VPD Group

Bin Liu

Ph.D. CandidateBin Liu, 2012
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
Email: bin-liu@northwestern.edu

Northwestern University
2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 1141
Evanston IL, 60208
Tel: (847) 491-7798
Fax: (847) 467-6573

Argonne National Laboratory
Materials Science Division
Building 212, Room C228
9700 South Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439
Tel: 630-252-4488

Educational Background

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, Anticipated June 2012

Peking University, Beijing
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics, September 2003 - July 2007

Research Projects

Metal oxides are always multifunctional, and possess colorful properties, from superconducting, semiconducting to dielectric materials; from ferroelectric, magnetic to multiferroics, etc. They have been intensely studied and widely used. I am focusing attention on the nanofabrication of ferroic metal oxides with extraordinary phenomena at the nanoscale, which are excellent candidates in next-generation field sensors and high density memory devices.

  1. Nanopatterning of Etch-Free Functional Oxides via Lift-off Techniques
  2. Sol-gel Derived Nanocomposite Ferroelectic-Magnetic Thin Films with Large Magnetoelectric Effect
  3. Nanoscale Studies of Ferroelectric Domain Motion Induced by Spin-torque Transfer in Multiferroic Materials 


  • Late, D.; Liu, B.; Luo, J.; Yan, A.; Matte, H. S. S. R.; Grayson, M.; Rao, C. N. R.; Dravid, V. P. “ GaS and GaSe Ultrathin Layer Transistors.” Advanced Materials DOI:  10.1002/adma.201201361
  •  Late, D.;* Liu, B.;* Matte, H. S. S. R.; Dravid, V.; Rao, C. N. R. “Hysteresis in Single-Layer MoS2 Field Effect Transistors.” ACS Nano DOI: 10.1021/nn301572c (* these authors made equal contribution)
  • Late, D.; Liu, B.; Matte, H. S. S. R.; Rao, C. N. R.; Dravid, V. “Rapid Characterization of Ultrathin Layers of Chalcogenides on SiO2/Si Substrates.” Advanced Functional Materials 2012, 22, 1894
  • Sun, T.; Borrasso, A.; Liu, B.; Dravid, V. “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline Zinc Manganese Ferrite.J Am Ceram Soc 2011, 94, 1490
  • Liu, B.; Sun, T.; He, J. Q.; Dravid, V. “Sol-gel-derived Epitaxial Nanocomposite Thin Films with Large Sharp Magnetoelectric Effect.ACS Nano 2010, 4, 6836


 Conference Presentation

  • Late, D.;* Liu, B.;* Matte, H. S. S. R.; Dravid, V.; Rao, C. N. R. “Hysteresis and Transient Characteristics of Atomically Thin MoS2 FET.” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2011 (* these authors made equal contribution).
  • Liu, B.; Sun, T.; He, J.; Dravid, V. “Sol-gel-derived Epitaxial Nanocomposite Thin Films With Large Magnetoelectric Effect.” Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • Liu, B.; Sun, T.; Dravid, V. “Soft Electron Beam Lithography (Soft‐eBL) Patterning of 0‐ and 1‐D Nanostructures of Magnetic and Ferroelectric Oxides.” The Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting, Richmond, VA, 2009
  • Liu, B.; Yan, A.; Sun, T.; Arachchige, I.; Kanatzidis, M.; Dravid, V. “Nanopatterning of Chalcogenide Quantum Dots via Soft Electron Beam Lithography.” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, 2008