Principal Investigator

Xi Ling

Associate Professor

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.

July 2021


Ph.D. Students


Jun Cao

Jun Cao

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

y.o.e. 2017

Research interest:  Materials Synthesis and Characterization 





Qishuo Tan

B.S., Beijing Normal University, China

y.o.e. 2019

Research Interest: 2D materials; Spectroscopy; Optoelectronics






Lu Ping

M.S., University of Manchester, United Kingdom
B.Eng., Shandong University, China

y.o.e. 2019

Research Interest: 2D materials, metal organic frameworks (MOFs)





Hongze Gao (Rex)

M.S., Boston University
B.S., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

y.o.e. 2020

Research interest: Material Characterization and Device Development





Zifan Wang

B.S., San Yat-sen University, China


y.o.e. 2021

Research interest: Material Synthesis and Characterization





Jing Tang

B.S., Nanjing University, China


y.o.e. 2022

Research interest: Spectroscopy characterization of 2D materials







Ruiqi Lu


B.S., BUCT, China


y.o.e. 2024

Research interest: Two-dimensional materials and their applications in sensing technologies






Master Students

Ching-Hsiang Yao
B.A., Boston University, USA
y.o.e. 2022
Research interest: Material synthesis and characterization







Undergraduate Students


Visiting Researchers

Nannan MaoNannan Mao

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

Research interest: Spectral Study on 2D Materials









Ben Auer  (REU student, University of Kansas, 2023 Summer)

Victoria Garity ( High school student, GROW Program, 2023 Summer)

Ryan Nguyen ( High school student, RISE Program, 2023 Summer)

Mariana Ramos (Visiting professor from UFMG in Brazil, 9/2022-6/2023): UFMG

Gillian Minarik (Undergraduate student, Boston University, 10/2019-5/2023): PhD student at Columbia University

Hikari Kitadai (PhD student, Boston University, 9/2016-5/2023): Sales Engineer at Bruker

Weijun Luo (PhD student, Boston University, 9/2017-3/2023): Chemistry subject expert at HireArt Inc

Haochi Wang (Master Student at BU, 1/2022-12/2022): Research Assistant at Brown University

Xinyi Wang (Master Student at BU, 2020-2022):

Xiaoyuan Ma (Visiting PhD student from Tianjing Univeristy, 2019-2020):

Ran Li (Visiting PhD student from Donghua Univeristy, 2018-2020): Postdoc at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore

Tianshu Li (PhD student, Boston University, 12/2016-8/2022): Process Engineer at Applied Materials Inc.

Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (High school student, GROW program, 6/2022-8/2022)

Xingzhi Wang (Postdoctoral fellow, Boston University, 4/2017-10/2020): Professor at Xiamen University

Ayoub Ellouzi (Undergraduate student Bunker Hill Community College, REU program, 2021 Summer)

Cameron Crane (PAL, Boston University, 9/2017-5/2021): Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Haoqi Ren (Master student, Boston University, 2/2020-5/2021)

Kevin Wang (Undergraduate, Boston University, 2017-5/2021)

Cathlene Del Rosario (Graduate student, Boston University, 03. 2018-08. 2020)

Yueyin Wang (Master Student, Boston University, 04. 2019-08. 2020)

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

Jingtian Yang (undergraduate, University of Science and Technology of China, 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): Harvard University

Liangyang Liu (undergraduate, Tsinghua Univeristy, 2018 Summer)

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

Maia Alberts (High school student, Summer Intern, 2018 Summer): Harvard University

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

Minxue Kan (undergraduate, BU, 2017-2018)