VPD Group

Jeffrey David Cain

Materials Science and EngineeringJeff
Northwestern University
Room: 1141, Cook Hall
2200 Campus Drive
Evanston Il, 60208-3113

Phone: 847-491-7798

Email: jeffreycain2012@u.northwestern.edu
Curriculum Vitae



Northwestern University, Doctoral Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering


Michigan State University
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, with Honors
B.S. Physics, with Honors

Research Objectives and Approach

I work to explore potential exotic phenomena of materials under spatial and dimensional confinement in two-dimensional chalcogenide layered structures.  Specifically, I study the CVD synthesis of two-dimensional materials, their alloys and heterostructures, as well as growth mechanisms. This is done through a full suite of characterization techniques including electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy and photo-spectroscopy (photoluminescence, Raman scattering) among others. I am also engaged in a wide variety of studies looking at the electronic and photonic properties of 2D materials; this is a multi/interdisciplinary effort done in collaboration with groups throughout NU Physics, EECS, Chemistry and Applied Physics.

Honors and Awards

2016, IIN Outstanding Researcher Award- International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University

2016, Terminal Year Doctoral Fellowship- Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

2015, Ryan Fellowship for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University-International Institute of Nanotechnology

2013, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, Northwestern University

2013, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (declined in favor of NDSEG), Northwestern University


SELECT PUBLICATIONS (A full list can be found in CV, linked above)

  • J.D. Cain, E.D. Hanson, F. Shi, V.P. Dravid, “Emerging Opportunities in the Two-Dimensional Chalcogenide Systems and Architecture”, Curr. Opin. Solid State Mater. Sci. (2016) (DOI: 10.1016/j.cossms.2016.06.001)
    *Invited review article
  • J.D. Cain, F. Shi, J. Wu, V.P. Dravid, “Growth Mechanism of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers: The Role of Self-Seeding Fullerene Nuclei”, ACS Nano (2016)
  • Y. Huang*, J. D. Cain*, L. Peng, S. Hao, T. Chasapis, M. G. Kanatzidis, C. Wolverton, M. Grayson, V.P. Dravid, “Evaporative Thinning: A Facile Synthesis Method for High Quality Ultrathin Layers of 2D Crystals”, ACS Nano10, 10851 (2014)
    *These authors contributed equally.
  • Y. Zhang, E. Skoug, J.D. Cain, V. Ozoliņ, D. Morelli, C. Wolverton, “First-principles description of anomalously low lattice thermal conductivity in thermoelectric Cu-Sb-Se ternary semiconductors”, Phys. Rev. B. 85, 054306 (2012)
  • E.J. Skoug, J.D. Cain, D.T. Morelli, “High thermoelectric figure of merit in the Cu3SbSe4- Cu3SbS4 solid solution”, Applied Physics Letters 98, 261911 (2011)