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Jeffrey David Cain

JeffMaterials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
Room: 1141, Cook Hall
2200 Campus Drive
Evanston Il, 60208-3113
Phone: 847-491-7798

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


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

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