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

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Singh, A. K.; Kim, K.; Chou, W.-F.; Jia, X.; Fuentes-Hernandez, C.; Kippelen, B.; Graham, S., “Effects of particle inclusions on cracking in ultrathin barrier films”. Thin Solid Films, vol. n/a, pp.138387, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2020.138387
  • Abroshan, H., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Barlow, S., Coropceanu, V., Marder, S.R., Kippelen, B., Bredas, J-L, “Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Sensitization for Highly Efficient Blue Fluorescent Emitters”, Advanced Functional Materials, vol., pp, 2020. DOI:10.1002/adfm.20205898
  • 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. n/a , pp. n/a 2020. DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.0c00487. Selected for Journal cover.
  • Singh, A. K., Kim K., Chou, W.-F., Jia, X., Wang, C.-Y., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Kippelen B., Graham, S. “Impact of Interface Materials on Side Permeation in Indirect Encapsulation of Organic Electronics” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, vol. 38 pp. 033203, 2020. DOI: 10.1116/1.5140665
  • Huang, T.-Y., Larraín, F., Borca, C., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Yan, H., Schneider, S., Chou, W.-F., Rodriguez-Toro, V. A., Steinrück, H.-G., Cao, C., Sherrill, C.; Kippelen, B., Toney, M. “Morphology of organic semiconductors electrically doped from solution using phosphomolybdic acid” Journal of Chemistry of Materials, vol. 31 pp. 6677-6683, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b01069
  • Kim, K., Jia, X., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Kippelen, B., Graham, S., Pierron, O. “Optimizing Crack Onset Strain for Silicon Nitride / Fluoropolymer Nanolaminate Barrier Films” ACS Applied Nano Materials, vol. 2 pp. 2525-2532, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.9b00440
  • Zhang, X., Cooper, M., Zhang, Y., Fuentes-Hernandez, C., Barlow, S., Marder, S., Kippelen, B. “Host-free Yellow-Green Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with External Quantum Efficiency over 20% based on a Compound Exhibiting Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces vol. 11 pp. 12693-12698, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b18798
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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