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 50+ papers with 5000+ 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.