D., Park, J. W., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Wang, Y., Li, Y., Bhagwat, T., Chou, W.-F., Jia, X., Kippelen, B., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Starner, T., Abowd, G. D., “OptoSense: Towards Ubiquitous Self-Powered Ambient Light Sensing Surfaces.” Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol. 4 (3), Article 103, 2020. DOI:10.1145/3411826
  • Kim, G., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Jia, X., Kippelen, B., “Organic Thin-Film Transistors with a Bottom Bilayer Gate Dielectric Having a Low Operating Voltage and High Operational Stability.” ACS Applied Electronic Materials, vol. 2, pp. 2813-2818, 2020. DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00487.
  • Jia, X., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Wang, C.-Y., Park, Y., Kippelen, B., “Organic thin-film transistors with high environmental operational and thermal stability through the use of a bilayer gate dielectric,” Science Advances, vol. 4, pp. eaao1705, 2018. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao1705
  • Zhang, X., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Zhang, Y., Cooper, M.W., Barlow, S., Marder, S.R. and Kippelen, B. “High performance blue-emitting organic light-emitting diodes from thermally activated delayed fluorescence: A guest/host ratio study.” Journal of Applied Physics 124 pp. 055501, 2018. DOI: 10.1063/1.5041447
  • Kolesov, V.A., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Chou, W.-F., Aizawa, N., Larrain, F.A., Wang, M., Perrotta, A., Choi, S., Graham, S., Bazan, G.C., Nguyen, T.-Q., Marder, S.R. and Kippelen, B. “Solution-based electrical doping of semiconducting polymer films over a controlled depth.” Nature Materials, vol. 16, pp. 474-480, 2017. DOI: 10.1038/nmat4818.
  • Zhou, Y., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Khan, T.M., Liu, J.C, Shim, J. W., Dindar, A., Youngblood, J.P., Moon, R., Kippelen, B., “Recyclable organic solar cells on cellulose nanocrystal substrates,” Scientific Reports vol. 3, 1536, 2013. DOI: 10.1038/srep01536
  • Zhou, Y. Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Shim, J.W., Meyer, J., Giordano, A.J., Li, H., Winget, P., Papadopoulos, T., Cheun, H., Kim, J., Fenoll, M., Dindar, A., Haske, W., Najafabadi, E., Khan, T.M., Sojoudi, H., Barlow, S., Graham, S., Bredas, J.-L., Marder, S.R., Kahn, A., Kippelen, B. “A universal method to produce low work function electrodes for organic electronics” Science vol. 336, pp. 327-332, 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1218829.
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Feb 14, 2022

Self-Powered Sensorial ‘Skin’ the Future of Motion and Gesture Recognition

Groundbreaking research on flexible photodetectors with computational powers by Canek Fuentes-Hernandez, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and Gregory D. Abowd, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of ECE, has been published in npj Flexible Electronics. The researchers developed a new approach to achieve motion and gesture recognition using arrays of thin and flexible organic photodetectors distributed in space.


Jan 25, 2022

Creating a More Comfortable Fitness Tracker

ECE Associate Professor Canek Fuentes-Hernandez is creating a thin, flexible fitness tracker that doesn’t consume a lot of power.

Canek Fuentes-Hernandez


Aug 18, 2021

New Faculty Spotlight: Canek Fuentes Hernandez

Canek Fuentes Hernandez joins the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in August 2021 as an Associate Professor.

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