2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Characterization and Theory (CT)
  • Electronics and Photonics (EL)
  • Energy, Storage and Conversion (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)

Symposium S.NM09—Layered van der Waals Heterostructures—Synthesis, Physical Phenomena and Devices

The remarkable electronic properties of graphene have sparked interest in layered heterostructures of 2D crystals and broader classes of low-dimensional quantum materials. By growing or assembling heterostructures of individual atomic layers, one can engineer new functionalities by tuning the twist angle between neighboring sheets or by combining materials with contrasting properties into hybrid structures. These developments have opened the door to new applications based in nanophotonics, plasmonics, valleytronics, excitonics, spintronics, twistronics and flexible electronics. The proposed symposium will bring together a diverse group of researchers with expertise spanning materials synthesis, physical characterization, and device applications. It will focus broadly on layered quantum materials, including graphene and 2D crystals, van der Waals heterostructures and other hybrid systems, and emerging platforms for quantum information technologies including topological electronic phenomena. The first thrust (synthesis) focuses on the growth and discovery of novel materials and will encompass synthesis of 2D crystals and new advances in the assembly of van der Waals heterostuctures. The second thrust (characterization) introduces a complementary suite of physical characterization techniques, including optical measurements, electronic transport, spectroscopies, and microscopy. The final thrust (applications) will highlight emerging device technologies that harness the unique physical properties of these materials, including plasmonic and photonic nanostructures, switching and memory devices, sensors as well as devices for quantum information processing and communication.

Topics will include:

  • Synthesis of 2D materials and assembly of van der Waals heterostructures
  • Physical characterization (optical properties, electronic transport, microscopy, magnetic properties, etc)
  • Devices based on heterostructures of 2D materials for switching, information storage, transmission and sensing, including photodetectors
  • Devices based on topological states of matter
  • Emerging materials for quantum technologies

Invited Speakers:

  • Robert M. Wallace (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Kristie Koski (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Vivek Shenoy (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Aditya Mohite (Rice University, USA)
  • Miriam Vitiello (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
  • Lain-Jong Li (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, Taiwan)
  • Leonid Butov (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Joshua Caldwell (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Tanushree Choudhury (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Camilla Coletti (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Cory Dean (Columbia University, USA)
  • Klaus Ensslin (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Brian Gerardot (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom)
  • Arindam Ghosh (Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • David Goldhaber-Gordon (Stanford University, USA)
  • Mark Greenaway (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)
  • Christopher Hinkle (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Weida Hu (Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Shengxi Huang (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Olga Kazakova (National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Soo Min Kim (Korean Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Jieun Lee (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Tomoki Machida (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Anlian Pan (Hunan University, China)
  • Tania Roy (University of Central Florida, USA)
  • Justin Song (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Sefaattin (Seth) Tongay (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Kai Xiao (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jie Yao (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Monica Allen
University of California, San Diego
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Zakaria Al Balushi
University of California, Berkeley
Materials Science and Engineering

Deep Jariwala
University of Pennsylvania
Electrical and Systems Engineering
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Amalia Patane
The University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

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