The Silicene Labs Scientific Advisory Committee includes the following individuals, each of whom are outstanding professionals in the field of nano materials:


James Baker

James has recently joined the University of Manchester from BAE Systems where most recently he was Vice-President of Technology Collaboration Programmes and Managing Director of the Advanced Technology Centres in the UK. In these most recent positions, James developed new and innovative collaborative approaches to technology development and acquisition programmes as well as being responsible for the leadership of the BAE Systems corporate technology programme and activity which involved the development and commercialisation of technologies from both within BAE Systems and its partners in academia and the supply chain. He has more than 25 years’ experience of working in high technology businesses primarily in the defence, aerospace and security industry and was also a representative on the joint Industry/MoD Research and Development Group. Joining the National Graphene Institute as Business Director, he will be looking to develop the industrial partnerships and collaborations to accelerate the commercialisation opportunities for graphene, building in the knowledge base of University of Manchester – where graphene was first isolated by Professors Geim and Novoselov.


John Boeckl

John Boeckl is a recognized experts in the field of low dimensional carbon naomaterials research and device development. Dr. Boeckl was awarded the RX International Award in 2010 for his contributions to the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate by leveraging cooperative multi-national opportunities that benefit the Directorate’s graphene research area. Dr. Boeckl received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1997 from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. In 2005 he received his Ph.D. focusing on the structural and electrical characterization of III-V on group IV heteroepitaxy also at The Ohio State University. In 1996 he was awarded a Palace Knight position through Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Dayton, OH. Currently, he is a Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory on WPAFB where his studies focus on the development of nano-materials and their characterization with electron microscopy.


Linyou Cao

Linyou Cao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2010 and held a Miller Research Fellowship before he joined the faculty of NCSU in Aug. 2011. Linyou Cao’s group pioneers the controlled scalable synthesis/transfer, catalysis, and photonics of 2D transition metal dichalcogenide materials, in particular MoS2. He has received numerous recognitions, including Army Research Office Young Investigator Award and CAREER Award from National Science Foundation.


Karl Coleman

Karl Coleman is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Durham University, having previously been in the chemistry departments at the University of Oxford and the Université de Strasbourg. Karl achieved a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Leicester in 1996 and is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. His work since 2000 has focused on nanoscience and nanotechnology, particularly the chemistry of carbon nanotubes. He has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Royal Society and he has authored / co-authored over 75 publications in peer reviewed journals which have accumulated over 2,500 citations. His work has been recognised with numerous awards, including the international Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 for his development of intellectual property around the production of graphene, and the Times Higher Education Research and Innovation Award 2012. He is the secretary of the Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology subject group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Karl established Applied Graphene Materials plc in 2010.


Ayan Datta

Ayan Datta is a professor in the Department of Spectroscopy at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. He previously served as Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Datta is an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering, and was the recipient of the Young Scientist Medal of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, in 2010. Among others, his areas of specialty research include the prediction of novel properties in nanoclusters, nanotubes, and nanosheets of carbon based materials. He received his Integrated PhD – Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit – from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.


Vladimir Falko

Vladimir Falko is a Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University, Physics Department. Since the emergence of graphene, Falko has been a major player in the theoretical studies of this material and graphene-based devices. In 2006 Falko launched the conference series ‘Graphene Week’, in 2008 he has initiated the European Science Foundation Eurocores programme ‘Eurographene’, in 2001-13 participated in setting the European Graphene Flagship programme, where, now, he leads workpackage on fundamental research in graphene and related two-dimensional materials. He has been the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, and has authored/co-authored a numerous articles on graphene and other topics. Professor Falko is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal 2D Materials.


Debdeep Jena

Debdeep Jena is a professor in the electrical engineering department at the University of Notre Dame. He received the B. Tech. degree with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2003. His research and teaching interests are in the MBE growth and device applications of quantum semiconductor heterostructures, investigation of charge transport in nanostructured semiconducting materials such as graphene, nanowires and nanocrystals, and their device applications, and in the theory of charge, heat, and spin transport in nanomaterials. He is the author on several journal publications, including articles in Science, Nature Journals, Physical Review Letters, Electron Device Letters, and Applied Physics Letters, among others. He has the NSF CAREER award in 2007, the Joyce award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 2010, the ISCS Young Scientist award in 2012, and an IBM Faculty award in 2012.


Guy Le Lay

Guy Le Lay, an Emeritus Professor at Aix-Marseille University, is a well-known Physicist in Nanosciences. He is also an expert in Synchrotron Radiation, serving for eight years as a member of the European Round Table on Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers. During his career, he has chaired and organized a number of international Schools, Workshops and Conferences (one about each second year in the last 20 years) and served in many UNESCO, NATO, EC, international, national and regional panels and expert committees. Lastly, Prof. Le Lay has been the French PI of the European Collaborative Project Two-Dimensional Nanolattices. He is especially working on silicene, which he discovered with his team in Marseille and published in a seminal paper in 2012. Professor Le Lay is currently the Associate-Editor of the IOP journal “Two Dimensional Materials”.


Melbs LeMieux

Melbs LeMieux is an expert on thin films and nanomaterials. Awarded an Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Melbs spent three years at Stanford University’s Chemical Engineering Department, conducting research under the guidance of Professor Zhenan Bao. His areas of research included organic electronics, carbon nanotube enabled electronics, carbon nanotube sensors, and flexible and transparent electronic materials. In 2010, he cofounded C3Nano, Inc., developing solution processed transparent electrodes for display and touch panel devices. He has helped guide the company in winning the MIT Clean Energy Prize, as well as over $10M in fundraising. He received his Ph.D. (with honors) in materials science and engineering from Iowa State University, with emphasis on polymer physics and interfaces, under the mentorship of Prof. Vladimir Tsukruk. Melbs has co-authored over 40 publications and 10 patents.


Lok C. Lew Yan Voon

Lok C. Lew Yan Voon is a world-renowned, solid state physicist, who has published 96 peer-reviewed papers, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. Together with his student, Gian Guzmán-Verri, he was the first to prove that silicene has the same unique properties as graphene; and, in fact, Dr. Lok coined the term ‘silicene.’ Dr. Lok currently serves as the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a co-founder of Silicene Labs, LLC.


Tim Osborn

Tim H. Osborn is a computational materials scientist specializing in design, synthesis, and characterization of 2D nanomaterials. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Nanotechnology and a M.S. in Renewable and Clean Energy from Wright State University. His dissertation focused on electronic and thermal property engineering of silicene-based nanostructures. He has published three recent peer reviewed articles on silicene and presented works at the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society, and 3rd International Meeting on Silicene.


Andreas Ruediger

Dr. Andreas Ruediger is professor of nanoelectronics-nanophotonics at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-EMT) near Montréal, Canada, since 2008. His research activities are focusing on oxide-based nanoelectronics and functionalized scanning probe techniques including tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. He received his PhD in experimental physics in 2001 from Osnabrück University, Germany before spending his PostDoc as Feodor-Lynen fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation in Cambridge, UK. From 2003 to 2008, he was tenured senior scientist at the Institut für Festkörperforschung and head of the nanoarchitecture laboratory at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. To date, he has co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed scientific articles and holds 3 international patents.


Frank Schwierz

Frank Schwierz received the Ph.D. and Dr. habil. degrees from Technische Universitaet (TU) Ilmenau, Germany, in 1986 and 2003, respectively. Presently he serves as Privatdozent and Head of the RF & Nano Device Research at TU Ilmenau. His research interests include ultra-high-speed transistors and novel device and material concepts for future transistor generations. Currently he is particularly interested in two-dimensional electronic materials, such as graphene and layered materials beyond graphene. Dr. Schwierz is conducting research projects funded by the European Community, German government agencies, and the industry. Together with partners from German universities and industry he was involved in the development of the fastest Si based transistors worldwide in the late 1990s, of Europe’s smallest MOSFETs in the early 2000s, and of the world’s fastest GaN HEMTs on Si in the 2010s. He has published 240 journal and conference papers including 35 invited papers. He is author of two book chapters and of the books Modern Microwave Transistors – Theory, Design, and Performance (J. Wiley & Sons 2003) and Nanometer CMOS (Pan Stanford Publishing 2010). Dr. Schwierz is a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Kehui Wu

Kehui Wu was born in 1973 in China. He obtained his bachelor degree from the Physics department of Zhejiang Univ., China, and his Ph.d degree in condense matter physics from the Institute of Physics, CAS in year 2000. He worked in the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) in the Tohoku Univ., Japan for 5 years as postdoc and research associate. In Oct. 2004 he received support from the “100 Talent” program launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and joined the Institute of Physics. He is now a professor and group leader. His major research interest is physics of low dimensional quantum materials, and scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). In the last few years he has been working on the growth of new kinds of layered and 2D materials by MBE, and the study of their physical properties by STM/STS and HREELS. For examples, Surface plasmon excitations in ultrathin metal films; Thin films of topological insulators and their transport properties; and silicene.


Mingsheng Xu

Mingsheng is a professor in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering and a Senior Researcher in the State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials at Zhejiang University, China (2010-). He obtained his Ph.D in Department of Electronic Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. He had worked at The University of Tokyo (2003-2007), Chiba University (2005-2007), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) (2007-2011), and Osaka University (2012-2013) in Japan. His research interests cover two-dimensional (2D) layered nanomaterials, optoelectronics, nanocharacterization, nanotoxicity, clean energy, and electronic DNA sequencing. He holds more than 15 patents relevant to the apparatus and synthesis methods for continuous and scalable production of 2D materials including graphene and the 2D materials applications in electronic DNA sequencing. In 2014, he launched International Conference on 2D Layered Materials.