Linyou Cao

Assistant Professor

911 Partners Way
Rm. 3070A
Raleigh, NC 27606
Tel.: 919-515-5407

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Professor Linyou Cao has joined the MSE faculty at NCSU since August 2011. He received his Ph.D degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2010, and held a Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California- Berkeley during 2010-2011. Professor Cao received a B.S. degree from Fudan University and a M.S. degree from Peking University, both in Chemistry. His current research interest is on the photophysics and photochemistry of 2D materials.

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"North Carolina researchers transfer atomic-scale thin films to arbitrary substrates", Semiconductor Today View

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"Atomically Thin Semiconductors for Use in Flexible Devices", Scoop News View

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"New way to move atomically thin semiconductors for use in flexible devices", ScienceDaily View

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"Transferring semiconductor monolayers offers material benefits", TheEngineer View

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"A Drop of Water and a Push Transfers 2-D Material Between Substrates", IEEE Spectrum View

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Research Summary 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 provide powerful guidance for the 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 intellectual vision through studies currently focused on four major areas: (1) semiconductor 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 modelings/simulations for experiments and observations. As a result, group members may expect to receive multidisciplinary research training in both theory and experiment.
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  • Controlled Scalable Synthesis of Uniform, High-Quality Monolayer and Few-layer MoS2 Films · Yifei Yu, Chun Li, Yi Liu, Liqin Su, Yong Zhang, Linyou Cao Scientific Reports · 3, 1866, (2013) View
  • Layer-dependent Electrocatalysis of MoS2 for Hydrogen Evolution · Yifei Yu, Shengyang Huang, Yanpeng Li, Stephan Steinmann, Weitao Yang, Linyou Cao Nano Letters · 14, 553-558, (2014) View
  • Efficient Interlayer Relaxation and Transition of Excitons in Epitaxial and Non-epitaxial MoS2/WS2 Heterostructures · Yifei Yu, Shi Hu, Liqin Su, Lujun Huang, Yi Liu, Zhenghe Jin, Alexander A. Purezky, David B. Geohegan, Ki Wook Kim, Yong Zhang, Linyou Cao Nano Letters · , DOI: 10.1021/nl5038177, (2014) View
  • Engineering the Composition and Crystallinity of Molybdenum Sulfide for High-performance Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution · Yanpeng Li, Yifei Yu, Sheng-Yang Huang, Yufeng Huang, Robert A. Nielsen, Williams A. Goddard III, Yao Li, Linyou Cao ACS Catalysis · , DOI: 10.1021/cs501635v, (2014) View
  • Surface Energy-Assisted Transfer of Centimeter-scale Monolayer and Fewlayer MoS2 Films onto Arbitrary Substrates · Alper Gurarslan, Yifei Yu, Liqin Su, Yiling Yu, Francisco Suarez, Shanshan Yao, Yong Zhu, Mehmet Ozturk, Yong Zhang, Linyou Cao ACS Nano · 8, 11522-11528, (2014) View
  • Job Openings / Available Positions
  • PhD Position in the Synthesis and Electro/photocatalysis of 2D Materials (View)
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