Linyou Cao


Associate Professor

Email: lcao2@ncsu.edu

Phone: 919-515-5407

Location: 3070A EB I

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Cao's interests include understanding and engineering the fundamental properties of photons and charge carriers in nanostructured materials towards developing novel optical and optoelectronic devices.

Linyou Cao currently holds a Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley with Paul Alivisatos. He has received the Miller Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley (2009), the Kavli Nanoscience Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship at Caltech (2010), and ACS Division Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2010). Prof. Cao will join the MSE faculty on a full-time basis in July 2011. The Cao group works on the forefront of nanoscale photophysics and photochemistry, seeking better understanding of the fundamental properties of photons and charge carriers in nanostructured materials. Central to the vision underlying this work is that a better understanding of those fundamental properties will serve as a powerful guidance for rational design of novel devices or functional structures with applications in a wide variety of fields, ranging from energy utilization, environment remediation, information technology, to biotechnology. We are committed to realizing this vision through studies currently focused on four major areas: (1) plasmonics and nanophotonics, (2) semiconductor nanostructure optoelectronics, (3) charge dynamics in nanostructures, and (4) nanoscale photocatalysis. This research by definition is at the crossroad of materials science, physics, chemistry and electrical engineering. Group members synergistically utilize and develop techniques of optical and electronic characterizations, time-resolved spectroscopies, device fabrications and nanomaterials synthesis to achieve our research goals. We are particularly interested in elucidating fundamental principles by exploring theoretical modeling/simulations to explain experimental observations. As a result, group members may expect to receive multidisciplinary research training in both theory and experiment.

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