Physicist Yang receives NSF CAREER award


Li Yang, PhD, assistant professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a five-year CAREER grant, expected to total $475,000, from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The research is titled “Many-electron Interactions and Excited-state Properties in Two-dimensional van der Waals Interfaces.”

The research could lead to deepened understanding and ability to control certain properties of devices such as transistors and diodes made by two-dimensional materials.

The NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award program supports junior faculty who model the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the missions of their organizations.

The grant also aims to support educational mentoring, seminars and course development, especially for grade school and high school students, and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields for under-represented minority students.