Professors Paola Barbara and Ed Van Keuren awarded an NSF grant

Professors Paola Barbara and Ed Van Keuren were recently awarded a $350K grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Effects of Quantum Confinement in Photosensors from Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.” This project will focus on nanostructuring two dimensional materials into nanoribbons, creating heterostructures of nanoribbons stacked with other layers, and patterning the substrates to suspend these materials on nanoscale holes. We will study the effect of these changes on the optical and electronic properties. The results of this work will help us understand their properties better, as well as potentially lead to improvements in devices such as phototransistors and other types of optical detectors.