Matthew Escarra

Name: Matthew D. Escarra

Status: Assistant Professor and Group Leader

Office: 221 Stanley Thomas Hall

Email: escarra [at]

Matthew Escarra is an assistant professor in Physics and Engineering Physics at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University in 2011 in the group of Prof. Claire Gmachl, where he studied quantum cascade lasers and mid-infrared optical metamaterials. He also received a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy while at Princeton, with a focus on energy policy. He went on to complete postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology in the Applied Physics & Materials Science department, where he developed new approaches to high efficiency solar energy conversion in the group of Prof. Harry Atwater. He also has worked with two start-up companies, Daylight Solutions and Sentinel Photonics, and larger companies such as Shell and Dow Chemical. Matthew’s undergraduate studies were in electrical engineering at Rice University. His current research interests include low-loss photonic metasurfaces, optoelectronics from two-dimensional semiconductors, and concentrating photovoltaics that work in tandem with solar thermal power systems.

Favorite thing about New Orleans: Prof. Escarra is originally from New Orleans, and he “knows what it means to miss New Orleans.” His favorite thing about New Orleans is the people and their passion for their city and their unique way of life.