Birck Nanotechnology Center

Chen Yang


Assistant Professor - Physical Chemistry


Contact Information:

Phone: (765) 496-3346



Ph.D. in Chemistry/Harvard/2006
B.S., 1999, University of Science and Technology of China; M.Ph., 2000, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Research Interests:

Our research interest centers broadly on functional nanosystems with an emphasis on semiconductor nanowires. The research programs are currently focused on four major areas: (1) Controlled synthesis of nanowires and nanowire heterostructures; (2) Discovery of novel properties of nanostructures synthesized, with an emphasis on structural, electrical and optical properties; (3) Designing and developing unconventional devices based on nanomaterials for nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and energy applications; (4) Interfacing nanomaterials with biological systems to probe and/or regulate biological activities.


Impact Statement & Explanation of Research:

Semiconductor nanowires are single crystal semiconductors with diameters of a few nanometers and lengths up to tens microns. Our research is aiming at developing such versatile building blocks with tunable physical and chemical properties, which will open up many exciting opportunities to compute, communicate, encode, detect and identify.


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Combined ideas and techniques from physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences



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