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2D Materials and Devices Group

Head of 2DMD Group

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy,
University of Cambridge,
27 Charles Babbage Road,
Cambridge, CB3 0FS
Contact number: +44 (0)1223 767061

Prof. Manish Chhowalla


Manish Chhowalla is the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the fundamental studies of atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). In particular, his group studies the properties of different phases of 2D TMDs. He has demonstrated that it is possible to induce phase transformations in atomically thin materials and utilise phases with disparate properties for field effect transistors, catalysis, and energy storage. Prof. Chhowalla is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Materials Research Society, and Churchill College. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Applied Materials Today, Associate Editor of ACS Nano, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability. He has been on the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers since 2016. Prior to Cambridge, he was a Professor at Rutgers University in NJ, USA.


Professional Preparation:

  • Rutgers University, Materials Science and Engineering, B.S., 1992
  • University of Cambridge, (UK), Electrical Engineering, Ph.D., 1998



  • Chair in Emerging Technologies: Atomically thin semiconductors, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2024
  • Partner and Research Area Lead of Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Cambridge
  • Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science, University of Cambridge.


Awards & Honors:

  • Fellow of Materials Research Society; elected in Jan 2017
  • Fellow of Institute of Physics; elected in 2015.
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry; elected in 2014.
  • Clarivate (formerly Web of Science) Most Highly Cited Researchers (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • Institute of Physics of Ireland Lectureship (September 2013).
  • Donald H Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics (Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2012).
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor in Department of Applied Physics, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (June 30, 2016 - Present).
  • UK Royal Society’s Wolfson Merit Award (2018 & 2009).
  • U.S. National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for Young Investigators (April 2006)
  • Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Investigator for the Mid-Atlantic Region (2006).
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2001–2003).
  • Wolfson College (University of Cambridge) Junior and Senior Research Fellow
  • > 200 Invited Talks at Major International Conferences.
  • >50,000 citations and H-index = 88 (Google Scholar).


Selected Professional Activities:

  • Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability, 2024
  • Member of MRS, AAAS, ACS
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief of Applied Materials Today (May 2015 – May 2016)
  • Associate Editor of ACS Nano (June 1, 2016).
  • Editorial Boards of ACS NanoJournal of Materials Chemistry AAdvances in Materials Science and Engineering, NPG 2D Materials and Applications
  • Director of Nanotechnology for Clean Energy NSF IGERT Graduate Training Program for US Students (Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2015).
  • Co-Founder of GraphenEx –Start-up Company Supplying high-quality graphene and related materials.
  • MRS Webinar on 2D Materials, July 22, 2015.


Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy,
University of Cambridge,
27 Charles Babbage Road,
Cambridge, CB3 0FS

Dr. Yan Wang



  • PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge (UK), Materials Science and Metallurgy, 2018-21
  • M.S., Peking University (China), Microelectronics, 2016
  • B.S., Jiangnan University (China), Microelectronics, 2013


Research Interests:

  • Electronic and photoelectronic devices based on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides


Awards & Honours:

  • Title A Fellow Elect, St John's College, 2024 - Present
  • Postdoctoral By-Fellow, Churchill College, 2022 - 2024
  • Armourers and Brasiers Company Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2022
  • MRS Fall Meeting Gold Graduate Student Award, 2019
  • Trinity-Henry Barlow Scholarship, Cambridge University-Trinity College, 2018 - 2021
  • Excellent Graduate Student Award for top 1% of Students, Beijing District, 2016


Professional Activities:

  • Member of MRS, IEEE
  • Reviewer for Nature, ACS Nano, Nature Communications, Nano Lett, Matter, npj 2D Materials and Applications, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Materials Today Electronics, Nanoscale and other journals
  • Research Assistant, Rutgers University (USA), Materials Science and Engineering, 2018
  • Rutgers RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) program (2018) – Mentor to Jenny Martinez for 10 weeks’ research.
  • Broadening Participation in Materials Undergraduate Student Event at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting – Mentor to Monika Eggenberger



  • Yan Wang*, Soumya Sarkar, Han Yan, Manish Chhowalla*, “Perspectives on critical challenges in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides for electronics”, Nature Electronics, Accepted.
  • Yiru Zhu, Juhwan Lim, Zhepeng Zhang, Yan Wang* , Soumya Sarkar, Hugh Ramsden, Yang Li, Han Yan, Dibya Phuyal, Nicolas Gauriot, Akshay Rao, Robert L. Z. Hoye, Goki Eda, Manish Chhowalla*, “Room temperature photoluminescence mediated by sulfur vacancies in 2D molybdenum disulfide”, ACS Nano, 17, 13545-13553, (2023) 
  • Yan Wang, Jong Kim, Yang Li, Kyung Yeol Ma, Seokmo Hong, Minsu Kim, Hyeon Suk Shin, Hu Young Jeong, Manish Chhowalla, “P-type electrical contacts for 2D transition metal dichalcogenides”, Nature, 610, 61–66 (2022)
  • Kyung Yeol M, Leining Zhang, Sunghwan Jin, Yan Wang, Seong In Yoon, Hyuntae Hwang, Da Sol Jeong, Shahana Chatterjee, Gwangwoo Kim, A-Rang Jang, Jieun Yang, Hu Young Jeong, Rodney Ruoff, Manish Chhowalla, Feng Ding, “Epitaxial single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride multilayers on Ni (111)”, Nature, 606, 88–93 (2022)
  • Yan Wang, Manish Chhowalla, “Making clean electrical contacts on 2D transition metal dichalcogenides”, Nature Reviews Physics, 4, 101–112 (2022) [Invited Expert Recommendation]
  • Chit Siong Lau, Jing Yee Chee, Yee Sin Ang, Shi Wun Tong, Liemao Cao, Zi-En Ooi, Tong Wang, Lay Kee Ang, Yan Wang, Manish Chhowalla, Kuan Eng Johnson Goh, “Quantum Transport in Two-Dimensional WS2 with High-Efficiency Carrier Injection through Indium Alloy Contacts”, ACS Nano, 14, 13700-13708 (2020)
  • Ryan J Wu, Sagar Udyavara, Rui Ma, Yan Wang, Manish Chhowalla, Steven J Koester, Matthew Neurock, K Andre Mkhoyan. “Visualizing the metal-MoS2 contacts in two-dimensional field-effect transistors with atomic resolution”, Physical Review Materials, 3, 111001 (2019)
  • Yan Wang, Jong Chan Kim, Ryan J. Wu, Jenny Martinez, Xiuju Song, Jieun Yang, Fang Zhao, Andre Mkhoyan, Hu Young Jeong, Manish Chhowalla. “Ultra-clean van der Waals contacts between three-dimensional metals and two-dimensional semiconductors”, Nature, 568, 70–74 (2019)
  • Yan Wang, Raymond Fullon, Muharrem Acerce, Christopher E. Petoukhoff, Jieun Yang, Chenggan Chen, Songnan Du, Sin Ki Lai, Shu Ping Lau, Damien Voiry, Deirdre O'Carroll, Gautam Gupta, Aditya D. Mohite, Shengdong Zhang, Hang Zhou, Manish Chhowalla. "Solution-Processed MoS2/Organolead Trihalide Perovskite Photodetectors." Advanced Materials, 29, 4, (2017)
  • Yan Wang, Zhonggao Xia, Songnan Du, Fang Yuan, Zigang Li, Zhenjun Li, Qing Dai, Haolan Wang, Shiqiang Luo, Shengdong Zhang, Hang Zhou “Solution-Processed Photodetectors based onOrganic-inorganic Hybrid Perovskite and Nanocrystalline Graphite”, Nanotechnology, 27, 175201, (2016)
  • Yan Wang, Zhonggao Xia, Jun Liang, Xinwei Wang, Yiming Liu, Chuan Liu, Shengdong Zhang and Hang Zhou, “Towards printed perovskite solar cells with cuprous oxide hole transportinglayers: a theoretical design”, Semiconductor Science and Technology. 30, 054004, 2015 (one of the Semiconductor Science and Technology Highlights of 2015).


Latest Happenings in the 2DMD Sphere

2DMD Members at Diamond Light Source

Members of the 2DMD group at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot, UK) this week to characterise our battery and electronic materials. No sleep but getting good data!

9-13th July 2024

A New Vision for MRS Energy & Sustainability

Prof. Chhowalla's Editorial "A new vision for MRS Energy & Sustainability" has been published online in MRS Energy and Sustainability. Full text can be accessed here:

9th July 2024

Congratulations 2DMD!

A paper (Recent Advances in Design of Electrocatalysts for High-Current-Density-Water Splitting) from our group is one of the top ten most cited papers in Advanced Materials! See:

11th July 2024

Congratulations Dr. Sami for being awarded the RAEng Enterprise Fellowship

Dr. Ismail Sami was one of the 12 people awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, which marks the start of a 12-month entrepreneurial journey with the Enterprise Hub. He was awarded it for Molyon, a company based around High-energy and long-life lithium-sulfur batteries.

4th July 2024

Dinner with Prof. Govind Gupta at Sala Thong

It was nice to host Prof. Govind Gupta from CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi, India) in the 2DMD Group. The visit was funded by the Royal Society International Exchange programme. We are collaborating with Prof. Gupta on integrating 2D materials with III-V semiconductors.

3rd July 2024

Post-Away Day 2DMD Ultimate Frisbee Match

An exciting post-Away Day 2DMD Ultimate Frisbee Team match in the rain! It sure was an action-packed day!

3rd July 2024

2DMD Away Day 2024

Gathered in King's College for the 2DMD Away Day to discuss and share about various topics from abstract writing to poster presentations!

3rd July 2024


Congratulations Dr. Wang!

Dr. Yan Wang officially started as an independent PI in the 2DMD on July 1. Well done Yan and good luck!

1st July 2024



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