The Nano Research Young Innovators (NR45) Awards in two-dimensional materials


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Bilu Liu is an associate professor and PI at Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2006, and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR, CAS) in 2012. He worked in the University of Southern California (USC) as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and later Research Assistant Professor between 2012 and 2016. His research interests cover the chemistry and materials science of lowdimensional materials with emphasis on carbon nanostructures, two-dimensional materials, and heterostructures. His work relates to the controlled mass preparation of these materials and their applications in electronic, optoelectronics, and catalysis.

Guangyu Zhang is an experimental physicist in Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IoPCAS). He got his Ph.D. in 2004 in IoPCAS and moved to Stanford University as a postdoc scholar till 2008. In 2008, he joined to IoPCAS as a assistant professor. Right now he is the director of the nanoscale physics and devices Lab. and the group leader of N07-group in IoPCAS. His research mainly focuses on the 2D materials and nanodevices.

Lei Fu received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Wuhan University in 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA (2006–2007). Thereafter, he became an associate professor at Peking University. In 2012, he joined Wuhan University as a Full Professor. His current interests of research relate to the controlled growth and novel property exploration of 2D atomic layer thin crystals.

Kai Xiao is a senior staff scientist at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a joint faculty at the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and Bredesen Center, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He received his Ph.D. in Physic Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004. His research focuses on understanding and controlling the synthesis and processing of functional nanomaterials including 2D quantum materials and halide perovskites for new generation electronic and quantum devices for energy conversion, nanoelectronics, and flexible electronics. More information can be found in his website:

Litao Sun is a distinguished professor and the head of School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Southeast University (SEU), the director of SEU-FEI Nano-Pico center, and the director of Key Lab of MEMS of Ministry of Education. He is the founding chairman of IEEE Nanotechnology Council Nanjing Chapter and the chairman of In-situ Microscopy Chapter, Electron Microscopy Society of China. Currently, his research interests focus on: (1) atomic-scale manufacturing and dynamic in-situ experimentation in the electron microscope; (2) novel behaviors/properties from sub-10 nm materials; (3) applications of nanomaterials in environment, renewable energy and nanoelectromechanical systems. He is the author and co-author of around 200 papers on international journals including 2 in Science, 15 in Nature and Nature series journals, etc. He was selected one of the Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics in 2018, 2019 and 2020. He holds around 90 patents and has given more than 160 invited presentations. He has obtained National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, New Century Excellent Talents in University, Young Leading Talent in Science and Technology Innovation etc.

Liying Jiao is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Tsinghua University. She obtained the B.S. degree (2003) in Shandong University, received her Ph.D. from Peking University (2008) and performed postdoctoral research in Stanford University (2008–2012). She joined the Tsinghua faculty in 2012. Her research is focused on the synthesis and electronic devices of low dimensional materials.

Shuyun Zhou received her B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2002 and Ph.D. in Physics from University of California at Berkeley in 2007. She was a postdoctoral fellow and a project scientist of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before joining the Department of Physics at Tsinghua University in 2012. Zhou group research focuses on the electronic structure and ultrafast dynamics of novel two-dimensional materials and heterostructures using advanced electron spectroscopies, including angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), Nano-ARPES, Spin-resolved ARPES and ultrafast time-resolved ARPES. In the past few years, she has made important progress on the electronic structure and topological properties of transition metal dichalcogenides including type-II topological semimetals, as well as band structure engineering of van der Waals heterostructures.

Goki Eda received his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2006 and Ph.D. in the same discipline from Rutgers University in 2009. He became a Newton International Fellow of the Royal Society of the UK and worked at Imperial College London. He joined the National University of Singapore as Assistant Professor of Physics and Chemistry, and a member of the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) in 2011. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. He is a recipient of the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Fellowship and many awards including the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) Young Scientist Award and University Young Researcher Award. He is an Associate Editor of npj 2D Materials and Applications. His research focuses on the electronic and photonic device physics of two-dimensional materials.

Wei Chen is currently a professor in both the Chemistry Department and Physics Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University (China) in 2001 and his Ph.D. degree from the Chemistry Department at NUS in 2004. His current research interests include molecular-scale interface engineering for organic, graphene and 2D materials based electronics and optoelectronics, and interface-controlled nanocatalysis for energy and environmental research.

Andres Castellanos-Gomez is a Tenured Scientist in the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC). He explores novel 2D materials and studies their mechanical, electrical and optical properties with special interest on the application of these materials in nanomechanical and optoelectronic devices. He is author of ~ 140 articles in international peer review journals and 6 book chapters. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2017, and has been appointed as Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) in 2020, included in the Emerging Leaders 2020 special issue of Journal of Physics: Materials, included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2018, 2019 and 2020 lists of Clarivate Analytics, selected as one of the 2018 Emerging Investigators by Chemical Society Reviews and selected as one of the Top Ten Spanish Talents of 2017 by the MIT Technology Reviews. He has been also recognized with the Young Researcher Award (experimental physics) of the Royal Physical Society of Spain (2016).

Libo Gao is a professor at School of Physics, Nanjing University. He received his Ph.D. from Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011, and worked as a research fellow at Graphene Research Center, National University of Singapore from 2011 to 2015. Since 2015, he has been working in Nanjing University as a full professor. His scientific interests focus on controllable growth and physical properties of two-dimensional materials, especially graphene.

Jun Zhang is a professor at the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a winner of the Beijing science fund for distinguished young Scholars. He is currently the vice director of the State Key Laboratory of Semiconductor Superlattices and Microstructures (SKLSM) of China, a member of the light scattering committee of the Chinese Physical Society, and an editorial member of Acta Light Scattering and Journal of Semiconductors. His research focuses on phonon physics and phonon devices. A series of original achievements have been made in Raman spectroscopy, exciton–phonon coupling, and laser cooling of semiconductors. He has published more than 70 papers on scientific journals including Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Communication, etc., wrote 3 book chapters, and has 5 authorized patents.

Zheng Zhang recieved his Ph.D. degree in Materials Physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) in 2015. He is currently an associate professor at MSE in USTB. His main research insterests are low-dimensional nanomaterials and their application in electronics and optoelectronics. He has published more than 90 papers at the top profiled journals including Nature Energy, Natuer communications, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, etc. His publications have been cited more than 2500 times.

Peng Zhou is a full professor at the State Key Laboratory of ASIC and system, School of Microelectronics, Fudan University, China. He received his B.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in Physics from Fudan University, China. He has invented a new type Flash memory technology with both high speed and non-volatile, and realized high-area-efficiency single-transistor logic in-situ memory technology, and obtained highperformance storage devices, high-efficiency algorithms and chips. Currently, he is interested in novel high-efficiency and low-power electronic devices based on layered materials, focusing on the application in memory, synaptic electronics, and neuromorphic systems. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Electronics, and Nano Research etc.

Yuan Liu is a professor at the School of Physics and Electronics, Hunan University, China. He received his B.S. degree from the Zhejiang University in 2010, and Ph.D. degree from University of California, Los Angles in 2015. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in University of California, Los Angeles before joining Hunan University. His current research interests include novel electronics and optoelectronics based on new semiconductor materials and new device structures.

Yang Chai is an associate professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the vice president of Physical Society of Hong Kong, a member of The Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, and the Chair of IEEE ED/SSC Hong Kong Chapter (2017–2019). He received a number of awards, including RGC Early Career Award (2015), IOP Semiconductor Science and Technology Early Career Award in Research (2017), Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement 2018/19 – Research and Scholarly Activities, ICON 2DMAT Young Scientist Award (2019), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University President’s Award – Research and Scholarly Activities 2019/2020, etc. He has published over 100 papers, including Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, etc. His current research interest is low-dimensional material for electron device application.

Yongji Gong is currently a professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University. He received his B.S. degree in the Chemistry from Peking University and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Rice University. Before he joined in Beihang University, he worked as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Stanford University. His scientific interest is focused on the controllable synthesis and properties tuning of two-dimensional (2D) materials, 2D alloys and 2D heterostructures for electronics and energy storage and conversion. He has published 100 peer reviewed journal articles, and the work was cited more than 15,000 times.

Bo Peng, Professor, received his Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Lanzhou University in 2005, majoring in Organic chemistry, and thereafter obtained his doctor of philosophy from Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry (TIPC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2010. He did his postdoctoral research in NTU (Prof. Qihua Xiong) and NUS (Prof. Kianping Loh), Singapore between 2010 and 2015. He is currently the Head of Highfield Magneto-Electro-optical Lab in University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His researches are focused on the two-dimensional ferromagnetic materials toward spintronics and valleytronics. In the recent 5 years, he has more than 40 publications in top journals, such as Science advances, PRL, Nano Letters, and ACS Nano.

Lei Liao is currently a professor in School of Physics and Electronics at Hunan University since 2016. So far, he has published more than 200 papers in SCI journals, including Nature, Nature Electronics, Nano Letters, and Advanced Materials, and so on. Among them, 50 papers were published as the co-corresponding author for the last five years. Additionally, 5 Chinese invention patents have been approved. He is also listed on “Highly Cited Researchers 2018/2020”, wins the First Award of Natural Science at Hubei Province (2/5) and the China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese.

Xiangheng Xiao obtained his B.S. degree in 2001 and Ph.D. degree in 2008 from Wuhan University. He is a professor in the School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University. His research field mainly focuses on low-dimensional semiconductor, energy conversion, ion-beam modification of nanoscale material, and beyond.

Weida Hu received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Material of Science from Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and Ph.D. degree (with honors) in Microelectronics and Solid-State electronics from the Shanghai Institute of Technology Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2007. He is currently a full professor (Principal investigator) on fabrication and characterization of infrared photodetectors/photodiodes/phototransistors in Shanghai Institute of Technology Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 technical journal papers and conference presentations with the total citations of 10,000 and H-index of 53.

Han Wang joined the University of Southern California (USC) in 2014 where he is currently an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair. He received the B.A. degree in Electrical and Information Science from Cambridge University in 2007 and his Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. From 2013 to 2014, he was with the Nanoscale Science and Technology group at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His research interests include the fundamental study and device innovation in electronics and photonics technology based on emerging nanomaterials for computing, communication and sensing applications. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award, the Army Research Office Young Invesitgator Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Roger A. Haken Best Paper Award in IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), the Best Paper Award in International Conference on Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (CS MANTECH) and the MIT Jin-Au Kong Best Doctoral Thesis Award.

Chuan Wang is an assistant professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington Univeristy in St. Louis. Prior to joining WashU, he was an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Michigan State University from 2013 to 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California in 2011 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley from 2011 to 2013. His research interests include stretchable electronics and printed electronics for display, sensing, and energy harvesting applications and two-dimensional semicondcutor nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. He has published 67 journal papers with well over 6,000 citations and an H-index of 39.

Zhenhua Ni is currently a professor in School of Physics at Southeast University (SEU, China). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU, China) in 2003, Ph.D. degree in Physics from National University of Singapore (NUS, Singapore) in 2007, and did his postdoctoral research in the Department of Physics and Applied Physics at Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) from 2007–2010. His current research interests include the spectroscopic investigation of twodimensional materials and their applications in optoelectronic devices. He has published more than 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and receiving over 14,000 citations with H-index of 57.

Wei-bo Gao, graduated from University of Science and Technology of China, now is a associate professor in Nanyang Technological University. His research interest is in quantum optics, quantum information and 2D material physics. During his research career, he has been awarded Marie-Curie Fellowship in European Union in 2010, Award of National Research Foundation Fellowship, Singapore in 2014, Innovators Under 35 – EmTech Asia and Young Scientist Award, Singapore in 2017, and NTU Provost’s Chair Professorship in physics in 2019.

Yuerui Lu is an associate professor at Australian National University (ANU). He received his Ph.D. degree from School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Physics from University of Science and Technology of China. Currently, he is leading the Nano-Electro-Mechanical System (NEMS) Lab at the ANU. His research interests include MEMS/NEMS sensors and actuators, nanomanufacturing technologies, renewable energy harvesting, biomedical novel devices, and 2D materials and devices.

Qing Zhang is an assistant professor in School of Materials Science and Engineering, Peking University. She obtained Bachelor degree and Doctoral degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 2005 and Tsinghua University in 2010. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 2011 to 2016, and joined Peking University as principle investigator since 2016. She is interested in optical spectroscopy and photonic devices of emerged low-dimensional semiconductors including TMDs, perovskites, etc. She is an editorial board member of Journal of Semiconductor, and worked as guest editor of Photonics Research, Science China Materials and Chinese Laser Journal. She was awarded Young Cutting-Edge Nanochemistry Researcher Award 2018 of the Chinese Chemical Society (2018) and Emerging Investigator of Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2019).

Kai Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. Prior to joining Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) as a research professor in 2015, he experienced postdoc research in Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National University of Singapore, respectively. He was the recipient of the honor and awards of the CAS Hundred Talent Programme in 2015, Suzhou High-quality Professionals in 2016, Jiangsu 333 Programme Talent in 2018, Excellent Scientists and Technologists Award by The Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) in 2018, Excellent Young Scholars by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in 2019, and Yong Rising Star in Semiconductor Research by Journal of Semiconductors (JOS). His research interests are in the areas of narrow-gap two-dimensional (2D) materials and devices, with research activities ranging from the exploration and controllable growth of narrow-gap 2D semiconductors (as black phosphorus) and topological materials, as well as the development of infrared & terahertz lasers and photodetectors. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and holds 10 patents. He has given many Invited Talks in international conferences. He has been serving as a member of the IOP China Editorial Advisory Board, Editorial Board of JPhys Materials, and TPC Chairs and Session Chairs in various conferences.

Mark C. Hersam is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University. His research interests include nanomaterials, scanning probe microscopy, nanoelectronic devices, and renewable energy technologies. He has received several honors including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Materials Research Society Fellow, MacArthur Fellowship, U.S. Science Envoy, National Academy of Inventors, and AVS Medard W. Welch Award.

Woo Jong Yu received his B.S. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University in 2007 and Ph.D. degree in Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology from Sungkyunkwan University in 2011. He was a Postdoctoral researcher in Biochemistry and Chemistry in UCLA from 2011 to 2013. He joined SKKU in 2013 as a professor.

Di Wu received his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Anhui University of Science & Technology, and received his Ph.D. degree in Hefei University of Technology at 2013. Afterward he joined in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong as a postdoctoral research associate under Vivian Wing-Wah Yam’s supervision. Currently, he is a professor at School of Physics and Microelectronics in Zhengzhou University. His research mainly focuses on fabrication of large-area two-dimensional materials and exploration of their applications in electronic and optoelectronic.

Dehui Li received his B.S. degree in 2006 from Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi’an, China), and his M.S. degree in 2009 from Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Lanzhou, China), and his Ph.D. degree in 2013 from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He worked in University of California, Los Angeles as a postdoctoral fellow for three years and then joined Huazhong University of Science and Technology as a professor in 2016. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers (including Nature, Nature Communications and Science Advances, etc.). His current research focuses on rational design and synthesis of functional semiconducting nanomaterials and heterostructures, systematic investigations on their physical properties and exploring their potential applications in nanoelectronics and nanophotonic such as field-effect transistor, photodetectors and light-emitting devices.

Gongming Wang received his Ph.D. degrees from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2013, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 2013 to 2016. Then, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science in University of Science and Technology of China as a professor. His research focuses on the rational design and fabrication of chemically engineered nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage.

Dangyuan Lei is an associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in City University of Hong Kong. He received his B.S., MPhil and Ph.D. degrees all in Physics from Northwest University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London in 2005, 2007 and 2011, respectively. His research interest centers on the nanophotonics of lowdimensional materials and structures, with particular interest in plasmon-enhanced light–matter interaction at the nanoscale and applications in light harvesting and conversion, biosensing and bioimaging. He has co-authored 144 publications, given > 80 invited talks, and received 5,450 citations and an H-index of 43. Two of his publications have been respectively selected into the RSC “Emerging Investigators” themed issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2016) and the IOP “Emerging Leaders” edition of Journal of Optics (2018). He has received several prestigious awards, including Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong & Macau) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2020), Young Innovator Award in Nano Research (NR45, 2021), Distinguished Visitor Award from the Scottish University Physics Alliance (2019), Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellow of University of Technology Sydney (2017), Royal Society International Exchange award (2016), Municipal Science and Technology Project Award from Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation (2013 & 2014), Early Career Grants Award from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2013), Deputy Rector’s Award (2008–2011) and Anne Thorne Ph.D. Thesis Prize (2012) both from Imperial College London. He is an OSA Senior Member and a member of SPIE and IOP. He is in charge of the editorial office of Light: Science & Applications in Hong Kong, serves Frontiers in Photonics as an Associate Editor and Journal of Semiconductor as a young editorial board member, and sits on the international editorial board of Journal of Physics Communications and Nano Materials Science.

Yuxi Xu received his B.S. degree from Wuhan University (2007) and Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University (2011), China. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He joined the faculty of Fudan University in 2015 and moved to Westlake University, Hangzhou, China in 2019. His research interests include chemically modified graphene, 2D polymers, and self-assembled functional materials.

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Duan, X., Xiong, Q. The Nano Research Young Innovators (NR45) Awards in two-dimensional materials. Nano Res. 14, 1575–1582 (2021).

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