The Al Balushi Research Group focuses on electronic materials synthesis of thin films (compound semiconductors heterostructures, quantum materials, etc.) and nanostructures (2D materials, nanowires, quantum dots, etc.) using a variety of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques. They are interested in creating novel scalable crystal growth, processing and integration schemes of emerging materials for microelectronics and photonic devices as well as emerging quantum technologies. In addition, the group focuses on developing novel in situ growth platforms to study proximity effects in quantum materials heterostructures as well as advancing the capabilities of in situ optical probes that will ultimately aid in the discovery of metastable quantum materials with unique quantum states and investigate their structures and properties for future device applications.
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2022
- Society of Hellman Fellows, 2021
- SK Hynix Faculty Fellow, 2020
- Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2017
- Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award, 2017
- Al Balushi, Z. Y., Wang, K., Ghosh, R. K., Vilá, R. A., Eichfeld, S. M., Caldwell, J. D., ... & Robinson, J. A. (2016). Two-dimensional gallium nitride realized via graphene encapsulation. Nature Materials, 15(11), 1166-1171.
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