Talks & Lectures
12 Apr 2017

Going Big in Two-Dimensions

Dr. Joshua A. Robinson (Penn State University)

The last decade has seen nearly exponential growth in the science and technology of two-dimensional materials.  Beyond graphene, there is a huge variety of layered materials that range in properties from insulating to superconducting. Furthermore, heterogeneous stacking of 2D materials also allows for additional “dimensionality” for band structure engineering. In this talk, I will discuss recent breakthroughs in two-dimensional atomic layer synthesis and properties, including novel 2D heterostructures and novel 2D nitrides. Our recent works include development of an understanding of substrate impact on 2D layer growth and how we can tune the substrate to acheive near-single crystal 2D materials over large areas. I will also dsicuss doping of 2D materials with magentic elements, selective area synthesis of 2D materials, and the first demonstration of 2D gallium nitride (2D-GaN). Our work and the work of our collaborators has lead to a better understanding of how substrate not only impacts 2D crystal quality, but also doping efficiency in 2D materials, and stabalization of nitrides at their quantum limit. 

1.Z.Y. Al Balushi, K.Wang, R.Krishna Ghosh, R.A. Vilá, S.M. Eichfeld, P.A. DeSario, D.F. Paul, J.D. Caldwell, S.Datta, J.M. Redwing, J.A. Robinson; Graphene stabilization of two-dimensional gallium nitride; arXiv preprint:1511.01871

2.Eichfeld, S. M.; Hossain, L.; Lin, Y.-C.; Piasecki, A. F.; Kupp, B.; Birdwell, A. G. G.; Burke, R. A.; Lu, N.; Peng, X.; Li, J.; et al. Highly Scalable, Atomically Thin WSe2 Grown via Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition. ACS Nano 2015.

3.Y.C. Lin, C.-Y. Chang, R. Ghosh,J.Li, H.Zhu, R.Addou, B.Diaconescu, T.Ohta, X.Peng, N.Lu, M.J. Kim, J.T. Robinson, R.M.Wallace, T.Mayer, S.Datta, L.J. Li, J.A. Robinson; Atomically Thin Heterostructures based on Single-Layer Tungsten Diselenide and Graphene; Nano Letters

4.M. S. Bresnehan, G. Bhimanapati, K. Wang, D.Snyder, J.A.Robinson; Impact of Copper Overpressure on the Synthesis of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Atomic Layers; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 6, 16755–16762 (2014)

5.S.M. Eichfeld, C.M. Eichfeld, Y.C. Lin, L. Hossain, J.A. Robinson; Rapid, non-destructive evaluation of ultrathin WSe2 using spectroscopic ellipsometry; APL Materials 2 (9), 092508

6.Y.C.  Lin, N. Lu, N. Perea-Lopez, J. Li, C.H. Lee, Z.Lin, P.N. Browning, M.S. Bresnehan, L. Calderin, M.J. Kim, T.S. Mayer, M. Terrones, J.A. Robinson; Direct Synthesis of van der Waals Solids on Epitaxial Graphene; ACS Nano 8 (4), 3715-3723 (2014)


Dr. Robinson obtained his B.S. degree in Physics with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Towson University in 2001. He received his doctorate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2005. In 2012, he joined the Penn State Materials Science and Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor. In 2013, he co-founded the Center for Two-Dimensional and Layered Materials, and currently serves as Associate Director of the Center. In July 2015, he became Co-Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC), and most recently, in 2016, he became the Director of User Programs for the NSF-funded 2D Crystal Consortium. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed journal publications with a significant focus on low dimensional electronic materials. He has patents on chemical and neutron detection, and various pending patents related to 2D materials. 


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