Professor of Materials Science
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics
Joint Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 1994
B.A. Physics, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 1995
Ph.D. Materials Science, MIT, 2000
Room 36-419, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Professor Fink's research interests are in the theory, design, fabrication and characterization of multimaterial multifunctional fibers and fiber assemblies. These exciting new materials are composed of conductors, semiconductors, and insulators with 10's-of-nanometers feature sizes. While sharing the basic semiconductor device attributes, they are processed using conventional fiber processing approaches thus yielding kilometers of precisely controlled fiber structures with engineered electronic, optical, thermal, and acoustic properties. Prof. Fink's research has led to entirely new classes of fiber devices including: wavelength-scalable hollow-core photonic bandgap transmission fibers; high-Q Fabry Perot fiber resonators; transverse surface emitting fiber lasers; and thermal and optical fiber detectors and fiber array systems. He was a recipient of the Weizmann Institute Amos De-Shalit Foundation Scholarship in 1992, was awarded the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Competition in 1994, was a recipient of the Technology Review Award for the 100 Top Young Innovators in 1999, and was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award for 2004. Professor Fink is a co-founder of a startup company, OmniGuide Inc (2000), and serves as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the coauthor of more than 65 journal articles, and holds 44 issued U.S. patents on photonic fibers and devices.
Fink, Y., Winn J.N., Fan, S., Michel, J., Chen, C., Joannopoulos, J.D., Thomas, E.L., "A Dielectric Omnidirectional Reflector," Science 282, 1679–1682, November 1998.
Hart, S.D., Maskaly, G.R., Temelkuran, B., Prideaux, P., Joannopoulos, J.D., Fink, Y., "External Reflection from Omnidirectional Dielectric Mirror Fibers," Science 296, 510–513, April 2002.
Temelkuran, B., Hart, S.D., Benoit, G., Joannopoulos, J.D., Fink, Y., "Wavelength Scalable Optical Fibers for CO2 Laser Transmission," Nature 420, 650–653, December 2002.
Bayindir, M., Sorin, F., Hart, S., Shapira, O., Joannopoulos, J.D., Fink, Y., "Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Optoelectronic Fibres," Nature, 431, 826–829, October 2004.
Bayindir, M., Shapira, O., Saygin-Hinczewski , D., Viens, J., Abouraddy, A.F., Joannopoulos, J.D., Fink, Y., "Integrated Fibers for Self Monitored Optical Transport," Nature Materials, 4, 820–824, October 2005.
Stolyarov, A.M., Wei, L., Shapira, O., Sorin, F., Chua S.L., Joannopoulos, J.D., Fink, Y., “Microfluidic directional emission control of an azimuthally polarized radial fibre laser,” Nature Photonics, 4, 4, 229-233, April 2012.
Kaufman, J.J., Tao, G., Shabahang, S., Banaei, E., Deng, D.S., Liang, X., Johnson, S.G., Fink, Y., Abouraddy, A. F., "Structured spheres generated by an in-fibre fluid instability," Nature, 487, 463-467, July 2012.
Fabrics that act as communications devices
|February 20, 2013|
Professor Fink and colleagues are on the cover of Advanced Materials
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Creating structured microscopic particles
Professor Fink and his coleagues have found a new method for making spherical particles, from nanoscale to pinhead-sized — including complex b
|July 19, 2012|
New uses for flexible fibers
Professor Yoel Fink and his collaborators recently developed a fiber that contains channels of liquid crystals, transmitting light.
|March 12, 2012|
|Prof. Fink named RLE Director||August 10, 2011|
Semiconductors built inside optical fibers
Dr. Nick Orf and other members of the Fink group have developed a method to build semiconductor devices inside a fiber.
|March 9, 2011|
Hear Prof. Yoel Fink on Science Friday
Listen to Prof.
|July 28, 2010|
Prof. Fink and collaborators make fibers that hear and sing
|July 12, 2010|
MIT Energy Initiative awards
In October 2009, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) announced its fourth round of seed grants supporting innovative, early-stage research projects across the Institute. Total funding of $1.7 million
|December 21, 2009|
Photodetecting fibers enable large area flexible image systems
Fabien Sorin, Ofer Shapira, Ayman Abouraddy, and Yoel Fink
|November 3, 2009|
Discovery News writes about smart fiber
By implanting light-sensitive, semiconducting materials into a single synthetic fiber, and then weaving that fiber into nearly one square foot of fabric, MIT scientists have created a flexible came
|July 23, 2009|