Joshua A. Robinson


Research Area

Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Nanomaterials, Physics


Pennsylvania State University

“What could we do with layered structures with just the right layers? What would the properties of materials be if we could really arrange the atoms the way we want them …” These words from Richard Feynman started the scientific world down the path to discover 2D materials.  Dr. Robinson’s interests span a wide range of electronic materials capable of integration into many different technologies. However, low-dimensional materials for electronic and optoelectronic, as well as and radiation sensing have become a prime focus of his research.  One such material is “graphene”, a single sheet of graphite, presents a host of remarkable physical and chemical properties, many of which originate from its special electronic band structure. However, graphene is only the tip of the iceberg.  Since 2012, Dr. Robinson’s focus has been on the synthesis and integration of 2D materials to form heterostructures with unprecedented electronic and optoelectronic performance. He focuses on developing synthesis, characterization, and integration techniques of many “beyond graphene” materials. These material systems include 2D material systems such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), transition-metal dichalcogenides in the form of MX2 (where M=transition metal such as Mo, W, Ti, Nb, etc. and X=S, Se, or Te), group IV chalcocengides, and 2D Nitrides beyond hBN.

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