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Our research group, led by Prof. Han Wang, focuses on the exploration and development of emerging nanomaterials for novel applications in electronic and photonic device technology. Our research interests include synthesis, device technology and novel circuit applications of two-dimensional (2D) materials including black phosphorus, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, etc. Our research emphasize on both the fundamental understanding of unique physical properties of novel nanomaterials, and their new applications in high speed electronics and RF sensing, neuromorphic computing, optoelectronics, energy efficient applications, and interaction with biological system. For more information about the research in our group, please see our recent publications (link).


06-Apr-2020 Max Lien was selected for both the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

28-Feb-2020 Prof. Han Wang is selected as the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer.

22-Oct-2019 PhD Student Max Lien wins ARCS Foundation Scholar Award. Congratulations Max!

17-Jun-2019 Hung-Yu receives the “YIN CHIN Scholarship” from YIN CHIN FOUNDATION OF U.S.A.. Hung-Yu!

19-Apr-2019 Huan Zhao wins the “2018 Chinese government award for outstanding self-financed students abroad”. Congratulations Huan!

16-Mar-2019 Prof. Han Wang is chosen as the recipient of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award.

02-Jul-2018 Prof. Han Wang is appointed the Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Endowed Early Career Chair.

06-Jun-2018 Prof. Han Wang receives the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.

25-Apr-2018 Prof. Han Wang receives the Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award.

30-Jan-2018 Prof. Han Wang receives the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Outstanding Educator Award.

24-Jul-2017 Two of our papers have received the Nano Research Top Paper Award 2017, including Huan and Jiangbin’s work on interlayer interactions in atomically-thin rhenium diselenide (Read more), and He Tian’s article on 2D material optoelectronic devices (Read more).

29-Jun-2017 He Tian’s work on 2D material based synaptic devices has been covered by several news sources, including CBC news; ACS news; ScienceDaily; and Chemistry World of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof. Han Wang was interviewed in CBC radio show “On the Coast”.

17-Feb-2017 Prof. Han Wang receives the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

21-Sep-2016 Prof. Han Wang gives an invited talk at the kick-off meeting of the newly launched Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics (NG-ION2) (USC press-release).

28-Apr-2016 The Northrop Grumman Institute of Optical Nanomaterials and Nanophotonics (NG-ION2) launched at USC. Our group will work with NGC researchers on the theoretical and experimental studies of 2D materials physical properties and device applications.

14-Sep-2015 AFOSR MURI program kicks off. In this program, we will work with our collaborators at MIT and Harvard to develop foldable and adaptive membrane electronics based two-dimensional materials.

14-Sep-2015 NSF EFRI 2DARE program kicks off. In this program, we will work with our collaborators at Yale, Washington University in St. Louis and MIT to develop few-layer and thin-film black phosphorus for photonic applications.

13-May-2015 Prof. Han Wang receives the USC Zumberge Faculty Individual Research Award.

14-Nov-2014 Our work on black phosphorus radio-frequency transistors has been featured in ACS C&E News.

21-Oct-2014 Prof. Han Wang’s work on black phosphorus for optoelectronics and electronics has been selected as research highlights in Nature Photonics.

05-Aug-2014 Han Wang joined Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as an Assistant Professor.


To Join Our Team
For postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students interested in working with our group, please send your CV to Prof. Wang ( or any of the lab members.


S. Esqueda, X. Yan, C. Rutherglen, A. Kane, T. Cain, P. Marsh, Q. Liu, K. Galatsis, H. Wang*, C. Zhou “Aligned Carbon Nanotube Synaptic Transistors for Large-Scale Neuromorphic Computing” ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b03831, 2018.

S. Niu†, G. Joe†, H. Zhao†, Y. Zhou, T. Orvis, H. Huyan, J. Salman, K. Mahalingam, B. Urwin, J. Wu, Y. Liu, T. Tiwald, S. B. Cronin, B. Howe, M. Mecklenburg, R. Haiges, D. J. Singh, H. Wang*, M. A. Kats*, J. Ravichandran* “Giant optical anisotropy in a quasi-1D crystal” Nature Photonics, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0189-1, 2018.

Z. Dong, H. Zhao, D. DiMarzio, M.-G. Han, L. Zhang, J. Tice, H. Wang*, J. Guo* “Atomically Thin CBRAM Enabled by 2D Materials: Scaling Behaviors and Performance Limits” IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-7, 2018.

Y. Abate, D. Akinwande, S. Gamage, H. Wang, M. Snure, N. Poudel, S. B. Cronin “Recent Progress on Stability and Passivation of Black Phosphorus” Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704749, 2018.

X. Yan, I. Sanchez Esqueda, J. Ma, J. Tice, H. Wang* “High breakdown electric field in β-Ga2O3/graphene vertical barristor heterostructure” Applied Physics Letters, 112, 032101, 2018. (Editor’s Pick)

I. S. Esqueda, H. Tian, X. Yan, H. Wang* “Transport Properties and Device Prospects of Ultrathin Black Phosphorus on Hexagonal Boron Nitride” IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, vol. 64, no. 12, pp. 5163-5171, 2017.

H. Zhao, Z. Dong, H. Tian, D. DiMarzi, M.-G. Han, L. Zhang, X. Yan, F. Liu, L. Shen, S.-J. Han, S. Cronin, W. Wu, J. Tice, J. Guo*, H. Wang* “Atomically-thin Femtojoule Memristive Device” Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703232, 2017.

H. Tian, X. Cao, Y. Xie, X. Yan, A. Kostelec, D. DiMarzio, W. Wu, J. Tice, J. J. Cha, J. Guo*, H. Wang* “Emulating Bilingual Synaptic Response using Junction based Artificial Synaptic Device” ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b03033, 2017. featured in CBC news; ACS news; ScienceDaily; Read more

B. Liao†, H. Zhao†, E. Najafi, X. Yan, H. Tian, J. Tice, A. J. Minnich*, H. Wang*, A. H. Zewail “Spatial-Temporal Imaging of Anisotropic Photocarrier Dynamics in Black Phcosphorus” Nano Lett., 17 (6), pp 3675–3680, 2017. Read more

H. Tian, Q. Guo, Y. Xie, H. Zhao, C. Li, J. J. Cha, F. Xia*, H. Wang*, “Anisotropic Black Phosphorus Synaptic Device for Neuromorphic Applications” Advanced Materials, 28, 4991–4997, 2016. Read more

X. Ling, H. Wang*, S. Huang, F. Xia, M. Dresselhaus* “The Renaissance of Black Phosphorus” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), vol. 112, 15, pp. 4523-4530, 2015. (Perspective Article) Read more

X. Wang, A. M. Jones, K. L. Seyler, V. Tran, Y. Jia, H. Zhao, H. Wang, L. Yang, X. Xu, F. Xia “Highly Anisotropic and Robust Excitons in Monolayer Black Phosphorus” Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 10, 6, pp. 517-521, 2015. Read more

H. Wang*, X. Wang, F. Xia*, L. Wang, H. Jiang, Q. Xia, et al., “Black Phosphorus Radio-Frequency Transistors,” Nano Letters, vol. 14, 11, pp. 6414–6417, 2014. featured in ACS C&E News. Read more

F. Xia, H. Wang, D. Xiao, M. Dubey, A. Ramasubramaniam “Two-Dimensional Material Nanophotonics”, Nature Photonics, vol. 8, pp. 899–907, 2014. (Review Article)  Read more


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