The team is led by
The project targets a new class of materials, termed
The research is expected to produce new material synthesis techniques and enable practical applications of ultra-thin film materials in electronic switches, optical detectors, low-power information processing and direct energy conversion. The novel devices implemented with the ultra-thin films of
The interest to two-dimensional materials was stimulated by the success of the ultimate two-dimensional material known as graphene - a single atomic plane of carbon atoms.
Electrical and thermal conduction in graphene substantially differs from that in conventional bulk three-dimensional materials. The unusually high thermal conductivity of graphene was discovered at UC Riverside by a group led by Balandin. The exceptional heat conduction property of this two-dimensional material is presently finding its way to practical applications in thermal management.
Each member of the NSF-funded team will cover different aspects of the research and application of the van der Walls materials.
Balandin will conduct materials characterization, fabrication and experimental testing of nanodevices, Lake will perform the first principal theoretical analysis and computer simulation of the properties of new materials and devices. Khitun will design circuits and systems based on two-dimensional materials and atomic heterostructures. Salguero will synthesize new materials using chemical approaches.
The NSF funding to UC Riverside team was awarded via the highly competitive Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI-2014) program called
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