Duan, Xiangfeng


Duan Xiangfeng


Dr. Duan is an Associate Professor at UCLA. He received a B.S degree in chemistry from University of Science and Technology and China, Hefei, China, in 1997; M.A. degree in chemistry and Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1999 and 2002, respectively.

From 2002 to 2008, he was a Founding Scientist, Principal Scientist and Manager of Advanced Technology at Nanosys Inc., a nanotechnology startup founded based partly on his doctoral research. In 2008, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Duan’s research in inorganic nanostructures contributed significantly to recent advancements in nanoscience and nanotechnology. His doctoral research in semiconductor nanowires pioneered the recent blossom in nanowire based research and technology. While at Nanosys, Dr. Duan was responsible for identifying new technological opportunities based on inorganic nanostructures and advancing the newest ideas into compelling technological demonstrations. He is the leading inventor of a number of the most important nanotechnology inventions. His current research interests include heteointegration of nanoscale materials, development of novel nanoscale device concepts and exploration of their potential in future electronics, energy science and biomedical science. Dr. Duan has published about 100 technical papers in leading scientific journals, and holds more than 50 patents or patent applications.

Research Interests

Hetero-integrated Nanostructures and Nanodevices

The Duan Lab’s research interests include nanoscale materials, devices and their applications in future electronics, energy technologies and biomedical science. The research focuses on rational design and synthesis of highly complex nanostructures with precisely controlled chemical composition, structural morphology and physical dimension; fundamental investigation of new chemical, optical, electronic and magnetic properties; and exploration of new technological opportunities arising in these nanoscale materials. A strong emphasis is placed on the hetero-integration of multi-composition, multi-structure and multi-function at the nanoscale, and by doing so, creating a new generation of integrated nanosystems with unprecedented performance or unique functions to break the boundaries of traditional technologies.

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Honors & Awards

  • 2022   Herbert Newby McCoy Award, UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 2020   Honorable Mention – Outstanding Discovery Award, UCLA College, Division of Physical Sciences
  • 2020   MRS Middle Career Award
  • 2018   Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2018   Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2018   Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science
  • 2018   Finalist for 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
  • 2017   Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science
  • 2017   Intl Society of Electrochemistry Zhao-Wu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry
  • 2017   Xingda Lectureship from Peking University
  • 2016   Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science
  • 2016   Elsevier Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2015   Finalist for 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
  • 2015   NanoKorean Award
  • 2013  Beilby Medal and Prize
  • 2012  Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship
  • 2012  IUMRS MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award
  • 2012  Dupont Young Professor
  • 2012  Department of Energy Early Career Scientist
  • 2012  Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator
  • 2012  Office of Naval Research Young Investigator
  • 2012  3M Non-tenured Faculty Award
  • 2011  UCLA Herbert Newby McCoy Research Award
  • 2011  Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2011  Alpha Chi Sigma Glen T. Seaborg Award
  • 2011  Ranked 41st among Top-100 Most Cited Chemists during 2000-2010 (Thomson Reuters)
  • 2011  Ranked 20th among Top-100 Most Cited Materials Scientists during 2000-2010
  • 2010  Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor
  • 2010  National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2008  National Institute of Health Director’s New Innovator Award
  • 2006  NASA Nanotech Brief “Nano 50” Innovator Award
  • 2006  American Chemical Society Regional Industry Innovation Award
  • 2003  MIT Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovators Award
  • 2001  National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition Award
  • 2001  Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award Gold Medal
  • 1996  President Guo Moruo Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China

Representative Publications

Below is the list of selected and most recent publications.  For the full list, please visit here.

  • Chemical vapour deposition growth of large single crystals of monolayer and bilayer graphene
    H. Zhou, W. J. Yu, L. Liu, R. Cheng, Y. Chen, X. Huang, Y. Liu, Y. Wang, Y. Huang and X. Duan, Nature Commun. In press, (2013) doi:10.1038/ncomms3096
  • Nanoscale devices: Untangling nanowire assembly
    N. O. Weiss and X. Duan. Nature Nanotech. 8, 312-313 (2013) doi:10.1038/nnano.2013.83
  • Transferred wrinkled Al2O3 for highly stretchable and transparent graphene/carbon nanotube transistors
    S. H. Chae, W. J. Yu, J. J. Bae, D. L. Duong, D. Perello, H. Y. Jeong, Q. H. Ta, T. H. Ly, Q. A. Vu, M. H. Yun, X. Duan, and Y. H. Lee, Nature Mater. 12, 403-409 (2013) doi:10.1038/nmat3572
  • Vertically stacked multi-heterostructures of layered materials for logic transistors and complementary inverters
    W. J. Yu, Z. Li, H. Zhou, Y. Chen, Y. Wang, Y. Huang and X. Duan, Nature Mater. 12, 246–252 (2013) doi:10.1038/nmat3518
  • A low-temperature method to produce highly reduced graphene oxide
    H. Feng, R. Cheng, X. Zhao, X. Duan and J. Li, Nature Commun. 4, 1539 (2013) doi:10.1038/ncomms2555
  • High frequency self-aligned graphene transistors with transferred gate stack
    R. Cheng, J. Bai, L. Liao, H. Zhou, Y. Chen, L. Liu, Y. Lin, S. Jiang, Y. Huang, and X. Duan, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109, 11588-11592 (2012) doi:10.1073/pnas.1205696109
  • Plasmon resonance enhanced multicolour photodetection by graphene
    Y. Liu, R. Cheng, L. Liao, H. Zhou, J. Bai, G. Liu, L. Liu, Y. Huang and X. Duan, Nature Commun. 2, 579 (2011) doi:10.1038/ncomms1589
  • High speed graphene transistors with a self-aligned nanowire gate
    L. Liao, Y. Lin, M. Bao, R. Cheng, J. Bai, Y. Liu, Y. Qu, K.L. Wang, Y. Huang, and X. Duan, Nature 467, 305-308 (2010) doi:10.1038/nature09405
  • Very large magnetoresistance in graphene nanoribbons
    J. Bai., R. Cheng, F. Xiu, L. Liao, M. Wang, A. Shailos, K. L. Wang, Y. Huang, and X. Duan, Nature Nanotech. 5, 655-659 (2010) doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.154
  • High-yield self-limiting single-nanowire assembly with dielectrophoresis
    E. M. Freer, O. Grachev, X. Duan, S. Martin, and D.P. Stumbo, Nature Nanotech. 5, 525-530 (2010) doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.157
  • High-k oxide nanoribbons as gate dielectrics for high mobility top-gated graphene transistors
    L. Liao, J. Bai, Y. Qu, Y. Lin, Y. Li, Y. Huang, and X. Duan, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107, 6711-6715 (2010) doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914117107
  • Graphene nanomesh
    J. Bai, X. Zhong, S. Jiang, Y. Huang, and X. Duan, Nature Nanotech. 5, 190-194 (2010) doi:10.1038/nnano.2010.8