Carnegie Mellon University

Randall Feenstra

Professor of Physics

Condensed Matter Experiment
Wean Hall 6408

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Prof. Randy Feenstra

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: California Institue of Technology (1982)
M.S.: California Institue of Technology (1980)

Professional Societies:
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American Vacuum Society

Honors and Awards:
American Physical Society Outstanding Referee, 2009
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award, 2000
Peter Mark Memorial Award of the American Vacuum Society, 1989
IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, 1987

Curriculum ViTAE

Humboldt Visiting Professor, Technical University, Berlin (Germany), 2001
Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995–
Research Staff Member, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights (NY), 1982–1995 

Research Interests

The research activities of my group deal with structural and electronic properties of semiconductor materials and devices. A major tool used in the studies is the scanning tunneling microscope, which allows one to image the atomic structure of a surface and to perform spectroscopic measurements of the electronic energy levels. Many of the studies deal with semiconductor heterostructures consisting of multiple layers of different types of material, with the goal of understanding how the structure of the device (including imperfections and defects) determines its electronic properties. Growth of semiconductor heterostructures has been performed in my laboratory using molecular beam epitaxy, for GaN in particular (a semiconductor with a relatively large band gap, used for blue light-emitting devices and for microwave transistor applications).

Most recently we have focused on the study of two-dimensional (2D) materials, including graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). We prepare these materials by growth at high temperatures, and we characterize them using both scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy. The latter permits both diffraction and imaging of the surfaces, with nm-scale resolution. Additionally, spectroscopic observation of energy levels above the vacuum level is performed, which is particularly useful for these 2D materials. Heterostructures consisting of alternating layers of graphene and h-BN are being studied, because of the unique current-voltage characteristic for tunneling in such structures.

Recent Publications

Y. Pan, S. Fölsch, Y. Nie, D. Waters, Y.-C. Lin, B. Jariwala, K. Zhang, K. Cho, J. A. Robinson, and R. M. Feenstra, Quantum-Confined Electronic States arising from the Moiré Pattern of MoS2-WSe2 HeterobilayersNano Letters, to appear (2018)

Y.-C. Lin, B. Jariwala, B. M. Bersch, K. Xu , Y. Nie, B. Wang, S. M. Eichfeld, X. Zhang, T. H. Choudhury, Y. Pan, R. Addou , C. M. Smyth, J. Li, K. Zhang, M. A. Haque, S. Fölsch, R. M. Feenstra , R. M. Wallace , K. Cho, S. K. Fullerton-Shirey, J. M. Redwing, and J. A. Robinson, Realizing Large-Scale, Electronic-Grade Two-Dimensional SemiconductorsACS Nano, ASAP (2018)

R. M. Feenstra, S. de la Barrera, J. Li, Y. Nie, and K. Cho, Magnitude of the Current in Two-Dimensional Interlayer Tunneling DevicesJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter 30, 055703 (2018)

K. Zhang, B. Jariwala, J. Li, N. C. Briggs, B. Wang, D. Ruzmetov, R. A. Burke, J. O. Lerach, T. G. Ivanov, M. Haque, R. M. Feenstra and J. A. Robinson, Large scale 2D/3D hybrids based on gallium nitride and transition metal dichalcogenidesNanoscale 10, 336 (2018)

S. Subramanian, D. D. Deng, K. Xu, N. Simonson, K. Wang, K. H. Zhang, J. Li, R. Feenstra, S. K. Fullerton-Shirey, and J. A. Robinson, Properties of synthetic epitaxial graphene/molybdenum disulfide lateral heterostructuresCarbon 125, 551 (2017)

W. Yan, W. Sitaputra, M. Skowronski, and R. M. Feenstra, Growth and electronic properties of nanolines on TiO2-terminated SrTiO3(001) surfacesJ. Appl. Phys. 122, 124305 (2017)

A. Ismach, H. Chou, P. Mende, A. Dolocan, R. Addou, S. Aloni, R. Wallace, R. Feenstra, R. S. Ruoff, and L. Colombo, Carbon-assisted chemical vapor deposition of hexagonal boron nitride2D Materials 4, 025117 (2017)

P.C. Mende, Q. Gao, A. Ismach, H. Chou, M. Widom, R. Ruoff, L. Colombo, R.M. Feenstra, Characterization of hexagonal boron nitride layers on nickel surfaces by low-energy electron microscopySurf. Sci. 659, 31 (2017)

Y. Yang, G. Cheng, P. Mende, I. G. Calizo, R. M. Feenstra, C. Chuang, C. W. Liu, G. R. Jones, A. R. Hight Walker, R. E. Elmquist, Epitaxial graphene homogeneity and quantum Hall effect in millimeter-scale devicesCarbon 115, 229 (2017)

J. Li, Y. Nie, K.-J. Cho, R. M. Feenstra, Characteristics of Interlayer Tunneling Field-Effect Transistors Computed by a “DFT-Bardeen” MethodJournal of Electronic Materials 46, 2 (2017)

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