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Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to “discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost.”  Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools.
The 2DCC-MIP is funded by NSF cooperative agreement DMR-1539916.

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

Vincent Crespi


Vin Crespi
(p) 814-863-0163

Nitin Samarth


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.

Josh Robinson

User Programs

Josh Robinson
(p) 814-863-8567

2DCC Affiliated Faculty: Expertise Related to 2D Materials

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

Roman Engel-Herbert

Hybrid Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) of TMDs

Tom Mallouk

Bulk synthesis and exfoliation of TMDs and mono-chalcogenides

Joan Redwing

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

Joshua Robinson

CVD, MOCVD of TMDs and Group III chalcogenides, graphene, characterization, and devices

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)

Long-Qing Chen

Multiscale modeling integrating density function theory, thermodynamic analysis and phase-field simulations

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

Kristen Fichthorn

Atomistic simulations of materials at surfaces and interfaces

Michael Janik

Reaction dynamics at surfaces and growth fronts in 2D systems

Chaoxing Liu

Prediction of emergent quantum properties

Zi-Kui Liu

Thermodynamics and the prediction of phase stability across a broad range of materials systems

Susan Sinnott

Computational atomistic methods to design materials and investigate physical, chemical, optical, and electrical properties of surfaces

Jorge Sofo

First-principles simulations of electronic and transport properties of 2D materials and surfaces

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

Nasim Alem

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

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

Ying Liu

Superconductivity within 2D systems, development of in situ electrical probes

Susan Trolier-McKinstry

In situ spectroscopic ellipsometry during thin film deposition;
Director of the Nanofab Facility