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Lincoln J. Lauhon

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Chair of Materials Science and Engineering

Co-Director, Applied Physics Program


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

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Lauhon Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics


Post-doc Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.S. Physics (Hons), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interests

The Lauhon group pursues fundamental insights into nanoscale structure-property relationships to provide a foundation for engineering new techologies based on low-dimensional materials. Towards that end, we develop new approaches to synthesize 1-D nanowires and 2-D semiconductors, conduct 3-D nanotomography of composition and strain, exploit scanning probe microscopies to image the properties of nanomaterial-based devices, and use modeling extensively in the design and interpretation of material and device properties. Current focus areas include non-planar III-As-Sb nanowire networks for quantum computing applications, vertical diodes in GaN for high power applications, atomic layer deposition of transition metal oxides and chalcogenides, mixed-dimensional heterostructures integrating 2-D transition metal dichalcogenides for photodetection and energy conversion, and devices for novel modes of computing.

Significant Recognition

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2007
  • Morris E. Fine Junior Chair in Materials and Manufacturing, 2006
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2006
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2005
  • Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Junior Fellow, 2004
  • Nottingham Prize of the Physical Electronics Conference, 2000
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society, 1992

Significant Professional Service

  • Board of Directors, Materials Research Society, 2017-2019
  • Program Chair, Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, 2019
  • Organizing committee, Electronic Materials Conference, 2016-present
  • Member of ACS, APS, and MRS

Selected Publications

  • Zhiyuan Sun, Chunyi Huang, Jinglong Guo, Jason T. Dong, Robert F. Klie, Lincoln James Lauhon, David N Seidman, “Strain-Energy Release in Bent Semiconductor Nanowires Occurring by Polygonization or Nanocrack Formation”, ACS Nano, (2019)
  • Jonas Lähnemann, Megan O. Hill, Jesús Herranz, Oliver Marquardt, Guanhui Gao, Ali Al Hassan, Arman Davtyan, Stephan O. Hruszkewycz, Martin V. Holt, Chunyi Huang, Irene Calvo-Almazán, Uwe Jahn, Ullrich Pietsch, Lincoln James Lauhon, Lutz Geelhaar, “Correlated nanoscale analysis of the emission from wurtzite versus zincblende (In,Ga)As/GaAs nanowire core-shell quantum wells”, Nano Letters, (2019)
  • S. Shiva P. Nathamgari, Siyan Dong, Lior Medina, Nicolaie Moldovan, Daniel Rosenmann, Ralu Divan, Daniel Lopez, Lincoln James Lauhon, Horacio Dante Espinosa, “Nonlinear Mode Coupling and One-to-One Internal Resonances in a Monolayer WS2 Nanoresonator”, Nano Letters, (2019)
  • Alexander S. Chang, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Atom probe tomography of nanoscale architectures in functional materials for electronic and photonic applications”, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, (2018)
  • Andrea Alù, Lincoln James Lauhon, Xiaoqin Li, Chih Kang Shih, Natalie Stingelin, “Perspectives on frontiers in electronic and photonic materials”, MRS Bulletin, (2018)
  • Spencer A. Wells, Alex Henning, J. Tyler Gish, Vinod K. Sangwan, Lincoln James Lauhon, Mark Hersam, “Suppressing Ambient Degradation of Exfoliated InSe Nanosheet Devices via Seeded Atomic Layer Deposition Encapsulation”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Alex Henning, Vinod K. Sangwan, Hadallia Bergeron, Itamar Balla, Zhiyuan Sun, Mark Hersam, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Charge Separation at Mixed-Dimensional Single and Multilayer MoS2/Silicon Nanowire Heterojunctions”, ACS applied materials & interfaces, (2018)
  • Michael J. Moody, Alex Henning, Titel Jurca, Ju Ying Shang, Hadallia Bergeron, Itamar Balla, Jack N. Lding, Emily Allyn Weiss, Mark Hersam, Tracy Lynn Lohr, Tobin Jay Marks, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Atomic Layer Deposition of Molybdenum Oxides with Tunable Stoichiometry Enables Controllable Doping of MoS2 ”, Chemistry of Materials, (2018)
  • Alexander S. Chang, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Atom probe tomography of nanoscale architectures in functional materials for electronic and photonic applications”, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, (2018)
  • Megan O. Hill, Irene Calvo-Almazan, Marc Allain, Martin V. Holt, Andrew Ulvestad, Julian Treu, Gregor Koblmüller, Chunyi Huang, Xiaojing Huang, Hanfei Yan, Evgeny Nazaretski, Yong S. Chu, G. Brian Stephenson, Virginie Chamard, Lincoln James Lauhon, Stephan O. Hruszkewycz, “Measuring Three-Dimensional Strain and Structural Defects in a Single InGaAs Nanowire Using Coherent X-ray Multiangle Bragg Projection Ptychography”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Vinod K. Sangwan, Megan E. Beck, Alex Henning, Jiajia Luo, Hadallia Bergeron, Junmo Kang, Itamar Balla, Hadass Inbar, Lincoln James Lauhon, Mark Hersam, “Self-Aligned van der Waals Heterojunction Diodes and Transistors”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Martin Friedl, Kris Cerveny, Pirmin Weigele, Gozde Tütüncüoglu, Sara Martí-Sánchez, Chunyi Huang, Taras Patlatiuk, Heidi Potts, Zhiyuan Sun, Megan O. Hill, Lucas Güniat, Wonjong Kim, Mahdi Zamani, Vladimir G. Dubrovskii, Jordi Arbiol, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Dominik M. Zumbühl, Anna I. Fontcuberta Morral, “Template-Assisted Scalable Nanowire Networks”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Kuang Chung Wang, Teodor K. Stanev, Daniel Valencia, James Charles, Alex Henning, Vinod K. Sangwan, Aritra Lahiri, Daniel Mejia, Prasad Sarangapani, Michael Povolotskyi, Aryan Afzalian, Jesse Maassen, Gerhard Klimeck, Mark Hersam, Lincoln James Lauhon, Nathaniel Stern, Tillmann Kubis, “Control of interlayer physics in 2H transition metal dichalcogenides”, Journal of Applied Physics, (2017)
  • Jung Ho Yoon, Jiaming Zhang, Xiaochen Ren, Zhongrui Wang, Huaqiang Wu, Zhiyong Li, Mark Barnell, Qing Wu, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Qiangfei Xia, J. Joshua Yang, “Truly Electroforming-Free and Low-Energy Memristors with Preconditioned Conductive Tunneling Paths”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2017)
  • Titel Jurca, Michael J. Moody, Alex Henning, Jonathan D. Emery, Binghao Wang, Jeffrey M. Tan, Tracy L. Lohr, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Tobin J. Marks, “Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of MoS2 Films”, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, (2017)
  • Zhiyuan Sun, David N. Seidman, Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Nanowire Kinking Modulates Doping Profiles by Reshaping the Liquid-Solid Growth Interface”, Nano Letters, (2017)
  • Dominik M. Irber, Jakob Seidl, Damon J. Carrad, Jonathan Becker, Nari Jeon, Bernhard Loitsch, Julia Winnerl, Sonja Matich, Markus Döblinger, Yang Tang, Stefanie Morkötter, Gerhard Abstreiter, Jonathan J. Finley, Matthew Grayson, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Gregor Koblmüller, “Quantum Transport and Sub-Band Structure of Modulation-Doped GaAs/AlAs Core-Superlattice Nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2017)
  • Xiaochen Ren, Arunima K. Singh, Lei Fang, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Francesca Tavazza, Albert V. Davydov, Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3 ”, Nano Letters, (2016)