Faculty Profile

Arend van der Zande

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Arend van der Zande
Arend van der Zande
Assistant Professor
342 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-2912


  • Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 2011
  • Master of Science, Physics, Cornell University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics and Mathematics, University of California Santa Cruz, 2003

Academic Positions

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, 2004-2010
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2011-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Frontier Research Center, Columbia University, 2012-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015 - Present

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Research Interests

  • Professor van der Zande's research re-engineers classic 3D systems at atomic length scale like mechanical structures such as atomically-thin membranes or flexible films and electronic structures such as transistors or photodiodes. We utilize molecular scale building blocks made from new 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide. The materials are naturally stable at only one to a few atoms thick and can be grown or manually manipulated to build heterostructures with tailored properties by stacking 2D materials layer-by-layer, like lego building blocks. These new structures are then used in applications that lie at the forefront of nanotechnology such as highly-tunable nano-electro-mechanical systems, flexible electronics, pushing Moore￿s Law, sensors, biological interfaces and new energy systems.

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