Modern electronics has relied heavily on the technology to confine electrons in the interface layers of semiconductors.
In recent years, scientists discovered that various atomically thin materials including graphene, a single atomic carbon layer, can be isolated. In these atomically thin materials, quantum physics allows electrons to move only in an effective 2-dimensional (2D) space. By stacking these 2D quantum materials, one can also create atomic-scale heterostructures with a wide variety of electronic and optical properties.
I will discuss the creation of new heterostructures based on atomically thin materials and emerging new physics with technological implications therein.
Prof. Kim did his PhD at Harvard and postdoc here at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) He was on the faculty at Columbia from 2002 to 2014, and then moved back to Harvard. Recent awards include the Buckley Prize and the Barkhausen Award. He was one of the Scientific American 50 in 2006. He has published more than 160 professional journal articles.