Faculty Profile

Pinshane Huang

Materials Science and Engineering
Pinshane Huang
Pinshane Huang
Assistant Professor
258 Seitz Materials Research Lab MC 230
104 S. Goodwin
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-2574

Primary Research Area

  • Electronic Materials

Education

  • PhD, Cornell University, Applied and Engineering Physics
  • MS, Cornell University, Applied and Engineering Physics
  • BA, Carleton College, Department of Physics (with Distinction)

Biography

Pinshane Huang started as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in August 2015.￿She holds a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. Her Ph.D. research focused around transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy of two-dimensional materials. This work produced iconic images showing how defects occur in atomically thin materials such as graphene, 2D dichalcogenides, and silica glass. Her awards include a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the William Nichols Findley Award for Exceptional Research from Cornell University, and conference awards from the Microscopy Society of America, American Ceramics Society, and Microbeam Analysis Society. Her research has been featured in National Geographic, BusinessWeek, CBS News, Discover Magazine, and the Guinness Book of World Records.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, 2015-present
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Illinois, Materials Research Laboratory, 2015-present
  • Affiliate Faculty, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute, 2015-present

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Research Statement

Our group uses transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy to understand nanomaterials and devices at the atomic scale. Using recent advances in aberration-corrected electron microscopy, we aim to image the structure, bonding, electronic, optical properties of materials with unprecedented precision￿especially in 2D materials such as graphene. Studying this new class of nanomaterials offers a two-fold opportunity: first, 2D materials serve as model systems to directly correlate the structure and properties of individual atomic features. In these studies, the reduced dimensionality of 2D materials allow us to access new regimes in complex materials systems, such as the real-space, atomic-scale structure of glass.￿ Second, because defects, dopants, and interfaces have dramatic effects on the properties of materials that are only a single unit-cell thick, these studies allow for dramatic tuning of the properties of 2D materials. Together, this research aims to harness the incredible insights of atom-by-atom microscopy to design novel nanomaterials and devices.

Research Areas

  • Electronic Materials

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for Spring 2017 - MSE 481: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (2018)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for Fall 2017 - MSE 182: Introduction to Materials Science (2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for Spring 2017 - MSE 481: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for Fall 2016 - MSE 182: Introduction to Materials Science (2016)

Research Honors

  • Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics (2018)
  • Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, UIUC (2018)
  • Packard Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2017)
  • Albert Crewe Award, Microscopy Society of America (2017)
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2017)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2016)
  • William Nichols Findley Award for Exceptional Research, Cornell University (2013)
  • Presidential Scholarship Award, Microscopy Society of America (2012)
  • Castaing Award, Microanalysis Society (2012)