Sunny Wong has won the Hamer Fellowship from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; congratulations to Sunny!

Prof. Qing Cao has been promoted to serve as the Deputy Editor of Science Advances.

Fufei An has won the PPG-MRL Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year; congratulations to Fufei!


Yi Zhang has won the PPG-MRL Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year; congratulations to Yi!

Jinsong Cui has won the Racheff Teaching Fellowship from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; congratulations to Jinsong!

Bao Lam has won the Hamer Fellowship from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; congratulations to Bao!


Prof. Qing Cao joined editorial board of Science Advances as an Associate Editor. 


“University hires new faculty over summer” The Daily Illini, September 04, 2018

Prof. Qing Cao joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.  The Cao group lab space is located on the fourth floor of the Seitz Materials Research Lab.

“UI’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program lands first 7 recruits”   The News-Gazette, June 26, 2018


Qing Cao participated in the Strategic Dialogue: The Future of the Workforce at the 2017 Concordia Summit together with other panelists including Laura Tyson, Dean of the Berkeley Haas School of Business, Susan Lund, partner of McKinsey, Dan Bryant, senior VP of Walmart, Morgan Ortagus, executive director of Ernst & Young, and French Hill, U.S. Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District.

“The incredible shrinking transistor just got smaller”   Science News, Vol. 192 No. 1, August 5, 2017

“Carbon nanotube transistors are scaled down to record size”   Physics Today, July 31, 2017

“IBM今在《Science》发表全新突破!碳纳米管打造世界最小晶体管,’碳谷’终将取代’硅谷’? “   MIT Technology Review China, June 30, 2017

“IBM has made Carbon nanotubes transistors smaller and faster than silicon”   Next Big Future, June 30, 2017

“Nanoröhren schalten auf engstem Raum”   Neue Zürcher Zeitung (New Journal of Zurich), June 29, 2017

“Carbon Nanotubes Reduce Transistor Footprint to Forty Nanometers”   IEEE Spectrum, June 29, 2017

“Scientists use carbon nanotubes to make the world’s smallest transistors”   Science/AAAS, June 29, 2017

The Atlantic Council selected Qing Cao as one of 21 “rising leaders and innovators around the world committed to achieving transformational change in their communities, countries, and professional fields with a global impact” in their 2017 Millennium Fellowship Program.   Atlantic Council, April 28, 2017

Qing Cao received IBM Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award for his work on Carbon Nanotube Electronics.   IBM, Feburaray 2, 2017


Qing Cao presented his work on Carbon Nanotube Electronics at EmTech MIT 2016 and received 35 Innovators Under 35 Honor.  MIT Technology Review Emtech 2016, October 18, 2016 (Story at IBM Research Blog)

Qing Cao received IBM Master Inventor Award for his contribution in creating valuable intellectual properties for IBMIBM, October 11, 2016

“Carbon Nanotubes Are Getting Closer To Making Our Electronic Devices Obsolete”  Forbes, September 8, 2016

MIT Technology Review selected Qing Cao as one of 35 Top Innovators Under 35 (TR35) and featured Qing Cao on the cover of this issue.  MIT Technology Review, August 23, 2016 (Report on People’s Daily, China)

U.S. National Academy of Engineering selected Qing Cao as one of the nation’s brightest young engineers to take part in the 2016 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium.  U.S. National Academy of Engineering, May 20, 2016

“Carbon nanotubes push transistor limits”  NanoToday, Janurary 7, 2016

Forbes magazine selected Qing Cao as one of the most influential ”All-Star Alumni” among Forbes 30 under 30s from years past.  Forbes , Janurary 5, 2016


  “15 Hot Tech Stories for 2016”  EDN and EE Times,December 1, 2015

News 12 Westchester,October 1, 2015

“IBM碳纳米管商用技术取得重大突破”  新浪网,October 4, 2015

“碳纳米管技术IBM取得新突破”  星岛日报,October 3, 2015

“Big Blue welds bits of carbon for nanotube transistor”  The Register (UK), October 1, 2015

“IBM Research announces computer chip innovation”  Telecompaper, October 5, 2015

“IBM To Ditch Silicon For Carbon Nanotubes To Make Ultra-Powerful, Ultra-Efficient 1.8-Nanometer Chips”  Tech Times, October 3, 2015

“Breakthrough paves way for post-silicon future with carbon nanotube electronics”  Phys.Org, October 2, 2015

“‘Major’ IBM breakthrough breathes new life into Moore’s Law”  Mashable, October 1, 2015

“IBM Says Its Carbon-Nanotube-Based Chips Can Break Through Limits of Moore’s Law”  Fast Company, October 1, 2015

“IBM: Nanotube Breakthrough Will Create Low Power, Faster CPUs”  Information Week, October 2, 2015

“New reansistors era as IBM reveals nanotube breakthrough”  Computer Business Review, October 5, 2015

“IBM claims breakthrough on carbon nanotubes”  ZDNet, October 5, 2015

“IBM unveils carbon nanotube breakthrough”  PCtech Magzine, October 1, 2015

“IBM carbon nanotube breakthrough could bring faster, smaller chips”  PC World, October 1, 2015

“Farewell Silicon? IBM Touts Carbon Nanotube Breakthrough”  PC Magzine, October 2, 2015

“IBM unlocks the serect to carbon nanotube transistors”  Engadget, October 1, 2015

“IBM gets closer to a future of nanotube-based chips”  cnet, October 1, 2015

“IBM’s New Carbon Nanotubes Could Move Chips Beyond Silicon”  Wired, October 1, 2015

“IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore’s Law”  EE Times, October 1, 2015

“IBM Solves Nanotube Transistor’s Big Shrinking Problem”  IEEE Spectrum, October 2, 2015

“IBM Reports Breakthrough on Carbon Nanotube Transistors”  MIT Technology Review, October 1, 2015

“IBM Research Breakthrough Paves Way for Post-Silicon Future with Carbon Nanotube Electronics”  Reuters, October 1, 2015

“IBM gets closer to a future of nanotube-based chips”  Yahoo News, October 2, 2015

“Carbon Nanotube Chips Could Power Your Computer in the 2020s”  PBS, October 2, 2015

“Main Street Morning: A dip in U.S. factory growth”  Washington Post, October 2, 2015

“Train Reading: Carbon Nanotube Valley?”  Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2015

“The end of silicon? IBM reveals carbon nanotube breakthrough that could revolutionise computing and lead to ultrafast artificial intelligence ‘brain chips'”  Daily Mail (UK), October 1, 2015

“IBM aims to replace silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes to keep up with Moore’s Law”  Fortune, October 1, 2015

“IBM’s New Research Could Mean Much More Powerful Computers”  Time, October 1, 2015

“IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors” New York Times, October 1, 2015

“CNTs show feasibility for practical devices”, February 18, 2015


“High-performing transistors fabricated with single-walled carbon nanotube arrays”  MRS Bulletin, March, 2013

“Nanotube arrays made to order”  Nature Nanotechnology, March 05, 2013

“Densest array of carbon nanotubes paves way toward postsilicon technology”  PhysOrg, February 15, 2013

“CNT arrays make record-breaking transistors”, February 8, 2013

Qing Cao featured in IBM Research Blog report entitled “Profile of a Scientist: Qing Cao”IBM Research Blog, January, 2013


“2009 Graduate Qing Cao Named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30″ List for Science and Healthcare” University of Illinois, December 17, 2012

Forbes magazine include Qing Cao in its prestigious “30 under 30” list of rising stars in Science and Healthcare for his research on Carbon Nanotube Electronics (Chinese Edition)Forbes , December 17, 2012

Qing Cao featured in Chemistry & Engineering New report entitled “Landing a Postdoc In Industry”Chemistry & Engineering News , September, 2012


“Toward More Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cells”  MaterialsViews , September, 2011

“Defects of CIGS Solar Cells”  Frontispiece Image, Advanced Energy Materials, October, 2011


Review article on nanotube thin film electronics among “Most Accessed” in Advanced Materials

“Flexible Circuits from Carbon Nanotubes”  Chemistry & Engineering News , July, 2008

“‘Nanonet’ Circuits Closer to Making Flexible Electronics Reality”  Small Times , July, 2008

“The way to close a “nanonet” is by cutting it into pieces”  R&D Magazine , July, 2008

“Flexible CNT circuits move on” , July, 2008

“‘Nanonet’ circuits closer to making flexible electronics reality”  PhysOrg , July, 2008

“Nanonet circuits hold promise for flexible electronics”  Nanomaterials, The journal of nanotechnology R&D and commercialization , July, 2008

“Nanotube mesh boosts plastic electronics”  Chemistry World, July, 2008

“‘Nanonet’ Circuits Closer To Making Flexible Electronics Reality”  Science Daily, July, 2008

“Lightweight, flexible electronic networks of carbon nanotubes”  Science Centric, July, 2008

“Researchers Advance CNT-based Networks”  Semiconductor International, July, 2008

“Bendable Nanotube Circuits”  MIT Technology Review, July, 2008

“Nanomembranes get tough”  Chemistry World, May, 2008


“Organic/Inorganic Gate Dielectrics for Flexible Electronics”  Cover Image, Advanced Functional Materials, December, 2006

“Wiring Electronics with Nanotubes”  Chemical & Engineering News, February, 2006