Welcome to the Lyding Group
Thank you for visiting the webpage of the Lyding Research Group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. s. Under the direction of Professor Joe Lyding, our research group is actively involved in several research areas that involve the determination of atomistic level information to provide insight into important nanotechnology systems. We utilize the ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope as an atomic resolution imaging, spectroscopic and fabrication tool for much of our work. To this end, we have developed a complete suite of in-house technology, which gives us considerable flexibility as new research directions open up. We are performing research on carbon nanotubes, graphene and molecular scale systems. We have developed methods for integrating these materials with atomically clean silicon and III-V semiconductor surfaces in order to explore hybrid nanotechnology systems that leverage the vast existing knowledge and fabrication infrastructure of these platforms.
Joe Lyding is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1983. In 1984, he joined the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to work with Nobel laureate John Bardeen on the 1D charge-density wave problem. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Full Professor in 1993. He developed the first scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in the Midwestern United States, which he used intitially to study charge-density waves. In 1989 he move to the newly opened Beckman Institute where his STM work branched out into the silicon nanotechnology field. He then developed the atomic resolution hydrogen resist process, now used by groups worldwide, and discovered the giant deuterium isotope effect that is currently used in large-scale silicon chip production to reduce hot-carrier degradation in CMOS technology. He is now working on understanding and optimizing the properties of carbon nanotube and graphene systems. Recently, he invented a technology for producing ultra-sharp hard-coated electrically conductive probes for scanned probe microscopy and semiconductor wafer probing applications. He co-founded Tiptek, LLC to commercialize this technology and serves as Chief Technical Officer. Joe Lyding is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a UIUC University Scholar. He received the 2012 IEEE Pioneer in Nanotechnology Award, the 2013 AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award, and the 2013 Nano-Bio Interface Center Research Excellence Award from the University of Pennsylvania.