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Matthew Grayson

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech Room L387
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Research Associate, Max-Planck-Insititut for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany

Research Associate, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen, Germany

Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Ph.D. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

B.S. Physcis, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Research Interests

Matthew Grayson is an expert in the design, fabrication, and electrical characterization of   electronic devices and materials.  He has specialized in studies of the low energy excitations of such low-dimensional electron systems as quantum wells, one-dimensional wires, electron-beam patterned structures, and both integer and fractional quantum Hall edges.  Recently he has also developed new advances in thermoelectric materials with the concept of transverse thermoelectrics made of semiconductor superlattices which will lead to new nanothermoelectric devices. He has developed new III-V semiconductor crystal growth techniques such as corner overgrowth and shadow overgrowth, and has advanced the technique of cleaved-edge overgrowth to create novel embedded heterostructures for tunneling spectroscopy. Laboratory measurement capabilities include electron transport over a continuous temperature range from 15 mK to room temperature, and high magnetic fields up to 17 T. Systems of interest are topological insulators, Luttinger liquids, quantum Hall ferromagnets, Type II superlattices, thermoelectrics, and multivalley quantum systems.  Matthew completed his PhD studies at Princeton University with Prof. Daniel Tsui studying tunnel spectroscopy of fractional quantum Hall effect edges.  His post-doc work at the University of Maryland investigated the infrared Hall angle of cuprate superconducting films.  He then won a Humboldt Fellowship to research in Germany at the Walter Schottky Institut of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, where he remained for 7 years on research staff in a Habilitand position leading a small research group.  He joined Northwestern in 2007 and has been an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of Northwestern University since 2012.

Selected Publications

  • Grayson, Matthew; Zhou, Chuanle; Tang, Yang; Cui, Boya, “p?n-Type Transverse Thermoelectrics: A Novel Type of Thermal Management Material”, Journal of Electronic Materials, (2015)
  • Kim, M.; Zhou, Chuanle; et al.; Cui, Boya; Vurgaftman, I., “Thermal conductivity tensors of the cladding and active layers of interband cascade lasers”, Applied Physics Letters, (2014)
  • Grayson, Matthew; Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Everaerts, Ken; Lauhon, Lincoln J., “Wafer-scale solution-derived molecular gate dielectrics for low-voltage graphene electronics”, Applied Physics Letters, (2014)
  • Kim, S.; Kim, M.; et al.; Zhou, Chuanle; Vurgaftman, I., “Thermal conductivity tensors of the cladding and active layers of antimonide infrared lasers and detectors”, Optical Materials Express, (2013)
  • Bichler, M.; Abstreiter, G.; Grayson, M.; Steinke, L.; Cantwell, P., “Hartree simulations of coupled quantum Hall edge states in corner-overgrown heterostructures”, Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, (2013)
  • Zhou, Chuanle; Grayson, M.; Birner, S.; Tang, Yang; Heinselman, K., “Driving perpendicular heat flow: (pn)-type transverse thermoelectrics for microscale and cryogenic peltier cooling”, Physical Review Letters, (2013)
  • Zhou, Chuanle; Koblm, G.; Bichler, M.; Abstreiter, G.; Grayson, M., “Thermal conductivity tensor of semiconductor layers using two-wire 3-omega method”, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, (2013)
  • Chuanle Zhou, M. Grayson, “Chapter 4: Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Distribution in Superlattice Structures, in The Wonder of Nanotechnology”, SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA, (2013)
  • Mason, Thomas O.; Grayson, Matthew; Tang, Yang; Nagaraja, Arpun R.; Perry, Nicola H., “Band or polaron: The hole conduction mechanism in the p-Type spinel Rh 2 ZnO 4”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, (2012)
  • D. J. Late, B. Liu, J. Luo, A. Yan, H. S. S. R. Matte, M. Grayson, C. N. R. Rao and V. P. Dravid, “GaS and GaSe Ultrathin Layer Transistors”, Advanced Materials, (2012)
  • F. Herzog, M. Bichler, G. Koblmueller, S. Prabhu-Gaunkar, W. Zhou and M. Grayson, “Optimization of AlAs/AlGaAs quantum well heterostructures on on-axis and misoriented GaAs (111)B”, Applied Physics Letters, (2012)
  • Grayson, M.; Zhou, C.; Nguyen, B. M.; Razeghi, M., “Thermal Conductivity of InAs/GaSb Type II Superlattice”, Journal of Electronic Materials, (2012)
  • B. S. Kim, W. Zhou, Y. D. Shah, C. Zhou, N. Isik and M. Grayson, “Generalized four-point characterization method using capacitive and ohmic contacts”, Review of Scientific Instruments, (2012)
  • AR Varrenti;CL Zhou;AG Klock;SH Chyung;JY Long;SO Memik;M Grayson, “Thermal Sensing With Lithographically Patterned Bimetallic Thin-Film Thermocouples”, Ieee Electron Device Letters, (2011)
  • Grayson, M.; Zunger, A.; Nagaraja, A.R.; Perry, N.H.; Mason, T.O., “Band or Polaron: The Hole Conduction Mechanism in the p-Type Spinel Rh2ZnO4”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, (2011)
  • BL Stevens;CA Hoel;C Swanborg;Y Tang;CL Zhou;M Grayson;KR Poeppelmeier;SA Barnett, “DC reactive magnetron sputtering, annealing, and characterization of CuAlO2 thin films”, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology a, (2011)
  • ... , AF i Morral, M Bichler, G Abstreiter, M Grayson, “Hartree simulations of coupled quantum Hall edge states in corner-overgrown heterostructures”, Arxiv preprint arXiv: ..., (2010)
  • ... , S Dasgupta, S Birner, C Knaak, M Grayson, “Valley degeneracy in biaxially strained aluminum arsenide quantum wells”, Arxiv preprint arXiv: ..., (2010)
  • J Long, SO Memik, M Grayson, “Optimization of an on-chip active cooling system based on thin-film thermoelectric coolers”, Design, Automation and Test ..., (2010)
  • T WINDISCH;X HUANG;S DASGUPTA;B RUPPRECHT;C HEYN;M BICHLER;AFI MORRAL;M GRAYSON;G ABSTREITER;MA WILDE;D GRUNDLER, “De Haas-van Alphen effect and energy gaps of a correlated two-dimensional electron system in an AlAs two-valley pseudospin system”, Physical Review B, (2009)
  • L STEINKE, P CANTWELL, D ZAKHAROV, et al., “Nanometer-scale sharpness in corner-overgrown heterostructures”, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, (2008)
  • S DASGUPTA, S BIRNER, C KNAAK, et al., “Single-valley high-mobility (110) AlAs quantum wells with anisotropic mass”, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, (2008)
  • L STEINKE, D SCHUH, M BICHLER, et al., “Hopping conduction in strongly insulating states of a diffusive bent quantum Hall junction”, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, (2008)