Jean-Pierre Leburton (March 4, 1949, Liège, Belgium-) is the Gregory E. Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is also a full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He is known for his work on semiconductor theory and simulation, and on nanoscale quantum devices including quantum wires, quantum dots, and quantum wells. He studies and develops nanoscale materials with potential electronic and biological applications.
Jean-Pierre Leburton was born on March 4, 1949 to Edmond Jules Leburton and Charlotte (Joniaux) Leburton in Liège, Belgium. His father, at one time Prime Minister of Belgium, sparked Jean-Pierre Leburton’s interest in physics.
From 1981-1983, Leburton worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) as a visiting assistant professor. In 1983 he joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He became an associate Professor in 1987 and a full professor in 1991. He worked with Karl Hess, co-director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and became one of the original faculty members at the Beckman Institute in 1989.
He held the Hitachi LTD Chair on Quantum Materials as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992. He was also a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2000.
In 2003, he was named the Gregory E. Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has been the head of the Computational Electronics group at the Beckman Institute, and is currently a full-time faculty member in the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group at the Beckman Institute. In 2008 he also became a professor of physics at UIUC.
He has published more than 300 papers in technical journals and books. He is first editor of Phonons in semiconductor nanostructures (1993) and co-editor of Contemporary Topics in Semiconductor Spintronics (2017), among others.