User Support Group

The User Support Group consists of scientific experts, technicians and training personnel available for collaboration with and consultation by external users of the 2DCC-MIP.  User support is partitioned into three main user groups (synthesis, theory, and characterization).  This committee will aid in coordinating and prioritizing resources needed to execute the objectives of projects selected for facility use.

Contact a user support group advocate to discuss your research prior to submission to help ensure you develop and effective proposal that is in line with the solicitation and the 2DCC-MIP focus. 

User Support Advocates

Joan Redwing


Joan Redwing
(p) 814-865-8665


Vin Crespi
(p) 814-863-0163


Nitin Samarth
(p) 814-863-0136

Selected Proposals

If you are selected to use the facility as determined during the proposal review process, the advocate of your user support group will contact you to develop critical details needed for a successful experiment and initiate the process of becoming an official user.  

General Questions

For general information or questions on user programs, contact the Director of User Programs, Joshua Robinson or read the FAQs.

User Programs

Josh Robinson
(p) 814-863-8567

2DCC Affiliated Faculty: Expertise Related to 2D Materials

Synthesis:  Lead Contact – Joan Redwing (; 814-865-8665)

Cui-Zu Chang

Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) of topological insulators 

Roman Engel-Herbert

Hybrid Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) of TMDs

Zhiqiang Mao

Bulk synthesis and exfoliation of TMD's, mono-chalcogenides and alloys

Joan Redwing

CVD, MOCVD of TMDs and Group III, IV, V chalcogenides

Joshua Robinson

MOCVD of TMDs, epi-graphene, confinement heteroepitaxy 

Nitin Samarth

Advanced MBE (with ARPES and STM) of TMDs and Group V chalcogenides, and low-temperature SQUID characterization

Mauricio Terrones

CVD and liquid phase synthesis of TMDs and characterization

Theory/Computation: Lead Contact – Vin Crespi (; 814-863-0163)

Vin Crespi Theory and development of new simulation tools for 2D systems and innovative nanomaterials 

Adri van Duin

ReaxFF applied to new materials systems; Director of the Materials Computation Center

Chaoxing Liu

Prediction of emergent quantum properties

Wesley Reinhart

Data science, machine learning, natural language processing 

Yuan Xuan 

Fluid dynamics simulations

Characterization: Lead Contact – Nitin Samarth (; 814-863-0136)

Nasim Alem

Atomic structure of 2D crystals using ultra-high resolution aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy

Saptarshi Das

Device properties, advanced materials and devices

Venkat Gopalan

Optical materials and probes, use of in situ optical spectroscopies to study 2D growth and properties

Eric Hudson

Advanced scanned-probe studies of layered materials

Jun Zhu

Transport properties, fundamental and novel electronic properties