Theme 3: Van der Waals Materials

Lead: Philip Kim, Harvard

This theme aims to develop vdW materials that exhibit low-dimensional behavior with strong electron correlation effects, providing a new material platform to realize quantum engineered devices for novel logic, memory, sensors and transducers. This theme targets synthesis, development and demonstration of novel 2D and quasi 2D vdW heterostacks for the material platforms that will deliver new device concepts and functionality beyond the ITRS horizon with a precise atomic layers control of vdW quantum structures.  Specifically, this theme will develop and investigate (i) growing and synthesizing methods for the vdW heterostructures via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and vdW molecular beam epitaxy (MBE); (ii) fabricating hybrid structures of organic and inorganic vdW structures for novel quantum engineered structures; (iii) investigating emergent physical phenomena for the robust quantum operation in vdW heterostructures; (iv) searching thermal, thermoelectric and energy applications based on vdW systems; and  (v) developing chemical sensors and actuators based on functionality in heterogeneous low dimensional organic/inorganic quantum assemblies.

The Principal Investigators contributing to this theme include:

  • Philip Kim (Harvard)
  • Jianlin Liu (UCR)
  • Pulickel Ajayan (Rice)
  • Colin Nuckolls (Columbia)
  • Alexander Balandin (UCR)
  • Jeanie Lau (UCR)