Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Diploma in Physics, University of Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia), 1999
PhD in Physics, Interdisciplinary Center of Electron Microscopy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland), 2003


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  • Electronic, Photonic, and Magnetic Materials
  • Nanotechnology


Prof. Gradečak's research focuses on nano-photonics and electronics and is based on the synthesis, characterization and integration of low-dimensional systems. By taking the advantage of unique material properties on a nanoscale, she explores novel optoelectronic applications such as nanoscale light-emitting sources, single photon sources, or nanowire lasers.

Understanding the properties of such nanosystems requires multidisciplinary approach and new instrumental tools. Prof. Gradečak uses rational synthesis of free-standing nanoscale objects like nanocrystals, nanotubes, and nanowires and combine spectroscopic techniques, transport measurements and advanced electron microscopy techniques to directly correlate structural and physical properties on the nanometer scale. Experimental techniques and methodologies that are being developed as a part of her research endeavor are generally applicable to any material system where interplay between nanostructure, properties, and performance becomes significant.

Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first alumna, was the wife of Robert H. Richards, the first head of Course III.