Xu Zhang

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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Pushing Semiconductors to the Atomic Limit

Abstract: Logic and memory scaling (i.e. Moore’s Law) in the semiconductor industry have fueled the resurgence of artificial intelligence. Transforming semiconductors from 3D to 2D with atomic precision can push the ultimate scaling of integrated circuits to the fundamental “one-atom-thick” limit, from which radical improvements in performance emerge to push computing devices into a new era. Prof. Zhang’s lab developed a diverse range of electronic devices based on two- dimensional (2D) materials in monolayer form. In addition, the atomic thickness, ultra-flexibility and transparency of 2D materials could potentially enable the development of “smart skin”, which could transform ordinary objects into an intelligent distributed sensor network and create new possibilities in ambient intelligence.


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)