Nanoelectronics, mesoscopic physics, charge and spin transport in low dimensional systems.
Jia Grace Lu received her dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1993 and 1997, respectively. Currently she holds a joint appointment at Physics and Electrical Engineering Departments.
Her research focuses on the investigation of metals and semiconductors whose size is reduced to the nanoscale (less than 1/1000 of the width of a human hair). Her research activities include the fabrication of nanostructures using both lithography and self-assembly techniques; characterization of their electrical, optical and magnetic properties; and development of nanoscale systems with enhanced functionality. In particular, she is interested in the quantum states and dynamics of electron charge and electron spin which will be essential for future applications in high density, low power and ultra fast electronics, such as memory and logic circuits, chemical/biological sensors, optoelectronic devices, spintronic devices, and energy generation elements. She has been the recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2002, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004, and the Maseeh Best Faculty Research Award in 2005.