Charles E. Hunt

Charles E. Hunt




PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, 1986
BSEE/MSEE from University of Utah 1980/1983

Professional Experience

Professor, University of California, Davis, 1986 present
Chief Technical Officer, Vu1 Corporation, 2006 present
Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Barcelona, 2002 - present
Staff Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1986-2002
Research Assistant, Cornell University, 1983-1986
Engineer, VLSI Design Group, General Instrument Corporation 1979-1983


Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program
California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), UC Davis
Professor of Design, UC Davis

Research Interests

Electronic and luminescent materials. Energy-efficient lighting devices. Field-emission cathode materials and devices. Solid-state materials and electronic devices.

Research Activities

Professor Hunt is engaged in investigating novel field-emission cathodes for application to devices for lighting, x-ray detection, and x-ray sources. He also conducts research on efficient cathodoluminescent phosphors for energy-efficient lighting.


Professor Hunt is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vu1 Corporation, a publicly-traded company. He is a Founder of Advanced Luminescence LLC, an entrepreneurial company in energy-efficient lighting. He is Past Chairman of the International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC), and remains on the IVNC Technical Steering Committee.

Selected Publications

Rebecca J. Chacon and Charles E. Hunt, "Field-emission enhancement of reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) due to structural surface changes resulting from argon ion bombardment", Proceeding of the 21st International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC-08), Wroclaw, Poland, p.168, IEEE, 2008

Mitchell M. Cao, Rebecca J. Chacon, and Charles E. Hunt, "A Field Emission Light Source using a Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) Cathode and Cathodoluminescent Phosphors", (submitted to) IEEE Transactions on Industrial Applications, 2008

Michael C. Wong, Charles E. Hunt, and Yacouba Diawara, "Implementation of X-Ray Energy Detection and Photon Counting using a Silicon Field-Emission Imaging Array", Proceeding of the 20th International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC-07), Chicago, Illinois, p. 195, IEEE, 2007

C. E. Hunt, O. J. Glembocki, Y. Wang and S. M. Prokes, "Carbon Nanotube Growth for Field-Emission Cathodes from Graphite Paste using Ar-Ion Bombardment", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 86, pp. 163112, (2005) also in AIP Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology May 2, 2005, vol 11, issue 17

C. E. Hunt and Y. Wang, "Application of Vitreous and Graphitic Large-Area Carbon Surfaces as Field-Emission Cathodes", Applied Surface Science, vol. 251, pp. 159-163, 2005