MSE PhD Students Selected for 2015 Chinese Government Award

Yiling Yu and Yifei Yu, PhD students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from Prof. Cao’s group, recently have been selected for the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.

Founded by the Chinese government since 2003 and sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) , the award recognizes the academic excellent achievements of non-government-funded Chinese students studying overseas among 29 countries over all the world and is granted across all fields of study. This award is presented to 500 students worldwide and includes a $6,000 prize and a CSC-issued certificate.”

Yifei also received a 2016 Silver Graduate Student Award (GSA) from the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his work “Engineering Substrate Interactions for High Luminescence Efficiency of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers”. The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high order of excellence and distinction. The names of recipients of the Silver GSA are published in MRS Bulletin, and the award comes with a $200 prize, waiver of meeting registration, and one-year MRS student membership.

Prof. Cao Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Linyou Cao, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, known as the NSF CAREER Award, is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty in science and engineering.

NSF will provide $550,000 over five years to Cao’s research project, “Van der Waals Epitaxial Heterostructures: Beyond 2D Materials” The project is supported by NSF’s Electronic and Photonic Materials Program in the Division of Materials Research.

The project aims to the most fundamental challenge in an emerging cutting edge area of materials science: the controlled scalable synthesis of two-dimensional materials with atomic-scale dimension. It will study the synthesis of large-area, uniform, and high quality two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals epitaxial heterostructures with controlled bandstructures. The 2D heterostructure consists of multiple monolayers of dissimilar transition metal dichalcogenide materials (TMDC) epitaxially stacked together. Unlike all the existing approaches for the synthesis of 2D TMDC materials, this project explores a unique, self-limiting chemical vapor deposition process that the Cao group has recently developed. The success of this project can provide capabilities to rationally design a new class of artificial materials with compositions and structures tuned at the atomic scale. It can open up unexplored opportunities for a wide range of fields including information technology, solar energy, light emission diodes, and flexible electronic/photonic devices

Cao received his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2010. He held a Miller Research Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley before he joined the faculty of NCSU in August 2011. His group focuses on the photophysics and photochemistry in two-dimensional materials and dielectric metamaterials.