Principal Investigator

Xi Ling

Office: SCI 273
Phone: +1-617-358-8584
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Xi joined the Department of Chemistry and Division of Materials Science & Engineering at Boston University as an assistant professor in September 2016. Before that, she was a postdoc in Prof. Mildred Dresselhaus and Prof. Jing Kong’s group in Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, where she learned the CVD synthesis of 2D materials and their heterostructures, and materials characterization using spectroscopic techniques . She obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in Prof. Jin Zhang and Prof. Zhongfan Liu’s group at Peking University in China, where she discovered the graphene-enhanced Raman scattering (GERS) effect and investigated this effect systematically.

October 2018

September 2018



Postdoctoral Researchers


Xingzhi Wang

Ph.D., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, China

Research interest: 2D materials; Raman Spectroscopy; Optoelectronics



ccCameron Crane

Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, USA
B.S., B.A. Chemistry, Hendrix College, USA

Research interest: Using wet-chemical routes to synthesize metal and metal-hybrid colloidal heterostructures



Ph.D. Students

Hikari Kitadai (Rick)

M.S., Case Western Reserve University, USA
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, USA

Research interest:  Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)




Tianshu Li

B.S., University of Science and Technology of China, China

Research interest:  Materials Synthesis and Characterization






Jun Cao

Jun Cao

M.S., Dartmouth College, USA
B.S., Lanzhou University, China

Research interest:  Materials Synthesis and Characterization 




2016-02-15 09.25.19-2Weijun Luo (Eric)

M.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Canada   

B.Sc., Fudan University, China

Research interest:  Spectroscopic study of single photon emission; DFT simulations



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Cathlene Del Rosario

B.S., University of West Florida, USA

Research Interest: Materials Synthesis and Characterization; Collaboration with Dr. John Caradonna





Qishuo Tan

B.S., Beijing Normal University, China


Research Interest: 2D materials; Spectroscopy; Optoelectronics



Lu Ping

M.Sc. University of Manchester, United Kingdom
B.Eng. Shandong University, China
Research Interest: 2D materials, metal organic frameworks( MOFs)




Master Students

Hongze Gao (Rex)

BSc., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research interest: Material Characterization and Device Development





Yueyin Wang

B.S. Hubei University, China
Research interest: Two-Dimensional Materials Synthesis and Characterization







Haoqi Ren

B.S. Fudan University, China
Research interest: Materials Synthesis and Characterization





Undergraduate Students

Kevin Wang PhotoKevin Wang

Boston University, USA








Visiting Researchers

Nannan MaoNannan Mao

Ph.D., Peking University, China
B.S., Lanzhou University, China

Research interest: Spectral Study on 2D Materials





Ran Li

Ph.D. in progress, Donghua University, China
B.S., Jiangnan University, China

Research interest: Metal-Organic Frameworks; Electrochromic





Xiaoyuan Ma

Ph.D. in progress, Tianjin University, China
B.S., Northeast Agricultural University, China


Research interest: 2D materials synthesis and catalysis




Meng Yuan (Visiting Ph.D. student, China Agricultural University, China, 11.2019-05.2020)

Jingtian Yang (undergraduate, USTC, 2019 Summer):

Alfred Wong (undergraduate, BU, 2017-2019):

Diana DiTullio (High school student, GROW Program, 2019 Summer)

Aakash Mehta (High school student, RISE Program, 2019 Summer)

Helen Xiao (High school student, Summer Intern, 2019 Summer)

Liangyang Liu (undergraduate, Tsinghua Univeristy, 2018 Summer):

Petya Todorova  (High school student, GROW Program, 2018 Summer)

Maia Alberts (High school student, Summer Intern, 2018 Summer)

Iraj S Amiri (Visiting researcher, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia, 2017-2018)

Minxue Kan (undergraduate, BU, 2017-2018):