Linyou Cao

Associate Professor
PhD (Stanford, 2010)

911 Partners Way
Rm. 3070 EB1
Raleigh, NC 27606
Tel.: 919-515-5407
Email: lcao2@ncsu.edu

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Dr. Linyou Cao has been on the faculty of NCSU since July 2011. He is interested in bringing two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials into practical applications that benefit the welfare of society. Currently, his research focuses on the synthesis, photonics, and catalysis of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials. He has published more than 50 papers with more than 4500 citations, and holds numerous patents. Dr. Cao received his PhD degree in materials science at Stanford University in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Mark Brongersma, and was selected to hold a Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he collaborated with Professor A. Paul Alivisatos. He had a B.S. degree and a M.S. degree, both in Chemistry, from Fudan University and Peking University in China, respectively. He also obtained a M.S. degree in materials science at Drexel University.

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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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Research Summary Science is about finding truth and about solving problems!

We are interested in discovering the truth of two-dimensional (2D) materials and solving the problems in the way of getting these materials into practical applications. Our particular focus is on two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, including MoS2, WS2, WSe2, MoSe2. The research spans a broad range from synthesis, fundamental properties, and device development. The latest problems that we have addressed include controlled scalable synthesis of 2D TMDC materials, substrate effects on the functionality of these materials, light-matter interactions of 2D TMDC materials, and mechanism of the catalytic activities of these materials for hydrogen evolution. Built upon the knowledge that we have already acquired, current research focuses on developing technique for wafer-scale synthesis and transfer of high-quality 2D TMDC materials, seeking better understanding for the remarable excitonic properties, engineering light-matter interactions of 2D TMDC materials, and developing high-efficiency catalysts with 2D TMDC materials for water splitting.

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  • Van der Waals Force Isolation of Monolayer MoS2 · 3) Alper Gurarslan, Shuping Jiao, Tai-de Li, Guoqing Li, Yiling Yu, Yang Gao, Elisa Riedo, Zhiping Xu, Linyou Cao Advanced Materials · DOI: 10.1002/adma.201601581, , (2016) View
  • Fundamental Limits of Exciton-Exciton Annihilation for Light Emission in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers · Yiling Yu, Yifei Yu, Chao Xu, Andy Barrette, Kenan Gundogdu, Linyou Cao Phys. Rev. B Rapid Communication · 93, 20111(R), (2016) View
  • Engineering Substrate Interactions for High Luminescence Efficiency of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers · Yifei Yu, Yiling Yu, Chao Xu, Yong-Qing Cai, Liqin Su, Yong Zhang, Yong-Wei Zhang, Kenan Gundogdu, Linyou Cao Advanced Functional Materials · , DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201600418, (2016) View
  • Atomically Thin MoS2 Narrowband and Broadband Light Superabsorbers · Lujun Huang, Guoqing Li, Alper Gurarslan, Yiling Yu, Ronny Kirste, Wei Guo, Junjie Zhao, Ramon Collazo, Zlatko Sitar, Gregory N. Parsons, Michael Kudenov, and Linyou Cao ACS Nano · DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b02195, , (2016) View
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