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Matthew Grayson

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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

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Electrical and Computer Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

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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. Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Research Interests

Matthew Grayson is an expert in the design, fabrication, and electrical and thermoelectric characterization of electronic devices and materials. His initial work in low-dimensional electron systems such as quantum wells, one-dimensional wires, electron-beam patterned structures, and both integer and fractional quantum Hall edges, has led to more recent wok on characterizing amorphous materials and anisotropic crystals. In particular, he has developed new advances in thermoelectric materials with the concept of transverse thermoelectrics for integrated thermal management. He has also advanced the understanding of dynamics in amorphous systems that undergo anomalous diffusion. New methods in resistive tomographic imaging are being explored for 3D bioimaging as well as 2D artificial skin sensor applications. Laboratory measurement capabilities include electron transport over a continuous temperature range from 15 mK to 400 K, and high magnetic fields up to 17 T. Systems of interest are thermoelectrics, aisotropic conductors, Luttinger liquids, quantum Hall ferromagnets, Type II superlattices, 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 leading his own research sub-group. He joined Northwestern in 2007 and has been an associate professor since 2012, and full professor since 2018 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Northwestern University

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Chulin; Peng, Lintao; Wells, Spencer A.; Cain, Jeffrey D.; Huang, Yi Kai; Rhoads, Lawrence A.; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Hersam, Mark C.; Grayson, Matthew A., Field-effect conductivity scaling for two-dimensional materials with tunable impurity density, 2D Materials (2022).
  • Kenel, Christoph; Geisendorfer, Nicholas R.; Peng, Jun; Grayson, Matthew A.; Dunand, David C., Bi2Te3 filaments via extrusion and pressureless sintering of Bi2Te3-based inks, MRS Communications (2021).
  • Arpaci, Sevdenur; Lopez-Dominguez, Victor; Shi, Jiacheng; Sánchez-Tejerina, Luis; Garesci, Francesca; Wang, Chulin; Yan, Xueting; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Grayson, Matthew A.; Hersam, Mark C.; Finocchio, Giovanni; Khalili Amiri, Pedram, Observation of current-induced switching in non-collinear antiferromagnetic IrMn3 by differential voltage measurements, Nature communications (2021).
  • Peng, Jun; Grayson, Matthew; Snyder, G. Jeffrey, What makes a material bendable? A thickness-dependent metric for bendability, malleability, ductility, Matter (2021).
  • Islam, Saiful M.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Bruce Buchholz, D.; Wells, Spencer A.; Peng, Lintao; Zeng, Li; He, Yihui; Hersam, Mark C.; Ketterson, John B.; Marks, Tobin J.; Bedzyk, Michael J.; Grayson, Matthew; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G., Amorphous to Crystal Phase Change Memory Effect with Two-Fold Bandgap Difference in Semiconducting K2Bi8Se13, Journal of the American Chemical Society 143(16):6221-6228 (2021).
  • Yan, Xueting; Ogrenci-Memik, Seda; Grayson, Matthew A., Micro-Scale 2D Thermal Gradiometer, IEEE Electron Device Letters 41(5):761-764 (2020).
  • Shi, Jiacheng; Lopez-Dominguez, Victor; Garesci, Francesca; Wang, Chulin; Almasi, Hamid; Grayson, Matthew A; Finocchio, Giovanni; Khalili Amiri, Pedram, Electrical manipulation of the magnetic order in antiferromagnetic PtMn pillars, Nature Electronics 3(2):92-98 (2020).
  • Peng, J.; Witting, I.; Geisendorfer, N.; Wang, M.; Chang, M.; Jakus, A.; Kenel, C.; Yan, X.; Shah, R.; Snyder, G. J.; Grayson, M., 3D extruded composite thermoelectric threads for flexible energy harvesting, Nature communications 10(1) (2019).