Yang Research Group

Our research interest centers broadly on functional nanosystems with an emphasis on semiconductor nanowires. Semiconductor nanowires are single crystal semiconductors with diameters of a few nanometers and lengths up to tens microns. They are versatile building blocks with tunable physical and chemical properties, opening up many exciting opportunities to compute, communicate, encode, detect and identify.

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. Our research programs address scientific issues within these areas using combined ideas and techniques from physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences.

We are actively recuiting talented students and postdocs that are motivated to work on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Contact us for details on openings.

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Group News:

Dec 2014 Welcome Prof. Kong and Prof. Yu! Prof. Kong from Jilin University of Chemical Technologyand Prof. Yu from Northeast Dianli University are visiting scholars.
Oct 2014 Welcome Prof. Wen Tong! Prof. Tong is a visiting scholar from Soochow University.
Oct 2014 Welcome our new graduate students, Yimin and Katherine!
Aug 2014 Weixia and Yunlong started their postdoc positions at Harvard and GIT. Best wishes!
July 2014 Our paper "Aluminum Plasmonics for Enhanced Visible Light Absorption and High Efficiency Water Splitting in Core-Multishell Nanowire Photoelectrodes with Ultrathin Hematite Shells" was published in Nano Letters 
May 2014
Our paper: "Semiconductor-Metal-Semiconductor Core-Multishell Nanowires as Negative-Index Metamaterial in Visible Domain" was published in Scientific Reports.
May 2014
Prof. Yang was awarded with Outstanding Advisor Award by Department of Physics. Congrats, Prof. Yang!
Apr 2014
Weixia passed the Ph.D. final exam. Congrats, Weixia!
Apr 2014
Yunlong passed the Ph.D. final exam. Congrats, Yunlong!
Feb 2014
Our paper: "Use of graphene as protection film in biological environments" was published in Scientific Reports.
Feb 2014
Our paper: "Effect of Dopants on Epitaxial Growth of Silicon Nanowires" was published in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.
Dec 2013
Yunlong presented in MRS (Materials Research Society) Fall meetings with topic of "Understanding Self-Aligned Planar Growth of InAs Nanowires".
May 2013
Our book chapter: "Functional Silicon Nanowires for Cellular Binding and Internalization" was in press now (ISBN 978-0-85709-766-8, Ed. J. L. Coffer, Woodhead Publishing, 2013).
May 2013
Our paper: "Understanding Self-Aligned Planar Growth of InAs Nanowires" was published in Nano Letters.
Apr 2013
Yunlong passed preliminary exam. Congrats, Yunlong!
Apr 2013
Sung Hwan graduated with a Ph.D. in ECE. Congrats, Sung Hwan!

Apr 2013

Prof. Chen Yang and Prof. Bozhi Tian (University of Chicago) have been invited by the ACS PHYS division to organize a symposium on "Nano Probes for Biological Systems" for the 2014 fall ACS Meeting in San Francisco.
Apr 2013
Prof. Yang has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Congrats, Prof. Yang!
Apr 2013
Yunlong was honored as one of Purdue's five students who are transformation makers. Congrats, Yunlong!

Mar 2013

Yanjie presented in APS (American Physical Society) March meeting with topic of "On/off-current Ratio and Ambipolar Behavior of Narrow Bandgap III-V Nanowire FETs".

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