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Robert Bruce Darling

Photonics and Nano Devices
226 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-4703
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Bruce Darling joined the department in 1985, and has regularly taught courses in electronic circuits and devices, analog circuit design, photodetection, semiconductor devices, microfabrication, medical instrumentation and senior project design. His research areas have covered many different areas of integrated sensor development, IC design, novel optoelectronic devices and electronic materials and processing techniques, and medical devices. He has developed instructional curriculum and laboratories for undergraduate electronics, introductory RF electronics and the first hands-on microfabrication laboratory at UW in 1995. In 2003 he was an electrical engineering forensic investigator on the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). Darling served as Acting Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering over 2003-2004, and has also regularly held roles as Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Chair for Education. He is currently the ABET Coordinator for the BSEE program. He has also participated in a number of NASA expeditions to the Atacama desert and high Andean volcanoes of Chile and Bolivia, coordinating field communications and electrical power. Darling is a registered professional engineer in Washington state and actively consults with local industry and startups on electronic product development and new electronic device concepts. His spare time is usually filled with hiking, trekking and scrambling in the Cascades, Rockies, Alps, Andes and other mountain ranges of the world. 

Awards and Honors

Research Projects

Recent Publications

  • Engineering of the resistive switching properties in V2O5 thin film by atomic structural transition: Experiment and theory, Journal of Applied Physics 124, 105301 (2018); Zhenni Wan, Hashem Mohammad, Yunqi Zhao, Cong Yu, Robert B. Darling, and M. P. Anantram [ Link ]
  • M. G. Rabbani, S. R. Patil, A. Verma, J. E. Villarreal, B. A. Korgel, R. Nekovei, M. M. Khader, R. B. Darling, and M. P. Anantram, “Zero-bias photocurrents in highly-disordered networks of Ge and Si nanowires,” Nanotechnology, vol. 27, no. 4, art. 045201 (9pp.), Dec. 11, 2015.
  • Z. Wan, R. B. Darling, and M. P. Anantram, “Programmable Diode/Resistor-Like Behaviors of Nanostructured Vanadium Pentoxide Xerogel Thin Film,” J. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., vol. 17, no. 45, pp. 30248-30254, Nov. 2015.
  • H.-H. Wu, C.-L. Wei, Y.-C. Hsu, and R. B. Darling, “Adaptive Peak-Inductor-Current-Controlled PFM Boost Converter With a Near-Threshold Startup Voltage and High Efficiency,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1956-1965, Apr. 2015.
  • L. L. Lam and R. B. Darling, “Determining the optimal discharge strategy for a lithium-ion battery using a physics-based model,” J. Power Sources, vol. 276, pp. 195-202, 2015.
  • T.-C. Chen and R. B. Darling, “Fundamentals of Laser Ablation of the Materials Used in Microfluidics,” Chapter 3 of Micromachining Techniques for Fabrication of Micro and Nano Structures, pp. 35-60. M. Kahrizi, editor, InTech Publishers, 2011. ISBN 978-953-307-906-6.