Supriyo Datta

Supriyo Datta (born 1954) is an Indian born American researcher and author. A leading figure in the modeling and understanding of nano-scale electronic conduction, he has been called "one of the most original thinkers in the field of nanoscale electronics."[1]

Supriyo Datta
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Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Known forSpintronics[1]
Non-Equilibrium Green Function (NEGF) method [2]
Molecular Electronics [3]
Negative Capacitance [4]
Probabilistic p-Bits [5]
AwardsPresidential Young Investigator Award
IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Award
Frederick Terman Award
IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award
Procter Prize
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum transport
Mesoscopic physics
InstitutionsPurdue University

As an author, his books are widely used as original research and design work in the field of nanotechnology and electronic devices.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Dr. Datta did his schooling from Hindi High School in Kolkata, India. He was first in the whole West Bengal Board of Secondary Education exam in 1970. Datta received his B.Tech with the President of India gold medal from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India in 1975. He then received both his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign in 1977 and 1979, respectively. His PhD thesis was titled Theory of guided acoustic waves in piezoelectric solids.[3]

In 1981, he joined Purdue University, where he is (since 1999) the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering.


He started his career in the field of ultrasonics and was selected by the Ultrasonics group as its outstanding young engineer to receive an IEEE Centennial Key to the Future Award and by the ASEE to receive the Terman Award for his book on Surface Acoustic Wave Devices.

Since 1985 he has focused on nanoscale electronic devices and has contributed through his foundational work on (1) quantum transport, (2) spintronics and (3) negative capacitance electronics.

(1) Quantum transport: In a series of papers between 1985 and 1995 his group demonstrated how the non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism used by many-body physicists for uniform conductors could be extended to model electronic devices which are non-uniform and have contacts. He made this work broadly accessible through his book Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Physics, Cambridge (1995), which is now considered a classic with 10,000+ citations.

Between 1995 and 2005 his group combined his earlier NEGF approach with an atomistic Hamiltonian, to establish a conceptual and computational framework that is used by quantum chemists in molecular electronics, and is also the basis for modern quantum transport simulation tools routinely used in the semiconductor industry. He made this work broadly accessible through his book Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor, Cambridge (2005).

Between 2005 and 2015 his group developed approaches for analyzing spin-based devices and circuits that incorporate them.[4] This work along with a new perspective on transport is described in his book Lessons from Nanoelectronics, World Scientific (2015).

(2) Spintronics: In 1990 he proposed,[5][6] the use of spin-orbit coupling to control electron spin with an electric field rather than a magnetic field. This was experimentally demonstrated in 1997 [7] and is widely used in the field of spintronics. This "proposal planted the idea that spin could be used in its own right as a means to carry and manipulate information — and gave birth to the new field of spintronics."[8][9]

(3) Negative capacitance electronics: In 2008, along with Sayeef Salahuddin he proposed the concept of negative capacitance devices,[10] which is now considered a prime candidate for reducing dissipation and extending Moore's law.[11]


In 2012 he was elected as a member into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for quantum transport modeling in nanoscale electronic devices.[12]

In 2011 he received the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.[1]

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has received two IEEE technical field awards: the 2002 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award , and the 2008 IEEE Leon Kirchmayer Award.[13]

He is included in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers [14] and won the "Herbert Newby McCoy Award" [15] and the "Morrill Award" [16] given by Purdue University.

He received the Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society of Engineering Education in 1994, and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, 1984.


  • Lessons from Nanoelectronics ISBN 9789814335287
  • Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor ISBN 978-0-521-63145-7
  • Electronic Transport in Mesoscopic Systems: Cambridge Studies in Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronic Engineering ISBN 978-0-521-59943-6
  • Quantum Phenomena:Modular Series on Solid State Devices, Vol 8 ISBN 978-0-201-07956-2
  • Surface Acoustic Wave Devices ISBN 978-0-13-877911-5

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  1. ^ a b "Supriyo Datta".
  2. ^ Author Bibliography
  3. ^ Datta, Supriyo. "Theory of guided acoustic waves in piezoelectric solids". Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Group: Modular Approach to Spintronics".
  5. ^ Datta, Supriyo; Das, Biswajit (February 12, 1990). "Electronic analog of the electro‐optic modulator". Applied Physics Letters. 56 (7): 665–667. doi:10.1063/1.102730 – via (Atypon).
  6. ^ Datta, Supriyo (November 9, 2018). "How we proposed the spin transistor". Nature Electronics. 1 (11): 604. doi:10.1038/s41928-018-0163-4. S2CID 115683366.
  7. ^ "Gate Control of Spin-Orbit Interaction in an Inverted I${\mathrm{n". doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.78.1335. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)_{0.53}$G${\mathrm{a}}_{0.47}$As/I${\mathrm{n}}_{0.52}$A${\mathrm{l}}_{0.48}$As Heterostructure|first1=Junsaku|last1=Nitta|first2=Tatsushi|last2=Akazaki|first3=Hideaki|last3=Takayanagi|first4=Takatomo|last4=Enoki|date=February 17, 1997|journal=Physical Review Letters|volume=78|issue=7|pages=1335–1338|via=APS|doi=10.1103/PhysRevLett.78.1335}}
  8. ^ "Nature Milestones in Spin". Nature.
  9. ^ Gerstner, Ed (February 9, 2008). "Information in a spin". Nature Physics. 4 (1): S18. doi:10.1038/nphys875. S2CID 126621232 – via
  10. ^ Salahuddin, Sayeef; Datta, Supriyo (February 1, 2008). "Use of Negative Capacitance to Provide Voltage Amplification for Low Power Nanoscale Devices". Nano Letters. 8 (2): 405–410. doi:10.1021/nl071804g. PMID 18052402.
  11. ^ Hoffmann, Michael; Slesazeck, Stefan; Schroeder, Uwe; Mikolajick, Thomas (September 9, 2020). "What's next for negative capacitance electronics?". Nature Electronics. 3 (9): 504–506. doi:10.1038/s41928-020-00474-9. S2CID 225313661 – via
  12. ^ "Professor Supriyo Datta". NAE Website.
  13. ^ "IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award".
  14. ^ "Book of Great Teachers".
  15. ^ "The Herbert Newby McCoy Award - Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships".
  16. ^ "Morrill Awards".

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