Faculty Directory
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

Email Lincoln Lauhon


Lauhon Research Group


Materials Science and Engineering


PhD Program in Applied Physics

Download CV


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

  • Elected to the Materials Research Society's Board of Directors, 2016
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2007
  • 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

  • Morris E. Fine Junior Chair in Materials and Manufacturing, 2006
  • Member of ACS, APS, MRS, and TMS

Selected Publications

  • Alex Henning, Vinod K. Sangwan, Hadallia Bergeron, Itamar Balla, Zhiyuan Sun, Mark Hersam, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Charge Separation at Mixed-Dimensional Single and Multilayer MoS2/Silicon Nanowire Heterojunctions”, ACS applied materials & interfaces, (2018)
  • Michael J. Moody, Alex Henning, Titel Jurca, Ju Ying Shang, Hadallia Bergeron, Itamar Balla, Jack N. Lding, Emily Allyn Weiss, Mark Hersam, Tracy Lynn Lohr, Tobin Jay Marks, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Atomic Layer Deposition of Molybdenum Oxides with Tunable Stoichiometry Enables Controllable Doping of MoS2 ”, Chemistry of Materials, (2018)
  • Alexander S. Chang, Lincoln James Lauhon, “Atom probe tomography of nanoscale architectures in functional materials for electronic and photonic applications”, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, (2018)
  • Megan O. Hill, Irene Calvo-Almazan, Marc Allain, Martin V. Holt, Andrew Ulvestad, Julian Treu, Gregor Koblmller, Chunyi Huang, Xiaojing Huang, Hanfei Yan, Evgeny Nazaretski, Yong S. Chu, G. Brian Stephenson, Virginie Chamard, Lincoln James Lauhon, Stephan O. Hruszkewycz, “Measuring Three-Dimensional Strain and Structural Defects in a Single InGaAs Nanowire Using Coherent X-ray Multiangle Bragg Projection Ptychography”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Vinod K. Sangwan, Megan E. Beck, Alex Henning, Jiajia Luo, Hadallia Bergeron, Junmo Kang, Itamar Balla, Hadass Inbar, Lincoln James Lauhon, Mark Hersam, “Self-Aligned van der Waals Heterojunction Diodes and Transistors”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Martin Friedl, Kris Cerveny, Pirmin Weigele, Gozde Ttncoglu, Sara Mart-Snchez, Chunyi Huang, Taras Patlatiuk, Heidi Potts, Zhiyuan Sun, Megan O. Hill, Lucas Gniat, Wonjong Kim, Mahdi Zamani, Vladimir G. Dubrovskii, Jordi Arbiol, Lincoln James Lauhon, Dominik M. Zumbhl, Anna I. Fontcuberta Morral, “Template-Assisted Scalable Nanowire Networks”, Nano Letters, (2018)
  • Kuang Chung Wang, Teodor K. Stanev, Daniel Valencia, James Charles, Alex Henning, Vinod K. Sangwan, Aritra Lahiri, Daniel Mejia, Prasad Sarangapani, Michael Povolotskyi, Aryan Afzalian, Jesse Maassen, Gerhard Klimeck, Mark Hersam, Lincoln James Lauhon, Nathaniel Stern, Tillmann Kubis, “Control of interlayer physics in 2H transition metal dichalcogenides”, Journal of Applied Physics, (2017)
  • Jung Ho Yoon, Jiaming Zhang, Xiaochen Ren, Zhongrui Wang, Huaqiang Wu, Zhiyong Li, Mark Barnell, Qing Wu, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Qiangfei Xia, J. Joshua Yang, “Truly Electroforming-Free and Low-Energy Memristors with Preconditioned Conductive Tunneling Paths”, Advanced Functional Materials, (2017)
  • Titel Jurca, Michael J. Moody, Alex Henning, Jonathan D. Emery, Binghao Wang, Jeffrey M. Tan, Tracy L. Lohr, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Tobin J. Marks, “Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of MoS2 Films”, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, (2017)
  • Zhiyuan Sun, David N. Seidman, Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Nanowire Kinking Modulates Doping Profiles by Reshaping the Liquid-Solid Growth Interface”, Nano Letters, (2017)
  • Dominik M. Irber, Jakob Seidl, Damon J. Carrad, Jonathan Becker, Nari Jeon, Bernhard Loitsch, Julia Winnerl, Sonja Matich, Markus Dblinger, Yang Tang, Stefanie Morktter, Gerhard Abstreiter, Jonathan J. Finley, Matthew Grayson, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Gregor Koblm, “Quantum Transport and Sub-Band Structure of Modulation-Doped GaAs/AlAs Core-Superlattice Nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2017)
  • Xiaochen Ren, Arunima K. Singh, Lei Fang, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Francesca Tavazza, Albert V. Davydov, Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3 ”, Nano Letters, (2016)
  • Deep Jariwala, Sarah L. Howell, Kan Sheng Chen, Junmo Kang, Vinod K. Sangwan, Stephen A. Filippone, Riccardo Turrisi, Tobin J. Marks, Lincoln J. Lauhon, Mark C. Hersam, “Hybrid, Gate-Tunable, van der Waals p-n Heterojunctions from Pentacene and MoS2 ”, Nano Letters, (2016)
  • Chang Hua Liu, In Soo Kim, Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Optical Control of Mechanical Mode-Coupling within a MoS2 Resonator in the Strong-Coupling Regime”, Nano Letters, (2015)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Abstreiter, Gerhard; Koblmueller, Gregor; Jeon, Nari; Loitsch, Bernhard, “Alloy Fluctuations Act as Quantum Dot-like Emitters in GaAs-AlGaAs Core-Shell Nanowires”, ACS Nano, (2015)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Riley, James R.; Ren, Xiaochen; Koleske, Daniel D., “Correlated high-resolution x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and atom probe tomography analysis of continuous and discontinuous InxGa1-xN quantum wells”, Applied Physics Letters, (2015)
  • et al.; Mork_tter, S.; Jeon, N.; Rudolph, D.; Loitsch, B., “Demonstration of confined electron gas and steep-slope behavior in delta-doped GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowire transistors”, Nano Letters, (2015)
  • Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Jariwala, Deep, “Investigation of Band-Offsets at Monolayer-Multilayer MoS2 Junctions by Scanning Photocurrent Microscopy”, Nano Letters, (2015)
  • Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Jariwala, Deep, “Large-area, low-voltage, antiambipolar heterojunctions from solution-processed semiconductors”, Nano Letters, (2015)
  • Lauhon, L.J.; Van't Erve, O.M.J.; Friedman, A.L.; Li, C.H.; Robinson, J.T., “Spin transport and Hanle effect in silicon nanowires using graphene tunnel barriers”, Nature Communications, (2015)
  • Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Jariwala, Deep, “Gate-tunable memristive phenomena mediated by grain boundaries in single-layer MoS2”, Nature Nanotechnology, (2015)
  • Sangwan, Vinod K.; Jariwala, Deep; Kim, In Soo; et al.; Shi, Fengyuan, “Influence of stoichiometry on the optical and electrical properties of chemical vapor deposition derived MoS 2”, ACS Nano, (2014)
  • Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Jariwala, Deep, “Emerging device applications for semiconducting two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides”, ACS Nano, (2014)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Riley, James R.; Detchprohm, Theeradetch; Wetzel, Christian, “On the reliable analysis of indium mole fraction within In x Ga 1-x N quantum wells using atom probe tomography”, Applied Physics Letters, (2014)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Holsteen, Aaron; Kim, In Soo, “Extraordinary dynamic mechanical response of vanadium dioxide nanowires around the insulator to metal phase transition”, Nano Letters, (2014)
  • Hyun, Jerome K.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Connell, Justin G.; Yoon, Kunho; Amit, Iddo, “Barrier height measurement of metal contacts to Si nanowires using internal photoemission of hot carriers”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; et al.; Connell, Justin G.; Wang, Zhiguo; Gu, Meng, “Electron-rich driven electrochemical solid-state amorphization in Li-Si alloys”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • Wierer, Jonathan J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Padalkar, Sonal; Riley, James R.; Li, Qiming, “Three-dimensional mapping of quantum wells in a GaN/InGaN core-shell nanowire light-emitting diode array”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • Hersam, Mark C.; Marks, Tobin J.; Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Wu, Chung-Chiang, “Gate-tunable carbon nanotube-MoS 2 heterojunction p-n diode”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, (2013)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Connell, Justin G.; Perea, Daniel E.; Gu, Meng; Wang, Zhiguo, “Electronic origin for the phase transition from amorphous Li x Si to crystalline Li 15 Si 4”, ACS Nano, (2013)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Hyun, Jerome K.; Zhang, Shixiong, “Nanowire heterostructures”, Annual Review of Materials Research, (2013)
  • Everaerts, Ken; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Marks, Tobin J.; Hersam, Mark C.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., “Extrinsic and intrinsic photoresponse in monodisperse carbon nanotube thin film transistors”, Applied Physics Letters, (2013)
  • Jariwala, Deep; Sangwan, Vinod K.; Marks, Tobin J.; Hersam, Mark C.; Lauhon, Lincoln J., “Elucidating the photoresponse of ultrathin MoS 2 field-effect transistors by scanning photocurrent microscopy”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, (2013)
  • Lauhon, Lincoln J.; Schwalbach, Edwin J.; Voorhees, Peter W.; Connell, Justin G.; Yoon, Kunho, “Identification of an intrinsic source of doping inhomogeneity in vapor-liquid-solid-grown nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2013)
  • J. R. Riley, R. A. Bernal, Q. Li, H. D. Espinosa, G. T. Wang and L. J. Lauhon, “Atom Probe Tomography of a-Axis GaN Nanowires: Analysis of Nonstoichiometric Evaporation Behavior”, Acs Nano, (2012)
  • E. R. Hemesath, D. K. Schreiber, E. B. Gulsoy, C. F. Kisielowski, A. K. Petford-Long, P. W. Voorhees and L. J. Lauhon, “Catalyst Incorporation at Defects during Nanowire Growth”, Nano Letters, (2012)
  • F. J. Lopez, J. K. Hyun, U. Givan, I. S. Kim, A. L. Holsteen and L. J. Lauhon, “Diameter and Polarization-Dependent Raman Scattering Intensities of Semiconductor Nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2012)
  • E. R. Hemesath, D. K. Schreiber, C. F. Kisielowski, A. K. Petford-Long and L. J. Lauhon, “Atomic Structural Analysis of Nanowire Defects and Polytypes Enabled Through Cross-Sectional Lattice Imaging”, Small, (2012)
  • F. J. Lopez, U. Givan, J. G. Connell and L. J. Lauhon, “Silicon Nanowire Polytypes: Identification by Raman Spectroscopy, Generation Mechanism, and Misfit Strain in Homostructures”, Acs Nano, (2011)
  • Jerome K. Hyun;Lincoln J. Lauhon, “Spatially Resolved Plasmonically Enhanced Photocurrent from Au Nanoparticles on a Si Nanowire”, Nano Letters, (2011)
  • SX Zhang;IS Kim;LJ Lauhon, “Stoichiometry Engineering of Monoclinic to Rutile Phase Transition in Suspended Single Crystalline Vanadium Dioxide Nanobeams”, Nano Letters, (2011)
  • RA Schlitz;KH Yoon;LA Fredin;YG Ha;MA Ratner;TJ Marks;LJ Lauhon, “Weibull Analysis of Dielectric Breakdown in a Self-Assembled Nanodielectric for Organic Transistors”, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, (2010)
  • HW Gao;JK Hyun;MH Lee;JC Yang;LJ Lauhon;TW Odom, “Broadband Plasmonic Microlenses Based on Patches of Nanoholes”, Nano Letters, (2010)
  • JM NICHOL;ER HEMESATH;LJ LAUHON;R BUDAKIAN, “Controlling the nonlinearity of silicon nanowire resonators using active feedback”, Applied Physics Letters, (2009)
  • LJ LAUHON;P ADUSUMILLI;P RONSHEIM;PL FLAITZ;D LAWRENCE, “Atom-Probe Tomography of Semiconductor Materials and Device Structures”, Mrs Bulletin, (2009)
  • SX ZHANG;JY CHOU;LJ LAUHON, “Direct Correlation of Structural Domain Formation with the Metal Insulator Transition in a VO2 Nanobeam”, Nano Letters, (2009)
  • FJ LOPEZ;ER HEMESATH;LJ LAUHON, “Ordered Stacking Fault Arrays in Silicon Nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2009)
  • SX ZHANG;ER HEMESATH;DE PEREA;E WIJAYA;JL LENSCH-FALK;LJ LAUHON, “Relative Influence of Surface States and Bulk Impurities on the Electrical Properties of Ge Nanowires”, Nano Letters, (2009)
  • JE Allen, DE Perea, ER Hemesath, LJ Lauhon, “Nonuniform Nanowire Doping Profiles Revealed by Quantitative Scanning Photocurrent ...”, Advanced Materials, (2009)
  • JE ALLEN, ER HEMESATH, LJ LAUHON, “Scanning Photocurrent Microscopy Analysis of Si Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors Fabricated by Surface Etching of the Channel”, NANO LETTERS, (2009)
  • M SOFOS, J GOLDBERGER, DA STONE, et al., “A synergistic assembly of nanoscale lamellar photoconductor hybrids”, NATURE MATERIALS, (2009)
  • DE PEREA, ER HERNESATH, EJ SCHWALBACH, et al., “Direct measurement of dopant distribution in an individual vapour-liquid-solid nanowire”, NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, (2009)
  • JM NICHOL, ER HEMESATH, LJ LAUHON, et al., “Displacement detection of silicon nanowires by polarization-enhanced fiber-optic interferometry”, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, (2008)
  • Allen, J. E.; Hemesath, E. R.; Perea, D. E.; Lensch-Falk, J. L.; Li, Z. Y.; Yin, F.; Gass, M. H.; Wang, P.; Bleloch, A. L.; Palmer, R. E.; Lauhon, L. J., “High-resolution detection of Au catalyst atoms in Si nanowires.”, Nature Nanotechnology, (2008)