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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Alù, Andrea; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Li, Xiaoqin; Shih, Chih Kang; Stingelin, Natalie, Perspectives on frontiers in electronic and photonic materials, MRS Bulletin
  • Wells, Spencer A.; Henning, Alex; Gish, J. Tyler; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hersam, Mark C., Suppressing Ambient Degradation of Exfoliated InSe Nanosheet Devices via Seeded Atomic Layer Deposition Encapsulation, Nano letters
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sun, Zhiyuan; Seidman, David N.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., Nanowire Kinking Modulates Doping Profiles by Reshaping the Liquid-Solid Growth Interface, Nano letters