Materials for Next Generation Electronics

Band gap depiction for TMD materials.

Are you interested in learning the quantum mechanical behaviors of electrons and spins in two-dimensional materials? Join our team to create these materials and explore their exotic properties with potential for quantum applications. 

Project description

The average smartphone is millions of times faster than the computers used by NASA to put men on the moon in the 1960's. What makes it all possible? Nanotechnology. The relentless pace of Moore’s Law has seen transistor nodes shrinking to 2 nanometers. Further down-scaling of transistors will require more exotic materials in conjunction with a paradigm shift in device design.

In this project, students will participate in synthesizing and characterizing a class of two-dimensional materials with a thickness of only a few atomic layers. They will learn to control the spin properties of electrons in these materials for information storage and processing.

Project outcome

  • Project poster
  • Project presentation
  • Publication into relevant journals
  • The specific outcomes will be determined upon meeting with the faculty mentor at the beginning of the project.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Duration to be determined between faculty member and student. 
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual student projects 
Benefits Academic credit or stipend
Who is eligible Juniors and seniors who have completed PHY 401

Core partners

Project mentor

Hao Zeng



Phone: (716) 645-2946


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Write a literature review covering 2-dimensional magnetic materials. One completed in PHY 402 would be sufficient.
  • Review the necessary theoretical material found in Griffiths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics"
  • Read over the landmark works for 2-dimensional magnetic materials found attached.