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McKelvey School of Engineering

Freestanding Nanomembranes from Materials Innovation to AI hardware

Monday, October 4 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, 12
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Sang-Hoon Bae, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Washington University in St. Louis. 

The conventional electronic system has been developed upon Si-based thin-films because of their exceptional cost-effectiveness and mature processing systems. However, there are fundamental limitations in using conventional systems for future electronics such as wearable devices, biomedical devices, and edge computing devices. One of these most prevalent limitations is that current thin-film electronic systems have been developed on rigid wafers, which causes serious physical constrains because of the thick nature of the materials on the rigid wafers. Thus, an alternative approach has been required to secure mechanically low stiffness of materials and devices.

In this talk, I will discuss about our recent effort to tackle the aforementioned challenge by developing freestanding nanomembranes. First of all, we have conceived an idea to grow single crystalline materials on graphene-coated substrates. As graphene has information transparency, crystallographic information can penetrate through graphene as long as substrate’s materials have polarity. Also, the slippery nature of graphene enables producing freestanding nanomembranes by exfoliating the grown single crystalline materials from the graphene coated substrates. With such freestanding nanomembranes, we have developed heterogeneously integrated in-sensor artificial intelligence (AI) computing devices. Second, we have developed mechanics to produce large-scale 2D materials by playing interfacial toughness contrast. As this approach allows producing various 2D materials at large-scale, various applications can be demonstrated at practical level. With such method, we recently succeeded, for the first time, in producing wide-bandgap 2D materials at practical level, showing a record photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY). Also, we have designed a stackable AI hardware using 2D materials’ outstanding mechanical property. 

Event Type



McKelvey School of Engineering


Science & Technology

Institute of Materials Science & Engineering
Event Contact

Beth Gartin bgartin@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Sang-Hoon Bae is an Assistant Professor in Washington University in St. Louis. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before joining Washington University. He earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Professor Yang Yang in 2017. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in materials science and engineering from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea, under the supervision of Professor Jong-Hyun Ahn in 2013. He completed research internships at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (2014) and Samsung Display (2010). He has published more than 50 papers in notable journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, and Nature Electronics with over 6000 citations. His h-index is 35 as of September 2021

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