Two-dimensional materials could be key to creating a computer that is ultrafast and consumes less energy by fitting billions or even trillions of transistors into a device, according to According to Phuong Nguyen, a PhD candidate under the direction of Kin Fai Mak, Physics, and Jie Shan, Applied Engineering and Physics, profiled by Cornell Research. Nguyen hopes his research at Cornell’s Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP) will lead to transistors that break free of constraints posed by three-dimensional transistors.
“The new field of two-dimensional materials aims to harness quantum particles for practical applications,” writes KeShonna Jackson ’23 in a Cornell Research profile of Nguyen. “The goal of creating a low-power, two-dimensional transistor has Nguyen searching for ways to achieve a viable superfluid—a fluid that flows without any resistance. A transistor made from a superfluid would need no energy to drive the current, transforming the way we power our myriad electronic needs.”