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Paul McEuen

John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science

Clark Hall, Room 514A
plm23@cornell.edu
607-255-5193

Educational Background

B.S. 1985, Engineering Physics, University of Oklahoma. Ph.D., 1991, Applied Physics, Yale University. Post-Doctoral Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990-91. Assistant Professor, Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1992-96. Associate Professor, Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1996-2000. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2001-present. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, 1992-95; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1992-94; Packard Foundation Fellow, 1992-97; National Young Investigator, 1993-98; LBNL Outstanding Performance Award, 1997; Packard Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow, 1999; Agilent Europhysics Prize, 2001; Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003; Yale Sci. and Engr. Assoc. Award for Basic and Applied Science, 2009; National Academy of Sciences, 2011; Debut novel of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association; Distinguished Graduates Society, University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, 2013, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2015.

Website(s)

Overview

The science and technology of nanostructures, particularly carbon-based systems such as nanotubes and graphene; novel fabrication techniques at the nanometer scale; micro- and nanoscale machines and active matter; assembly and measurement of chemical and biological nanostructures

Departments/Programs

  • Physics

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Physics
  • Physics

Affiliations

  • Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)
  • Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP)
  • Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC)

Research

Our research focuses on the fabrication and study of nanostructures.  We use these structures to span the gap between the macroscopic and molecular worlds, exploring electronics, optics, mechanics, chemistry and biology at the nanoscale. Current research ranges from the use of carbon nanotubes for optoelectronics and mechanics to the use of graphene and other 2D materials for atomic-scale origami, active materials, and micro and nanomachines.

Postdocs
Lei Wang, Long Ju, Shogo Hamada, Jonathan Alden, Marcos Guimarães

Graduate Students
Kathryn McGill, Alejandro Cortese, Kyle Dorsey, Michael Reynolds

Courses

Publications

"Impermeable Atomic Membranes from Graphene Sheets," J. Scott Bunch, Scott S. Verbridge, Jonathan S. Alden, Arend M. van der Zande, Jeevak M. Parpia, Harold G. Craighead, and Paul L. McEuen, Nano Lett., ASAP 10.1021/nl801457 (2008),
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Monolayer graphene membrane deflating movie

Graphene Balloons in the news: MSNBC, New Scientist, Slashdot, about.com, photonics.com, nanowerk, physorg, USNews,

"Single-Electron Force Readout of Nanoparticle Electrometers Attached to Carbon Nanotubes," Jun Zhu, Markus Brink, and Paul L. McEuen,ASAP Nano Lett., ASAP, 10.1021/nl801295y (2008),
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In the news: Nanowerk News,

"Imaging Mechanical Vibrations in Suspended Graphene Sheets," Daniel Garcia-Sanchez, Arend M. van der Zande, A. San Paulo, B. Lassagne, Paul L. McEuen,and Adrian Bachtold Nano Lett., 8(5), 1399-1403, 10.1021/nl080201h (2008),
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"Coupling of Spin and Orbital Motion of Electrons in Carbon Nanotubes," F. Kuemmeth, S. Ilani, D. C. Ralph and P. L. McEuen, arXiv:0802.1351, Nature 452 448 (March 27, 2008),
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Supplemenatary Materials

"Terahertz time-domain measurement of ballistic electron resonance in a single-walled carbon nanotube," Zhaohui Zhong, Nathan M. Gabor, Jay E. Sharping, Alexander L. Gaeta, and P. L. McEuen, Nature Nanotechnology 3 201-205 (2008)
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"Synthesizing the Future," Paul L. McEuen, and Cees Dekker ACS Chem Biol., 3 (1), 10–12, 2008
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"Mechanical Properties of Suspended Graphene Sheets," Ian W. Frank, David M. Tanenbaum, Arend M. van der Zande, and Paul L. McEuen, Journal of Vacuum Sciences and Technology B, Vol 256, pp. 2558–2561, November 2007
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"Supported lipid bilayer/carbon nanotube hybrids," Xinjian Zhou, Jose M. Moran-Mirabal, Harold G. Craighead, and Paul L. McEuen, Nature Nanotechnology, 2, 185 (2007).
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"Electromechanical resonators from graphene sheets," J. Scott Bunch, Arend M. van der Zande, Scott S. Verbridge, Ian W. Frank, David M. Tanenbaum, Jeevak M. Parpia, Harold G. Craighead, and Paul L. McEuen, Science 315, 490 (2007).
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Graphene resonators in the news: Cornell News, Materials Today, Chemistry World, Nanomaterials News, Nature Nanotechnology, New Scientist Tech

"Transport in carbon nanotube p-i-n diodes," Ken Bosnick, Nathan Gabor, and Paul L. McEuen, Appl. Phys. Lett., 89, 163121 (2006).
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"Measurement of the quantum capacitance of interacting electrons in carbon nanotubes," Shahal Ilani, Luke A. K. Donev, Mark Kindermann, and Paul L. McEuen, Nature Physics 2, 687 (2006).
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"Probing electrostatic potentials in solution with carbon nanotube transistors," Lisa Larrimore, Suddhasattwa Nad, Xinjian Zhou, Hector Abruña, and Paul L. McEuen, Nano Lett. 6, 1329 (2006).
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"Measurement of the adhesion force between carbon nanotubes and a silicon dioxide substrate," Jed D. Whittaker, Ethan D. Minot, David M. Tanenbaum, Paul L. McEuen, and Robert C. Davis, Nano Lett. 6, 953 (2006).
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"Frequency shift imaging of quantum dots with single-electron resolution," J. Zhu, M. Brink, and P. L. McEuen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 242102 (2005).
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"Mixing at 50 GHz using a single-walled carbon nanotube transistor," S. Rosenblatt, H. Lin, V. Sazonova, S. Tiwari, and P. L. McEuen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 153111 (2005).
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"Band structure, phonon scattering, and the performance limit of single-walled carbon nanotube transistors," Xinjian Zhou, Ji-Yong Park, Shaoming Huang, Jie Liu, and Paul. L. McEuen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 146805 (2005).
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"Vibration-assisted electron tunneling in C-140 transistors," A. N. Pasupathy, J. Park, C. Chang, A. V. Soldatov, S. Lebedkin, R. C. Bialczak, J. E. Grose, L. A. K. Donev, J. P. Sethna, D. C. Ralph, and P. L. McEuen, Nano Lett. 5, 203 (2005).
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"Coulomb oscillations and Hall effect in quasi-2D graphite quantum dots," J. Scott Bunch, Yuval Yaish, Markus Brink, Kirill Bolotin, and Paul L. McEuen, Nano Lett 5, 287 (2005).
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"A tunable carbon nanotube electromechanical oscillator," Vera Sazonova, Yuval Yaish, Hande Ustunel, David Roundy, Tomas A. Arias, and Paul L. McEuen, Nature 431, 284 (2004).
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"The Kondo effect in the presence of ferromagnetism," A. N. Pasupathy, R. C. Bialczak, J. Martinek, J. E. Grose, L. A. K. Donev, P. L. McEuen, and D. C. Ralph, Science 306, 86 (2004).
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"Noncontact-AFM imaging of molecular surfaces using single-wall carbon nanotube technology," J. S. Bunch, T. N. Rhodin, and P. L. McEuen, Nanotechnology 15, S76 (2004).
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"Determination of electron orbital magnetic moments in carbon nanotubes," E. D. Minot, Yuval Yaish, Vera Sazonova, and Paul L. McEuen, Nature 428, 536 (2004).
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"Electron-phonon scattering in metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes," Ji-Yong Park, Sami Rosenblatt, Yuval Yaish, Vera Sazonova, Hande Ustunel, Stephan Braig, T. A. Arias, Piet Brouwer, and Paul L. McEuen, Nano Lett. 4, 517 (2004).
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"Controlled assembly of dendrimer-like DNA," Yougen Li, Yolanda D. Tseng, Sang Y. Kwon, Leo D'Espaux, J. Scott Bunch, Paul L. McEuen, and Dan Luo, Nature Materials 3, 38 (2004).
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"Electrical nanoprobing of semiconducting carbon nanotubes using an atomic force microscope," Yuval Yaish, Ji-Yong Park, S. Rosenblatt, Vera Sazonova, Markus Brink, Paul L. McEuen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 046401 (2004).
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"Wiring up single molecules," Jiwoong Park, Abhay N. Pasupathy, Jonas I. Goldsmith, Alexander V. Soldatov, Connie Chang, Yuval Yaish, James P. Sethna, Héctor D. Abruña, Daniel C. Ralph and Paul L. McEuen, Thin Solid Films, 438, 457 (2003).
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"Tuning carbon nanotube bandgaps with strain," E. D. Minot, Yuval Yaish, Vera Sazonova, Ji-Yong Park, Markus Brink, and Paul L. McEuen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 156401 (2003).
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