Hinkle, Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
Physics, North Carolina State University
Ph.D. Physics, North Carolina State University
Our research group combines innovative materials growth,
interface and chemical bonding analysis, and state-of-the-art devices
to significantly enhance the knowledge and performance capabilities of
nanoelectronic, optoelectronic, and energy storage applications.
Our approach utilizes advanced molecular beam epitaxy techniques
and highly developed materials characterization to fundamentally
understand the growth process, material nanostructure, chemical
bonding, and experimentally determined band structure. We then
correlate those findings with advanced electrical transport
measurements with devices that we fabricate to take full advantage of
the novel properties of the materials and heterostructures that we
Our current research is
1) the development of 2D materials (HfSe2, MoS2,
h-BN, stannanane) and heterostructures for advanced low-power
electronics such as the broken-gap tunnel FET and the BiSFET.
2) the heterogeneous integration of high-mobility
channel materials (GaN, Ge, InGaAs) on bulk Si (100) with high-k/metal
gates and advanced low-resistivity contacts for high-performance
3) defect reduction for enhanced efficiency in Si CMOS
compatible quantum dot based optoelectronics.
4) the fabrication of novel materials for Li-ion
battery electrodes and a detailed understanding of their degradation
interaction with electrolytes.