Research

Research in 2D materials is rewarding because it explores both scientific and fundamental engineering questions. These materials host exotic ground states that emerge because of correlated phenomena, and are promising platforms for enabling new technologies that may transform our everyday lives. To discover new electronic ground states and develop novel device applications with 2D materials my lab will utilize three approaches:

(i) Development of novel device types using ultra-clean fabrication techniques.
(ii) Characterization of these devices at the nanoscale with a combined low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and transport measurement scheme that also has optical access.
(iii) Manipulation of the electronic structure of these devices by surface modification techniques, deliberate substrate coupling, and light.

Interested prospective PhD students should apply to the physics department at UCSC. Funding opportunities exist in the form of research and teaching assistantships.

For more information please contact me at jvelasc5@ucsc.edu.