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




Ph.D. Students

Hikari Kitadai (Rick)

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

y.o.e. 2016

Research interest:  Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)




Tianshu Li

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

y.o.e. 2016

Research interest:  Materials Synthesis and Characterization





Jun Cao

Jun Cao

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

y.o.e. 2017

Research interest:  Materials Synthesis and Characterization 




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

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

B.S., Fudan University, China

y.o.e. 2017

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



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






Undergraduate Students




Gillian Minarik

Boston University, USA




Ayoub Ellouzi

REU student, Bunker Hill Community College, 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





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, 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):