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Robert Chang

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Director, Materials Research Institute


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036; Office - Cook 2011
Evanston, IL 60208

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Materials Research Institute


Materials Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


PhD Program in Applied Physics


Post-doc, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Ph.D. Plasma Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

S.B. Physics, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests

Our group focuses on the following studies: 

Unconventional Solar Cell Design, Fabrication and Analysis: Using state-of-the-art materials science and technology approaches, we are constructing one of a kind high efficiency solar cells.

Nanostructured Carbon Sheets, Tubes and Molecules: Recently we developed a technique whereby large quantities of nano-structured carbon materials can be grown at high temperatures. These very high-quality nanomaterials have been used to fabricate flat panel displays and energy-generation and storage devices. 

Photonic crystals: The fabrication of ZnO-based photonic crystals that can also lase has been an important part of the group research. We are currently imbedding quantum dots into these materials to study resonant effects for highly sensitive detection of molecules. 

Amorphous Semiconducting Oxide Films: We have been studying a class of unique complex amorphous oxide films which have high optical transparency and electron mobility. A fundamental understanding of this exotic material system will lead to the development of a new generation of transparent field effect integrated circuits and energy systems. 

Nanostructured Plasmonic Materials in the Infrared: We have started the investigation of 2-D and 3D oxide-based plasmonic materialsfor the purpose of molecular detection and manipulation in the infrared region of the spectrum.  This effort will advance the understanding of molecular chemistry and dynamics.

Significant Recognition

  • Materials Research Society (MRS): President, 1989; Fellow, 2008; Woody Award, 1987; Councilor, 1986-8 & 1992-4
  • Honorary Member of Materials Research Societies of India, Japan and Korea
  • Siu Lien Ling Wong Fellow, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1999
  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society
  • NSF Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award, 2005

Significant Professional Service

  • Member, International Advisory Board of NIMS, Japan
  • Member, "Visionary Board" of MINATEC, CEA, France
  • General Secretary & Founding President, International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS)

Selected Publications

  • Peijun Guo, Benjamin T. Diroll, Wei Huang, Li Zeng, Binghao Wang, Michael J. Bedzyk, Antonio Facchetti, Tobin J. Marks, Robert P.H. Chang, Richard D. Schaller, “Low-Loss Near-Infrared Hyperbolic Metamaterials with Epitaxial ITO-In2O3 Multilayers”, ACS Photonics, (2018)
  • Gang Wang, Nicholas D. Eastham, Thomas J. Aldrich, Boran Ma, Eric F. Manley, Zhihua Chen, Lin X. Chen, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Robert P.H. Chang, Ferdinand S. Melkonyan, Antonio Facchetti, Tobin J. Marks, “Photoactive Blend Morphology Engineering through Systematically Tuning Aggregation in All-Polymer Solar Cells”, Advanced Energy Materials, (2018)
  • Nicholas D. Eastham, Jenna L. Logsdon, Eric F. Manley, Thomas J. Aldrich, Matthew J. Leonardi, Gang Wang, Natalia E. Powers-Riggs, Ryan M. Young, Lin X. Chen, Michael R. Wasielewski, Ferdinand S. Melkonyan, Robert P.H. Chang, Tobin J. Marks, “Hole-Transfer Dependence on Blend Morphology and Energy Level Alignment in Polymer”, Advanced Materials, (2018)
  • Tadaaki Nagao, Kai Chen, Thang Duy Dao, Satoshi Ishii, Robert P.H. Chang, Chung V. Hoang, Makiko Oyama, Miki Maeda, “Metal/conductive oxide plasmonic structures for surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy”, Bunseki Kagaku, (2018)
  • Wei Huang, Peijun Guo, Li Zeng, Ran Li, Binghao Wang, Gang Wang, Xinan Zhang, Robert P.H. Chang, Junsheng Yu, Michael J. Bedzyk, Tobin J. Marks, Antonio Facchetti, “Metal Composition and Polyethylenimine Doping Capacity Effects on Semiconducting Metal Oxide-Polymer Blend Charge Transport”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, (2018)
  • Thomas J. Aldrich, Matthew J. Leonardi, Alexander S. Dudnik, Nicholas D. Eastham, Boris Harutyunyan, Thomas J. Fauvell, Eric F. Manley, Nanjia Zhou, Melanie R. Butler, Tobias Harschneck, Mark A. Ratner, Lin X. Chen, Michael J. Bedzyk, Robert P.H. Chang, Ferdinand S. Melkonyan, Antonio Facchetti, Tobin J. Marks, “Enhanced Fill Factor through Chalcogen Side-Chain Manipulation in Small-Molecule Photovoltaics”, ACS Energy Letters, (2017)
  • Stephanie L. Moffitt, Qimin Zhu, Qing Ma, Allison F. Falduto, D. Bruce Buchholz, Robert P.H. Chang, Thomas O. Mason, Julia E. Medvedeva, Tobin J. Marks, Michael J. Bedzyk, “Probing the Unique Role of Gallium in Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors through Structure?Property Relationships”, Advanced Electronic Materials, (2017)
  • Julia E. Medvedeva, D. Bruce Buchholz, Robert P.H. Chang, “Recent Advances in Understanding the Structure and Properties of Amorphous Oxide Semiconductors”, Advanced Electronic Materials, (2017)