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Lincoln J. Lauhon

Professor 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

  • Huang, Chunyi; Dede, Didem; Morgan, Nicholas; Piazza, Valerio; Hu, Xiaobing; Fontcuberta i Morral, Anna; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Trapping Layers Prevent Dopant Segregation and Enable Remote Doping of Templated Self-Assembled InGaAs Nanowires, Nano letters (2023).
  • Hill, Megan O.; Schmiedeke, Paul; Huang, Chunyi; Maddali, Siddharth; Hu, Xiaobing; Hruszkewycz, Stephan O.; Finley, Jonathan J.; Koblmüller, Gregor; Lauhon, Lincoln J., 3D Bragg Coherent Diffraction Imaging of Extended Nanowires, ACS nano (2022).
  • Chang, Alexander S.; Li, Bingjun; Wang, Sizhen; Frisone, Sam; Goldman, Rachel S.; Han, Jung; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Unveiling the influence of selective-area-regrowth interfaces on local electronic properties of GaN p-n junctions for efficient power devices, Nano Energy (2022).
  • Zhuang, Xinming; Kim, Joon Seok; Huang, Wei; Chen, Yao; Wang, Gang; Chen, Jianhua; Yao, Yao; Wang, Zhi; Liu, Fengjing; Yu, Junsheng; Cheng, Yuhua; Yang, Zaixing; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Marks, Tobin Jay; Facchetti, Antonio, High-performance and low-power source-gated transistors enabled by a solution-processed metal oxide homojunction, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2023).
  • Kuo, Lidia; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Rangnekar, Sonal V.; Chu, Ting Ching; Lam, David; Zhu, Zhehao; Richter, Lee J.; Li, Ruipeng; Szydłowska, Beata M.; Downing, Julia R.; Luijten, Benjamin J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hersam, Mark C., All-Printed Ultrahigh-Responsivity MoS2 Nanosheet Photodetectors Enabled by Megasonic Exfoliation, Advanced Materials (2022).
  • Szymanski, Dennis; Khachariya, Dolar; Eldred, Tim B.; Bagheri, Pegah; Washiyama, Shun; Chang, Alexander; Pavlidis, Spyridon; Kirste, Ronny; Reddy, Pramod; Kohn, Erhard; Lauhon, Lincoln; Collazo, Ramon; Sitar, Zlatko, GaN lateral polar junction arrays with 3D control of doping by supersaturation modulated growth, Journal of Applied Physics (2022).
  • Rezaei, Mohsen; Bianconi, Simone; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Mohseni, Hooman, A New Approach to Designing High-Sensitivity Low-Dimensional Photodetectors, Nano letters (2021).
  • Bianconi, Simone; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Mohseni, Hooman, Exaggerated sensitivity in photodetectors with internal gain, Nature Photonics (2021).
  • Padgaonkar, Suyog; Olding, Jack N.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hersam, Mark C.; Weiss, Emily A., Emergent Optoelectronic Properties of Mixed-Dimensional Heterojunctions, Accounts of chemical research 53(4):763-772 (2020).
  • Teich, Jonah; Dvir, Ravit; Henning, Alex; Hamo, Eliran R.; Moody, Michael J.; Jurca, Titel; Cohen, Hagai; Marks, Tobin J.; Rosen, Brian A.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Ismach, Ariel, Light and complex 3D MoS2/graphene heterostructures as efficient catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction, Nanoscale 12(4):2715-2725 (2020).
  • Li, Shaowei; Zhong, Chengmei; Henning, Alex; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Zhou, Qunfei; Liu, Xiaolong; Rahn, Matthew S.; Wells, Spencer A.; Park, Hong Youl; Luxa, Jan; Sofer, Zdeněk; Facchetti, Antonio; Darancet, Pierre; Marks, Tobin J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Weiss, Emily A.; Hersam, Mark C., Molecular-Scale Characterization of Photoinduced Charge Separation in Mixed-Dimensional InSe-Organic van der Waals Heterostructures, ACS nano 14(3):3509-3518 (2020).
  • Olding, Jack N.; Henning, Alex; Dong, Jason T.; Zhou, Qunfei; Moody, Michael J.; Smeets, Paul J.M.; Darancet, Pierre; Weiss, Emily A.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Charge Separation in Epitaxial SnS/MoS2 Vertical Heterojunctions Grown by Lowerature Pulsed MOCVD, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 11(43):40543-40550 (2019).
  • Lähnemann, Jonas; Hill, Megan O.; Herranz, Jesús; Marquardt, Oliver; Gao, Guanhui; Al Hassan, Ali; Davtyan, Arman; Hruszkewycz, Stephan O.; Holt, Martin V.; Huang, Chunyi; Calvo-Almazán, Irene; Jahn, Uwe; Pietsch, Ullrich; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Geelhaar, Lutz, Correlated nanoscale analysis of the emission from wurtzite versus zincblende (In,Ga)As/GaAs nanowire core-shell quantum wells, Nano letters 19(7):4448-4457 (2019).
  • Sun, Zhiyuan; Huang, Chunyi; Guo, Jinglong; Dong, Jason T.; Klie, Robert F.; Lauhon, Lincoln James; Seidman, David N, Strain-Energy Release in Bent Semiconductor Nanowires Occurring by Polygonization or Nanocrack Formation, ACS nano 13(3):3730-3738 (2019).
  • Chang, Alexander S.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Atom probe tomography of nanoscale architectures in functional materials for electronic and photonic applications, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 22(5):171-187 (2018).
  • Friedl, Martin; Cerveny, Kris; Weigele, Pirmin; Tütüncüoglu, Gozde; Martí-Sánchez, Sara; Huang, Chunyi; Patlatiuk, Taras; Potts, Heidi; Sun, Zhiyuan; Hill, Megan O.; Güniat, Lucas; Kim, Wonjong; Zamani, Mahdi; Dubrovskii, Vladimir G.; Arbiol, Jordi; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Zumbühl, Dominik M.; Fontcuberta Morral, Anna I., Template-Assisted Scalable Nanowire Networks, Nano letters 18(4):2666-2671 (2018).
  • Sangwan, Vinod K.; Beck, Megan E.; Henning, Alex; Luo, Jiajia; Bergeron, Hadallia; Kang, Junmo; Balla, Itamar; Inbar, Hadass; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hersam, Mark C., Self-Aligned van der Waals Heterojunction Diodes and Transistors, Nano letters 18(2):1421-1427 (2018).
  • Hill, Megan O.; Calvo-Almazan, Irene; Allain, Marc; Holt, Martin V.; Ulvestad, Andrew; Treu, Julian; Koblmüller, Gregor; Huang, Chunyi; Huang, Xiaojing; Yan, Hanfei; Nazaretski, Evgeny; Chu, Yong S.; Stephenson, G. Brian; Chamard, Virginie; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hruszkewycz, Stephan O., Measuring Three-Dimensional Strain and Structural Defects in a Single InGaAs Nanowire Using Coherent X-ray Multiangle Bragg Projection Ptychography, Nano letters 18(2):811-819 (2018).
  • Wang, Kuang Chung; Stanev, Teodor K.; Valencia, Daniel; Charles, James; Henning, Alex; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Lahiri, Aritra; Mejia, Daniel; Sarangapani, Prasad; Povolotskyi, Michael; Afzalian, Aryan; Maassen, Jesse; Klimeck, Gerhard; Hersam, Mark C.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Stern, Nathaniel P.; Kubis, Tillmann, Control of interlayer physics in 2H transition metal dichalcogenides, Journal of Applied Physics 122(22) (2017).
  • Yoon, Jung Ho; Zhang, Jiaming; Ren, Xiaochen; Wang, Zhongrui; Wu, Huaqiang; Li, Zhiyong; Barnell, Mark; Wu, Qing; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Xia, Qiangfei; Yang, J. Joshua, Truly Electroforming-Free and Low-Energy Memristors with Preconditioned Conductive Tunneling Paths, Advanced Functional Materials 27(35) (2017).
  • Sun, Zhiyuan; Seidman, David N.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Nanowire Kinking Modulates Doping Profiles by Reshaping the Liquid-Solid Growth Interface, Nano letters 17(7):4518-4525 (2017).
  • Irber, Dominik M.; Seidl, Jakob; Carrad, Damon J.; Becker, Jonathan; Jeon, Nari; Loitsch, Bernhard; Winnerl, Julia; Matich, Sonja; Döblinger, Markus; Tang, Yang; Morkötter, Stefanie; Abstreiter, Gerhard; Finley, Jonathan J.; Grayson, Matthew; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Koblmüller, Gregor, Quantum Transport and Sub-Band Structure of Modulation-Doped GaAs/AlAs Core-Superlattice Nanowires, Nano letters 17(8):4886-4893 (2017).